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Luton Town boss Richard Money wants FA Trophy revamp

Richard Money
Money's Luton Town have never won the FA Trophy

Luton boss Richard Money has called for a revamp of the FA Trophy to restrict the effect it has on league fixtures.

The Hatters, who face Guiseley in the quarter-finals on Saturday, have played four games fewer than other sides in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"To get through to a semi-final and then lose your league fixtures on those two weekends is absolutely ridiculous," Money told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"So yes, 100% a midweek competition and no replays, 100%."

The FA Trophy semi-finals are currently played across two legs, with the fixtures penned in for Saturday, 12 and 19 March, meaning Luton would have to switch two league fixtures to a new date should they reach the last four.

"The reality is if we were to win Saturday we'd have a midweek game every week until the season finishes," Money added. "That pretty much sums it up."

Money made it clear in December that success in the Trophy was secondary to winning promotion to League Two.

But despite using a mixture of youngsters and senior players in the competition his side are now three games away from a Wembley final.

But first they will have to overcome a Guiseley side that sit fifth in the Blue Square Bet South and have been beaten only twice in the league all season.

"They're very direct, it's not something we're not used to," said Money.

"We encountered it last Friday night at Newport and we need a similar resilient performance."



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see also
FA Trophy fixtures and results
09 Mar 11 |  Non League
FA Trophy fixtures and results
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Trophy no concern for Luton boss
13 Dec 10 |  Luton


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