Founded in 1885, Luton Town, frequently referred to as The Hatters, plays its home matches at Kenilworth Road. The club's most prominent period was during the '80s when the side won its only major trophy – the Football League Cup.
Since the beginning of the decade, the club set a negative record of finishing on the 24th spot three consecutive times between 2006 and 2009, which saw them drop from the 2nd to the 5th tier of English football. In the National League was when Luton managed to regain composure and restart its climb to the top. In 2014 they were promoted to League Two and in 2018 to League One. This campaign saw them become League One champions, and the Hatters had finally returned to the Championship. Does that mean that we will see more transfer news coming from the club? Not sure about that, but gossip – definitely yes.
Luton Town Transfers
Matthew Upson to Arsenal for £2.8 Million in 1997- Upson joined the senior squad of Luton in 1996, and in just one year, he was bought by Arsenal for almost £3 Million. Matthew continued playing for Arsenal for the next three years before being purchased by Birmingham. He went on to play for numerous English clubs, including Brighton, Leicester, and West Ham.
Carlos Edwards from Wrexham for £200,000 in 2005 – He is the only player on the list that has not graduated from Luton's youth academy. Edwards began playing football in his homeland Trinidad and Tobago in 1998 and made his move to Europe with the Welsh side Wrexham for just £175,000 in 2000. After serving Wrexham for five years, he was bought by Luton town for £200.000. He spent two seasons with Luton, during which he made over 70 appearances and was responsible for 13 goals assisting 5 of them. Sunderland bought Edwards for £2.1 Million in 2007.
Curtis Davies to West Brom for £4.5 Million in 2005 – He is a product of Luton Town's youth academy and became part of the senior squad in 2004. Participating in 44 matches, Davies was instrumental to the team's promotion-winning campaign of 2004/2005. Following this display, he was bought by West Brom. Davies went on to play for numerous English sides, amassing a total of 9 Premier League seasons and 9 Championship seasons during his career.
Leon Barnett to West Brom for £3.75 Million in 2007 – Coming up through Luton Towns youth academy, he became a part of the first team in 2002 but only made his league debut in 2005. Barnett spent two seasons with Luton as a regular starter, and during his last campaign, the Hatters, he played in 39 out of 46 league matches, earning his transfer to West Brom.
James Justin to Leicester for £6.7 Million in 2019- Yet another player who began his career with Luton. Playing as a defender, he helped his club to win promotion from League One to League Two at the end of the 2017-2018 season. During the next season, he played in 43 out of 46 league matches and again contributed to earning another promotion with his club. Due to his impressive performance in 2019, he was bought by Leicester for £6.7 Million.
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