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Luton Town

Luton Town

Nickname The Hatters
Web Site www.lutontown.co.uk
E-mail webadmin@lutontown.co.uk
Stadium Kenilworth Road Stadium

Luton Wanderers and Luton Excelsior merged in 1885 to form Luton Town Football Club. They take their nickname 'The Hatters' from Lutons historical association with producing hats. The first kit consisted of navy blue and pink halves, this applied to both shirts and caps. In 1890 Luton were the first team in the South of England to turn professional when they began paying three players. They were given a place in the football league in 1897. Their league status lasted just 3 years as the costs associated with playing (and traveling to play in the north of England) forced the team to resign their position and return to the Southern League. After World War One the Southern League became Division three of the Football League The Hatters moved to Kenilworth Road in 1905 and have recently been attempting to relocate.

Luton stayed in the Third Division until 1935 when they were champions and gained promotion. The feat was helped by Joe Payne who scored 55 goals that season (out of a total of 103 scored by the club). In the previous season he scored a record 10 goals on his debut about Bristol Rovers.

Luton have won the League Cup once and have never won the FA Cup or the League. They were FA Cup finalists in 1959 and the highest position they have finished in the League is seventh. The Hatters have played in all four tiers of the Football League.

The mid-eighties were slightly controversial for Luton. They introduced an artificial playing surface in time for the 1985/6 season and banned away supporters after an outbreak of hooliganism inside the ground. The 'away ban' led to them being disqualified from playing in the League Cup when the Club refused to relax the ban. The artificial pitch didn't prove popular and both playing surface and bans were lifted.

The late 90's and early 00's saw financial complications for the Club with it going into administration and a series of Management and Board Room changes, The Club dropped to the bottom division in 2001 and things were not looking good.. However, they bounced back the following season and were champions of Division One in 2005 to gain promotion to the Championship.

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