Looking Towards The Oak Road Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Kenilworth Road End (photo)
Where To Drink?
Executive Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Kenilworth Road Location Map
|What's Kenilworth Road Like?|
club have been talking about moving to a new stadium for
sometime now and hence investment in Kenilworth Road in
recent years has been neglected. One side of the ground
and one end are small and covered. A Luton fan once told
me that the council would not let the club build any
higher than the surrounding houses. The small end, The
Oak Road Stand, is given to away supporters and this has
a simple electric scoreboard on its roof. The other end
is a large covered all seated stand, which was
originally a terrace. The small side of the ground
(called the Bobbers Stand as entrance once cost a Bob!) is
predominantly filled with a row of executive boxes and
is so small that you can clearly see the houses behind
it. Netting has been suspended between the floodlight
pylons on its roof to reduce the number of footballs
being kicked out of the ground.
The other side, the Main Stand, is an older two tiered covered stand. This stand is mostly wooden and is really beginning to show its age, which is not surprising at the central part of the stand dates back to 1922. This Main Stand only runs around two thirds of the length of the pitch with another more recent structure 'bolted' onto one end. This area is known as the 'David Preece Stand' (after a former player) was opened in 1991 and is used a family area. An odd feature are the location of the dugouts which are opposite the players tunnel, resulting in quite a procession across the pitch. Also you will notice that rather than having floodlight pylons at each corner of the ground, as most older grounds have, they are instead featured along each side of the ground. This is a legacy of simply when floodlights were first installed at Kenilworth Road in the 1950's, there was no room in the corners of the ground to incorporate floodlight pylons and hence they had to be installed along the sides.
|The Club have for many years expressed their desire to leave Kenilworth Road and move to a new stadium. Currently a feasibility study is being undertaken to look at possible locations for such a new ground.|
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
most matches away fans are housed in the Oak Road Stand
at one end of the ground. For teams with a small
following then Block A of the Kenilworth End in the
opposite end is allocated instead.
The entrance to the Oak Stand must be one of the most unusual in the country. After going down a rather small alleyway at the side of the stadium (or down the cordoned off Oak Road), the impression is of queuing to go into someone's house and then through their back garden and into the stand! Just over 1,500 supporters can be accommodated in this stand and even a small number of fans can really make some noise. The Luton fans who like to sing tend congregating in the Main Stand immediately to the right of the away end, which can make for a good atmosphere. On the downside, there always seems to be a large Police presence, which seems unnecessary for the majority of games, although the Club stewards themselves seemed pretty relaxed. Also there are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view. The leg room is tight (although I noted that away fans stood throughout on my last visit) and the toilets are small and have seen better days. The refreshments are not bad though, with a good selection of Pukka pies and burgers available.
|Where To Drink?|
|John Pyper informs me; 'The Luton
Bobbers Club at the ground will admit a small
contingent of away fans at the digression of the
committee stewards at a cost of 50p (signing in fee).
The entrance to the club is located between the
turnstiles for away supporters in Oak Road'.
With the closure of the Bedfordshire Yeoman pub, there is not a great deal of choice of drinking outlets for away fans near to the ground. Mick O'Sullivan adds; 'A good place to drink is the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road, which welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, then with the away entrance in front of you turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. It has a large car park (cost £3) and offers reasonably priced beer. You will be charged 50p to go in, but you make it up on the cheaper than pub beer'. Please note that alcohol is not served to away supporters within the ground.
Whilst in the town centre on the Bedford Road, only a few minutes walk away from the train station is the English Rose. This CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed pub has received good reports from visiting fans who have drank there. There is also a Wetherspoons pub called the London Hatter on Park Street, which is also in the Good Beer Guide.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
the M1 at Junction 11 and take the A505 towards Luton.
Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st
roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next
roundabout turn left into Hatters Way, whilst continuing
down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left,
although it is not accessible from this road. At the end
of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street
parking from here on (the ground will now be on your
Please note that there is a residents only parking scheme in operation near to the ground, so you will have to travel a little further away to find street parking.
Map showing the location of the Kenilworth Road Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for Sat-Nav: LU4 8AW
Thanks to Roger Butler for providing the directions.
railway station is a good 15 minutes walk away from the
ground. Turn right out of the railway station and
proceed along Station Road. Go straight across at the
traffic lights into Mill Street. On reaching a junction
where the road bends to the right, turn left at this
junction into New Bedford Road. Then turn right into
Collingdon Street. At the end of Collingdon Street you
will reach a dual carriageway. Turn left alongside the
road and follow the pedestrian walkway and then bear
right to go along the footbridge over the busy road. As
footbridge passes over the roundabout it splits into
two. Bear right and this will lead you down into
Dunstable Road. Continue straight along Dunstable Road
and then take the 5th left hand turn into Oak Road for
the visitors turnstiles.
Thanks to Colin Bowles for providing the directions.
All areas of the stadium*:
* In the Main Stand Enclosure &
Block G, which is comprised of uncovered seating
Adult tickets are £15, whilst other ticket prices
remain the same.
|Luton Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Watford & Stevenage.|
|Official Programme: £3 (away fans purchase them from inside the ground, from sellers on the pitch perimeter).|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
FA Cup 6th Round Replay, March 4th, 1959.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record*:
10,260 v Leeds United
Championship League, October 21st, 2006.
* This record was subsequently equalled against Sunderland on May 6th 2007.
2012-2013: 5,882 (Blue Square Premier)
2011-2012: 5,858 (Blue Square Premier)
2010-2011: 6,242 (Blue Square Premier)
|Fans Reviews Of Kenilworth Road|
Scott (Forest Green Rovers) 9/2/13
Scot Rowland (Tamworth) 18/2/12
Dan Phillips (Port Vale) 9/8/08
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