Luton Town News

One of the biggest and best success stories to date is the recent rise of Luton Town Football Club. Luton as a town is mostly known for its airport, but the news has been full of stories about the rise of their football club in recent months. Luton Town FC, more commonly known as just Luton or The Hatters, are a London-based club that have yet to prove themselves in the higher divisions of English football. They play their home games in the Kenilworth Road Stadium, which has been a talking point since their promotion, mainly due to the fact the stadium is situated within a housing estate and has the risk of smashed living room windows!

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Luton Town’s History 

Luton Town have been bouncing around the lower visions of football since their founding in 1885. When the official Premier League was created in 1992, Luton had just been relegated from the top division of the EFL, meaning they missed out on the Premier League by a matter of a few fixtures.

Since the creation of the EPL, Luton Town have never reached the level needed to be promoted, until last season when they finished in 3rd place in the EFL Championship table and managed to beat huge favourites, Coventry, in the play off final. Their first ever game in the Premier League will be an away game against Brighton, and could see them plummet straight to the bottom of the table instantly if they do not play a smart enough defence.

Who Owns Luton Town Football Club? 

As Luton Town are a very small club, the main owner is not even a recognisable face or name. Paul Ballantyne, a business executive, owns 82% of the club and is the majority shareholder. His personal net worth is estimated to be around £26,000,000.

Luton Town’s Manager 

The manager with the biggest impact on the club is Rob Edwards, their current manager, who saw them promoted from the Championship having managed them for just 32 games. He joined the club in 2022, following the dismissal of Nathan Jones after his 2-year stint, and Mick Harford’s 6-day interim management. Luton Town have bounced between Nathan Jones and Mick Harford since 2016, only changing it up for 41 games during 2019/20 where Graeme Jones took over. Current Luton manager Rob Edwards averages 1.91 points per game with the club, although this average will likely drop once they come up against Premier League standard teams.

Biggest Luton Town Transfers

Despite now becoming a Premier League team, the minimal investments and net worth of the Luton Town Football Club has resulted in miniature spends throughout the years. Luton Town are yet to have received more than €7 million for any single player, and are yet to spend more than €5 million bringing anyone in. Their record departures include the following:

  • James Justin to Leicester in 2019/20 for €6.7 million
  • Curtis Davies to West Brom in 2005/06 for €4.5 million
  • Jack Stacey to Bournemouth in 2019/20 for €4.45 million
  • Leon Barnett to West Brom in 2007/08 for €3.75 million
  • John Hartson to Arsenal in 1994/95 for €3.75 million

On the other end of the spectrum, Luton’s spendings has been minimal and their squad remains much the same as it was almost 3 years ago. Their top five biggest spends are the following:

  • Tahith Chong from Birmingham in 2023/24 for €4.7 million
  • Mads Andersen from Barnsley in 2023/24 for €3.5 million
  • Carlton Morris from Barnsley in 2022/23 for €2 million
  • Simon Sluga from HNK Rijeka in 2019/20 for €1.7 million
  • Adam Boyd from Hartlepool in 2006/07 for €1.5 million

Luton Town Drama 

Luton Town have been quite a clean and simple club for most of their Football League existence, although they suffered a huge hit back in the 2008/09 when they started the season with a 30-point deduction. This deduction was caused by two factors, both combined because of the club becoming bankrupt and going into administration. 10 points were docked by the FA, and a further 20 were docked by the Football League. The club, unsurprisingly, finished at the bottom of the table and were relegated to the division below. 

Aside from this major point deduction, Luton Town have not had much drama, but the laughing stock that is their home ground has made the rounds in the media since their promotion was announced. Jokes surrounding the potential of broken windows and back garden furniture have circulated social media, with people saying homeowners on Kenilworth Road could have the chance to sue Erling Haaland for property damage.

Who Plays For Luton Town Now? 

Luton Town’s total market value is a meagre €50.5 million, and the squad they are playing with was hardly even fit for Championship contention. They have only made a few signings since their promotion, and the players they have brought in are more Championship-level signings. We think Luton will struggle, but their squad includes a few decent players. In goal, new signing Jack Walton could play ahead of James Shea. In defence, Tom Lockyer, Mads Anderson, Reece Burke, and Amari’i hold the fort. The midfield consists of players like Marvelous Nakamba, Alfie Doughty, Jordan Clark, and new signings Elliot Thorpe and Tahith Chong. Up front, Carlton Morris is their main outlet, with James McAtee playing 2nd striker for the most part.

What Have Luton Town Won? 

Despite not being in the Premier League before, Luton have won a few trophies in the olden and golden days of their club. They won the Championship – then 2nd Division – in 1981/82, as well as the modern EFL League One competition in both 2004/05 and 2018/19. As a small club, they managed to go from League One to the Premier League in 5 seasons, a feat that not many teams can claim.

Luton Town 2023/24 Season Prediction 

Balls Out Bet predicts an almost guaranteed relegation for Luton Town Football Club. Right from the start of the season, they will be battling teams with incredible levels of talent and experience in the top flight. There are only a few games we can see Luton Town performing in, let alone getting points from. Home advantage could play a tiny role in their success, with the home fans pushing them to their limits.

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