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Luton Town Football Club is a professional English football club based in the town of Luton. The club currently competes in the Championship, which is the second tier in the English football pyramid.
Luton currently plays their home matches at Kenilworth Road, which has been the club’s home since 1905, replacing their former ground at Dunstable Road. Kenilworth Road has a maximum capacity of 10,356, making it one of the smaller grounds in the Championship at present.
Nicknamed the Hatters, Luton’s biggest rivals are Watford, with whom they compete in the Beds-Herts Derby.
Luton have won a number of trophies in English football since being founded, the most notable being the 1987/88 League Cup. The Hatters faced Arsenal in the final at Wembley and won 3-2 in dramatic fashion, as forward Brian Stein scored the winning goal in the 90th minute of the match. Luton have also won the Second Division title once in their history, which came in the 1981/82 season when they were promoted to the First Division as champions alongside Watford and Norwich City.
The competition that has brought the club the most joy is the old Third Division/League One, which they have won three times in the past. The first of these successes came in the 1936/37 campaign, with the next being in 2004/05 when they finished 12 points clear of runners-up Hull City. Luton’s most recent League One title came in the 2018/19 season, while they also have one Fourth Division title from 1967/68. Their trophy haul is complete with the 2008/09 Football League Trophy that they won against Scunthorpe.
Luton Town was founded on 11 April 1885 and was the first-ever team in the south of England to turn professional. They began paying their players in 1890 and joined the Football League in 1897. The Hatters were forced to leave the Football League in 1900 due to financial troubles but made their return in 1920. It took them 36 years before they were able to reach the First Division for the first time in the club’s history, with this leading to a five-year spell in the top flight. During this period they also reached the FA Cup final for the first time, as they faced Nottingham Forest in the final at Wembley. However, this was to be an unhappy occasion for Luton, who lost 2-1.
Arguably Luton’s most memorable period as a club came between 1982/83-1991/92, where they played exclusively in the First Division. Within this spell they also made it to back-to-back League Cup finals, the first of which they won in 1988 against Arsenal. They returned once again in 1989, against facing the aforementioned Forest in the final and were again on the losing side, this time suffering a 3-1 defeat. Financial issues blighted the club in the mid-2000s, leading to them suffering three relegations in a row and falling out of the Football League altogether. They stayed in the Conference Premier for four seasons before finally making their comeback and enjoyed back-to-back promotions in 2018 and 2019 to return to the Championship.