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End of Season Awards Dinner
We are pleased to announce that once again this year, we will be hosting the Luton Town Player of the Year Awards Night. This will take place on Sunday 1st May 2016 at Venue 360, which is in Gypsy Lane, Luton, LU1 3JH.
Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and the event will be attended as usual by the players and management of the Club. The ever popular Simon Pitts will be our compere for the evening, so come along and see the players recognised for their performances throughout the season.
Tickets are priced at £25 for adults (£20 for concessions) and will be available from the Luton Town Ticket Office in due course.
Meanwhile we would also like to remind all Trust members that our 2015 Annual General Meeting takes place this Thursday evening - 24th March - at Kenilworth Road. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm in the John Moore Lounge. Along with the usual AGM business, those in attendence this year will also have the opportunity to vote on a resolution that could change the future of the Trust! Tea & coffee will be available. We hope to see you there.
Last Updated (Monday, 21 March 2016 16:19)
Thanks for everything, Mark.
Trust in Luton would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the service that Mark Tyler gave our great club, in the wake of the news that he has left Luton Town to re-join Peterborough United, the club where he made his league debut.
In six-and-a-half years at the club, the 38 year old stopper represented the Town on 297 occasions and gave Hatters fans some wonderful memories along the way. He was a vital cog in the successful Conference title winning campaign, making some crucial saves at key moments. Mark also kept a clean sheet in the memorable FA Cup fourth round win at Norwich in 2013.
It didn't take long for Mark to become a fans' favourite. Chants of "There's only one Mark Tyler!" would regularly be heard whenever the popular keeper played. We wish him good luck in his new coaching career, and he leaves with our very best wishes for whatever the future holds.
Thank you Mark.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 09 March 2016 06:47)
Terry Harris & Hakan Heyrettin
Following today’s confirmation that Terry Harris & Hakan Heyrettin have left the Club, Trust in Luton would like to place on record our thanks to them both for the excellent service they each gave to Luton Town.
Both men played key roles in one of the most important campaigns in our history and represented the Club with professionalism, class and good humour throughout their time here.
We would like to echo the words of Gary Sweet that all fans should remember the two for the part they played in the Conference winning season and would welcome them back at Kenilworth Road at any time.
We wish Terry and Hakan good luck and our very best wishes for the future.
Last Updated (Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:04)
Welcome Nathan Jones
The Trust in Luton Board would like to welcome Nathan Jones back to Kenilworth Road in his new role as manager of Luton Town.
Nathan replaces John Still having arrived from Brighton and Hove Albion where he filled the position of first team coach. Prior to that he was the assistant manager at Yeovil Town and also helped to prepare England Under 21’s for their European Championship campaign last summer alongside Gareth Southgate.
Nathan holds a UEFA Pro Licence and arrives with a fine reputation as one of the best young coaches in the game. He is seen as hugely professional, hard working and disciplined, with the ability to improve young players and play a fast-flowing style, which should be perfectly suited to our Club.
Nathan has signed a 2½ year contract and we look forward to seeing his strong footballing beliefs displayed on the football pitch every week. We wish him every success in his time at Kenilworth Road.
We would also like to congratulate everyone at 2020 for conducting another extremely professional interview process, which has resulted in an exciting, talented coach being appointed.
Luton fans now have a rare weekend off, but if you haven’t already got your tickets for the Cambridge United game on Saturday week please do so now, as it promises to be a cracking match against local rivals and an early opportunity to show Nathan what the atmosphere at Kenilworth Road can be like when everyone is behind the team.
Last Updated (Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:21)
New Year Message
On behalf of the Trust in Luton Board I am taking this opportunity to wish all Trust members, and Luton Town supporters generally, a very Happy New Year.
There is no such thing as a quiet year in the life of Luton Town and 2015 was no exception.
Unfortunately we cannot escape the fact that performances and results in 2015 were well below the level expected. Even our most optimistic fans know that we can’t win every match but our league record over the full calendar year was closer to relegation than promotion form and, when viewed against the size and standard of the first team squad, the team, for whatever reasons, underachieved in 2015.
We have previously recorded our thanks and appreciation to John Still for all his successes and achievements at the Club and now, like all fans we wait for the announcement of a new manager who can build on John’s work and move us in the right direction again during 2016.
The big news of 2015 off the field was the announcement by the Club in December that Power Court, in the centre of Luton, is the preferred location for the long-awaited new stadium. That’s “long-awaited” as in more than 50 years rather than just the last eight. As a shareholder in the Club, Trust in Luton has been involved in some of the discussions regarding relocation and were also party to the company restructuring that the Club undertook in November as a necessary part of the relocation plans.
The restructuring – like all important Club announcements - was set out in the match-day programme (Plymouth - 24th October) but not all supporters have regular access to the programme or take the time to read it, so this is a good opportunity to let you know about the Trust’s involvement with these important issues.
Ever since the involvement and (continued) investment of the 2020 consortium enabled the Club to come out of administration in 2008, Luton Town Football Club has been owned and managed through a single limited company – Luton Town Football Club 2020 Limited, and Trust in Luton has been a shareholder in that company.
Following the sale of Kenilworth Road to Luton Borough Council back in the late 1980’s the Club did not own its own stadium or any other significant property assets. For the first time since then there is now a genuine prospect of a new stadium and, following extensive legal, planning, financing and other property advice the Club has recently been restructured to facilitate both the ownership of the new stadium and the financing to pay for it.
As a result, Luton Town Football Club 2020 Limited is now a 100% owned subsidiary of a new Luton Town Holding company, which also owns – for now - the new stadium/property company.
The ownership of the new Luton Town Holding company is exactly the same as Luton Town Football Club 2020 Limited was prior to the restructuring; we (like all other shareholders) agreed to swap our shares for exactly the same number of shares in, and percentage ownership of, the new Luton Town Holding company. So we retain a shareholding interest, we are bound by a shareholder agreement and we continue our regular dialogue with the Club, as before
With planning consent not yet applied for, the financing of the new stadium is probably some way from being finalised but the Club has already indicated that it intends to use the land at Junction 10 – which was acquired in 2015 – to enable the development of the new stadium. The full details of the stadium, the financing and the enabling development are for the future and we confidently expect to be party to the relevant discussions.
As a Trust we fully support Power Court as the new stadium location, believing it to be the best site for both the Club and, as importantly, the Town of Luton. We will support the Club in its efforts to move to Power Court, recognising there are obstacles to overcome, and we believe our position reflects the views of most, if not all, supporters.
Finally, a couple of quick updates. Don’t forget to support our Quiz Night next Thursday evening, 14th January at the Club – all proceeds will be going to this season’s designated Supporters’ Charity – LAMP.
We are also very close to unveiling our new website and introducing our new membership database, followed soon after by our 2015 AGM – details to follow.
Best Wishes for 2016
Trust in Luton
Last Updated (Tuesday, 05 January 2016 16:04)