List of Luton Town F.C. records and statistics

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Fred Hawkes holds the record for most Luton Town league appearances, with 509.

Luton Town Football Club is an English professional football club based in Luton, Bedfordshire. The club was founded in 1885 and became the first professional club in southern England in 1891. Luton Town have played at all professional levels of English football and are currently contesting the 2017–18 season in the third tier, League One. Luton Town have been Football League members for 94 seasons: from 1897 to 1900; from 1920 to 2009, and from 2014 to the present day.

The record for most games played for the club is held by Bob Morton, who made 562 appearances between 1946 and 1964. Gordon Turner scored 276 goals during his Luton Town career, and is the club's record goalscorer. Mal Donaghy made 58 appearances for Northern Ireland and so is the Luton Town player who has gained the most caps while with the club. The highest transfer fee paid by the club is the £850,000 paid to Odense Boldklub for Lars Elstrup in 1989, and the highest fees received are the £3,000,000 paid by West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City for Curtis Davies and Rowan Vine in 2005 and 2007 respectively. The highest attendance recorded at Kenilworth Road was 30,069 for the visit of Blackpool in 1959. One Football League record is held by a Luton Town player—the 10 goals scored by forward Joe Payne in 1936 against Bristol Rovers is the most scored in any Football League match by a single player.

All records are correct as of the 2017–18 season.

Honours and achievements[edit]

The Luton Town squad of 1897–98, which won the United League

Luton Town have won some major honours in English football. The club reached its first major final in 1959, when the team reached the FA Cup Final, and the 1988 Football League Cup Final was the side's first major cup victory. The team have also won a Football League Trophy (in 2008–09) and finished as runners-up in the Full Members Cup and Football League Cup (in 1987–88 and 1988–89 respectively).[1]

Luton Town have won all three of the present Football League divisions, and have achieved promotion as runners-up on four other occasions. Outside of the League, the club have finished as runners-up in the Southern League twice in a row (starting in 1894–95), runners-up in the United League in 1896–97, and United League champions in 1897–98. More recently, the club were crowned as Conference Premier champions in the 2013–14 season.

Football pyramid[edit]

Ronnie Henry lifts the Conference Premier championship trophy at the end of the 2013–14 season

Luton Town were the first club to be relegated from the top division to the fourth (relegated from First Division in 1959–60, started playing in Fourth Division in 1965–66) and then subsequently win promotion back to the top flight (promoted from Fourth Division in 1968–69 and started playing in First Division in 1974–75).

Domestic cup competitions[edit]

Luton Town celebrate winning the Football League Trophy in 2009

Uniquely, the club won the Football League Trophy and were relegated from the Football League in the same season.

Minor honours[edit]

Player records[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive first-team appearances only; substitutes appear in parentheses.[7][8][9][10]
 ¤ Played their full career at Luton Town
# Name Nation Years League FA Cup League Cup Other[C] Total
1 Bob Morton  England 1948–64 ¤ 495 (0) 48 (0) 7 (0) 12 (0) 562 (0)
2 Fred Hawkes  England 1899–1920 ¤ 509 (0) 40 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 549 (0)
3 Ricky Hill  England 1975–89 429 (7) 33 (0) 37 (1) 0 (0) 499 (8)
4 Brian Stein  England 1977–88
1991–92
411 (16) 31 (0) 34 (1) 3 (0) 479 (17)
5 Mal Donaghy  Northern Ireland 1978–88
1989–90
415 (0) 36 (0) 34 (0) 3 (0) 488 (0)
6 Gordon Turner  England 1949–64 406 (0) 25 (0) 7 (0) 12 (0) 450 (0)
7 Marvin Johnson  England 1987–2002 ¤ 352 (21) 20 (1) 27 (2) 16 (1) 415 (25)
8 Ron Baynham  England 1952–65 388 (0) 31 (0) 5 (0) 8 (0) 432 (0)
9 Syd Owen  England 1947–59 388 (0) 27 (0) 0 (0) 8 (0) 423 (0)
10 David Preece  England 1984–95 328 (8) 27 (0) 23 (0) 8 (0) 386 (8)

Goals[edit]

Steve Howard was the club's top goalscorer for five seasons in a row—2001–02 to 2005–06.
  • Most goals in a season: Joe Payne; with 58 during the 1936–37 season (including 55 league goals).[11]
  • Most goals in a match: Joe Payne; with 10 in match versus Bristol Rovers on 13 April 1936, which remains to this day, a Football League record.[11]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competitive first-team appearances only; appearances including substitutes appear in parentheses and italics.[7][12][13][14][15][16]
# Name Nation Years League FA Cup League Cup Other[C] Total
1 Gordon Turner  England 1949–64 243 (406) 18 (25) 4 (7) 11 (12) 276 (450)
2 Andy Rennie  Scotland 1925–34 147 (307) 15 (26) 0 (0) 0 (2) 162 (335)
3 Brian Stein  England 1977–88
1991–92
130 (427) 6 (31) 15 (35) 3 (3) 154 (496)
4 Ernie Simms  England 1913–15
1916–22
109 (160) 13 (18) 0 (0) 0 (0) 122 (178)
5 Herbert Moody  England 1901–05
1907–12
93 (232) 11 (15) 0 (0) 0 (0) 104 (247)
6 Steve Howard  Scotland 2001–06 96 (212) 5 (8) 2 (7) 0 (1) 103 (228)
7=[D] David Moss  England 1978–85 88 (221) 3 (8) 3 (16) 0 (0) 94 (245)
7=[D] Jimmy Yardley  England 1926–32 78 (173) 16 (15) 0 (0) 0 (0) 94 (188)
9 Mick Harford  England 1984–90
1991–92
69 (168) 10 (27) 10 (17) 3 (4) 92 (216)
10 Joe Payne  England 1934–38 83 (72) 4 (5) 0 (0) 0 (0) 87 (77)

Transfers[edit]

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

# Fee (GBP) Paid to Name Nation Date Notes
1 £850,000 Odense Boldklub Lars Elstrup  Denmark 21 August 1989 [17]
2 £750,000 Burnley Steve Davis  England 13 July 1995 [18]
3 £580,000 West Ham United Ian Feuer  United States 16 December 1995 [19]
4 £500,000 Hartlepool United Adam Boyd  England 31 July 2006 [20]
5 £425,000 Bournemouth Mark Ovendale  England 7 August 2000 [21]

Record transfer fees received[edit]

Curtis Davies was transferred from Luton Town to West Bromwich Albion for £3,000,000 on 31 August 2005.
# Fee (GBP) Received from Name Nation Date Notes
1=[E] £3m West Bromwich Albion Curtis Davies  England 31 August 2005 [22]
1=[E] £3m Birmingham City Rowan Vine  England 11 January 2007 [F][23]
3 £2.75m West Bromwich Albion Leon Barnett  England 26 July 2007 [24]
4 £2.5m Arsenal John Hartson  Wales 13 January 1995 [25]
5 £2m Arsenal Matthew Upson  England 10 May 1997 [26]

International[edit]

This section refers only to caps won while a Luton Town player.

Managerial records[edit]

  • First full-time manager: George Thompson (managed the club for 25 games from February to October 1925).[34]
  • Longest serving manager: David Pleat (managed the club for 600 games over two spells; 393 games from 25 January 1978 to 16 May 1986 and 207 games from 6 June 1991 to 14 June 1995).[35]
  • Longest spell as manager: Dally Duncan (managed the club for 503 games from June 1947 to October 1958).[36][37]
  • First manager from outside England: John McCartney (Scottish—managed the club for 151 games from September 1927 to December 1929).[38][39]
  • First manager from outside the United Kingdom: Joe Kinnear (Irish—managed the club for 122 games from 8 February 2001 to 23 May 2003).[G][40]

Club records[edit]

Goals[edit]

35 in 42 matches, Third Division South, 1921–22.[1]
35 in 46 matches, Conference Premier, 2013–14.

Points[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

Matches[edit]

Firsts[edit]

A faded black-and-white photograph of an early 20th-century football stand, crowded with people. An impressive canopy is built into the stand's roof.
Kenilworth Road on 4 September 1905, just before Luton's first game there, against Plymouth Argyle

Record wins[edit]

Exeter City 0–5 Luton Town, Fourth Division, 21 October 1967.
Colchester United 0–5 Luton Town, Second Division, 21 April 2003.
Ebbsfleet United 1–6 Luton Town, Conference Premier, 20 March 2010.
Kettering Town 0–5 Luton Town, Conference Premier, 1 January 2012.
Alfreton Town 0–5 Luton Town, Conference Premier, 7 December 2013.
Nuneaton Town 0–5 Luton Town, Conference Premier, 22 February 2014.
Swindon Town 0–5 Luton Town, League Two, 26 December 2017.[65]
  • Record Football League Cup win: Luton Town 7–2 Mansfield Town, 3 October 1989.[66]
  • Record European win: Luton Town 5–0 Ancona, Anglo-Italian Cup group stage, 13 December 1995.[67]

Record defeats[edit]

  • Record defeat: Small Heath 9–0 Luton Town, Second Division, 12 November 1898.[17]
  • Record home defeat: Luton Town 0–7 93rd Highland Regiment, 4 October 1890, FA Cup.[68]
  • Record home League defeat:[64]
Luton Town 0–5 Manchester United, First Division, 12 February 1984.
Luton Town 0–5 Sunderland, Championship, 6 May 2007.
Luton Town 1–6 Leicester Fosse, Second Division, 14 January 1899.
Luton Town 1–6 Charlton Athletic, Second Division, 10 February 1962.
Luton Town 2–7 Shrewsbury Town, Fourth Division, 10 March 1965.
Everton 5–1 Luton Town, 24 September 1968.[69]
Reading 5–1 Luton Town, 26 August 2008.[70]
  • Record European defeat: Genoa 4–0 Luton Town, Anglo-Italian Cup group stage, 11 October 1995.[67]

Record consecutive results[edit]

  • Record consecutive wins: 12, from 19 February 2002 to 6 April 2002, Third Division.[64]
  • Record consecutive league games unbeaten: 28, from 27 October 2018 to 6 April 2019, League One.
  • Record consecutive home games unbeaten: 39, from 26 September 1925 to 30 April 1927, Third Division South.[64]
  • Record consecutive away games unbeaten: 13, from 26 August 2017 to 26 December 2017, League Two & from 27 October 2018 to 30 March 2019, League One.[65]
  • Record consecutive away league games unbeaten: 15, from 24 September 2013 to 25 March 2014, Conference Premier.[64]
  • Record consecutive clean sheets in all competitions: 7, from 13 October 1923 to 23 November 1923, Third Division South.[71]

Attendances[edit]

  • Highest home attendance: 30,069 against Blackpool in the FA Cup sixth round Replay on 4 March 1959.[17]
  • Highest home attendance in a league match: 27,911 against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 5 November 1955.[49]
  • Highest home attendance in the Football League Cup: 27,023 against Arsenal on 6 October 1970.[72]

European statistics[edit]

Record by season[edit]

Below is Luton Town's record in European competitions. As of the 2018–19 season, the only European competition the club have taken part in is the Anglo-Italian Cup, and they never progressed past the group stage of that tournament. Luton Town have also qualified for the UEFA Cup, as winners of the Football League Cup in 1987–88; however, they were unable to compete due to the ban of English clubs from European competitions following the Heysel Stadium Disaster.[73][74][75][76][77]

Season Competition Round Date Country Club Venue Result[I] Attendance Notes
1972–73 Anglo-Italian Cup Group A 7 March 1973  Italy Bari Home 4–0 unknown [54]
21 March 1973  Italy Hellas Verona Away 1–2 [54]
4 April 1973  Italy Fiorentina Home 1–0 [54]
2 May 1973  Italy Lazio Away 2–2 [54]
1988–89 UEFA Cup Unable to compete due to ban on English clubs in UEFA competitions due to Heysel Stadium disaster [J][73]
1992–93 Anglo-Italian Cup Group 5 15 September 1992  England Watford Away 0–0 5,197 [78]
29 September 1992  England Bristol City Home 1–1 2,538 [78]
1993–94 Anglo-Italian Cup Group 6 31 August 1993  England Watford Away 1–2 2,854 [79]
7 September 1993  England Southend United Home 1–1 1,823 [79]
1995–96 Anglo-Italian Cup Group A 5 September 1995  Italy Perugia Home 1–4 2,352 [67]
11 October 1995  Italy Genoa Away 0–4 3,759 [67]
8 November 1995  Italy Cesena Away 1–2 0461 [67]
13 December 1995  Italy Ancona Home 5–0 2,091 [67]

Record by opposition nationality[edit]

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost Goals
for
Goals
against
Anglo-Italian Cup against English clubs 4 0 3 1 3 4
against Italian clubs 8 3 1 4 15 14
Total 12 3 4 5 18 18

Record by location[edit]

Record at Kenilworth Road[edit]

Opposition nationality Played Won Drawn Lost Goals
for
Goals
against
English 2 0 2 0 2 2
Overseas 4 3 0 1 11 4
Total 6 3 2 1 13 6

Record away from Kenilworth Road[edit]

Opposition nationality Played Won Drawn Lost Goals
for
Goals
against
English 2 0 1 1 1 2
Overseas 4 0 1 3 4 10
Total 6 0 2 4 5 12

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Before the start of the 2004–05 season, Football League re-branding saw the First Division become the Football League Championship. The Second and Third Divisions became Leagues One and Two, respectively.
B. ^ Upon its formation for the 1992–93 season, the FA Premier League became the top tier of English football; the First, Second and Third Divisions then became the second, third and fourth tiers, respectively.
C. a b The "Other" column constitutes goals and appearances (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Third Division South Cup, Southern Professional Floodlit Cup, Full Members Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy and play-offs.
D. ^ Seventh equal
E. ^ First equal
F. ^ Birmingham City originally paid £2.5 million for Rowan Vine, but promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season resulted in an extra £500,000 being paid, raising the total fee to £3 million.[23]
G. ^ Joe Kinnear was the club's first manager from outside the United Kingdom to manage the club in a matchTerry Mancini, another Irishman, had a spell as the club's caretaker manager (3–11 January 1990) but did not manage the club in a match.[80]
H. ^ Luton Town earned 56 points, but 30 were deducted at the start of the season, giving them a total of 26.[81] The lowest total, not including point deductions, is 37, in 1990–91.[1]
I. ^ Luton Town result always given first
J. ^ Luton Town qualified for the UEFA Cup 1988–89 by winning the Football League Cup in 1987–88, but could not compete due to the ban of English clubs from European competition following the Heysel Stadium Disaster.[73][82][83][84]

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