A rough guide to... Luton Town

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by Katie Donoghue

1 August 2016

After a forgettable 2015-16, Luton have made a strong start to the new season, Katie reports.

How are you?

The Hatters have been up and down since the turn of the millennium. Quite literally. three promotions and four relegations, with a Football League Trophy thrown in for good measure. Their fans probably match ours closest, with their greatest highs and the lowest lows experienced over recent years.

What have you been up to?

Having being relegated to the Conference in 2009, after the controversial 30 point deduction inflicted on them by the FA and Football League for financial irregularities, Luton experienced the agony of losing out in the play-offs three times over the next four years. They finally became Conference champions in the 2013-14 season, at the guidance of experienced manager John Still.

Before their relegation in 2009 was officially confirmed, they had won the Football League Trophy at Wembley. That was two fingers up to the FA, a nice parting shot; made even sweeter by beating a little Lincolnshire team called Scunthorpe United 3-2, despite going 1-0 down. Lovely.

In 2014, Luton came to an agreement with Morecambe, whereby the winner of each fixture every season, would also be the winner of the newly created Eric Morecambe Trophy.

What kind of season did you have?

The 2015-16 season was largely forgettable for the Hatters: an 11th place finish in the league and no further than the second round in the FA Cup, the League Cup and the League Trophy. John Still was sacked in late December after a bad run of results which left them 17th in the league. Nathan Jones took over in early January. He had previously learnt his coaching trade under Chris Hughton at Brighton.

Given Luton’s geographical position, they have a very good fan base for the level they are playing at, especially with having to compete with some of the Premier League big boys. Their average home attendance last season was 8,554, second to only to Portsmouth in the division. Impressive.

How are you feeling?

Confidence is high after a great start this season. Six league games in and the only blip so far was losing at Stevenage. Sitting top of the league at this point is nice, but you should have got a better feel for the season by Christmas.
The first round of the League Cup saw them drawn at home to Aston Villa, a club on the slide. A huge chance to take advantage whilst Villa are still finding their feet in a new season. And that they did. Beating the ex-Premier League side convincingly 3-1.

Where are you from?

Luton Town were formed in 1885 after a merge between Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior. They moved to Kenilworth Road from Dallow Lane in 1905. They were thee first southern-based English club to go professional.

The away fan experience is not rivalled anywhere I've been in the country. You go into the stadium by filing down a dimly lit alley, and up some steps into what looks like someone's back garden. Very surreal. Kenilworth Road is very, very old now and Luton are more than due an upgrade. Hopefully the away fans will have a bit more leg room this time!

There are plenty of fast food places close by to grab a bite to eat before the game, but your best chance of getting a decent beer is just close to the train station.

You must be so excited about plans for a new stadium

Luton are hopeful of being in a new ground by 2020-21 season. Same situation as us Mariners, although our plans have been dragging on somewhat. Good luck to them.

The front page image (cropped) of the Oak Stand entrance to Kenilworth Road is © Copyright Nigel Cox and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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