Monday, 24 August 2015

Luton Town Football Club

Opening of Kenilworth Road football ground, 1905 [Wikimedia]

Tuesday 24th August 1915: The annual general meeting of Luton Town Football Club was held last night at Mr. T. Keens offices in King Street – the usual arrangement of holding the AGM at the Corn Exchange with a public meeting to follow had to be abandoned due to the war. It was felt that last season had gone as well as could be expected in the circumstances. The number of soldiers billeted in the town had saved the club financially and the playing results were satisfactory. Expenses had been higher than the previous season due to their success on the pitch in 1913/14 when they won promotion back to the First Division of the Southern League. This had meant they signed on most of their players and had to pay them over the summer – the penalty of success! Unfortunately the situation for the 1915/16 season was very uncertain. The club had been badly treated by the London clubs of the Southern League and as a result was being left out of competitive football for the forthcoming season. The directors had not yet been able to decide whether or not they should continue to play friendly matches, or whether to let the fixture list slide for the time being.

Source: Luton Times 27 August 1915

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