2012–13 Luton Town F.C. season

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Luton Town
2012–13 season
Chairman Nick Owen
Manager Paul Buckle (until 19 February 2013)[1]
Alan Neilson (caretaker manager until 26 February 2013)[2]
John Still (from 26 February 2013)[3]
Conference Premier 7th
FA Cup Fifth Round
FA Trophy Quarter-final
Top goalscorer League: Andre Gray (17)
All: Andre Gray (20)
Highest home attendance 9,768 vs Millwall (FA Cup Fifth Round, 16 February 2013)
Lowest home attendance 897 vs Dorchester Town (FA Trophy First Round replay, 4 December 2012)
Average home league attendance 5,671
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2012–13 season was the 127th season in the history of Luton Town Football Club. The club competed in the Conference Premier for the fourth consecutive year, finishing in their lowest ever position of seventh place.

Manager Paul Buckle left the club on 19 February 2013 after a winless run of games left the club 14 points off the top of the table. Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still was appointed in charge of Luton shortly afterwards, though could secure only a seventh place finish in the league – worse than the previous season's lowest ever finish of fifth in the English football league system.

The club did, however, make history during the season by becoming the first non-League team to defeat a Premier League club in the FA Cup, beating Norwich City 1–0 at Carrow Road. The club eventually reached the Fifth Round of the competition, the furthest they had progressed since the 1993–94 season.

This article covers the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.

Background[edit]

After a 30-point deduction and consequent relegation in 2008–09 ended an 89-year stay in The Football League, Luton Town have attempted three unsuccessful campaigns for promotion out of non-League football, losing in the play-offs each time, most recently in a 2–1 defeat by York City at Wembley Stadium in May 2012.[4] During that season, a seven game winless run towards the end of the campaign left Luton outside the play-off places, resulting in manager Gary Brabin being replaced by Paul Buckle on a two-year contract.[5][6] Buckle's tenure saw the club win five of their next eight games, qualify for the play-offs and beat Wrexham 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-final, before the loss to York in the final.

Stating his intention to reduce the size of the squad and "bring players into the club that are not failures", Buckle released a number of players in the close-season, including Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Charlie Henry, Christian Tavernier, Danny Crow, Dan Gleeson, Shane Blackett, and Amari Morgan-Smith, while Curtis Osano rejected a new contract to sign for League Two side AFC Wimbledon.[7][8][9][10][11] Robbie Willmott and Godfrey Poku also rejected contracts, with Poku signing a deal to join Mansfield Town.[12] Captain George Pilkington, too, elected to join Mansfield.[13] Most notable was the departure of Keith Keane to League One side Preston North End after nine seasons with Luton in which he had made almost 300 appearances.[14]

Luton signed various out-of-contract players themselves, with former Stevenage captain Ronnie Henry, Gillingham players Danny Spiller and Garry Richards (Richards' transfer becoming permanent on 1 July), and Gateshead striker Jon Shaw, who had scored 35 goals the previous season, all joining the club for free.[15][16][17] The club also bought Wycombe Wanderers forward Scott Rendell for an undisclosed fee and made striker Andre Gray's loan from Hinckley United permanent, as he joined the club on a two-year contract for a fee of £30,000.[17][18] Meanwhile, Jake Howells, JJ O'Donnell, Alex Lacey and Lewis Kidd signed contract extensions.[19][20][21][22]

Review[edit]

July[edit]

The transfers arranged for the beginning of the month became official, with Keith Keane, George Pilkington, Godfrey Poku and Robbie Willmott all leaving the club, and defender Garry Richards joining. On 2 July, Luton signed former Torquay United defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner on a free transfer.[23] A day later, former Luton goalkeeper Carl Emberson re-joined the club as first team development coach, linking back up with Paul Buckle, who he had been a coach with at Bristol Rovers.[24] Midfielder Alex Lawless and youth team graduates Alasan Ann and Newman Carney signed one-year contract extensions on 4 July.[25] This was followed by striker Dan Walker, who had previously rejected two contracts and been placed on the transfer list, signing a one-year deal himself on 5 July.[26] Midfielder John Paul Kissock joined Macclesfield Town on loan for six months on 9 July.[27] Iraqi midfielder Yaser Kasim joined Luton from Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a six-month loan on 12 July.[28] The club's first friendly game was against local side Hitchin Town on 16 July, ending in a 1–0 victory to Luton. Three trialists played during the match; former Luton goalkeeper Dean Brill, ex-Southend United striker Harry Crawford, and 18-year-old former Leicester City youth midfielder Matt Robinson, who had been training with the club since the end of the 2011–12 season.[29] Robinson impressed enough to be offered a two-year contract, which he signed on 18 July.[30] Forward Aaron O'Connor left the club to join Newport County on a free transfer on 25 July.[31] After further pre-season victories over lower league opposition, Luton drew 0–0 at home to League Two club Wycombe Wanderers before winning 2–0 against a strong Ipswich Town side of the Championship on 28 July.[32] On the final day of July, Luton signed Brill on a two-year contract after he featured in goal for three friendlies. Brill had started his career at Luton, playing for the Hatters 97 times between 2003 and 2009.[33]

August[edit]

On 1 August, Andre Boucaud joined League One side Notts County on loan until January 2013. Manager Paul Buckle had previously stated that "[Boucaud]'s not in our plans."[34] Goalkeeper Lewis Kidd was loaned to Spartan South Midlands Football League side Dunstable Town on 4 August.[35] Ronnie Henry was announced as Luton's captain for the season on 6 August.[36] 18-year-old striker Jake Woolley, who had made his debut as a youth player in the previous season, signed a two-year professional contract on 10 August.[37] Luton started their season once again with high expectations and as the bookmakers' favourite for promotion, but this impression was dealt a reality check within the first 35 minutes of their opening game against Gateshead on 11 August as they conceded two first-half goals, including one from former Luton striker Liam Hatch. Substitute Jon Shaw scored on his debut to halve the deficit, coincidentally against his former club, and a goal from Stuart Fleetwood meant Luton drew 2–2.[38] A 2–0 away victory over Kidderminster Harriers came three days later, Fleetwood scoring both goals.[39] Alasan Ann joined Southern Football League Premier side Kettering Town on a one-month loan on 16 August.[40] On 17 August, Luton played against Hyde, coming from a goal down scored by former-Hatter Matthew Blinkhorn to win 2–1 courtesy of a first goal from midfielder JJ O'Donnell and Fleetwood's fourth of the season.[41] Luton lost 1–0 at home to AFC Telford United on 25 August, Paul Buckle's first league defeat as manager in a game that saw Ronnie Henry and Telford defender Dan Preston shown red cards, which was swiftly followed two days later with a 3–1 win over Ebbsfleet United.[42] Stuart Fleetwood scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season, with Scott Rendell getting his first goal for the club.[43] Following on from the red cards in the game with Telford, both clubs were charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players. In addition, striker Jon Shaw, who began the incident but was not seen by the referee, was charged by the FA with violent conduct and banned for three matches.[44][45] With defenders Ronnie Henry and Alex Lacey suspended and injured respectively, Luton signed Gillingham centre-back Connor Essam on a one-month loan on the day of the transfer deadline.[46]

September[edit]

Luton began September strongly with a 4–1 home victory against Macclesfield Town, the goals coming from Jake Howells, Andre Gray, Scott Rendell and Stuart Fleetwood.[47] A 3–2 win over local rivals Cambridge United followed three days later, Gray scoring again and defenders János Kovács and Dean Beckwith also on the scoresheet with goals from set pieces.[48] Injuries to strikers Fleetwood and Rendell, plus Jon Shaw's suspension, led to Northampton Town forward Jake Robinson signing on a one-month loan on 7 September.[49] He played in Luton's first away defeat of the season the next day, a heavy 3–0 loss to Alfreton Town which caused Paul Buckle to apologise for the performance to the Luton fans.[50] Youth team graduate Newman Carney's contract was terminated by the club on 12 September, with the defender having failed to consistently appear for training.[51] Luton drew 0–0 at home to Wrexham on 15 September, leaving them two points off the top of the table.[52] This gap increased to five points six days later as Luton were heavily beaten 4–1 by Grimsby Town.[53] Central defenders Kovács and Beckwith were both criticised in the defeat, the latter scoring an own goal and the former dropped from the first-team for Luton's next game against Tamworth on 25 September. Luton won the game 2–1 with goals from substitutes Yaser Kasim and Fleetwood.[54] With the team still conceding goals from set-pieces, Buckle signed Guiseley and England C captain and centre-back Simon Ainge on a month's loan on 27 September.[55] On the same day, left-back Greg Taylor and midfielder Adam Watkins, neither of whom had been playing in the first-team, were sent on one-month loans to Tamworth and Kidderminster Harriers respectively.[56] Ainge partnered fellow loanee Connor Essam in central defence two days later as Luton beat Southport 3–1, with Kovács and Beckwith not even in the squad of 16 players. Fleetwood's ninth strike of the season and two goals from Rendell secured three points.[57]

October[edit]

Connor Essam's loan from Gillingham was extended for a further month on 3 October.[58] Luton beat Lincoln City 2–1 on 6 October with the Hatters' goals coming from Jon Shaw, his first since the opening day, and an own goal from Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman.[59] Forward Jake Robinson and defender Simon Ainge both signed extensions to their loans shortly afterwards; Robinson for one month and Ainge for two.[60] Additionally, Ainge's parent club Guiseley reached an agreement to sell him to Luton when the transfer window in January 2013.[61] Luton lost 3–2 at home to Braintree Town on 9 October, with Stuart Fleetwood sent off for two bookable offences early in the first-half, both controversial,[62] leaving Luton playing the majority of the game with ten men.[63] Four days later, Luton defeated Nuneaton Town with both goals scored in the last five minutes by midfielder Alex Lawless.[64] On 19 October, Luton signed Macclesfield Town's Guinea-Bissau international midfielder Arnaud Mendy on loan until January, at which point the transfer would become permanent. In exchange, Luton midfielder John Paul Kissock would join Macclesfield permanently.[65] Luton beat local rivals Cambridge United 2–0 in the FA Cup to qualify for the First Round with goals from strikers Andre Gray and Shaw.[66] Luton came from behind on 27 October to beat Forest Green Rovers 2–1, with Fleetwood equalising for his tenth goal of the season and Scott Rendell netting a last-minute penalty.[67]

November[edit]

On 3 November Luton scored a late equaliser in a 1–1 FA Cup First Round draw against Nuneaton Town to earn a replay at Liberty Way.[68] Two days later, Luton signed York City midfielder Jonathan Smith on a two-month loan.[69] Luton lost 1–0 to Hereford United on 7 November and slipped to third in the league, four points behind leaders Newport County.[70] The club then lost three days later at home to newly promoted Dartford, which saw them fall out of the play-off places and down to sixth in the table.[71] Scott Rendell scored twice as Luton defeated Nuneaton 2–0 in their FA Cup replay on 13 November.[72] They were drawn to play Dorchester Town in the Second Round, who were coincidentally also paired together in the FA Trophy draw. The teams drew 2–2 in their Trophy tie, meaning a replay was required in early December.[73] In the league, Luton drew 2–2 away to Mansfield Town, with striker Andre Gray scoring both goals for the club.[74]

December[edit]

Luton defeated Dorchester Town on 1 December in the FA Cup Second Round, and were drawn to play Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers at Kenilworth Road in the Third Round.[75] The club then played Dorchester again in their FA Trophy replay three days later, winning 3–1.[76] The club defeated Alfreton Town 3–0 on 8 December to win for the first time in four attempts in the league, but were then comprehensively beaten 5–2 by Newport County at Rodney Parade just a few days later.[77][78] Jonathan Smith was recalled by his parent club York City on 11 December, almost one month before his loan was due to end.[79]

Luton progressed to the Third Round of the FA Trophy by defeating Matlock Town 2–1 on 15 December.[80] Winger Scott Neilson was signed on a six-month contract from Crawley Town on 24 December, with the transfer going through officially on 1 January 2013.[81] A series of postponements due to inclement weather meant Luton did not play again until 26 December, where they defeated Woking 3–1.[82] Despite Jonathan Smith being recalled earlier in the month, Luton signed him from York on an 18-month contract on 29 December for a fee of £50,000.[83]

January[edit]

On New Year's Day, Luton experienced their eighth league loss of the season, being beaten 3–1 by Woking in a reverse of the scoreline on Boxing Day.[84] On 5 January, Luton beat Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, a side 59 positions higher than them in the league system, 1–0. The winning goal came 45 seconds after half-time, scored by midfielder Alex Lawless to put the club into the FA Cup Fourth Round for the first time since the 2006–07 season.[85] Lawless later won the FA Cup player of the round award.[86] The club beat bottom-of-the-table club Barrow 6–1 on 8 January, with Jon Shaw scoring a hat-trick.[87] Four days later, Luton progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy by scoring two late goals against Skelmersdale United.[88] Luton dropped out of the play-off places with a 0–0 draw away to AFC Telford United on 15 January, albeit with games in hand.[89]

In terms of transfers, Luton sold Andre Boucaud to Notts County and John Paul Kissock to Macclesfield Town for undisclosed fees on 10 January, while the loans of Simon Ainge and Arnaud Mendy were made permanent.[90][91] Unfavoured defender Dean Beckwith was released from his contract in early January to join Eastleigh in the Conference South.[92] Alex Lacey also joined Eastleigh, but on a one-month loan, while striker Jake Woolley signed on loan for Southern Football League Premier Division side Hitchin Town.[93][94] Striker Dan Walker joined Braintree Town on a one-month loan on 17 January.[95]

Luton beat Premier League side Norwich City 1–0 away at Carrow Road on 26 January in the FA Cup Fourth Round, Scott Rendell's late goal ensuring that the club became the first non-League team in 24 years to defeat a top division side in the competition.[96] This also marked the first time since the 1993–94 season that the club had progressed past the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

The club signed winger Dave Martin on 29 January following his release from Southend United. Martin signed a contract until June 2014.[97] Later the same day, Luton were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Grimsby Town in a 3–0 defeat.[98] Following a long-term injury, winger James Dance joined Nuneaton Town on a one-month loan on 30 January.[99] The next day, Luton signed Fleetwood Town central defender and captain Steve McNulty on an 18-month contract.[100]

February[edit]

The club lost 1–0 away to Barrow on 2 February, and also had Lathaniel Rowe-Turner sent off for violent conduct late on.[101] Luton signed experienced defender Wayne Thomas on a free transfer on 4 February.[102] Midfielder Adam Watkins joined Eastleigh on loan until the end of the season on 11 February.[103] The club were left further adrift from promotion following a home draw with Forest Green Rovers and an away defeat by Dartford in early February.[104][105] The club's FA Cup run came to an end on 16 February at the Fifth Round after losing 3–0 to Millwall at Kenilworth Road in front of the largest crowd of the season.[106]

Manager Paul Buckle left Luton by mutual consent on 19 February two hours before the game against Macclesfield Town. The club cited "genuine personal reasons" for the split and expressed that they wanted Buckle to remain at the club for the next season to ensure continuity after successive years of changing managers.[1] Assistant manager Alan Neilson was placed in temporary charge of the team, who drew 1–1 with a Macclesfield team that played 70 minutes without a recognised goalkeeper.[2][107] Luton remained winless in six league games after losing 3–2 at home to Mansfield four days later, Lindon Meikle scoring the winner in the last minute following a mix-up between defenders Steve McNulty and Rowe-Turner.[108]

John Still left his long-standing managerial position at League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge to become the new Luton manager on 26 February.[3] Alan Neilson again took charge of Luton's game that evening against Braintree Town, which they lost 2–0 to fall to tenth position in the table and 14 points off of the play-offs.[109] Neilson apologised for the team's poor performance, stating "we're all in a real bad place, the players [and] myself".[110]

March[edit]

John Still made his first signing on 1 March, loaning in-form striker Alex Wall from Conference South side Maidenhead United following injuries to regular strikers Jon Shaw and Scott Rendell, and illness to Andre Gray.[111] Still's first game as Luton manager on 2 March saw the club win for the first time in eight games, beating Stockport County 1–0 with Jake Howells scoring the only goal of the match. This also marked the club's first away victory in the league for over four months.[112] The club signed 19-year-old Millwall defender Jake Goodman on loan until the end of the season on 4 March. It was also announced that Terry Harris, John Still's deputy at Dagenham, was the club's new assistant manager.[113] Goodman started in Luton's 0–0 away draw with Nuneaton Town on 5 March.[114] Still signed Nigerian midfielder Solomon Taiwo, who he had worked with at Dagenham & Redbridge, on a free transfer on 7 March.[115] Luton drew 1–1 on 9 March at home to Hereford United, Dave Martin scoring his first goal for the club.[116] Meanwhile, winger James Dance rejoined Nuneaton on loan until the end of the season on 11 March.[117] One day later, in a performance described by Still as having "no positives", Luton lost 2–1 at home to relegation-threatened Hyde in front of Kenilworth Road's lowest league crowd in over 11 years.[118] The club then drew 0–0 with league leaders Wrexham on 16 March.[119] Three days later, Luton won their second game under Still with a 1–0 home win over Stockport County, Steve McNulty scoring the winning goal.[120] The same day, coaches Carl Emberson and Stuart Cash, who were hired by previous manager Paul Buckle, left the club with immediate effect.[121] Luton drew 0–0 with Tamworth on 23 March, securing their fifth clean sheet in seven matches in the process.[122] The club signed left-back Scott Griffiths on a contract until the end of the season two days later. Griffiths had previously played over 200 games for John Still at former club Dagenham & Redbridge.[123] Defender Greg Taylor, who was dropped from the team following mistakes in the defeat by Hyde earlier in the month, joined Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season on 28 March. Wayne Thomas also left the club on loan, joining League Two side Rochdale.[124][125] John Still announced that, along with Taylor, five other out-of-contract players would leave Luton in the summer: central defender János Kovács, wingers Scott Neilson and James Dance, and strikers Alasan Ann and Stuart Fleetwood. In addition, midfielder Arnaud Mendy was placed on the transfer list.[126] Luton drew 2–2 with fellow mid-table side Cambridge United on 30 March, Jon Shaw and Solomon Taiwo scoring the goals.[127]

April[edit]

April began with Luton losing 2–1 at home to league leaders Kidderminster Harriers.[128] The club then suffered their heaviest defeat in over four years with a 5–1 loss to Gateshead in what proved the lowest ever match attendance at a competitive Luton game; the game was played in front of only 382 fans. John Still did not attend the match, leaving assistant Terry Harris in charge while he instead scouted players for the 2013–14 season.[129] The result saw Luton slip to 12th position in the table with relegation still a mathematical possibility, though this fear was allayed three days later as the club won 3–0 against Lincoln City.[130] The next match saw Luton draw 1–1 with Grimsby Town, with the club described as playing "some of their best football of the season" and having 21 shots during the game.[131] Leading scorer Andre Gray added two further goals to his season's total in a 2–2 home draw with promotion-chasing Newport County on 16 April.[132] Luton then beat relegated Ebbsfleet United 2–0 two days later, Alex Wall scoring his first two goals for the club.[133] Four players, Dean Brill, Simon Ainge, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and Scott Rendell, were transfer listed following the game.[134] Luton ended the season on 20 April with a 3–1 away win over Southport that meant they finished seventh in the league table. Matt Robinson scored his first senior goal and two further goals for Gray took his total for the season to 20.[135]

Defender Scott Griffiths and striker Alex Wall signed one and two-year contracts respectively on 24 April.[136] Steve McNulty, who had been captaining the side while Ronnie Henry was injured, signed a two-year contract extension on 29 April.[137]

May[edit]

The club bought Southport players Shaun Whalley and Andrew Parry for undisclosed fees on 1 May, with the transfers planned to go through on 1 July 2013 when the transfer window opened. Both players signed two-year contracts.[138] Midfielder Solomon Taiwo signed a one-year contract extension on 7 May, and player of the season Alex Lawless followed suit by signing a new two-year contract three days later after having talks with two unnamed League One clubs.[139][140] The club signed young East Thurrock United goalkeeper Elliot Justham on a free transfer on 13 May.[141] It was announced on 15 May that defender Wayne Thomas, goalkeeper Lewis Kidd and midfielder Adam Watkins had been released.[142] Two days later, goalkeeper Mark Tyler signed a one-year contract extension and the club signed 21-year-old striker Mark Cullen, who had been released by Hull City.[143][144] Luton signed left-back Danny Fitzsimons and midfielder Jim Stevenson from Conference North side Histon on 20 May, with both transfers coming into effect from 1 July. Fitzsimons had won three end-of-year awards at Histon, while Luton's scouts had informed John Still to "sign [Stevenson] straight away".[145] It was announced on 24 May that striker Dan Walker would not be offered a new contract.[146] He later signed for Hereford United, with the transfer becoming official on 1 July.

June[edit]

Young midfielder Matt Robinson agreed a one-year contract extension on 5 June, with winger Dave Martin signing a similar deal a few days later.[147][148] The club signed out-of-contract defender Anthony Charles on a one-year agreement on 19 June.[149]

Match results[edit]

Luton Town results given first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Conference Premier[edit]

For information on this season's Conference Premier, see 2012–13 Football Conference.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Mansfield Town (C) (P) 46 30 5 11 92 52 +40 95 Promotion to the 2013–14 League Two
2 Kidderminster Harriers 46 28 9 9 82 40 +42 93 Qualification to the Conference Premier Playoffs
3 Newport County (P) 46 25 10 11 85 60 +25 85
4 Grimsby Town 46 23 14 9 70 38 +32 83
5 Wrexham 46 22 14 10 74 45 +29 80
6 Hereford United 46 19 13 14 73 63 +10 70
7 Luton Town 46 18 13 15 70 62 +8 67
8 Dartford 46 19 9 18 67 63 +4 66
9 Braintree Town 46 19 9 18 63 72 −9 66
10 Forest Green Rovers 46 18 11 17 63 49 +14 65
11 Macclesfield Town 46 17 12 17 65 70 −5 63
12 Woking 46 18 8 20 73 81 −8 62
13 Alfreton Town 46 16 12 18 69 74 −5 60
14 Cambridge United 46 15 14 17 68 69 −1 59
15 Nuneaton Town 46 14 15 17 55 63 −8 57
16 Lincoln City 46 15 11 20 66 73 −7 56
17 Gateshead 46 13 16 17 58 61 −3 55
18 Hyde 46 16 7 23 63 75 −12 55
19 Tamworth 46 15 10 21 55 69 −14 55
20 Southport 46 14 12 20 72 86 −14 54
21 Stockport County (R) 46 13 11 22 57 80 −23 50 Relegation to the 2013–14 Conference North/South
22 Barrow (R) 46 11 13 22 45 83 −38 46
23 Ebbsfleet United (R) 46 8 15 23 55 89 −34 39
24 AFC Telford United (R) 46 6 17 23 52 79 −27 35

Updated to games played on 7 May 2013.
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.

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A A H A H H A H A A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A A H A A H A A A H H A H H A H A H H H H A
Result D W W L W W W L D L W W W L W W L L D W L W L W D L D L D L L W D D L D W D D L L W D D W W
Position 11 4 3 9 5 3 2 5 5 6 5 4 4 4 3 2 3 6 6 5 5 4 5 5 6 7 7 7 8 8 10 8 7 8 8 11 8 8 9 9 12 9 8 11 9 7

Last updated: 21 April 2013.
Source: [1]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Fixtures and results[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

For information on this season's FA Cup, see 2012–13 FA Cup.

FA Trophy[edit]

For information on this season's FA Trophy, see 2012–13 FA Trophy.

Player statistics[edit]

Correct as of 21 April 2013. 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 6 0 1 0 46 0 1 0
2 DF England Lathaniel Rowe-Turner 32 (5) 0 6 0 4 (1) 0 42 (6) 0 2 1
3 DF England Greg Taylor 13 (4) 0 3 0 0 0 16 (4) 0 1 0
4 DF England Garry Richards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF England Dean Beckwith 8 1 1 (1) 0 0 0 8 (1) 1 3 0
5 DF England Steve McNulty 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1 3 0
6 DF Hungary János Kovács 19 (1) 3 7 0 3 0 29 (1) 3 6 0
7 MF Wales Alex Lawless 35 (2) 3 6 2 5 0 46 (2) 5 8 1
8 MF England Danny Spiller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW England Jon Shaw 26 (5) 8 3 (1) 1 2 (1) 1 31 (7) 10 1 0
10 FW England Scott Rendell 29 (8) 8 4 (2) 4 4 0 37 (10) 12 3 0
11 MF Wales Jake Howells 34 (7) 3 6 0 4 (1) 0 44 (8) 3 4 0
12 DF England Simon Ainge 19 (3) 1 0 0 4 (1) 1 23 (4) 2 3 0
13 FW Wales Stuart Fleetwood 19 (11) 10 2 (4) 0 1 (4) 1 22 (19) 11 4 1
14 MF Guinea-Bissau Arnaud Mendy 16 (2) 0 6 (1) 0 3 0 25 (3) 0 8 0
15 MF England Adam Watkins 2 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (2) 1 3 (6) 1 0 0
16 DF England Alex Lacey 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0
17 MF England JJ O'Donnell 20 (8) 2 6 (1) 0 4 1 30 (9) 2 3 0
18 MF Iraq Yaser Kasim 5 (6) 1 0 0 0 0 5 (6) 1 2 0
18 MF England Dave Martin 14 (2) 3 0 0 0 0 14 (2) 3 1 0
19 MF England James Dance 0 0 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 2 (2) 0 0 0
20 MF Wales Scott Neilson 6 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 6 (2) 1 1 0
21 GK England Lewis Kidd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 FW England Jake Robinson 2 (4) 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 2 (6) 0 0 0
22 DF England Wayne Thomas 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
23 MF England Matt Robinson 6 (4) 1 0 (2) 0 2 0 8 (6) 1 2 0
24 DF England Connor Essam 5 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 5 (4) 0 2 0
24 MF England Jonathan Smith 26 (2) 1 4 0 2 0 32 (2) 1 6 0
25 DF England Ronnie Henry (captain) 33 0 7 0 3 0 43 0 4 1
26 FW England Alex Wall 5 (7) 2 0 0 0 0 5 (7) 2 0 0
27 FW England Andre Gray 39 (5) 17 7 2 2 (1) 1 48 (6) 20 5 0
28 FW England Jake Woolley 0 (4) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (6) 0 0 0
29 FW England Dan Walker 2 (10) 2 2 0 2 2 6 (10) 4 0 0
30 DF England Jake Goodman 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 1 0
31 MF Nigeria Solomon Taiwo 8 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 8 (1) 1 2 0
32 FW England Alasan Ann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 GK England Dean Brill 7 0 1 0 4 0 12 0 0 0
35 DF England Jerome Jibodu 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
37 DF England Scott Griffiths 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0
38 GK England Ben McFarlane-Barnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 MF England Charlie Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 DF England Brett Longden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

Only competitive games from the 2012–13 season are included.
Correct as of 21 April 2013.
Name Nat. From To Record Honours
PLD W D L GF GA GD W%
Paul Buckle England 8 April 2012 19 February 2013 40 21 7 12 66 52 +14 52.5
Alan Neilson (caretaker manager) Wales 19 February 2013 26 February 2013 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 00.0
John Still[A] England 26 February 2013 Present 15 5 7 3 19 16 +3 33.3
Total 58 26 15 17 88 74 +14 44.8

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee Notes
1 July 2012 England Garry Richards Gillingham Free [16]
2 July 2012 England Lathaniel Rowe-Turner Torquay United Free [23]
18 July 2012 England Matt Robinson Unattached [30]
31 July 2012 England Dean Brill Unattached [33]
1 January 2013 Wales Scott Neilson Crawley Town Free [81]
1 January 2013 England Jonathan Smith York City £50,000 [83]
2 January 2013 England Simon Ainge Guiseley Undisclosed [91]
10 January 2013 Guinea-Bissau Arnaud Mendy Macclesfield Town Undisclosed
29 January 2013 England Dave Martin Unattached [97]
31 January 2013 England Steve McNulty Fleetwood Town Free [100]
4 February 2013 England Wayne Thomas Unattached [102]
7 March 2013 Nigeria Solomon Taiwo Unattached [115]
25 March 2013 England Scott Griffiths Unattached [123]
24 April 2013 England Alex Wall Maidenhead United Free [136]
14 May 2013 England Elliot Justham East Thurrock Free [141]
17 May 2013 England Mark Cullen Hull City Free [144]
19 June 2013 England Anthony Charles Unattached [149]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee Notes
1 July 2012 Republic of Ireland Keith Keane Preston North End Free [14]
1 July 2012 England George Pilkington Mansfield Town Free [13]
1 July 2012 England Godfrey Poku Mansfield Town Undisclosed[B] [13]
1 July 2012 England Robbie Willmott Cambridge United Free [12]
7 July 2012 Republic of Ireland Fred Murray Released [150]
25 July 2012 England Aaron O'Connor Newport County Free [31]
12 September 2012 England Newman Carney Released [51]
8 January 2013 England Dean Beckwith Eastleigh Free [92]
10 January 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Andre Boucaud Notts County Undisclosed [90]
10 January 2013 England John Paul Kissock Macclesfield Town Undisclosed
27 February 2013 England Tyler Reading Norwich City Undisclosed [151]
4 April 2013 England Nick Burtenshaw Released [152]
4 April 2013 England Josh Carpenter Released [152]
4 April 2013 England Jordan Davis Released [152]
4 April 2013 England Jerry Nash Released [152]
22 April 2013 England Alasan Ann Released [126]
22 April 2013 England James Dance Released [126]
22 April 2013 Wales Stuart Fleetwood Released [126]
22 April 2013 Hungary János Kovács Released [126]
22 April 2013 Wales Scott Neilson Released [126]
22 April 2013 England Greg Taylor Released [126]
14 May 2013 England Ollie Cole Norwich City Undisclosed [151]
15 May 2013 England Lewis Kidd Released [142]
15 May 2013 England Wayne Thomas Released [142]
15 May 2013 England Adam Watkins Released [142]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player From End date Notes
12 July 2012 Iraq Yaser Kasim Brighton & Hove Albion 17 December 2012 [28]
31 August 2012 England Connor Essam Gillingham 2 November 2012 [46]
7 September 2012 England Jake Robinson Northampton Town 8 November 2012 [49]
27 September 2012 England Simon Ainge Guiseley 2 January 2013 [55]
19 October 2012 Guinea-Bissau Arnaud Mendy Macclesfield Town 10 January 2013 [65]
5 November 2012 England Jonathan Smith York City 11 December 2012 [69]
1 March 2013 England Alex Wall Maidenhead United 22 April 2013 [111]
4 March 2013 England Jake Goodman Millwall 22 April 2013 [113]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player To End date Notes
9 July 2012 England John Paul Kissock Macclesfield Town 10 January 2013 [27]
1 August 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Andre Boucaud Notts County 4 January 2013 [34]
4 August 2012 England Lewis Kidd Dunstable Town 29 October 2012 [35]
16 August 2012 England Alasan Ann Kettering Town 17 September 2012 [40]
31 August 2012 England Jerry Nash Leighton Town 11 February 2013 [153]
27 September 2012 England Greg Taylor Tamworth 3 December 2012 [56]
27 September 2012 England Adam Watkins Kidderminster Harriers 31 October 2012 [56]
7 December 2012 England Jordan Davis Hitchin Town 7 January 2013 [154]
11 December 2012 England Lewis Kidd Banbury United 16 January 2013 [155]
8 January 2013 England Alex Lacey Eastleigh 13 February 2013 [93]
8 January 2013 England Jake Woolley Hitchin Town 13 February 2013 [94]
17 January 2013 England Dan Walker Braintree Town 25 February 2013 [95]
24 January 2013 England Alasan Ann Hitchin Town 26 February 2013
30 January 2013 England James Dance Nuneaton Town 26 February 2013 [99]
31 January 2013 England Jordan Davis Leighton Town 26 February 2013
11 February 2013 England Adam Watkins Eastleigh 6 May 2013 [103]
18 February 2013 England Alex Lacey Eastleigh 6 May 2013 [156]
18 February 2013 England Jake Woolley Hitchin Town 23 March 2013 [157]
11 March 2013 England James Dance Nuneaton Town 22 April 2013 [117]
14 March 2013 England Lewis Kidd Hertford Town 29 April 2013 [158]
28 March 2013 England Greg Taylor Mansfield Town 22 April 2013 [124]
28 March 2013 England Wayne Thomas Rochdale 29 April 2013 [125]

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Individuals[edit]

Name Country Number Position Award Source
Alex Lawless Wales Wales 7 Midfielder Luton Town Supporters Club Player of the Year [160]
Alex Lawless Wales Wales 7 Midfielder Players' Player of the Year [160]
Scott Rendell England England 10 Striker Goal of the Season[C] [160]
Andre Gray England England 27 Striker FA Cup Player of the Round (Fourth Round Qualifying) [161]
Alex Lawless Wales Wales 7 Midfielder FA Cup Player of the Round (Third Round) [86]
Scott Rendell England England 10 Striker FA Cup Player of the Round (Fourth Round) [162]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Assistant manager Terry Harris took charge of Luton's 5–1 defeat by Gateshead as manager John Still was scouting players for the next season.[163]
B. ^ Despite Godfrey Poku's contract coming to an end and therefore entitling another club to sign him on a free transfer, as he is under the age of 24 Luton were entitled to compensation in the form of a development fee from Mansfield Town, decided by tribunal.[164]
C. ^ The Goal of the Season award was given to Scott Rendell for his winning goal against Norwich City in the FA Cup on 26 January 2013.[160]

See also[edit]

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