2009–10 Luton Town F.C. season

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Luton Town
2009–10 season
Chairman England Nick Owen
Manager England Mick Harford (until 1 October 2009)[1]
Wales Alan Neilson (caretaker manager from 1 October 2009 to 30 October 2009)[1][2]
England Richard Money (from 30 October 2009)[2]
Conference Premier 2nd (Play-off semi-finals)
FA Cup Third Round
FA Trophy First Round
Top goalscorer League: Tom Craddock (23)
All: Tom Craddock (24)
Highest home attendance 9,781 vs York City (Conference Premier Play-off semi-final, 3 May 2010)
Lowest home attendance 2,518 vs Rotherham United (FA Cup Second Round Replay, 8 December 2009)
Average home league attendance 6,578
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 season was the 124th season in the history of Luton Town Football Club. The club's 24th place finish in Football League Two in 2008–09 meant that the team competed in the Conference Premier for the first time in its history, and in a division outside of the Football League for the first time since the beginning of their second spell as a member in 1920. Although tipped as favourites for the title before the season had even begun, the club struggled to immediately adapt to life in the new division, ultimately costing manager Mick Harford his job. Richard Money was appointed as new manager soon after, eventually leading the club to a run of 14 unbeaten games towards the end of the season that propelled them to finish in second place in the league. However, defeat in the play-off semi-finals condemned Luton to play another season in the Conference.

This article covers the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

Background[edit]

After a chaotic 2007–08 season, Luton Town's situation went from bad to worse when it emerged that, due to financial irregularities, they would start the 2008–09 season with a 20 point deduction from the Football League on top of a 10 point deduction from the Football Association for matters concerning transfers of players under the previous board.[3] As the club only exited administration two days before the start of the season, manager Mick Harford needed to rebuild the squad from scratch. Six new players were in the starting line-up for the first game of the season, and throughout the campaign loan and non-contracted players were drafted in and out of the squad.[4][5][6][7] As a result of this instability, the players never settled sufficiently to gain the results required. In the end, relegation was inevitable,[8] though some consolation was taken from victory in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley Stadium.[9] Since Luton were no longer in the Football League, and thus no longer eligible for the competition, the club applied to defend their title during 2009–10. The request was denied on 15 June, causing the club to consider an appeal.[10]

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Luton Town competed in the South West Challenge Cup during July, and were drawn to play against Bideford and Wycombe Wanderers in Group C.[11] However, a waterlogged pitch caused the Wycombe game to be cancelled, and Luton were given passage into the semi-finals based on having a higher goal difference than Wycombe.[12] Luton beat Exeter City 3–2 in the semi-final,[13] setting up the final against Grimsby Town. Grimsby, though, refused to play in the final due to safety concerns over a 6:00PM kick-off time, and no compromise with the tournament organisers could be reached. As a result, Belgian club Montegnée, originally knocked out in the group stages, were invited to play in the final at Grimsby's expense.[14] Luton went on to win the South West Challenge Cup with a 3–1 victory over Montegnée.[15]

Friendlies were arranged against St Neots Town, Hitchin Town (as a Luton XI), Spalding United (as a Luton XI), Swindon Town, Peterborough United, Manchester United, Biggleswade Town in the Bedfordshire Premier Cup (as a Luton XI), and Hampton & Richmond.[13]

On 8 July, it was announced that four players had not been offered new contracts, and were therefore released from the club. Ian Henderson was the only senior player to be released, along with three youth team players – Riccardo Biggi, Mark Farthing and Harry Hogarth.[16][17]

On 22 July, Luton signed Shane Blackett on a two-year contract from Peterborough United. The transfer was funded from the proceeds of a friendly with Peterborough, which took place on 25 July.[18] Five days later, Luton-born defender Callum Reynolds signed on loan from Portsmouth until January.[19]

On 29 July, striker Drew Talbot joined Chesterfield on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract at Luton.[20] The next day, defender Ian Roper signed for Kettering Town on a free transfer.[21]

Luton Town revealed new kits for the coming season on 30 July, reverting the home strip back to the orange colours that the club used primarily in the 1970s. A new two-year shirt sponsorship deal was announced with easyJet, whose headquarters are located at the nearby London Luton Airport.[22]

August[edit]

On 6 August, striker Steve Basham penned a one-year contract with the club,[23] and one day later, goalkeeper Shane Gore signed a one-month contract, acting as cover for Mark Tyler.[24]

Luton began life in non-league football with a 1–1 draw away to AFC Wimbledon. Tom Craddock scored an early penalty before Wimbledon pegged Luton back with a penalty of their own late on, which saw Shane Blackett sent off on his debut.[25]

On 11 August, with the news that left-back Lewis Emanuel was to be sidelined for three months with a broken toe sustained in the game at Kingsmeadow, Luton signed Grays Athletic defender Fred Murray on a six-month loan deal.[26] Murray started in the team on the same day in Luton's first home game of the season – a comfortable 4–1 victory over Mansfield Town, which saw centre-back George Pilkington score his first two goals for the club.[27] Luton continued with victories over Gateshead[28] and Forest Green Rovers,[29] before labouring to a 0–0 home draw with Chester City.[30] Long-term injuries to Ryan Charles and Liam Hatch left Luton short on attacking options, resulting in striker George Donnelly signing on a one-month loan from Plymouth Argyle on 28 August.[31] Luton ended August unbeaten with a draw at Kettering Town, placing them third in the table.[32]

September[edit]

Luton secured a fourth consecutive clean sheet with a 3–0 victory over Crawley Town at Kenilworth Road, keeping in touch with early league leaders Oxford United and Mansfield Town.[33]

A poor run of form throughout the rest of September saw Luton pick up just seven points from six games - including away losses at Oxford[34] and Wrexham,[35] the latter of which manager Mick Harford described as "the worst performance in Luton Town's history".[36] A brief respite was found in an extraordinary comeback victory over Cambridge United. Losing 2–0 at half-time and with a man sent off, Luton rallied to a 4–3 win by full-time, Kevin Gallen scoring twice.[37] However, just three days later, Luton suffered a home defeat after a lifeless performance to local rivals Stevenage Borough.[38]

Peterborough United striker Ben Wright signed on a one-month loan on 29 September, boosting Luton's attacking options in the wake of further injuries and suspensions.[39]

October[edit]

On 1 October, manager Mick Harford parted company with Luton Town by mutual consent. Luton were 13 points from the top of the table and, in a club statement, Managing Director Gary Sweet admitted that results and performances were not up to the standards expected at the beginning of the season. First-team coach Alan Neilson was named caretaker manager until a replacement for Harford could be found.[1] Neilson's first game ended in a 2–1 victory over Tamworth.[40]

Neilson continued on an unbeaten run of five matches, including an FA Cup victory over Grays Athletic, until Luton appointed Richard Money as permanent manager on October 30. Neilson continued working at the club as assistant manager, and former Cambridge United boss Gary Brabin was named as the club's chief scout.[2] Luton lost their second home game of the season the next day, Rushden & Diamonds inflicting a 2–0 defeat with two late goals.[41]

November[edit]

The month began with a thrilling 3–3 draw at home to League Two side Rochdale in the FA Cup on 7 November, resulting in a replay at Spotland four days later.[42] Luton won the tie 2–0 to set up a second round encounter with Rotherham United.[43]

Richard Money made his first signings a day later – experienced Notts County goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington signed on a one-month loan to act as cover for the injured Mark Tyler,[44] whilst striker Mark Nwokeji was drafted in on loan until January 2010 from Dagenham & Redbridge.[45] Both players made their debuts in a 2–0 win over Grays Athletic on 14 November.[46] A 2–2 home draw with Cambridge United the next week saw Luton let in two late goals; a game that could have ended in a loss had Kevin Pilkington not saved a penalty.[47] The scheduled game against Mansfield Town on 24 November was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Field Mill.[48]

On 26 November, the day of the loan transfer deadline, Coventry City winger Ashley Cain was signed for one month.[49] Midfielder Andy Burgess, who was signed only in May 2009 and had made 10 appearances for the club, joined promotion rivals Mansfield Town on an initial one-month loan with a permanent transfer arranged for January 2010.[50] In a busy day of transfer dealing, striker Steve Basham, sparsely used since his arrival in the summer, completed a two-month loan to Hayes & Yeading United.[51] Luton signed Kidderminster Harriers' top scorer Matthew Barnes-Homer on a two-and-a-half-year contract for a five-figure fee, with the permanent transfer taking place in January 2010. Barnes-Homer would play until then on loan, with young Luton striker Ryan Charles heading to Kidderminster on loan for one month as part of the deal.[52]

Two days later, Luton drew 2–2 in the FA Cup with Rotherham United, once more forcing a replay in the competition.[53]

December[edit]

A 1–0 home defeat to Kettering Town on 2 December, followed by a 0–0 draw to Chester City three days later, resulted in Luton finding themselves in seventh place in the table and four points off of a play-off position, albeit with two games in hand over some teams.[54][55]

On 8 December, Luton beat League Two side Rotherham United 3–0 in an FA Cup Second Round replay at Kenilworth Road, setting up a Third Round encounter at League One side Southampton.[56] Four days later, Cambridge United knocked Luton out of the FA Trophy with a 3–1 win at the Abbey Stadium.[57]

A series of postponements to games due to snow and ice left a sparse fixture list for the rest of the month, with Luton's only other game resulting in a 4–1 victory over Eastbourne Borough on 28 December, with Matthew Barnes-Homer scoring his first goal for the club.[58][59][60]

January[edit]

Luton were knocked out of the FA Cup by Southampton, a side two leagues higher, on 2 January in a narrow 1–0 defeat.[61]

On 5 January, with the transfer window now open, Luton signed young St Albans City players Jonathan O'Donnell and Godfrey Poku on 18-month contracts.[62] O'Donnell had previously spent time in the youth set-up at Luton's local rivals Watford and Milton Keynes Dons, while Poku was highly rated by St Albans manager Steve Castle.[63][64] On 30 January, the two players were loaned back to St Albans for a period of one month.[65]

Further postponements due to the adverse weather meant Luton had played just one league game in seven weeks, leaving a further 23 games to be played in three months.[66][67][68] In contrast, the first 23 league games had been played over a period of five months.

Experienced trio Kevin Nicholls, Alan White and Kevin Gallen were placed on the transfer list by Richard Money on 12 January.[69] White joined his previous club Darlington on loan for the rest of the season three days later.[70] Midfielder Keith Keane, who had started his career with Luton, was placed on the transfer list on 15 January. Keane's refusal to sign a new contract, which would expire at the end of the season and effectively mean he would leave the club on a free transfer, was cited as the reason.[71] Striker Mark Nwokeji, meanwhile, extended his loan agreement with Luton until the end of the season, while the permanent transfers of Matthew Barnes-Homer and Fred Murray, who had both previously been playing for the club on loan, were confirmed.[72]

On 22 January, York City winger Craig Nelthorpe signed for Luton on loan for the rest of the season.[73] He made his debut one day later as a substitute in a 1–0 victory over Gateshead – Luton's first game in 21 days.[74]

Hungarian central defender János Kovács was signed on a free transfer from Lincoln City on 26 January. Kovács signed a five-month contract until the end of the season.[75] He started in the team, and scored the opening goal, in a 2–0 win over Histon a day later. This game also saw Liam Hatch make his first appearance in nearly four months upon his return from an ankle injury.[76]

Luton fell to their fourth home defeat of the season with a 3–2 loss against Ebbsfleet United on 30 January, Hatch scoring his first goal for the club.[77]

February[edit]

A busy February period of six games in three weeks started with a 1–0 away win over Barrow, Hatch once again scoring.[78] A 2–1 win over league leaders Oxford United was secured on 9 February, with Luton scoring both goals in added time – the winner was scored by captain Keith Keane direct from a corner in the last minute of the game, which propelled the club into the play-off positions for the first time since early November. Keane was then sent off for celebrating the goal with Luton fans. This game also saw the highest turnout at Kenilworth Road in over two seasons, with 8,860 fans in attendance.[79] Four days later, Luton won a third consecutive game with a 1–0 away victory over Eastbourne Borough, an Asa Hall strike from 25 yards proving the match winner.[80]

Luton's ten-game unbeaten away record in the league continued with a 0–0 draw at their promotion rivals York City on 16 February, pushing the club up to fourth place in the table.[81] The club's poor league form at Kenilworth Road, in which only three games out of ten had ended in Luton winning, continued with a fifth home defeat – a 2–1 loss to AFC Wimbledon. Tom Craddock scored his tenth goal of the season for Luton, making him the top scorer at the club.[82] A loss to Crawley Town left Luton in fifth place in the table, and also saw the club's record-equalling run of away form come to an end.[83]

March[edit]

The backlog of postponed games from the winter period meant Luton were to play 8 games over March. This began with a 0–0 draw away to Mansfield Town on 2 March, with a 3–2 victory over Hayes & Yeading United coming four days later.[84][85]

A last minute winner from Tom Craddock in a 2–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers on 9 March propelled Luton to third place in the table, the club's highest position since early September.[86]

On 12 March 2010, Luton signed midfielder Simon Heslop from Championship side Barnsley on a 28-day emergency loan.[87] He played in a 1–0 victory over Wrexham a day later as Luton kept their first home clean sheet since September 2009.[88] A third home game in a row on 16 March resulted in a 3–1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers, Kevin Gallen scoring twice.[89]

Luton recorded their biggest win of the season on 20 March, with a 6–1 victory away at Ebbsfleet United. Winger Claude Gnakpa scored a hat-trick in the club's biggest victory since a 5–0 win over Bristol City in 2005.[90]

Richard Money added two players to the squad before the loan and free transfer deadline on March 25. Kenyan international striker Taiwo Atieno, who started his career when Money was manager of Walsall and had most recently played football in the USA, was signed on a free transfer until the end of the season. Defender Gavin Caines was signed on loan until the end of the season from Kidderminster Harriers, where he had been a regular member of the squad.[91]

Luton's 6–1 winning result the previous week was then bettered with an emphatic 8–0 home victory over Hayes & Yeading United on 27 March.[92] The club's run of goals continued three days later with a 4–0 win against Salisbury City, their seventh consecutive victory.[93]

Luton's good form during the month did not go unnoticed, with Richard Money claiming the March Conference Manager of the Month award, and Claude Gnakpa named as Player of the Month.[94][95]

April[edit]

Luton, who were at this point second in the table, faced a key clash with league leaders Stevenage Borough on 3 April. Luton secured a 1–0 win at Broadhall Way in a tightly contested game, Matthew Barnes-Homer scoring the winning goal just moments after his introduction as a substitute, and inflicted Stevenage's first home defeat since November 2008. Luton were now only two points behind Stevenage, though the leaders had a game in hand.[96] A ninth consecutive victory was assured two days later as Luton beat already relegated side Grays Athletic 6–0 at Kenilworth Road, with Kevin Gallen scoring the first hat-trick of his career.[97]

Luton's nine game-winning run was halted on 10 April with a 1–1 draw away to Tamworth, which saw the club fall to four points behind leaders Stevenage.[98] However, Luton's scoring form soon returned in a 6–3 home win against Histon three days later - a game that marked Tom Craddock's first senior hat-trick.[99]

A 0–0 home draw on 17 April with Altrincham, coupled with Stevenage's victory over Kidderminster that led to them being crowned as Conference Premier champions, meant that Luton's only hope of promotion was now through the play-offs.[100]

The last league game of the season on 24 April resulted in a 1–1 draw with play-off rivals Rushden & Diamonds, which meant Luton ended the season with a second place finish. Results elsewhere left Luton to play York City in the two-legged play-off semi-final on 29 April and 3 May.[101]

Luton lost the first leg at Bootham Crescent 1–0, an 89th minute goal from Richard Brodie leaving them having to win the return game to have any chance of playing in the final.[102]

May[edit]

Another 1–0 defeat in the home leg knocked Luton out of the play-offs, condemning them to at least another season in the Conference Premier.[103]

The clearout of players began on 7 May as Luton prepared for their second season in the division. Four players - Steve Basham, Shane Gore, Asa Hall and Rossi Jarvis - were released from their contracts, while a further four - Gavin Caines, Liam Hatch, Craig Nelthorpe and Mark Nwokeji - left the club as their loan period had ended.[104] As well as the changes to playing staff, the coaching staff were also subject to restructuring in the wake of the season ending. Chief scout Gary Brabin was promoted to the role of assistant manager, replacing Alan Neilson. Neilson was instead appointed to a coaching and youth development role, while first-team coach Kevin Watson left the club.[105]

Luton made their first signing of the season on 19 May, with Cambridge United defender Dan Gleeson making the move to Kenilworth Road on a free transfer.[106] Goalkeeper and former loanee Kevin Pilkington signed a permanent one-year contract a day later, having been released from Notts County. Striker Danny Crow, who had finished the season as Cambridge United's top scorer, signed on a free transfer on 21 May, penning a two-year contract.[107]

Luton were also boosted by Player of the Year George Pilkington and 18-goal striker Kevin Gallen signing contract extensions.[108][109]

On 27 May, Luton announced they were to sign Stevenage midfielder Andy Drury, who had played 30 league games during the season as the club claimed the Conference title, on a two-year contract beginning from 1 July 2010.[110]

Striker Ryan Charles and defender George Beavan were released from the club on 31 May.[111]

June[edit]

On 9 June, midfielder Keith Keane signed a new two-year contract.[112] On 28 June, defender János Kovács left the club and signed for Hereford United on a two-year contract.[113]

Match results[edit]

Luton Town results given first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season[edit]

South West Challenge Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
Group C 15 July 2009 Bideford Away 3–0 513 Craddock (2), Talbot [11][13]
Group C 17 July 2009 Wycombe Wanderers Neutral Cancelled [12]
Semi Final 18 July 2009 Exeter City Neutral 3–2 532 Hatch, Craddock, Talbot [12][13]
Final 19 July 2009 Montegnée Neutral 3–1 331 Craddock, own goal, Hall [14][15]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
10 July 2009 St Neots Town Away 3–1 864 White, Newton, Hunter [13]
21 July 2009 Swindon Town Home 0–1 1,524 [13]
22 July 2009 Hitchin Town Away 0–1 340 Luton XI[13]
25 July 2009 Peterborough United XI Home 3–0 1,598 Craddock, Hall, Watkins [13]
25 July 2009 Spalding United Away 4–1 89 Walker (2), Williams (2) Luton XI[13]
28 July 2009 Manchester United XI Home 1–2 7,480 Hall [13]
29 July 2009 Biggleswade Town Away 2–2 289 Mkoloma, Barker Luton XI
Bedfordshire Premier Cup Final
[13][A]
1 August 2009 Hampton & Richmond Away 0–1 397 [13]

Conference Premier[edit]

For information on this season's Conference Premier, see Football Conference 2009–10.
Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
8 August 2009 AFC Wimbledon Away 1–1 4,488 Craddock (pen) [25]
11 August 2009 Mansfield Town Home 4–1 7,295 Pilkington (2), own goal, Craddock (pen) [27]
15 August 2009 Gateshead Home 2–1 6,829 Hall, Gallen [28]
18 August 2009 Forest Green Rovers Away 1–0 1,805 Craddock [29]
22 August 2009 Chester City Home 0–0 6,563 [30][B]
29 August 2009 Kettering Town Away 0–0 3,266 [32]
1 September 2009 Crawley Town Home 3–0 6,389 Pilkington (2), Craddock [33]
5 September 2009 Salisbury City Away 1–1 2,044 Gallen [114]
8 September 2009 Oxford United Away 0–2 10,613 [34]
12 September 2009 Barrow Home 1–0 6,264 Newton [115]
22 September 2009 Wrexham Away 0–3 3,448 [35]
26 September 2009 Cambridge United Away 4–3 4,870 Gallen (2), Jarvis, Howells [37]
29 September 2009 Stevenage Borough Home 0–1 8,223 [38]
3 October 2009 Tamworth Home 2–1 6,297 Hall, Wright [40]
10 October 2009 Kidderminster Harriers Away 2–1 2,927 Newton, Charles [116]
17 October 2009 Altrincham Away 1–0 1,762 Craddock (pen) [117]
20 October 2009 York City Home 1–1 6,387 Hall [118]
31 October 2009 Rushden & Diamonds Home 0–2 7,101 [41]
14 November 2009 Grays Athletic Away 2–0 1,668 Craddock, Gallen [46]
21 November 2009 Cambridge United Home 2–2 7,458 Gnakpa, Craddock [47]
2 December 2009 Kettering Town Home 0–1 6,608 [54]
5 December 2009 Chester City Away 0–0 1,352 [55][B]
28 December 2009 Eastbourne Borough Home 4–1 6,646 Barnes-Homer, Gallen (2), Jarvis [60]
23 January 2010 Gateshead Away 1–0 1,218 Own goal [74]
27 January 2010 Histon Away 2–0 1,543 Kovács, Hall [76]
30 January 2010 Ebbsfleet United Home 2–3 6,658 Hatch, Craddock [77]
6 February 2010 Barrow Away 1–0 1,579 Hatch [78]
9 February 2010 Oxford United Home 2–1 8,860 Pilkington, Keane [79]
13 February 2010 Eastbourne Borough Away 1–0 2,018 Hall [80]
16 February 2010 York City Away 0–0 3,316 [81]
20 February 2010 AFC Wimbledon Home 1–2 7,736 Craddock [82]
27 February 2010 Crawley Town Away 1–2 2,118 Barnes-Homer [83]
2 March 2010 Mansfield Town Away 0–0 3,407 [84]
6 March 2010 Hayes & Yeading Away 3–2 1,881 Hatch, Gnakpa (pen), Craddock [85]
9 March 2010 Forest Green Rovers Home 2–1 5,884 Craddock (2) [86]
13 March 2010 Wrexham Home 1–0 6,538 Craddock [88]
16 March 2010 Kidderminster Harriers Home 3–1 5,908 Howells, Gallen (2) [89]
20 March 2010 Ebbsfleet United Away 6–1 1,923 Gnakpa (3), Gallen, Craddock, Barnes-Homer [90]
27 March 2010 Hayes & Yeading Home 8–0 6,761 Gallen (2), Gnakpa (2), Keane, Craddock (2), Howells [92]
30 March 2010 Salisbury City Home 4–0 6,692 Gnakpa, Craddock, Howells, Heslop [93]
3 April 2010 Stevenage Borough Away 1–0 7,024 Barnes-Homer [96]
5 April 2010 Grays Athletic Home 6–0 7,860 Craddock (2), Gallen (3), Hatch [97]
10 April 2010 Tamworth Away 1–1 2,246 Pilkington [98]
13 April 2010 Histon Home 6–3 7,083 Howells (2), Craddock (3), Gallen [99]
17 April 2010 Altrincham Home 0–0 7,374 [100]
24 April 2010 Rushden & Diamonds Away 1–1 4,820 Craddock

Conference Premier Play-Offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
Semi-Final First Leg 29 April 2010 York City Away 0–1 6,204 [102]
Semi-Final Second Leg 3 May 2010 York City Home 0–1 9,781 [103]

FA Cup[edit]

For information on this season's FA Cup, see FA Cup 2009–10.
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
Fourth Qualifying Round 24 October 2009 Grays Athletic Home 3–0 2,721 Blackett, own goal, Hall [119]
First Round 7 November 2009 Rochdale Home 3–3 3,167 Basham (2), Newton [42]
First Round Replay 11 November 2009 Rochdale Away 2–0 1,982 Gallen (2) [43]
Second Round 28 November 2009 Rotherham United Away 2–2 3,210 Craddock (pen), Nwokeji [53]
Second Round Replay 8 December 2009 Rotherham United Home 3–0 2,518 Newton, White, Gnakpa [56]
Third Round 2 January 2010 Southampton Away 0–1 18,786 [61]

FA Trophy[edit]

For information on this season's FA Trophy, see FA Trophy 2009–10.
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
First Round 12 December 2009 Cambridge United Away 1–3 1,665 Own goal [57]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Stevenage Borough (C) (P) 44 30 9 5 79 24 +55 99 Promotion to 2010–11 Football League Two
2 Luton Town 44 26 10 8 84 40 +44 88 Qualification to Template:Fb competition 2009-10 Conference Premier Playoffs
3 Oxford United (P) 44 25 11 8 64 31 +33 86
4 Rushden & Diamonds 44 22 13 9 77 39 +38 79
5 York City 44 22 12 10 62 35 +27 78
6 Kettering Town 44 18 12 14 51 41 +10 66
7 Crawley Town 44 19 9 16 50 57 −7 66
8 AFC Wimbledon 44 18 10 16 61 47 +14 64
9 Mansfield Town 44 17 11 16 69 60 +9 62
10 Cambridge United 44 15 14 15 65 53 +12 59
11 Wrexham 44 15 13 16 45 39 +6 58
12 Salisbury City (R) 44 21 5 18 58 63 −5 058* Relegation to the Southern League
13 Kidderminster Harriers 44 15 12 17 57 52 +5 57
14 Altrincham 44 13 15 16 53 51 +2 54
15 Barrow 44 13 13 18 50 67 −17 52
16 Tamworth 44 11 16 17 42 52 −10 49
17 Hayes & Yeading United 44 12 12 20 59 85 −26 48
18 Histon 44 11 13 20 44 67 −23 46
19 Eastbourne Borough 44 11 13 20 42 72 −30 46
20 Gateshead 44 13 7 24 46 69 −23 045
21 Forest Green Rovers 44 12 9 23 50 76 −26 45
22 Ebbsfleet United (R) 44 12 7 25 49 82 −33 43 Relegation to Conference North/Conference South
23 Grays Athletic (R) 44 5 13 26 35 91 −56 026
24 Chester 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 Club expelled, record expunged

Updated to games played on 24 April 2010.
Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(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.
*Salisbury City were deducted 10 points for entering administration.[120] On 10 June 2010, Salisbury were demoted from the Football Conference for breaching financial regulations.[121]
Chester City were initially deducted 25 points for entering administration and insolvency,[122] but were later expelled on 26 February 2010 and their record (P28 W5 D7 L16 GF23 GA42 Pts-3) was expunged on 8 March 2010.[123]
Gateshead deducted one point for failing to fulfil a fixture.[124]
Grays Athletic were deducted two points for fielding ineligible players.[125]

Player statistics[edit]

Correct as of 3 May 2010. Players with a zero in every column only appeared as unused substitutes.
No. Pos. Name League* FA Cup FA Trophy Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Mark Tyler 39 0 1 0 0 0 40 0 1 0
2 DF England Ed Asafu-Adjaye 18 (2) 0 2 (1) 0 0 0 20 (3) 0 2 0
3 DF Republic of Ireland Lewis Emanuel 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0
4 MF Republic of Ireland Keith Keane 35 2 3 0 1 0 39 2 9 1
5 DF Hungary János Kovács 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1 3 0
5 DF England Alan White 16 0 5 1 1 0 22 1 4 0
6 DF England George Pilkington 46 6 6 0 1 0 53 6 4 0
7 MF Saint Kitts and Nevis Adam Newton 34 (3) 2 5 (1) 2 1 0 40 (4) 4 4 1
8 MF England Kevin Nicholls 22 0 4 0 1 0 27 0 5 1
9 FW England Liam Hatch 10 (11) 4 0 0 0 0 10 (11) 4 8 1
10 FW England Tom Craddock 42 (4) 23 3 (2) 1 0 (1) 0 45 (7) 24 7 0
11 MF England Andy Burgess 5 (1) 0 3 0 0 0 8 (1) 0 0 0
11 FW Kenya Taiwo Atieno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 DF England Shane Blackett 15 (10) 0 5 1 1 0 21 (10) 1 2 1
13 GK England Shane Gore 0 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
14 MF England Asa Hall 27 (6) 5 3 (2) 1 0 0 30 (8) 6 1 0
15 DF England Jake Howells 23 (10) 6 3 (3) 0 0 0 26 (13) 6 1 0
16 MF England Rossi Jarvis 21 (6) 2 3 0 1 0 25 (6) 2 2 1
17 FW England Ryan Charles 0 (6) 1 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 (7) 1 0 0
18 DF France Claude Gnakpa 28 (9) 8 3 (3) 1 1 0 32 (12) 9 6 0
19 FW England Steve Basham 0 (5) 0 1 2 0 0 1 (5) 2 0 0
20 FW England Kevin Gallen 32 (1) 16 6 2 1 0 39 (1) 18 2 0
21 DF England Callum Reynolds 3 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 2 1
22 FW England George Donnelly 0 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 0 0 0
22 MF England Craig Nelthorpe 0 (8) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (8) 0 0 0
23 DF Republic of Ireland Fred Murray 40 (2) 0 3 0 1 0 44 (2) 0 8 0
24 FW England Ben Wright 4 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 4 (1) 1 0 0
24 DF England Gavin Caines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF England George Beavan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 GK England Kevin Pilkington 7 0 3 0 1 0 11 0 1 0
27 FW England Mark Nwokeji 0 (7) 0 0 (2) 1 0 0 0 (9) 1 0 0
28 MF England Ashley Cain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW England Matthew Barnes-Homer 8 (16) 4 0 0 0 (1) 0 8 (17) 4 1 0
30 MF England Adam Watkins 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
31 FW England Jordan Patrick 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF England Jack Wood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 MF England Taylor Nathaniel 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
34 MF England Sam Barker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 MF England Simon Heslop 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1 1 0
36 DF England Alex Lacey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF England Godfrey Poku 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • *The league column also includes play-off matches.

Managerial statistics[edit]

Only competitive games from the 2009–10 season are included.
Correct as of 3 May 2010.
Name Nat. From To Record Honours
PLD W D L GF GA GD W%
Mick Harford England 16 January 2008 1 October 2009 12 6 3 3 17 13 +4 50.0
Alan Neilson (caretaker) Wales 1 October 2009 30 October 2009 5 4 1 0 9 3 +6 80.0
Richard Money England 30 October 2009 Present 36 19 8 9 72 35 +37 52.8 Conference Premier runners-up
Total 53 29 12 12 98 51 +47 54.7 Conference Premier runners-up

Awards[edit]

Awarded on 25 April 2010.[126]
Award Name No. Pos. Notes
Luton Town Supporters Club Player of the Year England George Pilkington 6 DF
Players' Player of the Year England George Pilkington 6 DF
Young Player of the Year England Jake Howells 15 MF
Internet Player of the Year England George Pilkington 6 DF
LTSC Junior Members' Player of the Year England George Pilkington 6 DF
Goal of the Season Republic of Ireland Keith Keane 4 MF [F]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee Notes
22 July 2009 England Shane Blackett Peterborough United Free[C] [18]
6 August 2009 England Steve Basham Unattached [23]
7 August 2009 England Shane Gore Unattached [24]
5 January 2010 England Jonathan O'Donnell St Albans City Free [62]
5 January 2010 England Godfrey Poku St Albans City Free [62]
13 January 2010 England Matthew Barnes-Homer Kidderminster Harriers Undisclosed[D] [72][E]
13 January 2010 Republic of Ireland Fred Murray Grays Athletic Free [72]
26 January 2010 Hungary János Kovács Lincoln City Free [75]
23 March 2010 Kenya Taiwo Atieno Unattached [91]
19 May 2010 England Dan Gleeson Cambridge United Free [106]
20 May 2010 England Kevin Pilkington Notts County Free [107]
21 May 2010 England Danny Crow Cambridge United Free [107]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee Notes
8 July 2009 England Riccardo Biggi Released [17]
8 July 2009 England Mark Farthing Released [17]
8 July 2009 England Ian Henderson Ankaragücü Free [16]
8 July 2009 England Harry Hogarth Released [17]
29 July 2009 England Drew Talbot Chesterfield Free [20]
30 July 2009 England Ian Roper Kettering Town Free [21]
1 January 2010 England Andy Burgess Mansfield Town Undisclosed [50][E]
7 May 2010 England Steve Basham Released [104]
7 May 2010 England Shane Gore Released [104]
7 May 2010 England Asa Hall Released [104]
7 May 2010 England Rossi Jarvis Released [104]
31 May 2010 England George Beavan Released [111]
31 May 2010 England Ryan Charles Released [111]
28 June 2010 Hungary János Kovács Hereford United Free [113]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player From End date Notes
27 July 2009 England Callum Reynolds Portsmouth 19 January 2010 [19]
11 August 2009 Republic of Ireland Fred Murray Grays Athletic 13 January 2010 [26]
28 August 2009 England George Donnelly Plymouth Argyle 29 September 2009 [31]
29 September 2009 England Ben Wright Peterborough United 23 October 2009 [39]
12 November 2009 England Mark Nwokeji Dagenham & Redbridge 7 May 2010 [45][72]
12 November 2009 England Kevin Pilkington Notts County 12 February 2010 [44]
26 November 2009 England Matthew Barnes-Homer Kidderminster Harriers 13 January 2010 [52][E]
26 November 2009 England Ashley Cain Coventry City 31 December 2009 [49]
22 January 2010 England Craig Nelthorpe York City 7 May 2010 [73]
12 March 2010 England Simon Heslop Barnsley 7 May 2010 [87]
25 March 2010 England Gavin Caines Kidderminster Harriers 7 May 2010 [91]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player To End date Notes
17 August 2009 England George Beavan Grays Athletic 19 December 2009 [127]
26 November 2009 England Steve Basham Hayes & Yeading United 7 May 2010 [51]
26 November 2009 England Andy Burgess Mansfield Town 1 January 2010 [50][E]
26 November 2009 England Ryan Charles Kidderminster Harriers 28 December 2009 [52]
15 January 2010 England Alan White Darlington 7 May 2010 [70]
30 January 2010 England Jonathan O'Donnell St Albans City 26 February 2010 [65]
30 January 2010 England Godfrey Poku St Albans City 26 February 2010 [65]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Luton lost 4–1 in a penalty shootout.
B. ^ Chester City were expelled from the Football Conference on 26 February 2010 for numerous rule breaches.[128] After the club made a decision not to appeal, their results were expunged from the league on 8 March 2010, meaning Luton lost the 2 points gained from their matches with Chester. In addition, player appearance data for both games was wiped from the record.[123]
C. ^ Shane Blackett's transfer was funded from the proceeds of a friendly match between Luton Town and a Peterborough United XI on 25 July 2009.[18]
D. ^ The fee for the transfer of Matthew Barnes-Homer is believed to be a five-figure amount in the region of £75,000, though no official confirmation has yet been released.[129]
E. ^ Matthew Barnes-Homer's and Andy Burgess' transfers became permanent during the January transfer window. Until then, they played for the club they were joining on loan.
F. ^ The goal of the season was chosen as Keith Keane's last minute winning goal direct from a corner on 9 February in a 2-1 victory against Oxford United.

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