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)
The Trust in Luton committee, on behalf of all supporters, would like to place on record our thanks and sincere gratitude to John Still for everything he has done for the Club and the success he had whilst in charge.
Our Conference winning season will live long in the memory for many years to come, from the celebrations after Cambridge away, the fantastic scenes at Kenilworth Road on that Easter Monday in April 2014 where we lifted the Conference trophy, to our first game back in the Football League, or the many other great moments. Everyone will have their own memories to cherish of a successful time in our history.
They were made possible by the desire, determination and hard work of one of the nicest men and most knowledgeable managers the Club has ever had.
It wasn’t just the success on the field we admired and cherished. We regained both our identity and our pride for our Club during the period John was in charge and for that Town fans everywhere will forever be grateful to him.
Whoever led the Club back into the Football League was always going to go down in our history and John Still will rightly take his place among the other great men who have served this Club with distinction through the years.
We would like to wish John all the very best for the future. He will always be welcome back at Kenilworth Road where he will most likely have a pint in his hand and reflect on those wonderful experiences with anyone present.
We would also like to wish Andy Awford good luck on Saturday and urge everyone heading to St James’ Park to be vocal in their support of the players in their quest to get the result we need to climb the table, and start looking upwards again.
Last Updated (Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:14)
Meet the Manager
As previously announced we will be hosting a “Meet the Manager” evening at Kenilworth Road in the Eric Morecambe Suite on Monday 21st September, kicking off at 7.30pm.
Tickets are now on sale via the Club’s ticket office at £5 per person. This is an event for Trust members, but non-members can also purchase tickets in advance and join the Trust on the night. Annual Trust membership costs just £10, or £5 for age concessions.
These are always very enjoyable and informative evenings and give supporters the chance to put those burning questions to John Still and his coaching staff in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. And in case there is such a thing as a “shy” Luton fan you can also put your questions in writing if you prefer!
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Last Updated (Friday, 11 September 2015 10:19)