The Luton players are looking forward to the Newcastle match as though it is a home game.

The League Two club are bringing over seven and a half thousand fans to St James Park which is more than the fourth tier league leaders have had at some of their home games this season, where they only average eight thousand.

Luton striker Danny Hylton says ‘People will write us off but we believe’.

Well not many writing the visitors off will be Newcastle fans, who have seen their team only win four FA Cup matches in a decade of Mike Ashley’s reign at the club.

In typical Ashley fashion he came up with an attention grabbing headline back in August when promising the Newcastle players £20m if they won the FA Cup, only to then refuse to back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market. Many Newcastle fans saying that if did have £20m then why not give it to Rafa to help buy the players who could then potentially help the Magpies win something…or at least stay in the Premier League.

Rafa played a reserve team at League One Oxford last season as NUFC concentrated on promotion, Newcastle losing 3-0.

In August the United boss made 10 changes and Newcastle lost to Championship side Forest in the League Cup.

On Friday the Newcastle manager indicated he would be playing a stronger than anticipated team today, though up against a full of confidence Luton team who have scored only two league goals less than Manchester City, they look as though they will be in for a lively afternoon whichever team Rafa selects.

With it set to be the biggest FA Cup crowd at St James Park in 11 seasons of Mike Ashley, the forty thousand or so Newcastle fans will be hoping for a strong-ish team selection and an amazing fifth FA Cup win under Ashley, then who knows, with a kind draw NUFC could reach their first ever fifth round under the Fat Controller!

Luton forward Danny Hylton:

“People will write us off but we believe.

“Newcastle are probably not in the best form but they are a Premier League side and we respect that, they’ve got amazing players – but we will go there and have a go.

“It’s going to be a great day, Newcastle have a fantastic stadium and it’s a little distraction from the league, we’ll go there and play our way.”

Luton winger/striker Harry Cornick:

“It is a freebie, we will have a go against a good Premier League team and see what happens.

“The concentration is on to Newcastle now and see if we can get an upset – it’s going to be a great experience for me and for the fans and for the club.

“We are taking seven and a bit thousand – that support is crazy for a League Two team.

“Hopefully we can go up there and do the fans proud, put in a performance and you never know in the FA Cup.”



  • TheFatController

    Orange will be the new black and white today. Should be a fantastic atmosphere.

    Good luck to Luton, let’s hope we win but they enjoy their day, but it will be tough.

    What will be interesting is to see how much our tactics change from PL games. They are kept tight as we look to give nothing away first and foremost.

    Maybe today we will go back to championship tactics and be more expansive. However, given Luton’s defence has players missing they’re unlikely to defend as a tactic, so maybe Rafa will try to exploit hitting them on the break like the championship away games….can’t wait to see how this unfolds, without the pressure we have in PL games.

  • ghostrider

    It’s games like this that can re-ignite the FA cup fever rather than the damp squib its become, almost.

  • Rich Lawson

    11-2 are good odds on Luton against the reserves/juniors,only a feeling of disloyalty stops me having a punt.