Manchester City v Luton 1986/87

luton home 1986 to 87 prog

 CITY 1 LUTON TOWN 1

League Division 1

21st February 1987

Attendance 17,507

Scorers
City
Lake
Luton Stein

Ref M Reed

City Suckling, Gidman, Wilson, Clements, McCarthy, Redmond, I Brightwell, McNab, Varadi, Lake, Barnes – used sub Moulden

paul lake
From I’M NOT REALLY HERE – A LIFE OF TWO HALVES by Paul Lake
I was ridiculously nervous before my home league debut against Luton. I can sympathise with those West End actors who get first night nerves, because I was worried sick on the eve of my own premiere performance. Although I was familiar with Maine Road, having already played there in the FA Youth Cup Final, a Full Members Cup tie and countless reserve games, this was a completely different proposition.
On 21st February 1987, a throng of family and friends plod down to Maine Road to lend their support on my big day. Stupidly, I let the occasion get the better of me and was as jittery as hell for the first twenty minutes.
… Despite my colly-wobbles, I somehow managed to score my first ever senior goal a minute before the interval, latching onto a half chance that had sped across the box and steering it into the far corner. The game ended all square after Luton’s Brien Stein neutralised my strike in the 62nd minute.

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