Our preview of next season's opponents continues with the Hatters
An insight into next season’s opponents continues with Luton Town.
Who’s in charge?
John Still began his playing career in 1967 with 36 appearances at Leyton Orient. Spells in non-league with Bishop’s Stortford, Leytonstone and Dagenham followed but his managerial career now spans an incredible 39 years. He has been at the helm of nine different clubs and previously spent nine years at Dagenham & Redbridge, guiding the Daggers to League One, before joining Luton in February 2013.
Still’s Luton side went into League Two off the back of winning the Vanarama Conference with an impressive 101 points. Life in the league didn’t start well, but the Hatters picked themselves up and had 41 points from 23 games going into January and were in the play-off picture. They faded somewhat and finished the season in eighth place with 68 points and narrowly missed out on the play-off places by three points.
Luton have signaled their intent for the upcoming season by completing four summer signings, most notably Cameron McGeehan, who joins permanently from Norwich for what is reported to be a six-figure fee. Other signings include former Ipswich striker Jack Marriott, former West Ham defender Dan Potts and ex-Orient centre-half Scott Cuthbert. In order to help fund these deals, they’ve let Ross Lafayette and Alex Wall move on.
The most recent meeting between the two sides was last year in the Johnstone's Painty Trophy, when Crawley came away with a 1-0 win. We have previously played Luton in the Conference, with the Reds claiming two wins in the four meetings, both in promotion-winning 2010-11 campaign.
How far is it?
It’s a 156 mile round trip to Kenilworth Road.