Ahead of tomorrow night’s Premier League tie at Kenilworth Road versus Luton Town, which will be refereed by Sam Barrott, I spoke to one of their supporters. Thank you to Kev from Luton Town Supporters’ Trust for answering the questions!
How long have you supported Luton Town?
My dad took me to my first game in 1989 and I’ve been going regularly since then.
What are your hopes and expectations for the 2023/24 season?
I hope we stay in the division but my expectations don’t go too far beyond being competitive in as many matches as possible.
What are your views on your manager?
He is top-class. To have come in and taken us to the Premier League in less than a full season is an incredible achievement but to do it in the calm, humble way he has done it despite the restrictions he works under is a sign of how great he is.
Style of play and tactics – direct/passing/hybrid?
We’re known to be a direct side because we played with two big strikers last season but we have moved to one central striker and two wider forwards this season so we mix it up much more now.
One(s) to watch now and in the future?
Ross Barkley and Chiedozie Ogbene are the stars of the current team. Joe Johnson went to the u17 World Cup last month and is one for the future while Teden Mengi has just broken into the side at centre-back and looks really good.
Random fact about your Club?
We have gone from the National League to the Premier League in 10 seasons.
Which were your favourite and least favourite matches involving Luton Town?
The 1988 cup win was just before my time so my favourite matches were the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in 2009 and the Championship Play-Off final in May. My least favourite ones were all the Play-Off defeats and losing 5-1 away to Gateshead in a match that was rescheduled to Carlisle’s ground in our Conference days!
Which sides do you think will finish in the top four and which do you think will finish in the bottom three?
The top four will be Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd. The bottom three will be Sheffield United, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.
What are your thoughts on Arsenal?
Arsenal are a top team who are going to be hard to beat so hopefully we can revoke memories of 1988 and get the job done!
If you could steal one Arsenal player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Before we signed Ross Barkley it would have been Declan Rice but now that we have Barkley I would take Bukayo Saka. There’s a reason he has played 200 games at his age and he has that pace and skill that we like in our wide players. The fact he can play a few positions is something that appeals to us when we sign players so I’d take Saka no problem!
What is your prediction for this match?