History of Luton Town F.C. (1970–present)

History Of Luton Town F.C. (1970–present)

Luton Town Football Club is an English professional football club based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire. Rising back to the top flight of English football for a season in 1974–75, the remainder of the decade was spent in the second tier. David Pleat's appointment as manager in 1978 prompted the development of a strong team which won promotion after the 1981–82 season; Pleat consolidated Luton's position in the top tier before leaving in 1986. Ray Harford's Luton team subsequently achieved a 3–2 victory over Arsenal in the 1988 League Cup Final, before settling for runners-up medals at the next year's Final after losing 2–1 to Nottingham Forest. Luton were relegated from the top flight after the 1991–92 season, after ten successive seasons as a top division club.

The team made an FA Cup semi-final appearance in 1993–94, once again under Pleat, before suffering a second relegation in 1995. Luton were relegated to the fourth tier in 2001, but under Joe Kinnear bounced back at the first attempt. Mike Newell became manager in 2003, and led Luton to the Football League Championship before he was sacked in 2007. Three successive relegations and a total of 40 points deducted over the latter two seasons saw Luton Town relegated from The Football League at the end of the 2008–09 season, where they remain as of the 2013–14 season.

Read more about History Of Luton Town F.C. (1970–present):  Gradual Rise (1970–82), The Top Flight (1982–92), Fall From The Top (1992–2001), Resurgence (2001–06), Freefall (2006–09), Non-League Football (2009–present), References

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