The Giant Killers



Luton Town hold the unwanted distinction of being the only post war former top flight club to drop through the top five tiers of English football, giving their fans the unique experience of football in all five tiers in the space of a generation. The Hatters were formed in 1885 and gained their place in the Football League in 1897 as a Second Division club. Over the next half century the club found themselves falling as low as the Southern League's second tier before reaching the big time in 1955. Hatters' fans then had their greatest day when they got to their only cup final in 1959, losing narrowly to Nottingham Forest. The next fifteen years saw a slump to the Fourth Division and recovery back to the top flight, which is where the club spent the majority of its time until 1992 when they lost their elite status for the last time. Worse followed when the club suffered relegation from the second tier to the fifth in the space of three years by 2010. During their two decades out of the top flight Luton have had to revert to giant killing and became the first non league side to win at a top flight club for over a quarter of a century when they went to Norwich in 2013. .

Magic Moments


2-0 vs Chelsea

Third Round Replay: Wednesday January 16th 1935

Attendance: 23,041

Scorers: Jack Ball, Fred Roberts

Ranked: 94

Today: Outside the top 200

Team: 1:Joe Coen {image right}, 2:Smith,, 3:Reece, 4:Brown, 5:McGinnigle, 6:Charles Fraser, 7:Wilf Crompton, 8:Bell, 9:Jack Ball, 10:Fred Roberts, 11:Stephenson

2-0 vs Portsmouth
Third Round: Saturday January 6th 1951

Attendance: 21,631       

Scorers: Willie Havenga, Willie Davie

Ranked at the time: 96

Team: 1:Bernard Streten, 2:Harry Cooke, 3:Tom 'Bud' Aherne, 4:Bob Morton, 5:Syd Owen, 6:Charlie Watkins, 7:Alec Glover, 8:Wally Shanks, 9:George Stobbart, 10:Willie Davie, 11:Willie Havenga
1-0 Charlton Athletic
Third Round: Saturday January 12th 1952

Attendance: 25,554

Scorer: Gordon Turner

Ranked at the time: 258

Team: 1:Bernard Streten, 2:Shay Dunne, 3:Tom 'Bud' Ahern, 4:Bob Morton, 5:Syd Owen, 6:Charlie Watkins, 7:Roy Davies, 8:Gordon Turner, 9:George Stobbart, 10:Jack Taylor, 11:Bert Mitchell
5-1 vs Manchester City
Fourth Round replay: Wednesday February 4th 1953

Attendance: 21,991

Scorers: Gordon Turner {3} Roy Little {own goal} Bert Mitchell

Ranked at the time: 115

Team: 1:Ron Baynham, 2:Les Jones, 3:Tom 'Bud' Aherne, 4:Bob Morton, 5:Les Hall, 6:Charlie Watkins, 7:Mick Cullen, 8:Bernard Moore, 9:Jesse Pye, 10:Gordon Turner, 11:Bert Mitchell. Manager:Dally Duncan 


1-0 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Third round: Saturday January 5th 2013

Attendance: 9,638

Scorer: Alex Lawless

Ranked at the time: 142

Team: 1:Mark Tyler, 2:Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, 3:Greg Taylor, 6:Janos Kovacs, 25:Ronnie Henry, 7:Alex Lawless, 14:Arnaud Mendy, J J O'Donnell {replaced by 13:Stuart Fleetwood [77]), 24:Jonathan Smith, 9:Jon Shaw, 27:Andre Gray {replaced by 10:Scott Rendell [90]}

1-0 @ Norwich City

Fourth round: Saturday January 27th 2013

Attendance: 26,521

Scorer: Scott Rendell

Ranked at the time: 7

Team: 1:Mark Tyler, 2:Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, 3:Greg Taylor, 6:Janos Kovacs, 11:Jake Howells, 25:Ronnie Henry, 7:Alex Lawless, 14:Arnaud Mendy {replaced by 17:J J O'Donnell - 78}, 24:Jonathan Smith, 9:Jon Shaw {replaced by 24:Scott Rendell -74}, 27:Andre Gray {replaced by 13:Stuart Fleetwood - 75}