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WATCH | LUTON TOWN v MANCHESTER UNITED - 3PM ON IFOLLOW HATTERS

Log on from 2.55pm to watch the 1985 classic clash in real time

9 May 2020

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Click on the image above to watch the full match replay of the Hatters' First Division clash with Ron Atkinson's Manchester United at Kenilworth Road on 21st April 1985, with David Pleat's side seeking revenge for the 5-0 home defeat by the Old Trafford club the previous year.

Log on to iFollow Hatters from just after 2.55pm to see the teams come onto the pitch and to watch the match in real time with our tweets, with kick-off at 3pm. Make sure you press pause for half-time and settle back down for the second period from 4pm!

Here's a reminder of how the Hatters lined up that Sunday in front of a crowd of 10,320 - plus a live TV audience watching ITV's final Big Match Live of the 1984-85 campaign...

LUTON TOWN: Sealey, Breacker, Donaghy, Nicholas, Foster, Thomas, Hill, Preece, Stein, Harford, Nwajiobi. Sub: Turner

MAN UNITED: Bailey, Gidman, Albiston, Whiteside, Hogg, McGrath, Robson, Muhren, Stapleton, Hughes, Olsen. Sub: Duxbury

The referee was Tom Bune from Yattenden, Berkshire.

You can read the matchday programme by clicking here.

CLUB HISTORIAN ROGER WASH'S REPORT:

Although an attractive fixture, the game against Manchester United was not one that Luton supporters looked forward to with relish due to the fact that the Town had yet to beat them in a Division One clash at Kenilworth Road.

The game was to be televised live and the watching millions were no doubt hoping for a repeat of the previous season’s meeting in front of the cameras when the Hatters capitulated to a rampant United who won 5-0.

The clash had added spice as the Reds were hot on the heels of Everton at the top of the table, but it was the Town who made the early running and in the first half United’s Gary Bailey was the busier of the two goalkeepers making important stops to deny Preece and Brian Stein.

The Town surged forward in the second period and after Bailey did well to tip over a 30 yard effort from Nicholas he was left hopelessly exposed in the 68th minute.  Stein was sent clear by Foster and an attempted back-pass by Graeme Hogg fell short leaving Bailey with no option but to up-end the striker.

Harford converted the penalty, but the goal stung United into life and only three minutes later they equalised when Norman Whiteside stabbed the ball home from close range with the Town players complaining that Les Sealey in the Luton goal had been fouled in the build up.

Instead of feeling sorry for themselves the Luton players attacked with a vengeance in search of the winner and with only a minute to go Preece was brought down on the edge of the area by Bryan Robson.  The resulting free-kick was hammered against the cross bar by Foster and with a dozen players waiting for the ball to drop Harford launched himself over friend and foe to glance home the winner with his head.

There was hardly time for the re-start and with the dejected United players trudging off the pitch, Luton supporters savoured the moment of a first top flight win over the Reds as well as avenging the embarrassing defeat of the previous campaign.

Four wins from the remaining eight games eventually earned a mid-table position – something that would not have been dreamed of in those dark days before Christmas.

Luton Town:  Sealey, Breacker, Donaghy, Nicholas, Foster, Thomas, Hill, Preece, Stein, Harford, Nwajiobi.

Manchester United:  Bailey, Gidman, Albiston, Whiteside, Hogg, McGrath, Robson, Muhren, Stapleton, Hughes, Olsen.


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