Luton has long been associated with the hat industry and Luton Town football club are known as the Hatters.
In the 2007/08 season, Luton earned a money-spinning replay at Anfield, after holding Liverpool 1-1 at Kenilworth Road in the third round of the FA Cup. A Peter Crouch goal had given the Reds the lead, but a John Arne Riise own goal 13 minutes from time bagged the Hatters a replay.
On 13th April, 1936, Joe Payne scored 10 goals in a game to give Luton a 12-0 victory. Amazingly, Payne wasn’t due to play that day, but gained his place in the team due to an injury to Billy Boyd.
Mike Newell played for the club between 1986-87, scoring 18 League goals in 63 games and later became Luton manager in June, 2003.
Former Arsenal, West Ham and Wales striker John Hartson began his career with Luton in 1992, before making the switch to Highbury in 1995.
Charlie Green was Luton’s first ever manager and was at the helm between 1901-28.
In the 80’s, Town man Ricky Hill received a Yellow card for obstruction of the ball by balancing it on his head while dancing around several of the opposition.
Luton has a population of 194,400 according to the latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics.
Famous Lutonians include composer David Arnold, singer Paul Young and cricketer Monty Panesar.
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