LUTON TOWN F.C.
Founded: 1885





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LUTON TOWN F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of LUTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Luton Town Football Club was formed on 11 April 1885, the product of a merger of the two leading local teams, Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior. Luton became the first club in southern England to be fully professional. The club was a founder member of the Southern Football League in the 189495 season and finished as runners-up in its first two seasons. It then left to help form the United League and came second in that league's inaugural season before joining the Football League (then based mostly in northern and central England) for 189798, concurrently moving to a new ground at Dunstable Road. Poor attendance, high wages, and the high travel and accommodation costs that resulted from Luton's distance from the northern heartlands of the Football League crippled the club financially, and made it too expensive to compete in that league. A return to the Southern League was therefore arranged for the 190001 season. Eight years after arriving at Dunstable Road, Luton moved again, settling at their current ground, Kenilworth Road, in 1905. A poor 191112 season saw Luton relegated to the Southern League's Second Division; the club won promotion back two years later. After the First World War broke out, Luton took part in The London Combination during 191516, and afterwards filled each season with friendly matches.

The Luton side first played in the white and black colours which it has retained for much of its history during the 192021 season, when the club rejoined the Football League. Luton stayed in the Third Division South until 193637, when the team finished top and won promotion to the Second Division, at that time the second tier of English football. During the promotion season, striker Joe Payne scored 55 goals in 39 games; during the previous season he had scored 10 in one match against Bristol Rovers, which remains a Football League record today. During the early 1950s, one of Luton's greatest sides emerged under manager Dally Duncan. This team reached the top flight for the first time in 195556, after finishing the season in second place behind Birmingham City on goal average. A few years of success followed, including an FA Cup Final appearance against Nottingham Forest in 195859. However, the club was relegated the following season, and, by 196465, was playing in the fourth tier. In yo-yo club fashion, Luton were to return. The team won the Fourth Division championship in 196768 under the leadership of former player Allan Brown; two years later Malcolm Macdonald's goals helped them to another promotion. Luton Town won promotion back to the First Division in 197374, but were relegated the following season by a solitary point. Former Luton player David Pleat was made manager in 1978, and by 198283 the team was back in the top flight. The club achieved its highest ever league position, seventh, in 198687, and, managed by Ray Harford, won the Football League Cup a year later with a 32 win over Arsenal. The club reached the League Cup Final once more in 198889, but lost 31 to Nottingham Forest.

The club was relegated from the top division at the end of the 199192 season, and sank to the third tier four years later. Luton stayed in the third-tier Second Division until relegation at the end of the 200001 season. Under the management of Joe Kinnear, who had arrived halfway through the previous season, the team won promotion from the fourth tier at the first attempt. "Controversial" owner John Gurney unsettled the club in 2003, terminating Kinnear's contract on his arrival in May; Gurney replaced Kinnear with Mike Newell before leaving Luton as the club entered administration. Newell's team finished as champions of the third-tier Football League One in 200405. While Newell's place was taken by first Kevin Blackwell and later former player Mick Harford, the team was then relegated twice in a row, starting in 200607, and spent the latter part of the 200708 season in administration, thus incurring a ten-point deduction from that season's total. The club then had a total of 30 points docked from its 200809 record by the Football Association and the Football League for financial irregularities dating back several years. These deductions proved to be too large an obstacle to overcome, but Luton came from behind in the final of the Football League Trophy to win the competition for the first time. Relegation meant that 200910 saw Luton playing in the Conference Premier, a competition which the club had never before participated in. The club unsuccessfully contested the promotion play-offs three times in four seasons during their time as a non-League club. In the 201213 FA Cup fourth round, Luton won their away tie against Premier League club Norwich City 10 and, in doing so, became the first non-League team to beat a side from England's top division since 1989. In the 201314 season, under the management of John Still, Luton won the Conference Premier championship with three games to spare, and thereby secured a return to the Football League for 201415.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Luton Town F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Hatters
Year Founded
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1885 (131 years ago)
English County
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Bedfordshire
Current Ground
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Kenilworth Road
Ground Location
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Luton, England
Club's Owner
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Luton Town F.C. 2020 Ltd
Club Chairman
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Nick Owen
Current Manager
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Nathan Jones
Current League
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League Two
Last Season
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League Two, 11th place


HOME COLORS

Orange & Navy Blue
AWAY COLORS

White & Orange
INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


KENILWORTH ROAD
1 Maple Road, Luton,
Bedfordshire, LU4-8AW, England


OPENED: ......... 1905
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 10,356
RECORD: ......... 30,069 (1959 vs Blackpool)
OWNER: ........... Luton Borough Council
OPERATOR: ..... Luton Town F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 110 x 72 yards (101 x 66 meters)



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