Luton Town

Kenilworth Road

Capacity: 10,226 (all seated)
Address: 1 Maple Road, Luton, LU4 8AW
Telephone: 01582 411 622
Fax: 01582 405 070
Ticket Office: 01582 416 976
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Hatters
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Shirt Sponsors: Ssangyong
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Orange and White
Away Kit: All White
Third Kit: All Purple

External View
External View
Main Stand
Main Stand
Kenilworth Road End
Kenilworth Road End
Oak and Executive Stands
Oak and Executive Stands
Oak Stand
Oak Stand
Executive Stand
Executive Stand
Away Fans Entrance
Away Fans Entrance

The 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 Stand, is given to away supporters (although depending on numbers it is sometimes shared with home fans) 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 recently announced that they are to seek planning permission to build a new 17,500 capacity stadium, at a site known as Power Court near to Luton Railway Station. This is good news as previous proposals for a new ground were to be for an out of town location near Junction 10 of the M1. There are lot of hurdles that need to be overcome before this new stadium can become a reality, but at least the Club are now moving in the right direction. Below is a video showing the proposed site and development:

Away fans are housed on one side of the Oak Road Stand (on the Executive Stand side) at one end of the ground. 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, however as this stand is now shared with home fans, visiting supporters are allocated around half this number of tickets. Still the acoustics of this stand are very good and with Luton fans in close proximity this makes 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, although rather limited in selection to: Burgers (£4), Rollover Hot Dogs (£3), Cheese and Onion Pasties (£3) and Sausage Rolls (£2).

Just inside the away turnstiles, is located a small bar, which serves both draught and bottled beers. Although fairly simple looking inside and with no seating, it serves its purpose. You can also purchase hot pies inside the bar (£3.50) and there is one small television showing the early kick off. 

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, 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 (There is a charge for this) and offers reasonably priced beer. You will be charged to go in, but you make it up on the cheaper than pub beer'. 

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. Alex Winter a visiting Cheltenham Town fan adds; 'If you exit the railway station and turn away from the direction of the town centre, then a two-minute walk away on High Town Road is the Bricklayers Arms. It is a charming old pub which offers an excellent selection of real ale, shows live sport and is only 15-20 minute walk from Kenilworth Road.' Please note that the Wetherspoons pub called the London Hatter on Park Street, has now closed down.

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Leave 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 left). 

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.

Thanks to Roger Butler for providing the directions above.

Post Code for Sat-Nav: LU4 8AW 

 

Luton 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 above.

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The Club operate a category system (A, B & C) for the pricing of match tickets, whereby the most popular games (Category A) cost more to watch:

All areas of the stadium 
Adults £23 (B £20) (C £18)
Over 65's/Under 22's £18 (B £15) (C £13)
Over 75's £15 (B £12) (C £10)
Under 18's £11 (B £8) (C £6)
Under 10's £7 (B £5) (C £3)

Official Programme: £3 (away fans purchase them from inside the ground, from sellers on the pitch perimeter). 

Luton Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Watford and Stevenage.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

30,069 v Blackpool, FA Cup 6th Round Replay, March 4th, 1959.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record*

10,260 v Leeds United Championship League, October 21st, 2006.

Average Attendance

2015-2016: 8,226 (League Two)
2014-2015: 8,702 (League Two)
2013-2014: 7,387 (Conference Premier)

* This record was subsequently equalled against Sunderland on May 6th 2007.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the external photo of the Kenilworth Road End.

Luton Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Football League Two
Saturday 3rd September 2016, 3pm
Paul O'Shea (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kenilworth Road Ground?

I'd never been to Kenilworth Road and despite plenty of people shaking their heads at my intention I was excited at the prospect as I prefer older grounds.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I had travelled down to London then made my way to St Pancras for the short trip to Luton. You can see the floodlights of the stadium from the station and I decided I wouldn't be walking it. There was heavy rain forecast and I wasn't about to get a soaking.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

First port of call was the Bricklayers Arms behind the Railway Station, a good choice. Filled with Luton Town posters and pictures, it even had a beer that for every pint sold a donation was made to Lutons youth team. No offence to Luton but it was very seedy around there so I went back to the Interchange and caught the A bus up to Dunstable that's goes up the bus way, a dedicated bus only lane. This was speedy, hardly stopping until it got to Dunstable town centre.Some locals think this a white elephant, the service not Dunstable, but I liked it. Some very good pubs including the Globe, Victoria and the huge Wetherspoons, the Gary Cooper. where you can catch the bus back to the ground. If you get off at Clifton Road, it's only a minutes walk and you are behind the Main Stand.A day pass cost £4.10 which I thought was reasonable.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Kenilworth Road?

I had bought a ticket online for the Kenilworth Road End so I had to walk round the ground past the strange away entrance and down a long narrow alley. There was an old armchair, a baby's cot and other rubbish dumped here and there, not good. I'd left it late so went straight to my seat which had a poor view due to a pillar being in the way but managed to move at kick off to one a bit better. The stadium looked pretty full.with a crowd of just over 8,000, including what looked like a decent away following. The Executive Box side looked a bit feeble but I thought the Main Stand looked okay.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a good game to watch, Luton looked like they could score every time they went forward and they were soon one up then missed a penalty. The rain arrived and it chucked it down adding to the players problems. The second half was more of the same, Luton going two up but out of nowhere Wycombe pulled one back and all of a sudden Luton looked rattled. They held on though and scored two more late on, one another penalty,for a convincing 4-1 victory. The toilets weren't brilliant but they were clean but the queue at half time was pretty long.. Usual football fodder available; Pukka pies on offer, always a good option. The stewarding was low key and everyone was fine. I thought the home fans were having a laugh calling one of their players Pele but in fact it was a lad called Pelly Mpanzu they were on about and he was, to be fair, pretty good, having come from West Ham United.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I left seconds before full time and was surprised to see a cabin outside the ground offering goat curry rice and peas, never seen that before. Went back to the busway stop at Clifton Road and a bus pulled up nearly straight away. A single back into town, by the way is 99p. Back at the interchange in time for the 17:08 to London.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Kenilworth Road is not the best ground I've been to but it did have a bit of character about it. There were posters and flyers everywhere about the proposals for the new stadium for the Club, so perhaps I will have to return again, The next time I'll give St Albans a look for some pre-match drinking.

Luton Town v Leeds United
Football League Cup
Tuesday 23rd August 2016, 7.45pm
Paul Dickinson (Leeds United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kenilworth Road Ground itself?

This was my fourth visit to see Leeds play at Kenilworth Road but as the last one was the infamous 5-1 defeat in 2006, it was time to banish some ghosts...

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Travelled down with two friends by car and the Kenilworth Road ground is easy to find when approaching from the M1 We were initially going to park at the Conservative Club as this was the designated away pub for this game but instead we managed to squeeze into a small car park just down the road...which is free after 6pm if you're visiting for a night game.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Had a couple of beers in the Conservative Club and then wandered down the street trying to decide which of the many fast food joints to go into!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kenilworth Road Ground?

As mentioned, I've been a few times before but it was clear from the comments of a few fans as we entered that it was their first time. There really isn't an entrance like it to a football ground anywhere else! 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

For the first time that I can recall, we rested all eleven of our first team who had beaten Sheffield Wednesday the previous game - just as we had mused might happen on the car journey down. This decision divided opinion amongst Leeds fans but I was pleased as I'd much rather have a fresh, rested team facing another tough away game at Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Gary Monk's decision was vindicated with a hard fought 1-0 win, albeit we were pushed all the way by a spirited Luton side who had enough chances to have forced the match into extra time.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Our decision to park where we did was vindicated as when we left the Conservative club earlier, cars were blocked in whilst we were straight out and back on the M1 by 9.50PM....eventually arriving back in Leeds at 12.45am after the obligatory motorway delays that now seem a permanent fixture when travelling back from midweek away games.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable evening and a rare third round draw for us to look forward to...if you haven't yet been to Luton, make sure you do as plans are progressing for their new ground and it will soon be gone forever.

Luton Town v Brighton and Hove Albion
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 23rd July 2016, 2pm
Samuel Theodoridi (Brighton and Hove Albion fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kenilworth Road Ground itself?

Kenilworth Road is a very traditional football ground and also a very historic one and when It became apparent the Albion would be playing two games in a day including one at Luton I took the opportunity to go and watch Albion's preparations for the coming season first hand.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I was picked up at the North Star Pub in Durrington by the supporters coach being run by Seagull Travel and after picking people up between there and Pease Pottage, we carried on to Luton. Traffic wasn't great on the M25 and M1 (though much better than the A20!) we got to Luton about an hour and three quarters before kick off. Once the coach had navigated the congested roads in Luton it dropped us off just outside the away turnstiles in Oak Road.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were t he home fans friendly?

After leaving the coach, many headed to the Conservative Club just down the road. It felt slightly odd having a drink in the Conservative Club being a Labour member! but the staff were polite and relatively friendly. They do some decent deals on food and the drinks aren't too expensive. I had a Cheese Burger and Chips which cost £4. Considering the quality of the Burger and the Chips, then that represents in my view fantastic value for money. After about 45 minutes I headed back to the ground where I had a look around outside and ventured into the club shop where I bought a programme for £2.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides Kenilworth Road?    

Luton is very much a working class town and that is reflected in the ground itself. Surrounded by terraced housing (and the away end entrance literally being between two houses!) The ground oozes character that many modern grounds don't. Once inside and seated I noted how little leg room is afforded compared to other grounds I've visited and the great big supporting pillars in front of me. Both are understandable considering the age of the ground and the fact that it was converted from terracing to all seated post Taylor Report. The sponsors stand on one side of the ground is rather out of character with the rest of Kenilworth Road and doesn't look great in my opinion. I happened to bump into a couple of my uncle's old friends at the ground so I at least had someone to talk to during the game if it got a bit dull.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere wasn't the best but that is to be expected with it being pre-season and only 2,354 people in attendance! The game started poorly for us going 1-0 down in the first couple of minutes but we weathered the rest of the Luton storm and equalised on 42 minutes, a Lewis Dunk header from a free kick. I queued up at half time to sample the ground grub, but they only had hot dogs left and I got the penultimate one! They also took the lids off of bottles which I can understand for a league game or a derby match but not pre-season against Brighton! After the break we had a couple of decent chances to go in front but we missed them and got sucker punched on 58 minutes when we went behind again. Substitutions after that broke the game up and neither side looked like scoring again with the game finishing 2-1.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Was relatively quick and easy probably being on our way on to Stevenage within half an hour of full time

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Though we lost we did play a mixed side of first team and development squad players, so perhaps it was to be expected. It was an enjoyable start to the day and I would like to go back for a competitive match one day to see what the atmosphere is like then.

Luton Town v Stevenage
Football League Two
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kenilworth Road football ground?

I was very much looking forward to this match, as who doesn't love a game away to their fiercest rivals? Especially so soon after the clocks have gone forward to get a real summer-feel around one of the oldest and poorest stadiums in the league. Luton's home form all season has been poor, including a defeat to Crawley in their last home outing. gave us even more reason to be confident. Coupled with Stevenage picking up a fantastic point away to Oxford in our last match on Good Friday. All in all, there was plenty of reason to be confident ahead of this Bedfordshire-Hertfordshire derby. The only concern I had was that the gap between us in 22nd and York in 23rd could close to 4 points today if we did lose as I could see them picking up maximum points at home to Leyton Orient. There was also a bit more to the game despite the fact it was a derby as we have quite a few ex-Luton players on our books including; Luke Wilkinson, Fraser Franks, Ronnie Henry, Keith Keane and Aaron O'Connor.

Kenilworth Road

View From Away Stand

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the supporters coach for the game as I know from previous experience that there is little parking available locally, and the fact that this is the safest method of travel to Luton. We ended up taking two full coaches and two full minibuses for the day. We left the Lamex Stadium at 1.30pm for the short journey and were met by the local constabulary as we crossed in to Luton to be given a police escort all the way to Kenilworth Road. This was luxury - driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid queues and through red lights with the police stopping traffic on side streets and at roundabouts to let the convoy of Stevenage fans through. We eventually arrived at Kenilworth Road at 2.10pm, and the coaches/buses dropped us all right outside the away end.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Entrance Between HousesWe did the only sensible thing and went straight into the away end. The entrance to the away end is right in the middle of some houses so it's quite unusual.

There were plenty of stewards outside the visitors stand but there were very limited searches, almost like they couldn't be bothered. Thankfully nobody brought anything stupid or illegal in as far as I'm aware.

The only contact I had with home fans were those who decided to give us a few certain gestures as we came along on the coach, and I'll say no more there...

 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kenilworth Road football ground?

Away Fans BarForgetting the fact they are our rivals, the away end is up there with York and Portsmouth for one of the oldest and poorest away ends in the league. Once you go through the turnstile, you have to walk down a narrow passage right next to somebody's back garden and up some steps to enter the visitors section. One of the few good things about this away end is the fact there is a refreshment kiosk right in the corner so you can get your food and drinks without missing a moment of the match. There is also an 'away fans bar' at the front at the stand to the left that serves several different beers and pies. The programme seller can be found pitchside at the front of the stand, next to the stewards, priced at £3 the programme is a good read at 75 pages. The stand to the right of the away end is the Main Stand which curves at both corners. The stand behind the home goal is a big deep stand similar to the away end, and executive boxes run the length of the stand to our left.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was similar to the return fixture at the Lamex in November with both teams looking up for it with neither keeper being tested in the first half, Luton coming closest with Jack Marriott putting a shot in to the Oak Road Stand from a few yards out. The second half was a little better for the neutral with both sides having some chances, Luton striking the bar soon after the restart. As the game went on, it was looking more and more like it would be the second 0-0 of the season between the two sides, but that wasn't to be the case as Olly Lee brought down Ben Kennedy five minutes from time and Michael Tonge slammed home the resulting penalty to send us delirious. We managed to navigate through the remaining few minutes, plus the seven added minutes to pick up our first clean sheet away from home this season and only our fourth win on the road of the season. The stewards were very friendly and easy to talk to whilst the facilities were okay but far too small to accommodate a larger away following. Beware that it's cold water only in the gents so you might need gloves in the winter months after washing your hands.

Corporate Stand Side

Corporate Stand Side

 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away took a bit of time as the police were waiting for all Stevenage fans to board to coaches and minibuses, as well as waiting for the streets to clear of walking Hatters fans before giving us another lovely escort out of there, thankfully all without incident! We ended up leaving Kenilworth Road about 5.15pm arriving back at the Lamex for 5.50pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a fantastic day out with a fantastic result at the end of it. You can't ask for more than a a win and clean sheet away to your rivals as well as silencing the home support. Bragging rights are coming back with us! We found out that York had only managed to draw 1-1 at home to Leyton Orient, which means we are nine points clear of the drop with a game in hand. Roll on Tuesday night!

Half Time Score: Luton Town 0-0 Stevenage
Full Time Result: Luton Town 0-1 Stevenage
Attendance: 8,502 (347 away fans).

Luton Town v Notts County
Football League Two
Saturday 30th January 2016, 3pm
Thomas Inglis (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kenilworth Road ground?    

I had previously been in the area a couple of years ago, but alas Luton were not playing at home, so I just had a look around the outside of the ground and visited the club shop. As a Dundee United fan living in Scotland, I had planned this weekend in London with my wife which afforded me the chance to tick off English ground No.62 .

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I got the train from London Blackfriars to Luton and had pre booked seats with Trainline. I already knew the route from town centre, but just tagged on to the other Luton fans heading to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I went for a pint in town centre in the pub 'something of Clarence' and chatted to a few Luton fans. They were apparently concerned with their teams up and down form and today's game could go either way. Also popped into bookies to put on customary losing bet.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kenilworth Road Stadium?    

The outside of the ground looks a little shabby. I had phoned beforehand to order a ticket in the Main Stand as all prices were £20 and chose a numbered seat. The operator informed me that this seat was located behind a pillar and so instead she gave me Block D row F seat 13. However on taking my seat, yes you guessed it, I had in my line of sight, a pillar right in the middle of one of the goals. I was though able to move along 4 seats to get a better view thankfully. I have never seen so many pillars inside any ground on my travels. The stadium itself may have some old fashioned charm but seems to be made up of about 10 different shapes and sizes of stands.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The first half was a bit of a non event and not much football being played, I thought to myself this is the first time I have watched this level of football. Luton did have the ball in the net, but the striker punched the ball on for his mate to score, and it was rightly chalked off. The second half livened up a bit and Notts County took the lead with an own goal from Sheehan on the hour mark (probably their first shot on target and it wasn't even one of their own men). Notts County striker John Stead scored a good breakaway goal on 70 minutes and they hung on for a 2 - 0 win. Luton did play any decent football that was on show but couldn't take any of their chances. The atmosphere was quite good, but with the way the game went it was the travelling fans who were in better voice. I could not get in bar at half time as it was rather mobbed.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy enough getting away from ground, and on train back to central London to meet up with the wife (and my credit card).

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Another ground visited, not the best football on show, but on to planning where I can fit in ground No.63.

Luton Town v Barnet
Football League Two
Saturday 14th November 2015, 3pm
James Sweeney (Barnet)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kenilworth Road football ground?

Another local away day with the barmy army. Luton was a new ground to me as I had never been before and I was optimistic about what it had to offer. The stadium is much bigger than you would first imagine and you have to almost walk over someone's back garden to get to the away stand!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was fairly simple - onto the M1 then off at junction 11 for the A505. After about 2-3 miles you come to luton town centre and a roundabout signposted Kenilworth road (LTFC). Leave this roundabout and look for street parking.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had gone to a Wetherspoons in north London before we set off to Kenilworth road. A few of the Luton lads gave us looks but other than that there was no trouble.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Kenilworth Road?

Once we had parked, we met up with a few other Barnet fans and walked down to the away turnstiles. The entrance is most unusual as it is contained within a row of houses. Inside the stadium the stand on the left is just a row of corporate boxes with two rows of seats in front of it. On the other side opposite this there is the Main Stand which is quite tall and is tiered. In the far corner there is a small stand connecting the Kenilworth Road and Main Stands and can probably hold about 100 people. I noticed that it is where a few Luton flags are displayed. Opposite to the away end you have the Kenilworth Road End, where the atmosphere comes from at Kenilworth Road and there are almost no empty seats. The away end itself is shared with the home fans. There is a thick line of stewards and tarpaulin to separate them both and the stands roof kind of slants a bit.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Luton 2-0 Barnet. Goals in the first half and late in the second half from Luton. There was a minutes silence for the Paris attacks which had happened the day before. There was a good atmosphere from both fans with a big crowd of around 8,000. There was a lot of stewards who stood among both fans to stop trouble as it was a local derby. In the end it was a disappointing performance from the Barneta who had won five out of the six preceding games including beating Blackpool in the FA Cup.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

At the end of the game, the Luton fans were let out first and Barnet a few minutes later to stop any trouble. It did take a bit of time to get out of Luton because of usual football traffic but once we got onto the M1 we were back in London by 7pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an okay day out, although I thought that the ground itself wasn't that great. But there was no trouble and although we lost, away days are always fun!

Luton Town v AFC Wimbledon
Football League 2
Saturday 26th September 2015, 3pm
Ryan Woods (AFC Wimbledon fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kenilworth Road ground?  

Kenilworth Road was a new ground for me and it was to be my second away game this season. Neither team were in great form coming into this game so I felt that Wimbledon could possibly scrape a win.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We got a train from Sutton at 11am which took exactly 2 hours, so we got into Luton at 1pm. We then walked to the ground which took 20-30 minutes. I initially got lost but then we got pointed in the right direction and then we just followed someone in a Luton shirt to the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went straight to our seats as Luton is unreserved seating and I wanted to make sure I had a good view, but it did mean we had a long wait to kick off. I wasn't really looking out for any pubs on the way, but I did see there is a small away fans bar inside the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Kenilworth Road?

The seats have little leg room which is awkward for someone quite tall like me. After initially sitting in one area I moved to the back of the stand, so I could stand up, as I could not face 90 minutes of sitting down in an uncomfortable position. The stadium looked okay, but a whole side of the ground was taken up with what I think was executive seating.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was quite even with Luton probably attacking more. Wimbledon's Karleigh Osborne got sent off which was a set back for us. The Luton keeper made some good saves to keep the scores level,  but two goals in the last 10 minutes gave Luton the win. The Luton fans were generally subdued until they scored, whilst there was a good atmosphere was in the away end.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We remembered the route back to Luton Railway Station and so walked back to catch the train home. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed going to Luton but I'm not sure if I would go back. Overall despite the result, I'm glad that I went.

Luton Town v Southend United
League Two
Saturday October 11th 2014, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Both sides were in good form and enjoying good results in the league. Southend were 4th and Luton 7th. This was our first visit to the newly promoted Luton Town and a chance to see our manager Phil Brown, having just won September’s manager of the month award, pit his wits against the experienced John Stills.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We are exiles living in North Wales, so a trip of 183 miles each way lay ahead of us. The journey was easy enough, despite numerous roadwork speed restrictions via M6 and the M1. Still it was easy enough finding the ground from Junction 11 of the M1 and A505. Parking is not easy but after a tour round we found a side road about less than 10 minutes walk from Kenilworth Road.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We invariably take a picnic and relax in the car after the driving. Locals appeared friendly and we were even offered a place to park at a local service garage but decided it was too cramped and opted to park in a side road. We had ordered our tickets for collection at the ground and we were sent from reception to the main ticket office on the far side of the stadium, to then be told that our tickets would be brought to the away entrance. We had to wait ages but eventually a member of staff arrived at the visitors turnstiles with our tickets.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is surrounded by terraced housing and appears wedged in. The ground is far from modern and you can see that it has been developed at different stages over the years. We were surprised to find fire escape type stairs apparently within resident’s gardens, leading up to the Oak Road Stand. The supporting pillars obscure views of the pitch and seating is cramped. The left side as you look out is all corporate boxes with 2 rows of seating outside each giving a lopsided look to the stadium.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was dreadful, made worse when Southend went 2 nil down in the first half and gifting the 2nd goal from a wayward pass from defence. The ground was near enough full and Southend fans had sold out their entire allocation of 1032 tickets, which meant that we had the whole of the Oak Road Stand which made it more comfortable, being able to sit where you wanted. Stewards were easy going and spent plenty of time warning Southend and Luton fans in the nearest corporate box about exchanges of insults. Apart from that the atmosphere was good, as the away end acoustics make for a good noise and the home end and Main Stand being large stands also ensured plenty of sound.

The Southend United Assistant Manager, Dave Penny managed to get himself sent off after scuffling with a Luton player in the 2nd half. He was duly escorted by stewards from the dugouts past the corporate boxes and the Southend fans. Food seemed a tad expensive at £3-50 for hot dogs and the small food outlet at the rear of the stand soon had a long queue of fans waiting 10 minutes or more on the terracing at the end of the stand. Toilets were small and old fashioned. The 76 page programme called Talk of the Town, costing £3 was a good read, with interesting articles and action photos.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy, we were allowed to mingle with the home fans and police were present but all seemed peaceful enough with Luton fans obviously being buoyed by overtaking Southend in the early race for promotion.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Our football days out are always affected by the result, so we were somewhat disappointed and the game itself was not of the highest standard. Other results ensured we only dropped one place to 5th and so we settled for having visited another ground for the first time and looked forward to better results. Luton was not as bad as some would have you believe and worth a visit to a traditional old fashioned ground.

Attendance: 9,238 (1,032 Southend fans)

Luton Town v Forest Green Rovers
Conference Premier League
Saturday February 9th 2013, 3pm
Ben Scott (Forest Green Rovers fan)

I was particularly looking forward to going to Kenilworth Road, with us looking for revenge after they had beat us 2-1 at The New Lawn before Christmas. However, I had read reviews, and seen that many fans had said it the ground wasn't great and was situated in a run down area, so I had mixed feelings about the trip.

We decided to drive down, four friends and I from North Wiltshire, the journey went quicker than first expected, arriving in the Luton area at around 1:15pm. I recommend to any fan to take a sat nav and also do research a night or to before like I did, the ground isn't well signposted from the west, and the closure of Hatters Way threw us off course a little. My first impression of the area was that it was rough, but any built up town or city will seem rough when you compare it to rural Wiltshire. Oak Road is one way, and not accessible from the main road through the town centre, Ash Road needs to be used to get to Oak Road, however the part of Ash Road nearest to the stadium is cordoned off by stewards primarily for away fans, so it was relatively easy to park.

We decided to head to the Bobber's club, but were turned away due to the fact the coach load of our fans had arrived minutes previously to us, so we attempted to get in to the stadium. We were told that kids under 16 would get in for £1, however the turnstile operators did not know this (as my friend is 15), so we walked through hundreds of Luton fans in our luminous green shirts to the ticket office, where my friend was given his ticket. We then walked back to the appropriately named Oak Road stand, and headed through the turnstile. A rather odd entrance I must say, and the steps going up into the stand were rather slippery, so if you are slightly older and less able, take care going up.

Hungry after the long trip across the Thames valley, I felt rather peckish, looking forward to a hearty burger and chips...and was rather disappointed. Pukka pies, pasties and hot dogs with buns that fall apart were all that was on the menu, so I decided on a Chicken and Mushroom pie, with a nice hot cup of tea, bought my match programme from pitchside and took my seat for the match.

At this point, the ground was filling up nicely, with 6,000 fans cheering on their clubs. The top notch atmosphere started to become apparent, with Kenilworth Road starting to come alive with noise. This truly is a great stadium, if situated in a less built up area, it would be one of the best around.

If there was a perfect definition for the 12th man, the Luton fans would have to be it. The Main and Kenilworth Road stands erupted with noise after every tackle, decision and of course goal.

The game itself was rather scrappy, the first minutes providing a goal for Luton striker Andre Gray through poor defending. However on the 14th minute, a free kick was given far out on the left side from the point of view of someone watching from the Oak Road Stand. Yan Klukowski crossed it in and number 14 Matthew Taylor got his head on it and it beat Luton keeper Tyler and went in off the post. 1-1 is how it stayed, with Andre Gray spectacularly hitting a penalty far up into the centre of the Kenilworth Road Stand. In the second half, cards flew out here, there and everywhere, with both sides ending with ten men and Al Bangura squaring up against stewards. On reflection, the match was a good result for Forest Green, grabbing a point where maybe Luton should have taken all 3.

Getting away from Kenilworth Road was simpler however much more congested with rush hour traffic mixed in as well, taking a good 20 minutes to get out of the centre of Luton.

On the whole I enjoyed my visit. Ignore the bad reviews, Kenilworth Road may not be in the nicest area of Britain, but it is a lovely stadium, and the away end is great for making some noise even if it isn't the most comfortable seating.

Luton Town v Tamworth
Conference Premier League
Saturday February 18th 2012, 3pm
Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I wouldn’t say I was particularly looking forward to visiting Kenilworth Road, having visited on previous occasions. It’s not the nicest stadium to visit for away supporters. But I decided to go with it being relatively close to me.

2.  How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

Getting to Luton was fairly easy, I caught the 09:40 train from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street then after a short hop on the tube arrived in Luton via King’s Cross at 12:00. The ground is fairly easy to find from the station and is pretty much a straight walk.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Home fans friendly?

Knowing a few Luton supporters I headed to The Globe just out of the town centre. It’s a small cosy pub and normally gets a bit crampt with the band of Luton fans that frequent there on a matchday. From previous visits I know there are quite a few bars and pubs just outside of The Arndale Centre in the town centre more suitable for a pre match drink.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of the ground?

Obviously, as I’m sure with the majority of away fans the first thing that strikes you about the stadium is the away turnstiles. A small set of turnstiles nestled in-between the rows of terraced houses. After making your way up the small staircase into the stand you can tell it’s a very tired stand as is the whole stadium to be honest.

The away stand also has a few obstructions on the view as well as the stand having supporting pillars there is also a score board on top of the stand which if your located in the back rows can obstruct your view. The other strange area of the ground is the Bobbers Stand that is purely made up of executive boxes. The other two home stands are large two tiered stands and has had the corner of these stands filled at some point with a single raised extension connecting the stands.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, ect..

Tamworth started brightly and tried to pass the ball around abit and attack from the off, but the game was very stop start due to a very whistle happy referee. Luton took the lead after 15 mins against the run of play, a long range shot fell very kindly for Fleetwood to score. The game remaind quite open for the rest of the half with both sides having chances. At half time I had a pie which was actually rather good although they had a shockingly poor amount of food which ran out quickly.

The second half saw Luton excerpt some dominance after a bright start from Tamworth. The Hatters doubled their lead on 63 min when Kovacs headed home a cross. And Kovas made it 3-0 when he turned in a cross on 79 mins to end any Tamworth hopes of a come back. The atmosphere was good throughout Tamworth and Luton fans made some good noise and some good banter between the two sets of fans. Although it did seem to worry the stewards as did anytime Tamworth sung and they were quick to put a stop to a Tamworth conga in the stand.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As we walked to the station getting away from the ground was fine, if not quite busy when Luton have a large crowd in attendance. The roads around the ground are very busy but there are a few car parks on Dunstable Road heading towards the town centre which might be a better option that parking closer to the stadium.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Luton has never been high on my list of a really good away day, but overall despite the result the day was quite enjoyable there seemed to be a relaxed atmosphere at Kenilworth Road that is often lacking.

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Updated 7th September 2016

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