The League Cup has had some unlikely winners and runners in its extensive history.
From Birmingham beating Arsenal to League One side Bradford City making the final to Tottenham actually winning it, no matter what fans say about the often discarded competition, it has thrown up some surprising results in its history.
A moment in time – Luton Town, 1988
And in the 1987/88 season, Luton Town were the surprise victors of the League Cup when the then First Division side beat an Arsenal team with the likes of Tony Adams, David Rocastle and Alan Smith amongst their ranks.
It still remains Luton’s only major domestic cup win, and it almost didn’t happen as Arsenal led the game 2-1 going into the final eight minutes of the match. Brian Stein gave the Hatter’s the lead early on in the match, but the Gunners retaliated with two quick goals from Martin Hayes and Alan Smith.
All hope seemed lost going into the closing stages of the match, but like so many times we have seen in the beautiful game, the game is never over until the whistle blows.
Winger Daniel Wilson levelled the game with eight minutes to go, spurring Ray Harford’s side to push for a late, dramatic goal in front of the 95,000 strong Wembley attendance that day, and with a minute to go, a reckless foul from Adams allowed Stein to belt in the winning goal from a free-kick.
The match has gone down as one of the most surprising League Cup wins in the history of the competition and one of the best results in the history of Luton Town, so great that it was named as one of the best things to happen to the town of Luton in the past 30 years.
Luton could have gone on to play in Europe, but with the England UEFA ban still going on the Hatters missed out on the chance to play on the continent, but with the team flying high in League One and promotion to the Championship looking likely, who’s to say Luton in Europe won’t be anything but a fantasy in another 30 years time.
Luton fans, is the League Cup win the clubs greatest accomplishment?
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