Client news   |    October 19th, 2021

The greatest game I ever saw, but you won’t have heard of it.

Integral has a very good relationship with Luton Town.  We represent development squad players Casey Pettit and Ed McJannet, and Head of Coaching Paul Benson.  

Pettit is a midfield player and former youth team captain, comfortable on the ball.  McJannet is also a midfielder who plays for Ireland U-19s and was skipper of the U-18s.  ‘Benno’ made his way to a decent level from starting in non-league with White Ensign, and Mark Arber, our Head of Football, was his captain at Dagenham. 

Anyway, as a kid I was taken in 1982 to watch Luton play at Stoke.  (Just to be clear, my family is Stoke through-and-through, not Luton.  Mum’s from Trent Vale, which at one point was the biggest council estate in Europe, and there was never any question of anything else for me.)  

The game was an unbelievable set of twists and turns and the link is below.  I won’t spoil it but remember back then sendings off were incredibly rare, and the game finishes with a mad twist.  It was also uncommon for games to be televised so it is a piece of luck footage survives.  

Also note Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad Mark, Ricky Hill (who was some player indeed), Mickey Thomas, Paul Bracewell, Paul Walsh, and Northern Irish and Welsh internationals Mal Donaghy (91 caps) and George Berry.  (Berry actually also qualified for West Germany as he was born there, but in a classic piece of self-awareness he used to note he was ‘unlikely to dislodge Beckenbauer’.)

It was one of the greatest ever ‘mentals’ after the last penalty!

Enjoy this classic piece of 80s football and thank you for your business with Integral.  If you are not already a client, please get in touch if we can help your career in any way.  

Mike Newton, - Chief Executive Officer.

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