LTST Committee Member Helen Gatward reports on “An Evening with Mick Harford.”
On Thursday 24th November, Luton Town Supporters’ Trust held an Evening with Mick Harford. I’ve been to many of these sort of events and this one didn’t disappoint. Upon arriving at the Eric Morecambe Suite, I was greeted by Mick Harford himself, which was a nice treat, he then went on to greet everyone else who was arriving. Once everyone had got drinks and were seated at tables, Mark Chapman got the evening underway and a slightly anxious looking Mick got started. He started off by joking that it cost us all £5 to get in, but it would cost us £10 if you wanted to leave early as the doors were now locked!
Having broken the ice, Mick started to go through some A4 bits of paper containing notes, where he started off by talking about his love for Sunderland Football Club, as this was his birth place, and how he’ll always support them. He then told us about how he first starting playing football in 1977 aged 18 with Lincoln City, having started his working life as a plumber. He also talked about all the clubs he had played for, playing for England and went on to tell us that Luton will always have a special place in his heart – and he wasn’t just saying that because he was in front of us!
Once Mick had finished reading from his notes, he seemed to relax and Mark then opened up the evening for questions from the audience. Everyone had some really good questions, some prompting answers that Mick said had never been told before! And some answers had the audience in fits of laughter! Some questions were things like “Who was the toughest player you played against” “Who was the best Manager you played under” “What was your best goal”, “what was it like squashing flies”and “Who would you say was the ugliest player you played against” To which Mick replied to the man who asked the question: “You’d have had a good chance of winning that!”
The break commenced and then the second half got underway, starting off with the raffle being drawn. Mick was tasked with picking the winning tickets, and jokingly waved his tickets that he had purchased and said “these are the numbers I need to pull out!” A fantastic £260 was raised from the raffle, of which all of the proceeds will go to the Supporters’ Charity, Autism Bedfordshire.
Back to more questions from the audience, and back to more untold stories and funny responses from Mick. Mark decided to wrap up the questions at around 9.40pm but Mick said “Nah, come on, let’s have some more questions, it’s only early, we’ve got loads more time”! So the questions continued! Mick seemed to enjoy the questions and the chats and we finished around 10pm in the end. Afterwards, fans queued to get photo’s with him, got autographs and he stayed chatting for a while afterwards too.
All in all, a fantastic night was had with an absolute Luton Legend. Many thanks go to Mick for giving up his evening to come and chat with us. Thanks also to the Football Club for letting us use the Eric Morecambe Lounge and to Gareth Owen for being there to capture the night on camera.
Please note – All photographs are Copyright Gareth Owen.