Football Conference: Face It, Luton Town, You Are Not Entitled to Anything
This is a View from Kingsmeadow special to Bleacher Report and the View from Victoria Street.
Now originally, at first I wanted to close out the View from Kingsmeadow after Volume 42, but I decided that this had to be said regarding Luton Town Football Club and its supporters.
Luton, listen up and listen carefully. You are not entitled to anything in this world. I repeat, you are not entitled to anything in this world.
Really. What makes you think that you have divine right to be in the Football League? What, you think that you should be an exemption from the nuances of promotion and relegation in the English football league system? That you should be in the Football League because you are scared of becoming a Football Conference side for another year?
Seriously, stop it. I, for one, am bored with you not being a good sport when it comes to competing in the Football Conference. There has been talk around Internet circles that I frequent, that your have been whiny, spoiled brats with no gratitude for the competition that you are in.
Good Lord, Luton Town. You put yourself in this situation as a result of your own undoing years ago. Bungs, financial misappropriations, points deductions...you did this to yourself, Luton Town.
It just gags me to note that you have a disrespect for the Football Conference National. It's not Football League Three, but it could be. It might as well be. The talent in the Football Conference National can compete with League Two. I mean, there's not much of a dropoff here in terms of the caliber of play. I'll be darned if there is.
On Saturday, at the City of Manchester Stadium in Eastlands, Manchester, England, Danny Kedwell of AFC Wimbledon taught you guys a lesson with one swing of the leg from the penalty spot.
He taught you this: never have the notion that you entitled to anything. Even promotion to the Football League. There are 23 other teams that want to be among the two coming in. They don't have any delusions that they are entitled to promotion.
The teams that get promoted earn their victories and their promotion by executing. Playing solid defense. Crisp passing sequences and distribution. And most importantly, finishing.
I can't stress this any more. If you don't finish your chances, you're staying where you are. Period. No reprieve, no breaks.
If I were to pick out a goat from your sad Hatter lot, it would have to go to Jason Walker, bless his heart. How dare you not finish your chances. Three times you had an opportunity to score, one of them in the shootout, and you could not get it done. Oh boy, shame on you, for all you're worth.
Aside from that, Luton, you have to come to terms with the fact that you have to earn your place and never dwell on the "We are entitled to promotion" mentality. It just won't work.
As the beat writer on Bleacher Report for AFC Wimbledon, I can tell you that my players never had this mentality. Sure, the desire to go up was there. It has been there. Ever since 2002, when they formed out of anguish from their original club moving franchise-style to Milton Keynes.
But they never had the notion that they were entitled to it. They knew that 23 other sides (including Conference winners Crawley Town) wanted to go up as well and each had just as good a chance as the other.
Hopefully Saturday has taught you this lesson, and that it is engrained in every one of your heads coming into next August.
While there is no doubt that I personally wish you all the best in your next Conference campaign, may I remind you one last time: You are never entitled to anything in this world. Nothing at all.
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