The last two matches have seen Luton Town smash home an amazing 11 goals against two sides that are expected to be in the promotion hunt at the end of the season, D3D4 examines the chances of them making their promotion ambitions a reality…
Dropping into the mire of Conference football is enough to break a football club for good. Especially when that football club is Luton Town, a name synonymous with the Football League throughout their 89 year stay before relegation in 2009.
The Conference is a bun fight that doesn’t lend itself to history or stature. Once down there, you have to adapt and get ready to survive let alone thrive.
Former chairman and lifelong fan Nick Owen took charge of the club once it went into administration in 2008 and not only saved it from extinction, but began to plot the way back for the Bedfordshire club. It took five years to return to the Football League, and the club have since built the foundations to propel themselves towards the top of the English football pyramid.
After 14 games this season Luton sit at the summit of the League two table and have done so in style. A 7-1 win over Stevenage at Kenilworth Road in October grabbed the headlines and has the pundits suggesting Nathan Jones’ side are ready to go up automatically. Heartbreak in the playoffs at the hands of Blackpool last season denied them the chance to go up after only being in League two for three seasons since a return from the Conference.
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) October 15, 2017
Luton now have the experience and drive after coming so close to put together a clinical season in which they don’t have to use the playoffs to get up. Their incredibly strong start to the season proves last season wasn’t a flash in the pan.
For Luton Town, promotion to League One will send out a clear statement of intent that their journey is just beginning. The Hatters will look to follow the likes of Swansea and Hull City who made the journey from League Two football to the Premier League in a matter of seasons. As it stands, Luton are exhibiting promotion form as they lead the league in goals scored and are second to only Coventry City in the fewest number of goals conceded.
From every angle Luton Town promotion seems more and more likely. They have acquired the most important weapon when mounting a charge for going up and that is momentum. The Hatters will take some stopping as their campaign is yet to get into top gear.
It may be early days but the general feeling around the football fraternity is that this is the season for The Hatters to secure their second promotion in 4 years. The football betting odds have Luton as 1/6 favourites for promotion from League Two, and the Hatters have more than justified those odds with the performances they have been producing.
Luton are now writing their own history on the field after years of mismanagement and financial irregularities off the field brought them perilously close to extinction. There is a buzz around Kenilworth Road as Nathan Jones’ side are treating the long suffering faithful to champagne football and a feast of goal action. As far as Hatters fans are concerned, long may it continue.
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) October 18, 2017