Birthday treat off in favour of Hatters game

Rosie Gliddon with partner Andy Parslow

Rosie Gliddon with partner Andy Parslow

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The Hatters have a lot to answer for – in spite of their fantastic win in the FA Cup against Wolves on Saturday.

As a result of their giant-killing victory, Rosie Gliddon has had to abandon plans for a romantic 21st birthday weekend in Madrid.

She’s kicked the trip into touch so her man, Luton Town’s head of performance analysis, Andy Parslow, 22, can catch the fourth round match in Norwich.

But her strikingly generous gesture does not come without penalties.

“I’ll be looking out for the Harrods van and a huge bouquet on my actual birthday, February 5,” she said. “And if anyone is dishing out girlfriend points, I reckon they’d better toss some my way – jetting off to Norwich doesn’t have quite the same cachet as jetting off to Madrid.”

Rosie, who works at Costa Coffee, will not be packing her sexy lingerie and little black frock for the Madrid break – a Christmas present from football fanatic Andy, who’d also booked tickets for a Real Madrid match.

Instead she’ll be heading for Norfolk with the man she met on holiday in Corfu five years ago.

The couple were at Luton’s Kenilworth Road stadium on Saturday when Town beat Wolves 1-0 in front of a capacity crowd.

When they realised the Hatters’ fourth round tie would be at Norwich on January 26, they looked at each other and groaned.

Rosie, of Chelmsford, said: “We didn’t think to check when we booked the weekend originally.”

But she gallantly gave up her birthday celebration – as Andy was confident she would.

He said: “I was comfortable with her decision. She knows how passionate I am about the sport. And I was very pleased for the team.

“It’s my job as well as my hobby. I go to all the away games to analyse them, technically and tactically. And this one will be particularly key.”

So is he planning an alternative 21st birthday treat for his extremely accommodating girlfriend?

“I’ll have to talk to her about it to make sure I get it right,” he grinned. “But the Hatters better win at Norwich or I’ll never live it down.”

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