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The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’


Luton Town remain on course for a wonderful end to the season as they eye promotion to the Premier League for the first time ever.

The Hatters have belied their modest budget all season and are just three games away from realizing their high-flying dreams.

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Kenilworth Road could be a Premier League stadium next season

The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

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One of the unique turnstile entrances to Kenilworth Road

Nathan Jones’ side host Huddersfield Town at Kenilworth Road for the first leg of their Championship semi-final.

If all goes well, the next time Luton fans return to the 10,356-capacity stadium, they could be in the Premier League.

Faye Carruthers, talkSPORT fan and Luton fan, said: “The noise it generates is absolutely amazing.

“And I would say a very unfriendly environment for people, however, it’s lovely at the same time.”

Kenilworth Road is one of the most unique courses in the country and one of the oldest – having opened in 1905.

Premier League fans accustomed to attending Tottenham’s £1billion stadium could face a rude awakening on a day away from Luton.

But Faye added: “People are going to laugh at us for our pitch and that really pisses me off actually.

“I would much rather go to a ground like Kenilworth Road than go to a brand new soulless stadium!”


The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

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Luton ground will need serious upgrades to meet Premier League requirements

The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

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Chelsea fans have already taken to Kenilworth Road

The entrance to the club’s Oak Stand is highly unusual, with traveling supporters being forced down a small lane at the side of the stadium.

Fans will then have to climb a flight of stairs into the far stand, which is squeezed between neighboring residential homes.

Luton’s official website says fans are “guaranteed an exciting and unique match day experience”, whatever the outcome.

talkSPORT’s Faye said: “People who say it’s not Premier League suitable have never been there – they will make it Premier League suitable.

“The club will invest what it needs to bring it up to Premier League level if it needs to.

“And it’s going to be a pitch that everyone will want to check off their bucket list.”

The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

Xabi Alonso conjured up a bit of magic during his visit to the famed Luton ground

The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

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Luton had threatened to dump Chelsea out of the FA Cup this season

The Bedfordshire side have already hosted a Premier League side at their iconic venue this season after facing Chelsea.

The Blues’ all-star side struggled to get a grip on Kenilworth Road after falling behind twice before claiming a 3-2 victory in their FA Cup fourth round tie.

Faye revealed: “I took my whole family to this game and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing – we made it very difficult for Chelsea and brought them closer together.”

It has been a sensational journey for Luton, who relied on a hat-trick from former Watford striker Andre Gray to beat Hyde United just eight seasons ago.

The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

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Luton had a fairy tale season at Kenilworth Road

The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

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Kenilworth Road could be home to some of world football’s biggest stars next season

The ‘unfriendly but charming’ Oak Road End hosted Hyde just eight years ago, but now Ronaldo and Haaland will surely want to ‘check off their list’

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CEO Gary Sweet insists Luton will not be viewed as substandard in the Premier League

Luton’s current squad was built for just £1.5million, with Cristiano Ronaldo raking in a bit more every three weeks at United.

Despite this, the club’s hierarchy confirmed the plans in place to move to a lavish new stadium of 23,000 spectators if they reached the top flight.

Luton CEO Gary Sweet wrote in his program notes last month: ‘We are currently reviewing our facilities for Premier League compliance and even preparing to make our old girl fit for the top table is not a trivial task, especially for demanding broadcasting. and media needs.

“Major work will need to be planned, ready to pull the trigger (if we are the lucky ones), to then be completed in record time when the season closes.

“Quite simply, if ignored now, Kenilworth Road would be substandard and substandard, not just ‘scenic’.

“We simply will not allow Luton Town or Luton to be considered substandard, and if we can achieve a level of compliance that is satisfactory in the eyes of the Premier League with minimal waivers, there is no reason why our charming environment is not”. t be adopted by these other member clubs as an enhancement and expansion of the rich mosaic of places to visit.


talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of the semi-final first leg of the Championship play-off from Luton at Kenilworth Road on Friday 13 May.

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