Luton Town FC

Founded in April 1885 as a merge between Luton Wanderers and Luton Excelsior. Became in 1890 one of the first professional club in south England, and doing that by offering their players five shillings a week.

Basic facts

Founded: 1885
Country: England
City: Luton

Home grounds

Dallow Lane (1885-1897)
Dunstable Road (1897-1905)
Kenilworth Road (1905-)

Main Trophies

League Cup: 1

Prominent players

Joe Payne, Brian Stein, Ricky Hill, Syd Owen, Malcolm Macdonald

Luton Town team line-up 1898
The team that won the United League season 1897-98.

History

The club became one of the founding members of Southern League 1894. Three years later, member of the Football league. An intermission occured between 1900-1919, when Luton played in Southern and Western League before returning to Football League again 1920.

The team, by the fans called the Hatters, has a 7th place as best result in Division 1. They reach the final in the FA Cup 1959, but was defeated by Nottingham Forest. Winner of Football League Cup in 1988.

Through the years, the football club of Luton have often been involved in hard times. New economic problems has been a fact in later years and since 2009 Luton is a member of Conference National.

Trivia

Football clubs also founded in 1885

Millvall FC logoMillvall FC
Southampton FC logoSouthampton FC

Football clubs ordered after establishment

References:
Premier League by Gunnar Persson
https://www.lutontown.co.uk/club/club-history/

Image sources:
The Luton News