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    On this day in 1890...

    Posted by RADSB on 11/10/2018, 12:01:09

    Dallow Lane was being redeveloped into a multi-use sports ground at the start of the 1890/91 season so we played at Bury farm. The admission for the game was 3d. The committee asked that “Mr Long move the hut for the sale of tickets to the temporary ground”. The committee also arranged for 2 policemen to be at the game.

    11th October 1890. “Luton Town v Great Marlow. A large crowd assembled in the Bury Farm meadow. Dunstable-road. last Saturday, to witness the contest with the holders of the Berks and Bucks Cup, a team always welcome in Luton on account of their skilful and gentlemanly exposition of the game. The local team started the ball with “you level sun” straight in their faces, a disadvantage which sadly told against them. Soon after the start the visitors came near scoring, but were over-ruled by the referee on some technical point, but this disappointment was returned, for later in the afternoon the Lutonians claimed a similar point but were similarly treated. Some good play was seen and the goals were alternately attacked, until the Marlow wing man got away, centred, and the ball passed easily under the bar, much to the chagrin of the spectators, who nevertheless applauded the admirable play of the visitors. It will be remembered by some that it was by a like piece of play that the Marlow match was lost last year. Half time came without any further result, though Moore, Humphrey and Stanley were doing sterling work. During the second half the Lutonians pressed their opponents several times, and often came close to scoring, but they had to be contented with some praiseworthy trying. No amount of cheering or kicking would send that leather message to its destination, and when the final whistle sounded the score stood exactly as it did last year - Marlow one, Luton nil. It is doubtful, though, if the best team won for the Luton men certainly pulled themselves together after the ignominious minimising of the previous Saturday. Their combination was much improved, and the effort in respect of short passing more apparent, but they should still be reminded to pass with their eyes open and not let the ball glide to a man of another colour. The visitors showed their superior skill when hard driven but they lacked the vigour of the home team. Teams: Luton :- T. Read, goal; G. Humphrey and A. Sanders, backs; Saddington, Gill and Taylor, half backs; F. and H. Whitby, Miller, S.P. Moore and S.M. Stanley, forwards. Marlow, T. Walker, goal; Flint and Shaw, backs; Meakes, R.A. Lunnon (captain) and C.J. Plumbridge, half backs; F. Lunnon, E. Clark, W.P. Wethered, Faulkner and A.M. Arlowman, forwards. Umpires J. Long and H. Lunnon; Referee, F. Pitkin.”

      Re: On this day in 1890...

      Posted by Mahatma Gander on 11/10/2018, 12:08:42, in reply to "On this day in 1890..."

      Excellent as ever . . .

      "Mr Long move the hut for the sale of tickets to the temporary ground"

      I wonder if it's still the same one

        Re: On this day in 1890...

        Posted by RADSB on 11/10/2018, 12:40:46, in reply to "Re: On this day in 1890..."

        The hut was LTFC's first ever erection built in October 1885.

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