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- In this month 1890...
The Luton newspapers had been quite hostile to LTFC and football in general. I can only guess the reason being that the popularity and standing of the national sport of cricket, played by the town elite who saw themselves as gentlemen, was under threat. Dangerous was the number one accusation made against football. Yet these figures, published by the Luton Reporter, disprove it.
“Possibly the following cutting from the 'Star' will interest my football readers :- “It is generally supposed that football is a much more dangerous game than cricket, but, according to statistics compiled by an assurance company, the reverse is the case. Two months were taken, January and June 1890, as representative of winter and summer sports respectively. The first named showed claims as follows :- Boxing 4; skating 1; football 23; shooting 8; hockey 3; bowls 2; hunting 19; riding 40; dancing 5; billiards, tennis, dumb-bells and golf 1 each; total 108. Summer sports worked out as follows :- Bowls 1; cycling 31; riding 40; cricket 34; tennis 17; rowing 10; rinking 3; wrestling 1; swimming 6; shooting 5; polo 3; total 148.”
There was a thawing of attitude with this information and because LTFC reached the Kettering Cup Final (which was a major trophy at the time).
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