Town to appeal against Nico ban

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Luton Town will lodge an official appeal against captain Kevin Nicholls' draconian five-match ban after he admitted to a charge of improper conduct following Town's 3-3 draw against Bradford City back in January.

The FA disciplinary committed handed him the hefty ban last week after they deemed that he had incited Luton's fans following the close of their tempestuous encounter with the Bantams.

Director Stephen Browne said: "We are not particularly happy at all, hence the reason for the appeal.

"I think what we are required to do is give notice we wish to appeal. The first thing we have to do is notify them, and that has been done."

Spillane misses out with dead leg

On-loan Norwich City defender Michael Spillane missed out on the chance to represent Ireland U21s on Friday night because of a dead leg.

The 20-year-old missed both the game against Spain at Waterford and Town's 2-1 triumph at Morecambe on Saturday because of the injury.

Luton had been prepared to fly him back into Liverpool for the trip to the Shrimps, but that injury meant there was no chance of his playing.

Spillane was unavailable for last night's League Two match against Rotherham United as he was due to play a part for the Eire U21s in their UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier against Turkey at Turner's Cross.

However, Harford is hopeful he will be fit for Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against League One Scunthorpe at Wembley.

He added: "Michael went away. Norwich assessed him and said he was injured.

"He has had some treatment and will be on the bench for Ireland.

"We will need him for Wembley."

Charles joins Poppies on loan

Luton striker Ryan Charles has joined Blue Square Premier outfit Kettering Town on a month-long loan.

The 19-year-old, who has struggled with injury this season, came on as a second half substitute for the Poppies in their 2-1 defeat of Ebbsfleet United at Rockingham Road on Saturday.

Speaking about the move, Hatters boss Mick Harford said: "Ryan's been unfortunate. He was out for 10-12 weeks and he needs to go and get a run of six, seven, eight games.

"Kettering, within his loan spell, have got nine games so hopefully he'll get some games under his belt.

"He's a great kid Ryan and I want him to do well and I think it'll be beneficial for him to go and play some games."

Harford hopes to extend Bower loan

Ahead of last night's game against Rotherham United, Town boss Mick Harford was hopeful of extending Bradford City defender Mark Bower's loan spell at Kenilworth Road until the end of the season.

Speaking on Monday, he said: "I think he has done excellently.

"I think he took a little time to settle.

"He gives us that balance with the left foot.

"He has done extremely well and I will speak to Stuart McCall this afternoon.

"His loan expires in the next 24 hours."

Harford revealed that McCall had been "umming and aahing" whether to take him back, but he is hopeful that the Bantams' clean sheet against Chester at the weekend will help convince McCall to allow the experienced defender to stay at Kenilworth Road until the end of the season.

Ledsom praises goodwill gestures

Songstress Jane Ledsom has praised the companies who offered their services for free to help make Luton Town's official song for Wembley – 30 Miles To Wembley (Here Come The Hatters).

The song, which aims to help raise money for the Hatters' youth development section is available from iTunes for 79p.

Geranium Records, One Media Publishing, Halo Records and Aspect Ratio all provided their services for free.

Ledsom said: "They did everything for free to help Luton and the youth development programme."

Young keeper signs for Luton

Goalkeeper Lewis Todd is preparing for a date with some of Europe's biggest clubs after joining the Luton Town Centre of Excellence.

The 10-year-old, who plays his football for Kings Langley, impressed at the Performance Centre and, as a result, was invited to join the Centre of Excellence.

Todd, who attends Thomas Coram School in Berkhamsted and supports QPR, will continue to play for his club before joining Luton in the summer.

And his first assignments for the Hatters will be tournaments in Germany and Sweden where the cream of European youth footballing talent will be on show.

Supporters club honours Hatters

The Riverside Suite at Vauxhall Recreation Club will be holding Luton Town Supporters Club's Player Of The Season Presentation Evening.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 26, from 7pm and there will be guest speakers plus a hot and cold buffet.

Tickets are 15 for members and 21 for non-members and are available from the supporters' kiosk before and after home games, or on 01908 569339.

Logan joins County on loan

Leicester City keeper Conrad Logan, who spent much of the season on loan at Luton, has signed for Stockport County on an emergency seven-day loan arrangement.

Logan, who played in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers, made a total of 30 starts for Town in all competitions.

Last season, Logan enjoyed a successful loan period with County, making 41 appearances.