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Mick Harford ready for work return!

8 January 2022

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Hatters legend Mick Harford will return to the dugout out for the first time on Sunday since completing his course of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, and is relishing what will be an emotional afternoon.

Alongside Alan Sheehan, who has returned to the club as a first team coach, Harford will support manager Nathan Jones as well as the rest of the backroom staff during the Emirates FA Cup third round tie against Harrogate Town.

And when walking out in front of the Hatters faithful, a self-proclaimed ‘emotional’ Harford will undoubtedly feel the love and support from the adoring supporters.

"I’m a very emotional person. If you come in my house and sit with my son when we watch films, I’m the first one to have tears in my eyes.

"I’ll watch anything and I’ll have a sob, I’ll have a tissue next to me, so I can get quite emotional, believe it or not.

"But it’s just magnificent, the response and the way that people have been with me. It makes it worthwhile why me, the football club, Gary Sweet and Nathan decided to do this and put it out and help as many people as we could.

"That’s been a massive bonus for me, the club and my family. It’s been amazing, the response I’ve had and I’d just like to thank each and every person that supported me, the club and Prostate Cancer UK."

He repeated his admiration for the Luton fans, saying: “I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve had, especially for the Luton Town supporters. I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve said and done in supporting me.

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"It’s been a tough time. Have I missed the dugout? Yes, it’s part of my life. I’ve been in the game for a very long time and I still get that buzz on a Saturday afternoon, 100 per cent. I’ve definitely missed that and I’m looking forward to Sunday."

Finally, he provided an update into his wellbeing, to which he informed the local press: “I go (to hospital) on a monthly basis for a blood test and I’m still on the medication, which lasts for three years. It’s a long process, but hopefully by then everything will be positive.

"I’ve been told by my consultant that he’s more than happy for me to go back to work and carry on doing my duties, so I’ve tried to get back as quickly as I could. So overall, things are positive."


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