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Luton Town F.C in the Victorian Era

Five Minute Reads

Small articles, research and newspaper snippets

Library

Various articles on LTFC and Victorian football

Gallery

Images of Luton Town and an A to Z of their opponents

Five Minute Reads

Small articles, research and newspaper snippets

Chaptered History

Read all 16 chapters of Luton Town's Victorian history

Image Gallery

Photographs from 1879 - 1901, including colourised versions

Victorian Era LTFC History

Videos and Tours

Victorian Era LTFC History

1879 - 1901

Latest News

Very little has been published about the period up to 1894 when the club joined the Southern League.  This website will plug that gap and tell you about the Lomax brothers, George Deacon, Herbert Spratley, Arthur Taylor, the Whitby brothers, Wanderers, Excelsior, the 11th April 1885, professionalism, the laws of the game, tactics and much more.

You will see the introduction and chapters listed on the right.  I have set out the highlights at the start of each chapter.  Entwined with football is the story of the town and the people. I have therefore included “Interludes” and various newspapers adverts and clippings which are tangents off the main story but which I hope will be of interest.    A short version of the history of the club can be found under the “Date Lines” button.  The “Library” button will include articles taken from the main story on topics such as the Dallow Lane ground, professionalism, the fans, kit, the Luton Charity Cup and so on.  The “Hall of Fame” button will also be of interest – D.A.N. Lomax is an essential read.  The “Seasons” button gives a table of the results by season.  Onlooker has some short random articles on Victorian football.  The Statistics and Gallery buttons need no explanation.

I would like to gather as much information as possible on this period of the club’s history.  I had intended to publish a book but a book cannot be amended, added to or shared widely.   Hopefully, with your help, the story will grow as new material comes to light.  If you have any comments, queries or information please use the “Contact” button.  I would particularly like to hear from any descendants of the players and committee members with any information or memorabilia including photos.  See the “Ancestry” section in the Library to see if there is a familiar family name.

Please do not assume that Luton Town Football Club has copies of everything ever produced – they do not, nor do the club’s historians.  For instance, I contacted the descendants of a player from 1885 to 1890.  They did not know he played for LTFC but did know he was a Luton Town fan and possessed a member’s ticket from 1887/88.  It is the only one that we know exists.  There is no known photograph of the 1885-89 pink and dark blue halved shirt.  Perhaps a descendant has one, but does not appreciate it.

Keep up with the latest additions to the site via the “News’ button or go to Facebook “Luton Town F.C. The Straw Plaiters” and like the page.  You will then receive updates and news automatically.

Brian Webb

Bazaar

  • Walking tour – 90 minutes covering the creation of LTFC meeting at the Railway Station and ending at Dallow Road via High Town
  • Talk – Football tactics in 1885 covering Law of the Game, formations, kit – 20 minutes minimum
  • Talk – Creation of LTFC – minimum 20 minutes up to 1 hour
  • Talk of your choice on Victorian football
  • Advice on Victorian football
  • No fee just make a donation to Charity – ROS. Email for details
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