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Memorable Match: Luton Town 2-3 Norwich City

3 September 2020

Our Memorable Match series returns for the 2020-21 season, kicking off with a dramatic 3-2 win over this weekend’s opposition in 2007.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm at Kenilworth Road, and if it’s anything like this one from 13 years ago we’ll be in for a treat!

Luton Town 2-3 Norwich City
February 27, 2007
Kenilworth Road

What was on the line?

Relegation from the Championship had never been a real concern for City during the 2006-07 season, but they were 18th in the division prior to this fixture - the lowest position they’d been since losing on the opening day.

For Luton, the situation was looking sour. Despite a promising start to the season, the hosts had found themselves lingering around the relegation zone from November onwards, and needed to pick up points sharply.

How the game unfolded

It didn’t take long for Bjorn Runstroem to give the Hatters the lead, the forward netting 11 minutes in, but Chris Martin pulled one back for City to equalise in the 26th.

Luton again took the lead shortly after half-time, Drew Tablot capitalising on a slip from Andy Hughes to round Paul Gallacher for 2-1. With 20 minutes remaining, Luton continued to hold the lead.

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But Jason Shackell headed in for 2-2 in the 73rd minute, before Simon Lappin delivered a cruel blow with his first goal for Norwich City - a marvelously curled free-kick in the game’s dying embers for 3-2.

Norwich City XI: Gallacher, Doherty, Shackell, Safri, Drury, Croft, Etuhu (Fotheringham, 64’), Hughes, Lappin, Huckerby, Martin
Subs not used: Lewis, McVeigh, Colin, Eagle

What happened next?

Norwich rose two places to 16th in the league, a balance of wins and defeats in the final 13 games keeping them there come the end of the season, ultimately a disappointment following 2005-06’s ninth place finish.

City’s eventual fate - relegation to League One - came sooner for Luton, who couldn’t pick up the results required to avoid relegation in 2006-07. Leeds United finished bottom, while Luton came 23rd, nine points away from survival, not returning to the second tier until 2019.

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