1885–86 Luton Town F.C. season

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Luton Town
1885–86 season
Chairman none[1]
Manager none[2]
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: no league entered
All: no goals scored
Home colours

The 1885–86 season was the first season in the history of Luton Town Football Club. The club had been in existence for less than three months on the season's start, and as Luton did not enter any league competition the team's first competitive match came on 31 October, an FA Cup tie against Great Marlow which was lost 3–0.

This article covers the period from 1 July 1885 to 30 June 1886.


Luton Town Football Club was formed on 11 April 1885 at a meeting convened "for the purpose of considering the advisability of forming a town football club". The new club was a merger of the two leading local teams, Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior; Excelsior's Dallow Lane became the home stadium of the new club. Some of the Wanderers players were not enthusiastic, as they had extended their name to Luton Town Wanderers only three months before; these players made the decision to continue separately to the new amalgamated club. Despite this, Luton Town's early line-ups consisted of six players from one of the former clubs and five from the other.[3][4]


Luton Town played only one competitive match during the season, an FA Cup first round tie at Great Marlow which was lost 3–0.[5]

Match results[edit]

Luton Town results given first.


Win Draw Loss

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1st Round 31 October 1885 Great Marlow Away 0–3 500 [5]

Player details[edit]

As the match played on 31 October 1885 was the only competitive game of the season, this section merely details that match's line-up.[5]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
England John Long England J.G. Hunt England B. Barrett England George Deacon
England A. Martin England T. Lawrence England Albert Deacon
England Ernest Lomax England J.C. Lomax
England G.H. Small
England Frank Whitby

See also[edit]


  • Player and match statistics sourced from: Bailey, Steve (December 1997). The Definitive Luton Town F.C. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-10-2. 
  • All else sourced from: Collings, Timothy (1985). The Luton Town Story 1885-1985. Luton Town F.C. ISBN 0-9510679-0-7. 
  • and Hayes, Dean P. (November 2002). Completely Top Hatters!. The Book Castle. ISBN 1-903747-27-9. 
  1. ^ Collings (1985). p. 244.
  2. ^ Collings (1985). p. 239.
  3. ^ Collings (1985). pp. 1–4.
  4. ^ Hayes (2002). p. 55.
  5. ^ a b c Bailey (1997). p. 89.