THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

9 December ~ Tonight will be a return to the big-time for Luton Town. Well, for 90 minutes at least. It's not been easy supporting Luton since our rapid slide down the leagues began in 2005, but the FA Cup has given us something to shout about. If the Hatters can cause an upset and defeat Charlton Athletic, they will travel to White Hart Lane on January 9 to take on one of the top 16 teams in Europe (if you believe the Champions League).

Playing in the Conference for the first time in our history has been a humbling experience. Recent away trips taking in the delights of Eastbourne and Altrincham have made Hatters fans long for the days of travelling to Scunthorpe and Walsall. Of course any Luton fan would give up this Cup run for promotion, but it's hard not to get carried away with even the faintest prospect of a historic giantkilling.

The one obstacle to the Town playing Spurs is Charlton. The Addicks, who also know a thing or two about sudden decline, will be equally determined to have a trip to north London and after underestimating Luton two weeks ago, you'd expect they won't be as naive this time around. With ESPN screening the game live, it's hard to overplay the significance of the game for the fans. It could, and should, be a game to grace the Championship but for now the two clubs have to slug it out in the lower leagues and hope for more Cup magic to get their big-game fix. It promises to be high drama – and low quality. Matt Green 

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