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Stats pack: Luton vs Forest

27 October 2020

Ahead of Nottingham Forest's visit to Luton Town on Wednesday evening, we take a closer look at the men from Bedfordshire and the stats involving the two clubs...

With thanks to Trevor Simmons (@tvtrevstats) for his help compiling the stats and facts.

Luton Town Football Club

Stadium: Kenilworth Road (capacity 10,356)
Manager: Nathan Jones (since May 2020)
Nickname: The Hatters


Recent results

26th September - Watford (A) - Lost 1-0

3rd October - Wycombe Wanderers (H) - Won 2-0

17th October - Stoke City (H) - Lost 2-0

20th October - Millwall (A) - Lost 2-0

24th October - Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Won 1-0


Luton fact zone

Luton had lost back-to-back league games before winning at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday

They have won four and lost three of their seven Sky Bet Championship games so far this season

The Hatters finished 19th last season, their best finish in 14 years and prior to beating Sheffield Wednesday on 12th February, they were bottom of the table and 10 points from safety

Their 2-0 home defeat by Stoke City on 17th October was just their second defeat in 11 league games at Kenilworth Road

Luton's top scorer James Collins is set to return to the side after missing the last three games after testing positive for Covid-19

Last five seasons

2019-20 - 19th (Championship)
2018-19 - 1st (League One - promoted)
2017-18 - 2nd (League Two - promoted)
2016-17 - 4th (League Two)
2015-16 - 11th (League Two)

Top scorers

4 – James Collins (3 League Cup, 1 league)

2 – Jordan Clark (1 League Cup, 1 league), Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (2 league)

1 – Luke Berry (1 league), Elliot Lee (1 league)


Forest did the double over Luton last season and Lewis Grabban scored in both matches

The Reds have won five of the last six league meetings between the sides

Forest have won two of their last three league visits to Kenilworth Road


There are plenty of links between the two clubs...

A number of players have represented both clubs over the past 30 years, most notably…

Kingsley Black

Black started his career at hometown club Luton and won the League Cup with The Hatters in 1988, playing in the 3-2 final win against Arsenal. He then played in the 3-2 final defeat against Forest the following season. Black made 156 appearances for Luton, scoring 30 goals, before Brian Clough paid £1.5million for his services in September 1991. He went on to make 130 appearances for Forest, scoring 20 goals and played in the 1992 League Cup final defeat against Manchester United. He also played and scored in the 3-2 Full Members’ Cup final win against Everton in 1992.

Other players to play for both clubs include Chris Allen, Jason Cummings, Lee Glover, Jorge Grant, Ray McKinnon, Gary McSheffrey, Daryl Murphy, Steve Sutton and Matt Upson.


A night to remember...

Nottingham Forest 3-1 Luton Town (Clough 54' (pen), 76', Webb 68'; Harford 35')

Wembley - League Cup final - Sunday 9th April 1989 – 3pm kick-off

Forest: Sutton; Laws, Walker, Wilson, Pearce; Gaynor, Webb, Parker, Hodge; Clough, Chapman

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