D3D4 Luton Town correspondent Richard Armstrong thinks the time has come to say goodbye to Kenilworth Road…
So as an away fan visiting the theatre of hell that is Kenilworth Road they always comment on ‘having to go through peoples gardens.’
Luton’s ground is unique, there is no other ground in the country like it. The ‘executive boxes’ on one side, the lopsided stands on the other. It’s been my home for 35 years, it’s been Luton’s for far longer. The ‘Old Girl’ as it’s known has seen so many wonderful memories it’s also seen some heartbreak. For me going to reserve games on a Tuesday afternoon with my grandfather we’re some of my favourite memories of my childhood, he would tell the same stories over and over again but it never mattered. Going to games with my father and I’ve taken girls on dates there (how lucky they are)
But it’s time to say goodbye. The plan for a new 17500 all seater modern stadium with room to grow is in with the council. Another soulless bowl you may be thinking, well you would be incorrect. The club have listened to the fans feedback and we have a four stand stadium planned smack bang in the middle of our town.
I’ve visited these ‘modern’ grounds and the majority of them are horrifically soulless. Take Coventry, Colchester, Oxford and West Ham for example. The plan isn’t just about the club and us fans. It’s about our town, a town an awful lot of us are very proud of. A new retail park forms part of the plans just of the M1. Hotels, Bars and flats all being built near the ground.
Luton has huge potential, for a club so close to London we do well, despite the last 10 years we haven’t lost our fan base. And with the new ground that fan will only grow. With the ground we’re a championship club, there’s no doubt about it. The only opposition is from the owners of the current shopping centre which is awful, for some reason they don’t see that this will increase their business. All were waiting for now it’s for the council to say yes.
As for the ‘old girl’ sometimes you know when it’s time to let go. And say thank you.
Here’s what ‘Power Court’ is planned to look like…