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Stat Attack: Notts County vs. Luton Town, Saturday 29 October 2016

Joe Jones

Notts County and Luton Town have faced off 68 times in their history.

The first meeting came in January 1912 when the Magpies secured a 4-2 away win in the FA Cup.

Luton dominate the head-to-head with 34 wins over Notts, 19 draws and 15 defeats.

Out of the 10  matches between the two that have taken place since the turn of the century, Notts have won four, drawn three and lost three.

Luton Town Football Club was formed on 11 April 1885, the product of a merger of the two leading local teams, Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior.

The club was the first in southern England to turn professional, making payments to players as early as 1890 and turning fully professional a year later.

It joined the Football League before the 1897–98 season, left in 1900 because of financial problems, and rejoined in 1920.

Luton reached the First Division in 1955–56 and contested a major final for the first time when playing Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final.

The team was then relegated from the top division in 1959–60, and demoted twice more in the following five years, playing in the Fourth Division from the 1965–66 season. However, it was promoted back to the top level by 1974–75.

Luton Town's most recent successful period began in 1981–82, when the club won the Second Division, and thereby gained promotion to the First.

Luton defeated Arsenal 3–2 in the 1988 Football League Cup Final and remained in the First Division until relegation at the end of the 1991–92 season.

Between 2007 and 2009, financial difficulties caused the club to fall from the second tier of English football to the fifth in successive seasons.

The last of these relegations came during the 2008–09 season, when 30 points were docked from Luton's tally for various financial irregularities.

Luton then spent five seasons in non-League football before winning the Conference Premier in 2013–14, securing promotion back into the Football League.

The club's nickname, "the Hatters", reflects Luton's historical connection with the hat making trade, which has been prominent there since the 1600s.

The nickname was originally a variant on the now rarely seen straw-plaiters. Supporters of the club are also called Hatters.

Luton is associated with two very different colour schemes - white and black (first permanently adopted in 1920), and orange, navy and white (first used in 1973, and worn by the team as of the 2015–16 season).

Team News

Notts County striker Jon Stead is expected to be ruled out until Christmas after injuring his ankle against Crewe Alexandra two weeks ago, although the club are still waiting the results of a scan.

Michael O'Connor and Vadaine Oliver are fit again, while Genaro Snijders and Curtis Thompson are back in training.

Luton's eight-goal striker Danny Hylton is back from suspension after sitting out their match against Mansfield Town last week following a five-booking haul.

Teenage midfielder James Justin is also back in contention following a calf injury sustained in the warm-up at Leyton Orient two weeks ago.

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