Statistics 1885 – 1901

Honours 

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Kettering Charity Cup winners 1897. Runners up 1890

 

 

 

 

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Luton Charity Cup winners 1894, 1896, 1897. Runners up 1893.  Note 1.Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 10.16.56Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 10.16.56

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 10.26.10Southern League Runners up 1895, 1896.

 

 

 

 

United League champions medal 1897United League Champions 1898.  Runners up 1897, 1901.  Note 2.

 

 

 

 

Seasons

Season          Played     Won    Drawn   Lost    For    Against

1885/86             30          17        4          9        64       37

1886/87             34          19        6          9        70       48

1887/88             36          21        6          9        86       60

1888/89             41          26        5         10      131      53

1889/90             28          18        6          4         68      26

1890/91             31          16        6          9       107      61

1891/92             32          21        2          9         99      54

1892/93             34          20        4         10      106      59

1893/94             43          31        2         10       123     65

1894/95             56          33        7         16        171    87

1895/96             65          51        5          9        247     49

1896/97             67          50        7         10       230     64

1897/98             59          33        9          17       159    82

1898/99             60          14        9          37        84    175

1899/00             38           7         9          22        47     82

1900/01             44           21       6          17        89     71

Totals              698        398      93        207     1,881   1,073

I found the following clip in a local newspaper giving the club’s records.  There are some discrepancies with the records I have been able to compile.  I will investigate and correct where I can.

Win percentage 57%

Most wins in a season – 51

Most goals scored in a season – 247

Least goals conceded in a season – 26

Most defeats in a season – 37

Least goals scored in a season – 47

Most goals conceded in a season – 175

Most consecutive wins – 13 – 28th October 1893 to 20th January 1894.

 

Attendances, highest

Dallow Lane – 6,898 v West Bromwich Albion, F.A. Cup R1, 30th January 1897.  Lost 0 – 1.

Dunstable Road – 7,500 – v Bolton Wanderers, F.A. Cup R1, 29th January 1898, Lost 0 – 1.

 

Gate Receipts, record

Dallow Lane – £185 v West Bromwich Albion, 30th January 1897.

Dunstable Road – £270 v Bolton Wanderers, 29th January 1898.

 

Record wins

Home – 11 0 v St. Mary’s Hospital 25th February 1893 – Friendly

11 0 v Rushden 16th April 1897 – United League

Away – 6 0 at Clapton 14th March 1896 – Southern League

6 1 at St. Albans 3rd November 1894 – 2nd F.A. Cup Qualifying round

 

Record defeats

Home – Luton Town 0 Wellingborough Grammar School 10 – 24th February 1886 – Friendly

Luton Town 1 Leicester Fosse 6 – 14th January 1899 – League Division 2

Away –  Small Heath 9 Luton Town 0 – 12th November 1898 – League Division 2

Wellingborough Grammar School 9 Luton Town 1 – 29th September 1886 – Friendly

 

F.A. Cup Giant Killings

Wins  Home – Luton Town 4 Old Etonians 2  – 29th October 1892

Luton Town 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 16th January 1897

Away – Clifton 0 Luton Town 3 – 5th December 1891

Old Westminsters 0 Luton Town 1 – 4th November 1893

 

Defeat – Polytechnic 4 Luton Town 2  – 19th November 1892

 

Record Goal scorer

In one game – Hugh Galbraith – 7 against St. Mary’s Hospital 25th February 1893.

Season – Hugh Galbraith – 46 goals in the 1895/96 season.

Career – Hugh Galbraith – 177 goals, 1892 – 1899.

 

Appearances

305 – approximately by Arthur Holey Taylor between 1885 and 1894.  Accurate figures are not available in the early years as team line ups were not always published.

 

Professionalism

8th January 1886 – A payment to Arthur H. Taylor for loss of time is the first professional payment to a player in the South of England.

17th September 1889 – The club purchase 18 shirts for the team thus technically becoming a professional team.  Players in amateur teams paid for their own shirts.

December 1890 – First football club in the South of England to pay players on a contract.

 

Administration

October 1887 – J.C. Lomax elected to the Council of the F.A.

1894 – Founder members of the Southern League.

 

Notes

  1.  The Luton Charity Cup exists today in another form – see the article in the Library
  2. It is unclear if a trophy was awarded for winning the United League.  The medal shown was awarded to George Frederick Ekins and was donated to Wardown Park Museum where it now resides.