Season Ten - A Look At The Club
We are now coming in to the tenth season since the birth of this save and a lot has changed since the start. I'm just going to give you a quick run-down of the basic info of Luton Town Football Club.
Luton Town Football Club, nicknamed "The Hatters", were founded in 1885. They are currently owned by English businessman Tom Naylor, who is known for several controversial decisions, such as the sacking and re-hiring of Luton Town legend, and current manager, Ryan Ferguson. The Hatters play in orange with a white/blue trim and their home games are at Kenilworth Road, which seats just 12,550 people. There are rumours of a new stadium being built in secret, but nobody actually knows the truth for certain, not even Ryan Ferguson.
Luton have twelve trophies to their name, seven of which were won under Ryan Ferguson. The 2020/2021 season saw Luton win both the Premier League and FA Cup in a famous double, which has been hallmarked as Luton's greatest ever achievement. Luton are yet to add a European trophy to their cabinet but if they continue to improve at the rate they have been in recent years, it won't be long before they are Champions of Europe.
Current manager Ryan Ferguson hails from Liverpool in North-West England. The thirty-four year old grew up supporting Liverpool FC but never made the professional game himself. He was hired as Luton manager in 2013 where he remained until 2018 before he was controversially sacked by Tom Naylor. During his exile, he managed Aston Villa, although he took charge in just five games before Mr. Naylor asked him back to Luton, where he has been ever since. Ferguson also managed the Republic of Ireland for a year during the 2016/2017 season but resigned from the position due to boredom of the job.
Luton's captain Craig Dawson is a product of Manchester City's academy, although he never broke in to the first team. His most successful previous spell at a club was at Sunderland (2014-2017) but after a string of moves, wound up at Luton for £6M in January 2018. The thirty-two year old defender became captain of the first team in 2020 but has found himself fall down the pecking order last season due to the arrival of Serbian international Vuk Alavanja from AC Milan, who cost the club a massive £22.5M.
Luton's vice-captain Joe McLaughlin is a product of Fulham's youth academy. He made his Fulham debut in 2018 at the age of 18 and in 2019, he joined Luton Town for £12.5M. The English defensive midfielder has been a key part of Luton's midfield in recent years but despite his impressive performances, he is yet to receive an England call-up. However, it will surely be just a matter of time before the twenty-three year old plays international football.
Luton's facilities are quite impressive and they attract a lot of players. However, they are not yet ready to compete alongside the facilities of the world's leading clubs but constant improvements are being made to match their levels.
So that is the brief overview of the club. Later on during the pre-season, I will give an overview of the squad and my expectations for the season.
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