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'The parallels with the 1982 team are fantastic'

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Ollie Kay, We Are Luton Town

It just keeps getting better and better this season. Four goals scored in back to back games now, a 4-0 demolition of Brighton and a gripping 4-4 draw with Newcastle. That is a record that hasn’t been matched by Luton Town in the top flight since the 1982-83 season.

I try not to draw parallels, however, during that run we beat Brighton 5-0 at Kenilworth Road, before drawing 4-4 with Stoke City on our travels. That season ended with a gripping relegation battle which culminated on the final day of the season, with that famous Raddy Antic goal, which kept us up and relegated Man City.

Certainly, we aren’t relegating Manchester City this season. However, like that team - who after staying up enjoyed a decade in the top flight before being relegated the season before the top tier rebranded as the Premier League - we have a core of players who have been on the journey with us and have relished the step up and continue to flourish.

The parallels are fantastic, just like with Ricky Hill, Brian Stein and Mal Donaghy in that classic team, we now have Alfie Doughty, Elijah Adebayo and Gabe Osho. They look as if they have played in the Premier League for their entire careers. The main difference is the sprinkling of budgeted extra Premier League magic we have in the team with Ross Barkley. I have simply run out of superlatives to describe him.

Hopefully we continue to channel that team of 1982, by continuing to navigate our way through this league, stay up, and follow their footsteps in enjoying an extended period in the top tier. Next up Sheffield United.

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