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LUTON TOWN, a top-flight club throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, suffered a catastrophic slide out of the Football League, helped on their way by stringent and controversial penalties imposed by the football authorities. After eighty-nine years among the elite, this well supported club found itself, in 2009, competing alongside part-timers in non-League circles. It was the start of five years of hell for the Hatters and their huge, loyal fanbase. Despite being a massive fish in a tiny pool, their passage back to the League took longer and was more painful than anyone ever expected. Life-long supporter and author Rob Hadgraft relives the remarkable ups and downs in this month-by-month tale of Luton Town's journey from the edge of the abyss back to the promised land.
|Publication date:||14th August 2014|
|Author:||Rob Hadgraft, Nick Owen|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Football (Soccer, Association football), Sports teams & clubs, History of sport,|
Born in Luton, England, in 1955, Rob Hadgraft spent sixteen years working in regional newspapers as a news and sports reporter and sub-editor, before a spell in public relations in London. Within ten years or so of turning freelance in the year 2000, some sixteen sports books in his name had been published, 11 of them focussing on football club history, plus a series of five acclaimed biographies of famous runners of yesteryear. He has been short-listed for the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year award, and is a well-known author, blogger and the Luton Town Supporters' Club's editor.More About Rob Hadgraft, Nick Owen