Raddy Antic, Joe Payne and Tony Grealish among the former Luton players added to the Hatters Home from Home scheme

Town supporter helps raise over £1,000 for the club

By Mike Simmonds
Saturday, 4th July 2020, 9:40 am
Updated Saturday, 4th July 2020, 10:08 am
Some familiar faces at Kenilworth Road for the Hatters' match with Preston recently
Some familiar faces at Kenilworth Road for the Hatters' match with Preston recently

Luton Town's 'Hatters Home from Home' scheme has been boosted to the tune of £1,200 by a special fund set up by Hatters supporter Mark Stephenson.

With supporters not allowed inside Kenilworth Road for the final matches of the 2019-20 Championship season due to the social distancing rules following the coronavirus pandemic, the club encouraged fans to send in photos of themselves to be printed on to cut-out boards.

Stephenson, a Town supporter for almost 40 years, set up a fund via the Luton Outlaws message board, to pay for the images of players and supporters who have sadly died, such as David Preece, Les Sealey, Mark Ovendale and Andy King, plus ex-manager Ray Harford, who were at the Preston game.

Ahead of this afternoon's clash with Reading, Stephenson confirmed the numbers had been bolstered by the likes of Raddy Antic, Dave Pacey, Milija Aleksic, Harry Haslam, Joe Payne, Syd Owen, Gordon Turner, Frank Soo, Sammy Wightman, Marc North, Paul Futcher, Mike Keen, Allan Brown, Tony Grealish and Besian Idrizaj.

There are also plenty of supporters who will be taking their place as well, as Stephenson said: "There's Ethan Matthews, who was mascot earlier this season and passed-away a few months ago.

"Tom Hunt, who was heavily involved in fans groups, including being a founder of the official Supporters Club in 1988 and a key player in stopping the football club from moving to Milton Keynes.

"Brian Ellis, an avid fan, who was also a local councillor for many years and co-author of The Definitive Luton Town FC Statistical History book, plus former Luton News sports editor Brian Swain, Dave Wikinson, Vito O’Shea and Jack Bradshaw."

"We have now raised £1,200 and ordered 48 plaques, so they should be there for Saturday’s game.

"We are asking anyone who still wishes to donate to donate to the LTST (Luton Town Supporters' Trust) fundraising page now instead as we are running out of people to buy plaques for now."

To donate to the LTST page, click here.