Luton Town Club Profile
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Luton Town : Club Background

Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - sandwiched tightly in a residential area - an old-school football ground
Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - sandwiched tightly in a residential area - an old-school football ground.
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Luton Town and Yeovil Town have two things in common of great significance. The first is their nickname. Just as the Glovers got their name from the glove-making industry in the town, so Luton got their nickname from the hat-making industry. Secondly, the modern day club was formed from a merger - Luton Wanderers and Luton Excelsior - in 1885. Nine years later they became founder members of the Southern League, and the first professional club in Southern England.

They had a brief three year membership of the Football League between 1897 and 1900, before resigning and rejoining the Southern League. When the Southern League top division became part of Football League Division Three at the end of World War I, Luton moved back into the fold, where they have remained ever since.

The club have spent most of their history between the second and third tiers of English football, with four key exceptions. In 1954-55 they gained promotion to the First Division where they spent five seasons, reaching their peak in 1959 when they got into the FA Cup Final, losing to Nottingham Forest.

What happened thereafter was spectacular - Luton went from the First Division and Wembley Stadium in 1959, to 17th in Division Four in the 1966-67. They had a further single-season blip in 2000-01, but up until the sudden crash that greeted them in the late 2000s that saw them plummet out of the Football League (more about that shortly) their fans knew very little about fourth tier football apart from these years.

Luton's finest era came in the mid-1980s, when promotion back to the top tier was gained, albeit with controversy surrounding both their plastic pitch and their away fan ban after a riot involving Millwall fans - something that saw them expelled from the League Cup in 1986-87 after refusing to allow Cardiff City fans to buy tickets for a semi-final match.

They reached their league peak in 1986-87 as well. Was that achieved under David Pleat, who went on to manage Tottenham Hotspur? Or perhaps the highly respected Ray Harford? No, in fact it was achieved by the far more anonymous John Moore - a first team coach who held the reins when Pleat disappeared to Spurs. Harford came in for Moore and the success continued, with the League Cup being won 3-2 against Arsenal at Wembley.

The plastic pitch got ripped up in 1991 and perhaps not by coincidence, this signalled Luton's decline again and they were relegated the following season, despite Pleat having returned to Bedfordshire. Thereafter things began to go from bad to worse, with financial woes turning Luton into a selling club as they attempted to move away from the crumbling wreck that is Kenilworth.

The Main Stand at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - side facing
The Main Stand at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - side facing.
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace.

They've gone into administration three times, all in the last 20 years. The first came when plans for a multi-purpose sports complex dubbed the 'KohlerDome' collapsed. They were pulled out of administration on the eve of the 1999-2000 season, but the damage off the field saw them relegated back to the fourth tier at the end of 2000-01. Former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear and Mick Harford masterminded an instant promotion, but financial woes and meddling from Chairmen were to see Luton come off the rails once again.

This takes us on to the time when the Glovers played Luton in the League Cup, just after we'd entered the Football League. John Gurney was the Luton Chairman, taking over the club in May 2003, and if you recall, one of first things he did was to sack Kinnear and Harford and to set up a phone vote to let the fans decide whether Kinnear should be reappointed or whether Mike Newell should come in as the next manager.

Yep, you heard right, a phone vote. Luton fans were given the opportunity to place their votes in a Stars-In-Their-Eyes style phone-in, where you could dial a different number for a different manager, that way you'd be certain that the new man had the full backing of the supporters. That's the theory anyway. In practice the slight flaw in Gurney's thinking was that the phone-vote was open to all, meaning that even hated rivals Watford could have their supporters register their vote to ... errr, influence ... what sort of manager they felt they would prefer their dearly despised neighbours to have.

So would you prefer former Wimbledon veteran Joe Kinnear, a highly respected manager with an excellent track record, who had only just guided Luton into a healthy 9th place finish in Division Two (third tier)? Or would you prefer Mike Newell, a former Luton Town player who as a manager had managed one of the greatest "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" achievements of the 2002-03 season when he took over a Hartlepool United side steaming away at the top of the Third Division, only to hand the title to Rushden by May. Newell had 'celebrated' promotion with Hartlepool by seeing his crumbling side lose 4-0, hear chants for his head ringing around the ground, and by collecting his P45 shortly afterwards. You would think that Kinnear would have won the vote by a country mile, but in this case the Watford Luton fans cast their vote towards Mike Newell, and so the former Doncaster Rovers player came into the club over the summer of 2003.

With John Gurney seemingly on a suicide mission, the (Mad) Hatters spiralled into administration. Normally a club going into administration is bad news, but Luton fans saw this as a lifesaver as it meant that Gurney was forced out and an Administrator, Barry Ward, was appointed to untangle the mess that Gurney had left behind. It later transpired that Luton's Supporters Trust - Trust In Luton - had rather cunningly acquired shares in the club's major creditors, Hatters Holdings, and in doing so had deliberately forced the club into administration to get rid of Gurney. Rather clever if you can do that without tipping the club over the precipice in the process. Mick Harford was reappointed as Director of Football as the fans got back the man they wanted probably in the first place.

To be fair to Newell, he did surprisingly well, even if some of his remarks made to the press at times would cause controversy, and in the end be the spark that damaged Luton even further. In March 2007, he personally wrote to his own board of directors demanding to know the answer to certain questions, including the exact financial breakdown of the sale of five of his first team players. He also told journalists after a match against Hull City that they should be conducting an investigation into the financial dealings at Kenilworth Road. Two days later, Newell was fired by two directors for "gross misconduct" for speaking out against his employers. The decision to sack Newell, saw one director - Martin King - walk, claiming that he shared Newell's concerns and disagreed with the decision.

A month later, Chairman Bill Tomlins was forced to resign when the FA announced they were investigating irregular payments made by Luton's parent company J10, which he also resigned from, and Tomlin admitted that these payments related to money handed over to incoming players' agents - he was to be banned from football for five years for his involvement in the situation. Various parties, including the six agents involved, were hit with a total of over 50 charges by the FA. Luton were charged with 17 of them. Whilst they managed to defend themselves on a few of the charges, the FA found that there was a case to answer on many of the others, and the fallout was a 50,000 fine and a 10 point deduction for the 2008-09 season. The Hatters had already been relegated from League One, with their relegation induced partly by a massive sell-off of players and partly by a 10 point deduction for entering administration, and so this was the second season in a row that they'd suffer such a punishment. But worse was to come when they failed to exit administration properly - the Football League added a further 20 point deduction to that 2008-09 season total.

That meant that Luton faced the prospect of trying to avoid a third successive relegation whilst starting on minus 30 points. Despite clocking up 13 wins and 17 draws, which normally would have given a club a midtable finish, the two punishments were enough for the Hatters to head out of the Football League - a plummet from Championship football in 2006-07 to Conference football by the summer of 2009. At present Luton are the only club to have been relegated out of the Football League via a triple relegation.

Given the state that Luton entered non-league football, even a club their size was going to find it tough turning that around quickly. In the end it took them five seasons to gain promotion back into the Football League - finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th made them perennial bridesmaids via the play-offs, until John Still came in as first team manager, and his experience of guiding clubs out of non-league football proved crucial as they won the Conference title in 2013-14 to take them back into the Football League. Their first season back saw them finish just outside the play-offs, in 8th position, but with the Hatters starting the 2015-16 season poorly, Still was shown the door, and Nathan Jones - once of this parish - entered the building on January 6th 2016, in his first front line position. During his first full season, they reached the play-offs which was probably their main target, but unfortunately - and not for the first time in Nathan's career - he got done over by Blackpool. This season their hope will be that they can avoid all that play-off fuss entirely.

The Kenilworth Stand - situated at the opposite end to the away section of the ground
The Kenilworth Stand - situated at the opposite end to the away section of the ground.
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace.

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Luton Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Luton Town

12/08/2003AwayCC1L1-44337Own Goal 47
02/10/2007HomeCCL1D0-04818
01/01/2008AwayCCL1L0-16811
22/08/2015HomeFL2W3-23830Arthurworrey 38, Bird 62, 73
02/02/2016AwayFL2D1-17538Walsh 70
13/08/2016AwayEFL2D1-17800Eaves 78
07/02/2017AwayCHTQFL2-52480Zoko 58, Sowunmi 65
04/03/2017HomeEFL2L0-44194
05/08/2017AwayEFL2L2-88101Khan 8, Zoko 67


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Luton Town

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
111360247201351026


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Luton Town : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

26/08/2017Mansfield TownAwayEFL2D2-24665Collins 85, Hylton 89
02/09/2017Lincoln CityAwayEFL2D0-09332
09/09/2017Swindon TownHomeEFL2L0-38455
12/09/2017Port ValeHomeEFL2W2-07046Whitfield 38, Stacey 50
16/09/2017Wycombe WanderersAwayEFL2W2-15512Collins 90, Cuthbert 90
23/09/2017ChesterfieldHomeEFL2W1-07575Hylton 53


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
James Collins600006
Danny Hylton200002
Olly Lee200002
Isaac Vassell200002
Scott Cuthbert100001
Elliot Lee100001
Dan Potts100001
Alan McCormack100001
Jack Stacey100001
Own Goals100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 8455, vs Swindon Town, 09/09/2017
Lowest League Attendance: 7046, vs Port Vale, 12/09/2017
Average League Attendance: 7808

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 3
Games Without A Home Defeat: 2 Games Without An Away Defeat: 3
Games Without A Draw: 4 Games Without A Score Draw: 5
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 4 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: WWLWW
Away Results Sequence: LDDW Overall Results Sequence: DDLWWW


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Luton Town : Club Information
Kenilworth Stadium,
Maple Road,
Luton,
Bedfordshire,
LU4 8AW.
(Click for map)



Telephone Number : 01582-411622
Fax : 01582-405070
Email: ticketoffice@lutontown.co.uk
Chairman : Nick Owen
Press Officer : Andrew Barringer
Fixtures Secretary : David Wilkinson
Manager : Nathan Jones

Capacity : 9,970
Seated : 9,970
Covered Terrace : None
Record Attendance : 30,069 (vs Blackpool, FA Cup 6th Round Replay, March 4th, 1959)
Nickname : Hatters
Midweek Games Played : Tuesday

Ticket Prices

This is an ALL TICKET match for away fans. This is Luton's standard policy for away supporters. If you've not got a ticket for the game you will not get into the away end. Rather oddly, this policy does not apply to home fans.

Yeovil Town fans will be housed in Luton's Oak Road Stand where if you have not been before, has probably one of the most unique turnstile entrances in the entire Football League, with the entrance being part of a row of terraced houses to the extent that to the outsider it looks as though you are paying a visit to one of the local residents rather than going to a football match. The capacity of the Oak Road Stand is 2,000.

Prices for the 2017-18 League Two match are as follows:

Adults: 18.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: 13.00; Over-75s and Under-19s: 10.00; Under-17s: 6.00.

We'd strongly advise that you complete purchases by 12.00 noon via the Huish Park Ticket Office on the Friday. There may be extensions beyond that, but we wouldn't risk it beyond that time.

Wheelchair users will need to contact Luton Town directly on 01582-416976 to make arrangements. Ambulant disabled should book via Huish Park.

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Luton Town : Directions To The Ground

The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace.

General


To get to Luton from the Yeovil area, take the A303 Eastbound towards London, merge onto the M3, and then take the M25 clockwise towards Heathrow and Watford. Exit the M25 at Junction 21A, joining the M1 northbound.

It is possible to exit the M1 at Junction 10, but this requires passing through the town one-way system where you can easily get lost. For that reason, it is simpler to get off at Junction 11.

By Road

Join the A505 towards Luton at M1 Junction 11. Follow the A505 for approximately 1.5 miles and Kenilworth Road is on your right as you leave the one-way system along Dunstable Road. To park, follow the one-way around, turning left, right and right again all in about 100 yards so that you do a complete U-turn, and then take the second left into Ash Road. Continue down to the bottom, turn left at the end and the club is in front of you. Continue straight past the club and the road bends immediately over a dual carriageway bridge. Beyond this is plenty of street parking (and a recommended fish shop) if you are early. If the street parking is over-subscribed, the next best bet is the multi-storey car park in the town centre. Follow the signs for the Galaxy Centre Leisure Complex.

NOTE: Oak Road, where the away turnstiles are, is closed to all vehicles on matchdays unless you are an away coach driver who has liaised with Luton and/or the police.

By Rail

Luton Station is served by Thameslink services (a London shuttle service that runs from Kings Cross Thameslink station and London Bridge) and also Midland Mainline services which leave from St Pancreas. The station is a 10 minute walk from the ground. From the station, turn right into Station Road which runs into Mill Street. At the junction, turn left into Telford way and right into Dunstable Road. Oak Road is the fifth on the left about a third of a mile along.

By Bus

From the Railway Station, there is a bus interchange. Take any of Bus Routes A, B or C or the F70 and get off at the Clifton Road stop.

Luton indicate that there are also FREE buses running between the train station and the ground for away supporters only. However, it's not clear at what times these run.

The Oak Road Stand - holding away supporters in rather cramped seating
The Oak Road Stand - holding away supporters in rather cramped seating
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace.

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Luton Town : Web Resources
Web Sites

Luton Town Official Website
Luton's main club website - PTV chain website, with usual pros and cons.


Trust In Luton
Luton's independent Supporters Trust website.


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Luton Today
Online presence of local newspaper the Luton News and Herald, with a dedicated Luton Town section.



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Luton Town : Food & Drink

General :

Although Luton's ground is fairly close to the town centre, that doesn't stop it being a real pain in terms of finding a good pub. It's got worse (somehow) in recent years, with the original Wetherspoon pub The London Hatter closing down and being replaced by one of very questionable quality. At the time of writing (July 2017) the English Rose is also closed, and whilst its fate hasn't been completely decided, it may not stay as a pub. Two of the better pubs in town (The Globe and The Wigmore Arms) are on entirely the wrong side of town unless you're coming in by car and want to make the effort to get there. The list below really is as good as it gets, and in the case of the new Wetherspoon, we wouldn't be mentioning it at all in normal circumstances.

Club Bar :

There is a very small licenced bar in the away end to the left hand side. Luton indicate that they will admit a maximum of 60 (SIXTY!) people to that area at any given time. There are other hot drink and food counters that hopefully don't have the same restrictions!

Local Pubs :

Beech Hill Conservative Club: This is a social club situated at the foot of Oak Road which means it's handy if you're coming in via Supporters Coaches but don't want to go straight into the ground. Head down the hill to the foot of Oak Road, and curve right around the one-way system. There's a 1.00 charge for guest admission - GWSC people have used this before away games. Maybe best not to say too loudly how much you love Jeremy Corbyn to the doorman.
Beech Hill Conservative Club, 18B Leagrave Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8HZ. Tel: 01582-726747. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Bricklayers Arms: This pub is a picturesque listed building, situated just north of the Railway Station off Midland Road (head round the back of the station) and 1.3 miles from the ground. It's not a large pub, but manages to cram in around six real ales and two ciders. It's very popular with Luton fans and so although we're not expecting any problems here, it's worth using common sense and remembering that you are in a 'home' pub. Opening hours are from noon until 11.00p.m. except on Friday and Saturday nights where there is an hour's extension. As a sample of what the pub offered in August 2016, they had beers from Nethergate, Bude, Oakham, Lincoln Green, Shardlow and Shardlow plus two traditional ciders from Westons and Thatchers - comparing that list of eight with what they had on our previous visit in January and it's a complete rotation, so there are no fixed beers or ciders. It looks like they used to do some food at lunchtime only, but trying to access that page on their website gives a 'not found' error so it seems that option has been withdrawn. There is a beer garden to the far side of the pub.
The Bricklayers Arms, 16 Hightown Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 0DD. Tel: 01582 611017. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

White House: Luton used to have a Wetherspoon outlet called the London Hatter. That has now gone, and been replaced by the White House. The good news for that is that the new pub is situated between the station and the ground, whereas the old one was a bit out of your way. They do have bouncers on the door, and we've had reports of away fans being refused entry, even though we got inside - it seems we zipped up our jackets, whilst those who got refused were wearing colours. Opening hours are 8.00a.m. until midnight, except for Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays where they get an hour extension, and Fridays and Saturdays where they get a two hour extension. The first few hours of Wetherspoon pub openings are for coffees and breakfasts only. Our 2016-17 season experience of this pub was rather poor - plastic glasses at the bar on matchdays, and a couple of the tables we could have used were stacked with dirty glasses and plates despite it not being particularly busy, whilst the real ale selection was one of the poorest we've seen in a Wetherspoon for a long time. It may be that we caught them on a bad day, but for a new pub in a corporate chain, that was unexpected.
White House, 1 Bridge Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 1SA. Tel: 01582-454608. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

If you can perfect your best Mockney accent, you should have no trouble. The East End may be a fair distance down the M1, but the accent has travelled northbound ...

Top-Tip :

If you are a relative of John Gurney or bear any resemblance to him, wear a hat and shades to the match.

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Luton Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Luton Airport was immortalised in song during 1979 by one-hit-wonders Cats UK, that lampooned a Campari advert featuring Lorraine Chase. Strangely enough, not too many people inside Luton seem to want to acknowledge that.

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