please log in to view this image v please log in to view this image please log in to view this image LAST TIME OUT WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 LUTON TOWN O please log in to view this image A good point for the Hatters against fellow strugglers the Pies. PRESTON NORTH END 1 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 3 please log in to view this image LUTON WIKI Luton Town Football Club (/ˈluːtən/) is a professional association football club based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, England, that competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1885, it is nicknamed 'the Hatters' and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association. The team plays its home matches at Kenilworth Road, where it has been based since 1905. The club's history includes major trophy wins, several financial crises, numerous promotions and relegations, and some spells of sustained success. It was perhaps most prominent between 1982 and 1992, when it was a member of English football's top division, at that time the First Division; the team won its only major honour, the Football League Cup, in 1988. The club was the first in southern England to turn professional, making payments to players as early as 1890 and turning fully professional a year later. It joined the Football League before the 1897–98 season, left in 1900 because of financial problems, and rejoined in 1920. Luton reached the First Division in 1955–56 and contested a major final for the first time when playing Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final. The team was then relegated from the top division in 1959–60, and demoted twice more in the following five years, playing in the Fourth Division from the 1965–66 season. However, it was promoted back to the top level by 1974–75. Luton Town's most recent successful period began in 1981–82, when the club won the Second Division, and thereby gained promotion to the First. Luton defeated Arsenal 3–2 in the 1988 Football League Cup Final and remained in the First Division until relegation at the end of the 1991–92 season. Between 2007 and 2009, financial difficulties caused the club to fall from the second tier of English football to the fifth in successive seasons. The last of these relegations came during the 2008–09 season, when 30 points were docked from Luton's record for various financial irregularities. Luton thereafter spent five seasons in non-League football before winning the Conference Premier in 2013–14, securing promotion back into the Football League. LUTON HISTORY THE PLACE NOT THE TEAM Luton (/ˈluːtən/ ( please log in to view this image listen)) is a large town, borough and unitary authority area of Bedfordshire, situated in the south east of England, but in the East of England region for administrative purposes. It has a population of 214,109 (mid-2018 est.) and is one of the most populous towns without city status in the United Kingdom. The town is situated on the River Lea, about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of London. The town's foundation dates to the sixth century as a Saxon outpost on the River Lea, from which Luton derives its name. Luton is recorded in the Domesday Book as Loitone and Lintone and one of the largest churches in Bedfordshire, St Mary's Church, was built in the 12th century. There are local museums which explore Luton's history in Wardown Park and Stockwood Park. Luton was for many years famous for hatmaking, and also had a large Vauxhall Motors factory. Car production at the plant began in 1905 and continued until the plant's closure in 2002. Production of commercial vehicles continues, and the head office of Vauxhall Motors is still in the town. London Luton Airport opened in 1938, and is now one of Britain's major airports, with three railway stations also in the town. The University of Bedfordshire was created from a merger with the University of Luton, and two of its campuses are in Luton. Luton Town Football Club, nicknamed "the Hatters" due to the town's connection to hatmaking, has had several spells in the top flight of the English league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988. They play at Kenilworth Road, their home since 1905, and planning permission for a new larger stadium was approved in 2019. Luton International Carnival, the largest one-day carnival in Europe, is held on the day before the last Monday in May,[n 1] and the Saint Patrick's festival is held on the weekend nearest to Saint Patrick's Day as there is a large Irish community in Luton. The town also has a large Pakistani community, which along with the Irish were attracted to employment at the Vauxhall car plant. Luton Hoo is an English country house, estate and Grade I listed building designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam. FORM GUIDE MAX 25 LUTON 11 PNE 6 Looking forward to visiting Kenilworth Road for the first time, although get the sinking feeling that I won't be paying my first visit on Saturday, the ground hasn't changed since about 1985 when Millwall arrived and completely rearranged it please log in to view this image Was looking forward to the unique entrance to an away end via Mrs Patel's on Oak Road but due to this frigging virus suspect the Football League are going to do completely the wrong thing and play the game behind closed doors. please log in to view this image Luton have been scrapping for their survival in recent weeks and have had an upturn in form, still think it will be touch and go whether they stay up under manager Graeme Jones. Keeper Simon Sluga record signing has had a bit of an up and down season some major blunders but pulled off a worldie on Saturday to earn them a point at Wigan. News from us Pearson appears to be fit which is a bonus, no gimme this but still sixth even though we have been trying to lose that position in recent weeks. Match Officials: Luton Town Away please log in to view this image The referee appointed to take charge of Saturday’s clash with Luton Town will be refereeing the Lilywhites for the first time in a league Matthew Donohue will be the man with the whistle for the game and whilst it is his first match in the EFL Championship, he did referee our 4-0 win at Bradford City back in August in the first round of the Carabao Cup. In 2018/19 the match official took charge of 37 games, issuing 135 cautions and seven red cards and this season he has officiated 26 games, issuing 106 cautions and four red cards – his last game being Fleetwood Town’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth on 22nd February. This will also be the referee’s first Hatters game of the season and in fact his first game refereeing Graeme Jones’ men in any game in his two years on the EFL lists. This season he has primarily refereed Championship games, having been promoted to the Select Group Two list, the most recent being West Brom’s 2-1 win at Reading last month. The other members of the third team involved in Saturday’s game see Matt Foley and Mark Jones as the assistants and Craig Hicks taking fourth official responsibilities.