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Fans hit back at those mocking Luton for postponing first home Premier League game

Fans have took to hit back at those mocking newly promoted Luton Town for postponing their first home Premier League game.

The Hatters’ first home game back in the top flight now won’t go ahead after the club couldn’t assure the Premier League and opponents Burnley that improvement works at Kenilworth Road would be done in time.

Ever since the Championship playoff final win, work has been being carried out to meet the league standards, meaning the fixture on Saturday the 19th of August, will now have to be rearranged.

LUTON STATEMENT:

Luton Town Football Club has reluctantly requested that its first home match of the 2023/24 season against Burnley is postponed from the scheduled date of Saturday 19th August.

Kenilworth Road is undergoing a programme of extensive ground improvements to be ready to host Premier League football, including the construction of a new stand to meet broadcast and media requirements.

Whilst ongoing work is progressing extremely well and currently ahead of schedule, the Premier League understandably requires guarantees to its fixture schedule within sufficient time to advise supporters and broadcasters of any changes in advance.

Due to the extent of the project, the Club cannot absolutely guarantee supporters that any future unforeseen issues would not cause any delay potentially impacting upon the scheduled opening game at home.

Therefore, together with the Premier League and Burnley FC, all parties felt this was a sensible outcome which gives supporters of both teams sufficient time to plan for what will now be a free weekend and subsequently make arrangements for travel for the new date.

The new date will be shared by both clubs to their supporters at the earliest available opportunity.

Luton Town Chief Executive, Gary Sweet, said: “The joint decision to delay this fixture is regrettable, especially given the amazing progress that continues to be made on our construction works; our current programme is indeed on time, but there is no additional contingency and therefore can’t give a cast-iron guarantee at this stage that a problem outside of our control, however minor, wouldn’t force a postponement further down the line and inconveniencing supporters of both clubs.

“Although this news will be a disappointment, this will make the matchday experience even greater for fans when they do get to come back.

“We would like to thank the Premier League and Burnley for their help in arriving at this practical decision.”

The postponement means that should the Hatters not be drawn at home in the second round of the Carabao Cup, the first home match of the new campaign will be the visit of West Ham United on Friday 1st September an 8pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.

Sweet explained further: “All works being carried out have been carefully planned to minimise disruption for our neighbours during the construction period and minimise impact on match-days.

“We would particularly like thank our neighbours in the local Bury Park community who are showing so much understanding with the work taking place on their doorsteps. Without their support this whole process would be so much tougher.

“Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to give our gratitude to our very supportive Council in helping us with community engagement to allow our time and efforts to focus on minimising timescale and disruption. As I have mentioned before, the challenge for our relatively small business has to scale up so quickly is a such gargantuan task in every aspect that is taking every minute of our day and every ounce of our energy but, together with our excellent team of specialist contractors, we know the end result will all be worthwhile.

“Looking positively, as well as the required work to make our stadium compliant, which the Premier League are being so supportive of, we are also making a number of non-mandatory improvements to Kenilworth Road in both home and away areas that will that will improve the matchday experience for everyone, particularly for home and away disabled supporters, broadcasters, journalists and supporters in certain areas of the ground, and this does mean these works should also be complete in time for the new date.”

BURNLEY STATEMENT:

Clarets’ trip to Kenilworth Road set to be rearranged

The Premier League match between Luton Town FC and Burnley FC, scheduled to take place on Saturday 19 August, will now be postponed.

Luton Town FC were unable to offer the League and Burnley FC a guarantee that ongoing work to Kenilworth Road would not impact the scheduling of this match at late notice for supporters.

A new fixture dates for the match will be shared by the Premier League in due course.

Luton’s first five games:
Sat 12 Aug (A) Brighton & Hove Albion – 3pm
Fri 25 Aug (A) Chelsea – 8pm
Fri 1 Sep (H) West Ham United – 8pm
Sat 16 Sep (A) Fulham – 3pm
Sat 23 Sep (H) Wolverhampton Wanderers – 3pm

Burnley’s first five games:
Fri 11 Aug (H) Manchester City – 8pm
Sun 27 Aug (H) Aston Villa – 2pm
Sat 2 Sep (H) Tottenham Hotspur – 3pm
Mon 18 Sep (A) Nottingham Forest – 7.45pm
Sat 23 Sep (H) Manchester United – 8pm

As mentioned, fans hit back at those mocking Luton for postponing their first home Premier League game…

@Saltyfootball7: Ducking PL matches already💀😭😭

@SSE_LTFC: You’re here more than dedicated Luton Town fans, pretty embarrassing

@FootballFactors: Totally wrong….. The rule should be You are either ready for your first home game or you forfeit the points.

@CalumBright_: Here we go fully tinpotting the Premier League get in lads

@tweetertucker: Absolutely loving this. Calling the shots already in this tinpot league. Game switched to a midweek under the lights for a guaranteed 3 points. Good job lads. Champions league football here we come

@chazabbb: why not switch it and play burnley away instead?

@italianclarets: Why not just swap home and away? 🤷🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

@Andy_Peacock: More night games. A f’n brilliant strategy and 3 points in the bag 😎

@Atexo02: Why can’t we just have it played in Burnley and reverse the ties? Play at home when we were meant to play away?

@grahamAshton76: Can’t fulfill the fixture fine and 3 PTS deduction it was for Boro in the 90’s

@Alexk1ng98: Can’t disturb John & Margaret next door while they watch Bargain hunt , you’ll have to find a week night to play as long as it doesn’t disturb coronation street! 🤣

@RattyAVFC: Dock em the 3 points – sorted

@MightBeBray: people in the away end house lost the keys?

@thefraserbutt: Bloody builders 🤣🤣

@Borolad_1986: Well that’s a good start

@switfc: That’s embarrassing 🤣

@wearelutontown: Right decision and ahead of time, added bonus of all the rattled fans in the replies too. 🏟️🚧

@SimonOxley9: Completely understandable and entirely sensible.

@DaftNufc: Relegate them immediately

@VitalLeeds: This is embarrassing

@martycruscido: Bed wetting replies from self righteous, entitled, premier league inbreds who have nothing to do with either club or the fixture itself. Rattled 4 weeks before a balls been kicked. #COYH #LTFC

@LutonBhoy: Not even kicked a ball and we are boiling the piss of Premier League fans already. What a club 🤣🧡🤣🧡🤣🧡

@edmundsonnn: Not even played in the Premier League and already calling the shots. Love it #Luton

@FKiernan5: Boiling piss already. We are fucking massive.

@wallis_adams: We are actually AHEAD of schedule, so most likely will be ready. Unfortunately we can’t give a cast iron guarantee, due to any unforeseen circumstances that may occur. Perfectly reasonable and both clubs have agreed in plenty of time to postpone. No worries 👍 #LTFC #COYH

@JordanTompkinss: The replies 😍

@ltfckimbo: Get in there, Town! It’s only July, and we’re already boiling premier league piss!

@LTFC_Dave: I imagine this has gone down well with the neutral PL fans

@Lukejenkin992: Love how many people this has rattled 🤣 #COYH

@sco62987535: I’ve never seen a “they are so small and insignificant club” rattle so many opposition fans before we even play, these warriors who want us relegated, fined, docked points all suspect as we do, we are going to cause problems that they do not want us to, love it. #COYH 🧡💙

@ytfcaj00: We knew it wouldve taken a few games why were Lutons first 5 games not all away matches?

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