2008–09 Luton Town F.C. season

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Luton Town
2008–09 season
Chairman England Nick Owen
Manager England Mick Harford
Football League Two 24th (relegated)
FA Cup Second Round
Football League Cup Second Round
Football League Trophy Winners
Top goalscorer League: Chris Martin (11)
All: Chris Martin (13)
Highest home attendance 8,711 vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Football League Trophy, 17 February 2009)
Lowest home attendance 2,029 vs Brentford (Football League Trophy, 7 October 2008)
Average home league attendance 5,633
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 season was the 123rd season in the history of Luton Town Football Club. The team's 24th place finish in League One in 2007–08 meant the club competed in League Two. The club was deducted 30 points at the start of the season; 10 by The Football Association for irregular matters involving player transfers, and 20 by the Football League for breaking rules on exiting administration. As a result, the club finished bottom of the league and was relegated to the Conference Premier. The season was not, however, without success – Luton beat Scunthorpe United 3–2 at Wembley to win the Football League Trophy for the first time.

This article covers the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Background[edit]

Kevin Blackwell's Luton team had a woeful 2007–08 season, due in no small part to the chaos behind the scenes at the club. Chairman David Pinkney, who had only months before taken over the club promising success, took the club into administration on 22 November 2007, stating he would fund the club's overheads. The club had ten points deducted as punishment.[1] Meanwhile, an FA probe on transfer irregularities dragged on, described by Pinkney as "a storm in a teacup".[2]

On 12 January, Kevin Blackwell and his assistants Sam Ellis and John Carver announced their intention to resign from the club on 9 February. This came after the administrator had sold captain Chris Coyne to Colchester United and midfielder David Edwards to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £350,000 and £675,000 respectively. Blackwell had managed to guide his team to an FA Cup replay against Liverpool at Anfield, which assisted financially, but failed to prevent further sales.[3] On the same day as the replay at Anfield, 15 January, the administrator awarded "preferred bidder" status to Luton Town Football Club 2020, a consortium fronted by broadcaster and Luton Town supporter Nick Owen. 2020 loaned money to the club to keep them operating and, in return, were granted exclusive negotiation rights until the end of February 2008.[4] Blackwell and his assistants were all sacked by the administrator on the same day, following a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, to be replaced by former player Mick Harford, with Warren Neill installed as his assistant.[5] On 26 February, the 2020 consortium had their bid for the club conditionally accepted by the administrator. This meant that they were now custodians of the club until the end of the season, and that the Football League would have to negotiate terms to return the Golden Share to Luton Town for the 2008-09 campaign.[6]

Luton were relegated to League Two following a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on 12 April. The defeat left the Hatters rooted to the bottom of the table on 33 points, three points behind fellow strugglers Port Vale, who were also relegated on the same day. Luton lost all of their remaining league games and finished the season in bottom place and 17 points adrift of safety.[7]

On 3 June, the FA's probe finally finished, and Luton were found guilty of 15 misconduct charges. The club was handed a ten-point deduction for the 2008-09 campaign, and a £50,000 fine.[8] However, the situation soon went from bad to worse as, since the club had violated Football League rules by leaving administration without having made a Company Voluntary Arrangement with its creditors, the Football League only offered to return the Golden Share (that would allow the club to compete) to Luton on the condition that they play with a further twenty-point deduction. Luton appealed against the decision, but their appeal was thrown out. As a result, Luton Town began the 2008–09 season with an unprecedented -30 points, and facing a mighty fight merely to avoid relegation from the Football League for the first time in their history.[9]

Review[edit]

Pre-Season[edit]

Following the player sales in the previous season, Luton manager Mick Harford needed to practically rebuild his squad from scratch. A Football League-enforced transfer embargo that was in place until 48 hours before their first game of the season handicapped Harford further.[10] Once the embargo was lifted on 8 August, the club signed nine players: former player Kevin Nicholls returned from a spell at Preston North End to captain the team; Claude Gnakpa joined from Peterborough United; Asa Hall signed from Birmingham City; George Pilkington arrived from Port Vale, and many others were signed including Michael Spillane and Chris Martin, both on season-long loans from Norwich City.[11][12]

August and September[edit]

Luton made an indifferent start to the season, beating Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup, before going down 5–1 in the next round at Reading. By the end of September, Luton had reached –19 points in the league. This included an opening day home defeat to Port Vale, but narrow away victories over both Gillingham and Exeter City.

October[edit]

Luton's form soon slumped – after a draw away at Bradford City and a penalty shootout win over Brentford in the Football League Trophy, they lost two home games in a row. First Darlington inflicted defeat with a last minute winner in front of the Oak Road, then Luton were beaten 2–1 at home by Accrington Stanley in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.[13]

Meanwhile, manager Mick Harford continued to try to regenerate the squad – Irish winger Garreth O'Connor was drafted in from free agency, as was former Coventry City forward Wayne Andrews.[14][15] A spate of injuries did not help matters - talismanic captain Kevin Nicholls had not played since August, forward Sam Parkin was struggling with a recurring ankle injury, and defender George Pilkington was out after becoming injured in early September. Harford introduced several younger players into the aquad, including 16-year-old left-back Jake Howells from the youth team, 19-year-old Harry Worley on loan from Leicester City and 20-year-old striker Tom Craddock on loan from Middlesbrough.[15][16]

Craddock made a big impact in his second game - scoring two goals in a 2–2 draw at Grimsby Town. Craddock earnt and scored a penalty after Grimsby had taken an early lead, and then, deep into injury time, crashed the ball into the far corner from long range to secure a vital point for Luton. Luton Town history was made in this game as striker Jordan Patrick pulled on the number 29 shirt to become the club's youngest ever player – at 16 years and 7 days, Patrick came off the bench to set up Craddock's equaliser. Craddock scored again in a 2–1 win against Bury to quickly establish himself in the team.[17] Parkin, one of the club's highest earners, returned from injury during this game, but failed to score. He was sent out on loan to Leyton Orient days later, with a view to a permanent deal.[18][19] Three days later, a Tuesday night game against Bournemouth at Kenilworth Road was abandoned after only eight minutes due to bad weather.[20]

November[edit]

Luton's form was interrupted – a 3–0 annihilation followed that Saturday at Shrewsbury Town, putting a dent into Luton's charge for safety. A win in the Football League Trophy, against League One side Walsall, was the exception rather than the rule.[21][22] Ahead of the next game, at home against Dagenham & Redbridge, Luton were boosted by the news that Craddock had extended his loan from Middlesbrough by a month.[23] However, when Craddock injured his groin only days later, Luton were forced to bring in another striker – former Queens Park Rangers player Kevin Gallen was signed on loan for a month from MK Dons.[24] Results did not improve, with consecutive losses to Rochdale and Brentford.[25][26] An exit from the FA Cup followed, as Southend comfortably beat Luton 3-1 at Roots Hall.[27]

December[edit]

December saw a revival in fortunes, as the Hatters went the entire month unbeaten. After a thrilling 3–3 draw at Kenilworth Road in the rescheduled game against Bournemouth, Luton beat Barnet 3–1.[28][29] A 0–0 draw at top-of-the-table Wycombe Wanderers followed a week later, before Luton beat Colchester United in the Football League Trophy to earn a place in the Southern Area Final against Brighton & Hove Albion.[30][31]

Tom Craddock extended his loan from Middlesbrough by another month soon after.[32] Luton's unbeaten run continued on Boxing Day; Ian Roper's goal six minutes into injury time sealing a point at Chesterfield.[33] Two days later came a home win against Lincoln City, Roper scoring again after Chris Martin had put Luton 2–0 ahead – the match finished 3–2.[34] Luton were now only one point away from cancelling out their 30-point deduction.

January[edit]

Winger Ian Henderson, available as a free agent, signed on New Year's Day and Kevin Gallen's loan was also extended. To make room on the wage bill, Garreth O'Connor and Kevin Watson both left after short careers as Luton players.[35] The club then had a bad run of results, including a 5–1 defeat at Darlington.[36][37] Before the Darlington game, Luton signed Colchester United forward Akanni-Sunday Wasiu on loan for a month, while extending goalkeeper Conrad Logan's stay for a further month and signing Gallen on a permanent deal. Wayne Andrews was released soon after.[38]

In the first leg of the Football League Trophy Southern Area Final on 20 January, Luton travelled to Brighton & Hove Albion and battled to a 0-0 draw, giving them a slight advantage for the second leg at Kenilworth Road.[39] A controversial 3–3 draw with Bradford City saw both teams' managers, Mick Harford and Stuart McCall, and Luton captain Kevin Nicholls all set dates for FA hearings following a bizarre refereeing performance from Trevor Kettle.[40]

Tom Craddock signed an £80,000 permanent deal on 27 January, with Drew Talbot leaving for Chesterfield on loan to make room on the wage budget.[41][42] Luton's poor run of league form continued.[43][44]

February[edit]

A series of postponements due to adverse weather meant the club did not play for another two weeks and, when they did, they lost 2-1 to Dagenham & Redbridge.[45]

17 February saw Brighton & Hove Albion return for the second leg of the Football League Trophy Southern Area Final. Luton took the lead after 59 seconds through Tom Craddock, following a defensive mix-up. Brighton equalised with a Nicky Forster goal before David Livermore was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Michael Spillane. Neither club made a breakthrough in the remainder of the match, which went to a penalty shoot-out. Luton's on-loan goalkeeper from Derby County, Lewis Price, saved from Jason Jarrett and Chris Birchall to take Luton into the final against Scunthorpe United on 5 April at Wembley Stadium.[46] This appeared to have given Luton something of a confidence boost as they then went four games unbeaten in the league. Craddock scored again against Shrewsbury Town as Luton won 3–1,[47] and carried on his scoring form over the next month.

March[edit]

The next major game was on 17 March against relegation rivals Grimsby Town. Grimsby boss Mike Newell, formerly manager of Luton Town, was suing the club for unfair dismissal.[48] Newell received an angry reception, which turned to jeers when Asa Hall scored a last minute winner to give Luton the three points.[49]

Macclesfield Town then visited Kenilworth Road, and a Tom Craddock penalty was enough to secure a 1–0 victory for Luton - the first time the club had secured two straight wins all season.[50] Meanwhile, the club announced they had sold out their allocated 30,000 tickets for the Football League Trophy final almost immediately, and were given another 8,500 which went just as fast – setting a record for the most fans at Wembley Stadium from one club. However, Luton were told they would not be given any more due to "segregation issues". As a result, the final saw 40,000 Wembley seats empty.[51]

26 March, loan deadline day, saw Luton bring in experienced midfielder David Livermore from Brighton & Hove Albion on a month's loan. Meanwhile, young striker Ryan Charles moved to Kettering Town on loan, also for a month.[52] Two days later the Hatters travelled to Morecambe, unbeaten in twelve games. Goals from Chris Martin and Kevin Gallen saw Luton beat Morecambe 2–1 and, in doing so, managed three straight wins for the first time since the 2004-05 League One winning season.[53] Luton were now only eight points behind Chester City and with a game in hand. The match that Tuesday against Rotherham United, Luton's game in hand, could not have been more vital, but the Hatters ended up being defeated 4–2 and suffered a severe blow to their hopes of escaping relegation.

The FA hearings from the Bradford City game in January rolled around for Kevin Nicholls, Mick Harford and the club on 23 March – Harford was fined a total of £1,000, the club £2,000, and Nicholls £1,000. Nicholls was also handed a five-match ban to begin on 7 April – however, the club lodged an appeal against the ban on 31 March, delaying its effect until after the appeal was heard.[54][55]

April[edit]

April began with the news that the club had won their case against former manager Mike Newell. Newell claimed that in his contract he had been entitled to 10% of any profit on players sold. However, his claim for £400,000 in unpaid transfer money was not upheld by a Football League panel on 31 March.[56]

Luton Town staff celebrate winning the Football League Trophy.

5 April finally came, and Luton faced Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium in the Football League Trophy final as 40,000 Luton supporters converged on Wembley, dwarfing Scunthorpe's support of 13,000. Brian Mawhinney, Chairman of the Football League, was roundly booed by the Luton support before the game, in protest at the huge point deductions imposed at the start of the season. When the game got going, however, it was Scunthorpe who drew first blood in a pulsating match. Gary Hooper put Scunthorpe ahead early on with a low shot past Dean Brill. Tom Craddock set up Chris Martin with a superb cross a few minutes later, and Martin chested the ball down to shoot into the far corner to make it 1–1. In the second half, Craddock scored a half-volley from the edge of the box to make it 2–1, but Grant McCann forced extra time with a spectacular strike with only minutes left. Craddock was substituted and replaced by French defender Claude Gnakpa, played in an unusually forward role by Mick Harford – it was a gamble which paid off, as Gnakpa ran onto a long ball from Keith Keane and got a touch that carried the ball over Joe Murphy and into the net, sending the supporters wild. Luton clung on, with man-of-the-match captain Kevin Nicholls at the centre of the game, and held on to win the match 3–2 and bring the Football League Trophy to Luton for the first time.[57]

Only eight days later, Luton lost their League status - Lincoln City dealt another blow, as Luton were held to a 0–0 draw, and the final nail in the coffin came two days later as, on 13 April 2009, Luton Town were finally relegated from The Football League after a spell of 89 years.[58] Chesterfield held Luton to a draw and, coupled with former Luton manager Mike Newell's Grimsby Town side winning, this meant the club's survival in the league became mathematically impossible to achieve.[59]

I found out at five to five. I looked at the clock in the dressing room and said to the players: "Remember this time – five to five, on 13 April. This is the rebirth of Luton Town Football Club.

Mick Harford, Manager, Luton Town[60]

Relegation opened the question of whether Luton would be allowed to enter the Football League Trophy during the 2009–10 season. Luton soon submitted an application to the Football League, asking for special dispensation to defend their title.[61]

A Rossi Jarvis goal saved a point at Barnet on 18 April. Kevin Nicholls was sent off late on for collecting two yellow cards, and Dean Brill saved a penalty from former Hatter Paul Furlong.[62] Wycombe Wanderers then came to Kenilworth Road, but despite Luton forcing pressure on the promotion contenders, Wycombe managed a goal on the break following an error by Sol Davis and Luton failed to find an equaliser.[63] Luton's last home game in the Football League was a 1–1 draw with promotion chasers Rochdale, with Tom Craddock scoring a penalty before Adam Rundle rescued a point for the visitors.[64]

27 April saw the appeal against the Nicholls ban heard at the FA, and the decision was upheld, meaning that Nicholls would miss the match against Brentford on 2 May, as well as the first four games of the 2009-10 season.[65] Two days later, long-serving club secretary Cherry Newbury, an employee since 1978, finally left by mutual consent after a period of suspension on full pay starting in January. Newbury had been secretary since 1994, and was implicated as the employee who drew The Football Association's attention to former directors paying agents through the club's holding company.[66]

May and June[edit]

Luton Town bowed out of the Football League after 89 years with a 2–0 defeat at champions Brentford.[67]

The first signing of the summer for Luton's time in non-League football was announced on 26 May, as lifelong Luton Town supporter Andy Burgess signed a two-year contract, joining from Rushden & Diamonds on a free transfer.[68] The next day saw five players released – Sam Parkin, Dean Morgan, Paul McVeigh, Sol Davis and Dean Brill all left as their contracts had ended.[69] Adam Newton signed a two-year contract on 28 May following his release from Brentford, as regeneration of the squad continued.[70] Kevin Gallen signed a new one-year deal the same day.[71] Young defender Jake Howells signed his first professional deal on 2 June.[72] Three days later, Liam Hatch arrived on loan from Peterborough United for the 2009–10 season.[73] Central defender Alan White rejoined Luton on 8 June, nine years after leaving in 2000.[74]

On 15 June, the request to defend the Football League Trophy title was turned down.[75] Experienced goalkeeper Mark Tyler signed a two-year deal two years later.[76]

Match results[edit]

Luton Town results given first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 July 2008 Boreham Wood Away 4–2 0300 McVeigh, Spring (2), Morgan
14 July 2008 Hitchin Town Away 1–4 0876 Hall
19 July 2008 Bedford Town Away 3–0 1,133 Malcolm, Parkin, Broughton
22 July 2008 Leicester City Home 1–1 1,934 Spring
24 July 2008 St Neots Town Away 2–4 0521 Sinclair, Quinn
26 July 2008 Northampton Town Home 0–0 1,290
29 July 2008 Colchester United Home 0–1 1,203
2 August 2008 Brighton & Hove Albion Home 0–3 1,358

Football League Two[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2008 Port Vale Home 1–3 07,149 Parkin
16 August 2008 Gillingham Away 1–0 05,339 Parkin
23 August 2008 Notts County Home 1–1 06,085 Martin
30 August 2008 Exeter City Away 1–0 05,328 Parkin
6 September 2008 Macclesfield Town Away 1–2 02,349 Charles
13 September 2008 Aldershot Town Home 3–1 06,462 Spillane, Hall, Martin
20 September 2008 Rotherham United Away 0–1 04,095
27 September 2008 Chester City Home 1–1 05,731 Hall
4 October 2008 Bradford City Away 1–1 13,083 Spillane
11 October 2008 Darlington Home 1–2 05,560 Gnakpa
18 October 2008 Accrington Stanley Home 1–2 05,492 Hall
21 October 2008 Grimsby Town Away 2–2 04,021 Craddock (2)
25 October 2008 Bury Away 2–1 03,052 Craddock, Roper
1 November 2008 Shrewsbury Town Away 0–3 06,188
15 November 2008 Dagenham & Redbridge Home 2–1 05,402 Davis, McVeigh
22 November 2008 Rochdale Away 0–2 02,901
25 November 2008 Brentford Home 0–1 05,248
2 December 2008 Bournemouth Home 3–3 06,773 own goal, Gallen, McVeigh
6 December 2008 Barnet Home 3–1 05,536 McVeigh, Martin, own goal
13 December 2008 Wycombe Wanderers Away 0–0 05,567
20 December 2008 Morecambe Home 1–1 05,664 Spillane
26 December 2008 Chesterfield Away 2–2 04,243 Craddock, Roper
28 December 2008 Lincoln City Home 3–2 06,643 Martin (2), Roper
13 January 2009 Chester City Away 2–2 01,652 Martin, Emanuel
17 January 2009 Darlington Away 1–5 03,319 Martin
24 January 2009 Bradford City Home 3–3 06,053 Hall (2), Wasiu
27 January 2009 Bournemouth Away 1–1 05,230
31 January 2009 Bury Home 1–2 05,545 Hall
14 February 2009 Dagenham & Redbridge Away 1–2 02,310 Henderson
21 February 2009 Shrewsbury Town Home 3–1 05,661 Craddock, Parkin, Hall
24 February 2009 Accrington Stanley Away 0–0 01,033
28 February 2009 Port Vale Away 3–1 01,358 Hall, Gallen, Martin
3 March 2009 Gillingham Home 0–0 05,739
7 March 2009 Exeter City Home 1–2 06,460 Craddock
10 March 2009 Notts County Away 2–0 02,886 Martin, Craddock
14 March 2009 Aldershot Town Away 1–2 03,098 Craddock
17 March 2009 Grimsby Town Home 2–1 05,830 Bower, Hall
21 March 2009 Macclesfield Town Home 1–0 05,363 Craddock
28 March 2009 Morecambe Away 2–1 02,599 Martin, Gallen
31 March 2009 Rotherham United Home 2–4 05,975 Martin, Hall
11 April 2009 Lincoln City Away 0–0 04,664
13 April 2009 Chesterfield Home 0–0 06,494
18 April 2009 Barnet Away 1–1 02,808 Jarvis
21 April 2009 Wycombe Wanderers Home 0–1 06,553
25 April 2009 Rochdale Home 1–1 07,025 Craddock
2 May 2009 Brentford Away 0–2 10,223

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1st Round 8 November 2008 Altrincham Home 0–0 3,200
1st Round (replay) 18 November 2008 Altrincham Away 0–0 2,397 [A]
2nd Round 29 November 2008 Southend United Away 1–3 4,111 Spillane

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1st Round 12 August 2008 Plymouth Argyle Home 2–0 2,682 Jarvis, Plummer
2nd Round 26 August 2008 Reading Away 1–5 7,498 Charles

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
2nd Round 7 October 2008 Brentford Home 2–2 02,029 Martin (2) [B]
Southern
Quarter Final
4 November 2008 Walsall Away 1–0 01,844 Jarvis
Southern
Semi Final
16 December 2008 Colchester United Home 1–0 02,638 Gnakpa
Southern
Final
First Leg
20 January 2009 Brighton & Hove Albion Away 0–0 06,127
Southern
Final
Second Leg
17 February 2009 Brighton & Hove Albion Home 1–1 08,711 Craddock [A]
Final 5 April 2009 Scunthorpe United Neutral 3–2 55,378 Martin, Craddock, Gnakpa [C]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Brentford (C) (P) 46 23 16 7 65 36 +29 85 Promotion to League One
2 Exeter City (P) 46 22 13 11 65 50 +15 79
3 Wycombe Wanderers (P) 46 20 18 8 54 33 +21 78
4 Bury 46 21 15 10 63 43 +20 78 Qualification to League Two playoffs
5 Gillingham (P) 46 21 12 13 58 55 +3 75
6 Rochdale 46 19 13 14 70 59 +11 70
7 Shrewsbury Town 46 17 18 11 61 44 +17 69
8 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 19 11 16 77 53 +24 68
9 Bradford City 46 18 13 15 66 55 +11 67
10 Chesterfield 46 16 15 15 62 57 +5 63
11 Morecambe 46 15 18 13 53 56 −3 63
12 Darlington 46 20 12 14 61 44 +17 062*
13 Lincoln City 46 14 17 15 53 52 +1 59
14 Rotherham United 46 21 12 13 60 46 +14 058*
15 Aldershot Town 46 14 12 20 59 80 −21 54
16 Accrington Stanley 46 13 11 22 42 59 −17 50
17 Barnet 46 11 15 20 56 74 −18 48
18 Port Vale 46 13 9 24 44 66 −22 48
19 Notts County 46 11 14 21 49 69 −20 47
20 Macclesfield Town 46 13 8 25 45 77 −32 47
21 Bournemouth 46 17 12 17 59 51 +8 046*
22 Grimsby Town 46 9 14 23 51 69 −18 41
23 Chester (R) 46 8 13 25 43 81 −38 37 Relegation to Template:Fb competition 2009-10 Conference Premier
24 Luton Town (R) 46 13 17 16 58 65 −7 026*

Updated to games played on 2 May 2009.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
* Darlington deducted 10 points;[77] Bournemouth deducted 17 points;[78] Rotherham United deducted 17 points;[79] Luton Town deducted 30 points[80]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Player statistics[edit]

Last match played on 2 May 2009. Players with a zero in every column only appeared as unused substitutes.[81]
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Dean Brill 23 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 25 0 0 0
2 DF France Claude Gnakpa 19 (8) 1 3 0 2 0 5 (1) 2 29 (9) 3 7 0
3 DF England Sol Davis 22 (2) 1 1 (1) 0 2 0 2 0 27 (3) 1 5 1
4 DF Republic of Ireland Keith Keane 40 0 2 0 1 (1) 0 5 0 48 0 3 1
5 DF England Ian Roper 18 (1) 3 2 0 0 0 3 0 23 (1) 3 6 0
6 DF England George Pilkington 18 0 0 (1) 0 2 0 1 0 20 (1) 0 1 0
7 MF Republic of Ireland Garreth O'Connor 3 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 5 (2) 0 1 0
7 MF England Ian Henderson 14 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 (4) 1 2 0
8 MF England Kevin Nicholls 16 (3) 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 21 (3) 0 6 1
9 FW England Sam Parkin 15 (8) 4 0 0 2 0 1 (2) 0 18 (10) 4 5 0
10 FW England Ryan Charles 0 (10) 1 0 0 0 (1) 1 1 (1) 0 1 (12) 2 0 0
11 MF Republic of Ireland Lewis Emanuel 17 (3) 1 0 (1) 0 2 0 1 0 20 (4) 1 2 0
12 DF England Harry Worley 6 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 7 (3) 0 0 0
12 FW Nigeria Akanni-Sunday Wasiu 2 (3) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (3) 1 0 0
12 MF England David Livermore 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 2 0
14 MF England Asa Hall 35 (7) 10 2 0 1 (1) 0 4 (1) 1 42 (9) 11 2 0
15 DF England Ed Asafu-Adjaye 17 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 22 (2) 0 1 0
16 MF England Rossi Jarvis 31 (4) 1 2 (1) 0 1 (1) 1 6 1 34 (6) 3 4 0
17 MF England Kevin Watson 2 (4) 0 1 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 4 (7) 0 1 0
18 FW England Chris Martin 39 (1) 11 3 0 2 0 5 (1) 2 49 (2) 13 11 1
19 FW England Drew Talbot 4 (3) 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 2 0 6 (5) 0 1 0
20 DF Republic of Ireland Michael Spillane 35 (3) 3 3 1 1 0 6 0 45 (3) 4 8 0
21 GK Republic of Ireland Conrad Logan 22 0 3 0 1 0 4 0 30 0 1 0
22 FW England Josh Klein-Davies 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
22 DF England Mark Bower 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1 3 0
23 MF England Tristan Plummer 0 (5) 0 0 0 1 (1) 1 0 (1) 0 2 (7) 1 0 0
23 FW England Wayne Andrews 1 (6) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 3 (7) 0 1 0
24 FW England Tom Craddock 27 10 0 0 0 0 3 2 30 12 5 0
25 DF England George Beavan 3 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 5 (2) 0 0 0
26 DF England Richard Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 GK Wales Lewis Price 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
28 MF Northern Ireland Paul McVeigh 9 (4) 3 3 0 0 0 2 (2) 0 14 (6) 3 1 0
29 FW England Jordan Patrick 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
30 MF England Mark Farthing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW England Marc Pugh 3 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 0 0 0
32 FW England Kevin Gallen 26 (3) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 (3) 3 1 0
33 DF England Jake Howells 14 (14) 0 3 0 0 0 3 (2) 0 20 (16) 0 3 0
35 GK England David Button 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF England Jack Wood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 GK England Aaron Fletcher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 FW England Harry Hogarth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 FW England Scott Sinclair 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0

Most used starting eleven[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Only competitive games from the 2008–09 season are included.
Correct as of 13 November 2009.
Name Nat. From To Record Honours
PLD W D L GF GA W%
Mick Harford England 16 January 2008 1 October 2009 57 17 22 18 70 78 29.8 Football League Trophy

Awards[edit]

Awarded on 26 April 2009,[82] except Loyal Luton award awarded on 24 April 2009.[83]
Award Name No. Pos. Notes
Luton Town Supporters Club Player of the Year Republic of Ireland Keith Keane 4 DF
Loyal Luton Supporters Club Player of the Year Republic of Ireland Keith Keane 4 DF [83]
Players' Player of the Year England Asa Hall 14 MF
Young Player of the Year England Jake Howells 33 DF
Internet Player of the Year Republic of Ireland Keith Keane 4 DF
LTSC Junior Members' Player of the Year Republic of Ireland Michael Spillane 20 DF
Goal of the Season England Chris Martin 18 FW [D]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee Notes
7 August 2008 France Claude Gnakpa Peterborough United Free [11][84]
7 August 2008 England Ian Roper Walsall Free [11][84]
7 August 2008 England George Pilkington Port Vale Free [11][84]
7 August 2008 England Kevin Nicholls Preston North End Free [11][84]
7 August 2008 England Asa Hall Birmingham City Free [11][84]
7 August 2008 England Rossi Jarvis Norwich City Free [11][84]
8 August 2008 England Kevin Watson Colchester United Free [12][84]
6 October 2008 Republic of Ireland Garreth O'Connor Unattached [84]
17 October 2008 England Wayne Andrews Unattached [84]
2 January 2009 England Ian Henderson Unattached [84]
14 January 2009 England Kevin Gallen Milton Keynes Dons Free [84]
30 January 2009 England Tom Craddock Middlesbrough £80,000 [84][85]
26 May 2009 England Andy Burgess Rushden & Diamonds Free [68]
28 May 2009 Saint Kitts and Nevis Adam Newton Brentford Free [70]
8 June 2009 England Alan White Darlington Free [74]
17 June 2009 England Mark Tyler Unattached [76]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee Notes
1 July 2008 Jamaica Richard Langley Released [84]
15 July 2008 England Darren Currie Chesterfield Free [84]
17 July 2008 England Calvin Andrew Crystal Palace £80,000 [84]
23 July 2008 Republic of Ireland David Bell Norwich City £600,000 [84]
29 July 2008 England Zac Barrett Cambridge City Free [84]
8 August 2008 England Alan Goodall Chesterfield Free [84]
21 August 2008 England Richard Jackson Hereford United Free [84]
28 August 2008 Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Leary Hereford United Free [84]
1 October 2008 England Paul Underwood Released [84]
14 December 2008 Republic of Ireland Garreth O'Connor Released [84]
2 January 2009 England Kevin Watson Released [84]
9 January 2009 England Matthew Spring Charlton Athletic £50,000 [84]
16 January 2009 England Wayne Andrews Released [84]
End of season England Sam Parkin Released [69]
End of season England Dean Morgan Released [69]
End of season Northern Ireland Paul McVeigh Released [69]
End of season England Sol Davis Released [69]
End of season England Dean Brill Released [69]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player From End date Notes
7 August 2008 England Chris Martin Norwich City 3 May 2009 [11][84]
7 August 2008 England Tristan Plummer Bristol City 8 October 2008 [11][84]
8 August 2008 Republic of Ireland Michael Spillane Norwich City 3 May 2009 [12][84]
8 August 2008 England Josh Klein-Davies Bristol Rovers 13 August 2008 [12][84]
21 August 2008 Republic of Ireland Conrad Logan Leicester City 2 February 2009 [84]
12 September 2008 England Marc Pugh Shrewsbury Town 14 October 2008 [84]
18 September 2008 England Harry Worley Leicester City 18 November 2008 [84]
17 October 2008 England Tom Craddock Middlesbrough 17 January 2009 [84]
14 November 2008 England Kevin Gallen Milton Keynes Dons 14 January 2009 [84]
15 January 2009 Nigeria Akanni-Sunday Wasiu Colchester United 15 February 2009 [84]
26 January 2009 England Mark Bower Bradford City 17 April 2009 [84]
2 February 2009 Wales Lewis Price Derby County 2 March 2009 [84]
6 March 2009 England David Button Tottenham Hotspur 6 April 2009 [84]
26 March 2009 England David Livermore Brighton & Hove Albion 3 May 2009 [84]
5 June 2009 England Liam Hatch Peterborough United End of 2009–10 season [73]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player To End date Notes
31 July 2008 England Matthew Spring Sheffield United 31 December 2008 [84]
29 August 2008 England Dean Morgan Leyton Orient 3 May 2009 [84]
22 September 2008 England George Beavan Salisbury City 22 October 2008 [84]
21 October 2008 England Sam Parkin Leyton Orient 19 January 2009 [84]
26 January 2009 England George Beavan Grays Athletic 30 April 2009 [84]
26 January 2009 England Harry Hogarth Grays Athletic 30 April 2009 [84]
27 January 2009 England Drew Talbot Chesterfield 3 May 2009 [84]
26 March 2009 England Ryan Charles Kettering Town 30 April 2009 [84]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Luton won 4–3 in a penalty shootout.
B. ^ Luton won 4–2 in a penalty shootout.
C. ^ Luton Town won the match 3–2 after extra time, after the score was 2–2 after 90 minutes.
D. ^ The goal of the season was chosen to be Chris Martin's goal on 5 April against Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium in the Football League Trophy final.

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