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Luton Town are a professional football club located in Luton in the county of Bedfordshire. One of a number of clubs who have played in every professional league in the English game for at least one season, Luton Town currently play in England’s fourth tier, League Two.
The history of Luton Town Football Club begins in 1885. Two local sides, Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior, joined together to create Luton Town and the club made progress immediately. The first football club from Southern England to become a fully professional club, Luton Town became founder members of the Southern Football League in the 1894/1895 season.
Two seasons later, the club left the Southern League and joined the United League. For the 1897/1898 season, Luton Town became one of the founder members of the Football League, though they continued to put out a second team in the United League for the following two years.
At that time, most of the teams competing in the Football League were based in Northern England and the Midlands. Because of the extra travelling costs Luton Town had to pay to fulfill their Football League fixtures, the club struggled financially. This led to Luton Town resigning from the Football League, rejoining the Southern League for the 1900/1901 campaign.
In 1905, Luton Town changed stadiums, moving into Kenilworth Road which is the home of Luton Town to this day. The club continued in the Southern League, playing in the First Division, though their time in this league was mixed with finishes as high as fourth and as low as 17th. The club suffered for its inconsistencies when they were relegated to the Southern League Second Division in the 1911/1912 season.
A year before the outbreak of the First World War halted the Football League calendar, Luton Town regained their place back in the Southern League First Division. After the end of the war, and despite a 20th place finish in the Southern League top division, Luton Town were elected to rejoin the Football League for the 1920/1921 season.
Starting in the Third Division, before moving to the Third Division South the following year, Luton Town made good progress in their new league. The club remained a Third Division South side until 1937, when Luton Town won the Third Division South title. With that championship, the club gained entry to the country’s second tier, the Second Division.
Luton Town made steady progress in the second tier, with mid to low table finishes becoming the norm though the club never really flirted with relegation. In fact, at the turn of the 1950’s, Luton Town were finishing in the upper echelons of the division, and their improved form resulted in promotion to the First Division for the first time in Luton Town history in the 1954/1955 season.
The 1950’s saw a Luton Town side full of players who would go on to become some of the club’s most loved and respected footballers. Featuring a number of international players, the club established itself as a steady First Division side. In the 1958/1959 season, the club reached an FA Cup Final for the first time in Luton Town history. Unfortunately for the Hatters, the side couldn’t overturn Nottingham Forest to lift the FA Cup and were defeated 2-1.
Just as it looked like Luton Town could challenge for trophies on a consistent basis, the club imploded. From 1960 to 1965, Luton Town suffered three relegations, one of the most dramatic collapses in English football history. The season after the club’s FA Cup Final loss, Luton Town finished in 22nd position, a place the club finishes three years later to condemn them to a further relegation to the Third Division. Worse followed two seasons later when Luton Town couldn’t avoid the drop once again, and the club began the 1965/1966 campaign in the Fourth Division.
However, almost as quickly as the club had hurtled downwards through the English divisions, the club regained its top flight place. After three seasons in the Fourth Division, Luton Town won the fourth tier title and followed that up with a promotion from the Third Division two seasons later. Three mid table finishes in the Second Division followed, before the club achieved a second place finish once again to seal a return back to the top flight.
This time, Luton Town’s tenure in the First Division lasted for just one season, and the club suffered an immediate relegation. Luton Town spent the next seven seasons in the second tier, before winning the Second Division title earning themselves promotion once again to the top tier in English football.
The 1980’s were a successful period for Luton Town. Maintaining their place in the First Division, although there were close calls with relegation, the club also won their first major trophy. In the 1987/1988 season, Luton Town won the Football League Cup, beating Arsenal 3-2. The club reached the League Cup Final once again during the subsequent season, though Nottingham Forest once again stopped the club from winning a cup competition, defeating Luton Town 3-1.
Luton Town missed out on becoming a founder member of the Premier League when they were relegated from the top flight in the 1991/1992 campaign. In time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This new league replaced the First Division, and resulted in the remaining Football League divisions being renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division became known as Division Three. As such, Luton Town spent the 1992/1993 season in Division One.
In 1996, the club were relegated once again. After finishing bottom of the Division One table, Luton Town were demoted to the third tier of English football. The club almost made an instant return to Division One, making the playoffs in their first season in Division Two, but were narrowly beaten in the semi finals by Crewe Alexandra.
This near miss led to trouble for Luton Town. They slipped down the Division Two table, resulting in another demotion in 2001. During this time, the club also struggled financially, entering administration. However, the club gained an instant promotion after finishing in second place.
In time for the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were rebranded once again. Division One became the Championship, Division Two became known as League One and Division Three League Two.
Luton Town became the inaugural champions of League One, regaining their place in the second tier. However, the club’s time in the Championship was short lived, and after two seasons the club were relegated. Luton Town had been deducted ten points that season after going into administration, and further financial irregularities cost the club three times in three seasons. Luton Town suffered three successive relegations, the 2008/2009 season seeing the club receive a 30 point deduction as punishment for the financial irregularities of previous owners. This saw the club eliminated from the Football League altogether, and Luton Town played Conference Premier football in the 2009/2010.
For three consecutive seasons, Luton Town suffered playoff heartbreak. The 2009/2010 season saw Luton Town come up against York City in the semi final, but were beaten 2-0. The following season, Luton Town came very close to regaining their Football League status, but a defeat on penalties to AFC Wimbledon in the final resulted in Luton Town staying in the Conference Premier. In the 2011/2012 season, York City were again Luton Town’s nemesis, winning the playoff final 2-1.
After five years of near misses in the Conference Premier, Luton Town won the league title. Returning to League Two for the 2014/2015 campaign, Luton Town have remained in this division for three consecutive seasons.
The first Luton Town crest featured an eight pointed star, coloured in white, which was used as far back as 1892. The next Luton Town football badge then comprised of the initials LTFC.
The following Luton Town football crest appeared in the 1930’s. This badge featured a straw hat, with the club nickname the Hatters, and the club’s initials added later on that decade. From 1947 to 1970, the Luton Town shirts didn’t feature a crest, save for the 1959 FA Cup Final where the shirts featured the the town of Luton’s coat of arms.
Between 1973 and 1987, a new Luton Town badge was designed. This badge featured an orange football with the letters ‘L’ and ‘t’ inside the ball and the club name featured round the outside in navy.
The club then went back to an image featured in the town’s coat of arms, and this has featured on every Luton Town football crest ever since. Firstly, featuring the club name on the outside, then featuring a ‘rainbow’ with two footballs. The club then reverted back to the previous badge, and from 2009 the team have worn a more modern version of that particular crest.
The Luton Town colours currently feature and orange shirt with a white trim, dark blue shorts and orange socks. Orange, white and navy have been key Luton Town kit colours during the club’s history, as well as white and black.
During the early years of Luton Town’s history, the Luton Town players wore a variety of different kit colours and styles. First playing in a half blue half pink shirt, before moving to red then a white red and black striped outfit, as well as blue and black, the club seemingly found its kit colours in 1900. For the next twenty years, the Luton Town colours were light blue shirts worn with white shorts and dark blue socks.
White shirts, black shorts and black socks were introduced in 1920, and these Luton Town kit colours were worn until 1973, though white socks and black and white hooped socks were worn during this period.
1973 saw the introduction of orange as a primary Luton Town kit colour. Orange shirts featuring a white stripe were worn, along with blue shorts and orange socks. The end of the decade saw the Luton Town players wear an all white kit but with a heavy orange trim on all elements. This style was worn until 1984.
The Luton Town kit then changed to white shirts with dark blue shorts and white socks. Black was then reintroduced in 2000, before orange reappeared in 2009.
In 2010, the Luton Town kit reverted back to their first ever kit colours of half blue and half pink shirts, before orange returned in 2011.
The Luton Town stadium is Kenilworth Road. Luton Town moved into Kenilworth Road in 1905, having previously played at Dunstable Road and Dallow Lane.
The Luton Town stadium capacity currently stands at 10,356, making it an average sized ground in the bottom two Football League divisions.
The Luton Town stadium layout is made up of five stands. These are the Kenilworth Stand, the Oak Road End, the Main Stand, the David Preece Stand and a row of executive boxes.
The majority of Luton Town supporters hail from the town of Luton and other parts of Bedfordshire. There are a variety of Luton Town supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Luton Town Supporters Trust, founded in 2003, which owns shares in the club.
The Luton Town ownership belongs to the group Luton Town Football Club 2020 Ltd. This consortium bought the club in 2008, rescuing Luton Town from administration.
Nick Owen is the current Luton Town chairman, taking this position when the consortium took over.
The list of Luton Town stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. That honour goes to Bob Morton, who made 562 appearances in all competitions for the club from 1948 to 1964. Fred Hawkes, who is in fact the club’s leading league appearance maker, is the only other Luton Town player to have appeared in over 500 games, making 549 appearances between 1899 and 1920.
Luton Town’s record goalscorer is Gordon Turner. Turner scored 276 goals for the club between 1949 and 1964. Five other players have scored over 100 goals for Luton Town - Andy Rennie, Brian Stein, Ernie Simms, Herbert Moody and Steve Howard.
The club’s all time record win is 15-0. Luton Town beat Great Yarmouth Town by this scoreline in the FA Cup in 1914. The club’s record defeated came in 1898, when Small Heath beat them 9-0 in the Second Division.
The current Luton Town players list consists of 30 members of the first team squad, supported by the Luton Town development squad.
Notable ex Luton Town players include Bruce Rioch, Paul Walsh, Mick Harford, Steve Foster, Steve Howard and Chris Coyne. Others include Malcolm Macdonald, Brian Horton, Les Sealey, David Preece and Kevin Nicholls.
Luton Town’s record transfer signing is Lars Elstrup. Elstrup cost the club £850,000 from Odense Boldklub in 1989. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received for a player is £3 million, a fee paid by West Bromwich Albion for Curtis Davies in 2005, and by Birmingham City for Rowan Vine in 2007.
Bob Hawkes was the club’s first international player, making his debut for England in 1907. The first Luton Town player to score for his country was Joe Payne, who scored for England in 1937.
The club’s most capped player is Mal Donaghy, who played 58 times for Northern Ireland whilst playing his club football at Luton Town.
Syd Owen is currently the only Luton Town player to have been awarded the FWA Footballer of the Year award, doing so in 1958/1959. Paul Walsh is the only Luton Town player to have won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, winning it in the 1983/1984 season.
The current Luton Town manager is Nathan Jones. Jones took on the Luton Town manager job in 2016, the permanent replacement for John Still.
The club’s longest serving manager is David Pleat. Pleat managed Luton Town for 600 games across two spells, from 1978 to 1986 and 1991 to 1995.
Ray Harford is arguably Luton Town’s most successful manager, Harford won the League Cup and led the club to a League Cup runners up finish and a Full Members Cup runners up position during his tenure between 1987 and 1990.
The Luton Town honours list consists of one Football League Cup (1987/1988); one Football League Trophy (2008/2009); one second tier championship (1981/1982); two third tier titles (1936/1937, 2004/2005); and one fourth tier title (1967/1968).
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