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2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Guide: Luton Town

We reach the mid-point of our look ahead to next season's opponents

8 June 2019

Luton Town 2018/19

League Position: 1st in Sky Bet League One (Promoted) (17/18 2nd in Sky Bet League Two - Promoted)

Average league attendance: 9,516 (8,676 in 17/18) 

Top league goalscorer: James Collins (25)

It's been a long journey back from the depths of the National League but The Hatters will be competing in the second tier again next season following a 12-year absence. Not even the departure of manager Nathan Jones midway through the season could derail Luton's progress, as they wrapped up the title on the final day of the season. 

When Jones, who had led Luton to the League Two title in May 2018, left for Stoke City in January, with Luton second in the table, cult-hero Mick Harford took over for a second spell in charge at Kenilworth Road. Harford's contract was extended to the end of the season following a run of five wins in six games.

It took until April for Luton to taste defeat under Harford, by which time promotion was all-but assured. A slight wobble to the end of the season put the title in jeopardy but top spot was clinched on the final day with a 3-1 win over Oxford United.    

The Ground

Kenilworth Road

Miles from Brentford: 35

Capacity: 10,356

Address: Maple Road, Luton LU4 8AW

Directions to Kenilworth Road

The Manager

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One Jones replaces another at Kenilworth Road with former Belgium Assistant Coach Graeme Jones the man entrusted with Luton's first season back in the second tier.

Jones' playing career began in the non-league before getting his break in the Football Leauge with Doncaster Rovers in 1993. After 30 goals in three seasons at Belle Vue, Jones headed West to Wigan Athletic where he enjoyed a record-breaking first season. He netted 31 league goals, which remains a Latics' club-record to this day, as Wigan were promoted from the Fourth Tier. Jones spent two more years in Lancashire before moving on. The final seven years of his career took in six clubs with limited success ahead of retirement in 2006. 

Until his appointment by The Hatters last month, Jones had held a number of high-profile assistants' jobs to Roberto Martinez with Swansea City, Wigan, Everton, and, most-recently the Belgium national side. Last August, it was announced that Jones would join newly-relegated West Bromwich Albion as assistant to Darren Moore, which resulted in him leaving his position with Belgium, after a two-year spell. It was also the first time that Jones had not coached alongside Martínez since the beginning of his coaching career in 2007 

The Key Man

James Collins - 2018/19 44 appearances, 25 goals

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Collins is building up an impressive CV when it comes to promotion out of the lower tiers of the EFL. Last season's promotion was his fifth in total, the previous four coming from League Two. He netted double the number of any other Hatter last season on their way to promotion, form that earned a place in the EFL League One Team of the Season. 

Last Meeting

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 25

Draws: 16

Luton Town wins: 34

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