History Of Luton Town F.C. (1885–1970)
Luton Town Football Club is an English professional football club based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire. Founded in 1885 as a merger of two leading local sides, Luton Town were the first professional team in the south of England, fully professional by 1891. Luton were also one of the first southern Football League clubs, joining in 1897 before leaving again in 1900 due to financial instability. The club rejoined the League for the 1920–21 season. George Thompson became the club's first manager four years later, but only lasted eight months before leaving, and wasn't replaced until 1927. 1936–37 saw Luton promoted to the Second Division, and the first post-war seasons saw a strong Luton team begin to emerge. Record goalscorer Gordon Turner's arrival into the first team in 1950 helped Luton to promotion to the First Division for the first time in 1954–55, and the team remained there until relegation in the 1959–60 season. Luton also reached the 1959 FA Cup Final, where Turner's absence and the team's questionable preparation for the game meant that Luton lost 2–1 to Nottingham Forest. The club was subsequently relegated three times in six seasons, reaching the Fourth Division by 1965–66. However, players such as Malcolm Macdonald ensured that the club was then promoted twice in three years and was back in the Second Division by 1970.
Read more about History Of Luton Town F.C. (1885–1970): Creation, Professionalism and The Football League (1885–1900), Back To The Southern League (1900–1919), Rejoining The Football League (1919–1937), The Second Division (1937–1955), Into The Top-flight (1955–1960), Decline and Recovery (1960–1970), Continuation, References
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