Ones to Watch - Luton Town

Last updated : 08 December 2009 By Duke


Mark Tyler.
Date of Birth: 02/04/1977
Height: 5' 11"
Tyler is vastly experienced, making near on 500 appearances for Peterborough in a 15 yr spell. He was brought to Kenilworth road by Mick Hartford in June 2009, signing a two year contract. Mark has had 19 starts this season, however recently he has been suffering with a back injury and may not start against the Millers.

Kevin Pilkington.
Date of Birth: 08/03/1974.
Height: 6' 1".
A former Rotherham goalkeeper (played 17 games on loan from Man United in 1997) Pilkington was signed on loan from Notts County in early November to cover the injury to Mark Tyler, and has played in the last two games for the Hatters. Yet to be decided if County will allow him to get cup tied. Former clubs Man Utd. Mansfield Town, Port Vale, Wigan Athletic, and Rotherham (loan), Luton Town (loan), Rochdale (loan),

Shane Gore.
Date of Birth: 28/10/1981
Height: 6' 1"
Shane has turned out two times this season for Luton, both games being in the F.A. Cup. He may well get another stint between the sticks if either Mark Tyler does not recover from injury, or Kevin Pilkington is not allowed to play in the F.A.Cup during in his loan spell from Notts County. Former clubs, Peterborough, Wimbledon, Stevenage, Havant and Wat, St Albans (loan), Barnet.

Ed Asafu-Adjaye.
Date of Birth: 22/12/1988
Height:5' 11"
A product of the youth set up at Kenilworth Road, he has been sent out a couple of times to gain first team experience, namely to, Walton & Hersh and Salisbury. Asafu-Adjaye made his full debut in March 2008, against Crewe Alexander and was in the team that won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley in 2009. He is capable of playing in any position across the back line. This season Asafu-Adjaye has made 8 appearances.

Lewis Emanuel.
Date of Birth: 04/10/1983
Height: 5' 8"
A full back with plenty of pace, Lewis started his career with hometown club Bradford City .In a six year period he made over 150 appearances for the Bantams. Lewis signed for the Hatters in 2006, and in his first season made 40 starts, scoring 2 goals. He signed a new contract with Luton in the summer of 2009.but has been injured for most of the season. He is now fit again and should be included in the squad for the game against the Millers.

George Pilkington.
Date of Birth: 07/11/1981
Height: 6' 0"
George joined the Hatters in 2008; he was formally at Port Vale where he made 223 starts, chipping in with 11 goals. An ever present this season, he is experienced defender. Twice while at Vale he was voted Player of the Season.

Shane Blackett.
Date of Birth: 03/10/1982
Height: 6' 3"
Signed in 2009 from Peterborough on a two year contract. Shane began his league career at Dagenham & Redbridge who signed the 6ft 3in defender in May 2004. He went on to make 83 starts for the Daggers, he moved to Peterborough in 2007.Shane is a pacey player who can play at either centre-back or at left-back.

Claude Gnakpa.
Date of Birth: 09/06/1983
Height: 6' 0
Claude has played a lot of his football across Europe, with such clubs as; Montpellier HSC, Racing de Santander, Deportivo Alaves and FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein. In the U.K. he had a short spell at Swindon Town, before moving to Peterborough in 2007. Claude played 25 times in Peterborough's League 2 promotion winning side.

Fred Murray.
Date of Birth: 22/05/1982
Height: 5' 10"
Fred never played for Peterborough! Freds previous clubs being, Northampton Town, Stevenage Borough and Cambridge United. A left footed player he joined the Hatters on a six-month loan deal from Blue Square Premier side Grays Athletic in August 2009. Fred has turned out 14 times for the Hatters this season.

Jake Howells.
Date of Birth: 18/04/1991
Height :5' 9"
Jake has risen from the youth team at Luton. In the 2008/09 season he made 36 starts which earned him his professional contract in May 2009. Jake is a left sided player who can play in defence or midfield. This season he has played in 6 league games and 2 F.A. Cup matches.

Alan White.
Date of Birth: 22/03/1976
Height: 6' 0"
Alan started his career with Middlesbrough making his debut for Boro in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool in 1996.
First team opportunities were hard to come by at Middlesbrough, so when Luton offered £40, Boro in September 1997for him, Alan was quick to take the opportunity. In 2000 with 98 appearances behind him for the Hatters he left to join Colchester on a free transfer. Four years at Layer Road came and went before he spent one season-spell's at Leyton Orient, Notts County and Boston United. In 2007/8 he went to play for his hometown team Darlington, after turning out 85 times for the Quakers he returned to Kenilworth Rd in 2009.

Keith Keane.
Date of Birth: 20/11/1986
Height: 5' 9" In 2003
Keane made his debut for the Hatters aged just 16-year-old, after being spotted as a 9-year-old in local football. A quick and strong player he has played in every position except in goal or up-front. Keith has a total of 12 appearances this season scoring just the 1 goal.

Adam Newton.
Date of Birth: 04/12/1980
Height: 5' 8"
Adam plays on the right- hand side of midfield, he has plenty of pace allowing him to break down the wing. Adam came through the academy at West Ham, but with limited chances at a first team spot he moved to...yes Peterborough United! He went on to stack up 249 games at London Rd, before Andy Scott took him to Brentford where he helped the Bees to the League 2 title. Andy, who is a St Kitts and Nevis international, has made 19 appearances this season for Luton, scoring 3 goals.

Kevin Nicholls.
Date of Birth: 02/01/1979
Height: 5' 11"
Kevin is in his second spell as a Luton player, having been at Kenilworth Rd between 2001 and 2006, captaining the side to the League One title in the 2004-2005 seasons. He moved to Leeds United for ₤700,000 in July 2006 and was made club captain by then boss Dennis Wise. He was moved on to Preston North End for a fee of ₤750,000 after a much published falling out with Wise. At Preston a change of manger didn't help his first-team opportunities, and he was happy to return to Luton in 2008, signing a 3 year deal. Club captain Nicholls has made 14 appearances.

Rossi Jarvis.
Date of Birth: 11/03/1988
Height: 5' 11"
Jarvis began his career as a junior with Norwich City, making history as the youngest player to appear in their reserve side when aged only 14. Jarvis joined the Hatters in August 2008 following his release from Norwich City. While at Norwich Jarvis came on loan to the Millers, playing 10 games in the 2006/07 season. This season his Hatters appearances total 15, scoring the one goal

Asa Hall..(i ..know, why you ask yourself ?)
Date of Birth: 29/11/1986
Height: 6' 2"
Hall certainly has an eye for goal, scoring 10 from midfield in his first season for the Hatters. He began his football career in Wolverhampton Wanderers youth system, before signing his first professional contract with Birmingham City in 2004. Hall has played for England at Under-19 and Under-20 levels. Appearances for the Hatters this season16, scoring 3 goals.

Andy Burgess.
Date of Birth: 10/08/1981
Height: 6' 2"
Bedford born, and a Hatters fan the left-footed midfielder can play in any position across the middle of the park. Andy started his football league career at Rushden & Diamonds, going on to turn out over 200 times for the Diamonds. He moved on to Oxford United in 2006, and made 57 appearances before he returned to Rushden. He was released by Rushden in 2009 and that summer signed for the Hatters. Andy has made 9 appearances this season.

Tom Craddock.
Date of Birth: 14/10/1986
Height: 5' 11"
Tom started out as a defender while a youngster at Middlesbrough, but later he was developed into a forward. He came on loan to the Hatters after he had loan spells at both Wrexham and Hartlepool United. Craddock couldn't have started better for his new club, knocking in two goals on his debut against Grimsby Town. In January 2009 Craddock signed a permanent transfer from Boro for a fee of £80,000. Tom has scored 7 goals from his 19 starts this season.

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Kevin Gallen.
Date of Birth: 21/09/1975
Height: 5' 11"
Gallen became a Queens Park Rangers legend, making 400 appearances and scoring 97 goals in two spells at the club. He joined Huddersfield in 2000 and scored 10 goals in his 30 starts. Gallen then moved to fellow Yorkshire club Barnsley in the summer of 2001, but after a short stay scoring 8 goals he returned to his beloved QPR. Gallen played for Plymouth and MK Dons, who came on loan from to the Haters, signing a permanent deal in January 2009, later agreeing a one year contract extension with the club in May keeping him at Luton until June 2010. 18 starts this season has seen him score 7 goals, which includes the brace he captured at Rochdale to put the Hatters through to face the Millers in the F.A.Cup.

Liam Hatch.
Date of Birth: 03/04/1982
Height: 6' 3"
On loan for the season from Yes ! Peterborough. Hatch was rumoured at one time to be a target for the Millers. After starting his career at Gravesend & Northfleet in 2001. Barnet took him to Underhill for a fee of £17,500; he helped the Bees to promotion to the Football League with 11 league goals in the 2004/05 campaign. £150,000 was the price Peterborough paid to take him to London Rd, in 2007. With Peterborough having a glut of strikers, first team football was hard to come by he was sent on-loan to Darlington, where during the 2008/09 campaign scored nine goals in 29 league and cup appearances. To date due to suffering from an ankle injury, Hatch has made just 3 starts for Luton.

Steve Basham.
Date of Birth: 02/12/1977
Height: 5' 11"
Basham signed a one tear deal with Luton, after being released by Exeter City in 2009. The 2008/09 season Steve scored 12 goals for the Grecians. In 1999 Basham commanded a large fee, when Preston paid his hometown club Southampton £200,000 after initially having him on loan. In 2002 he moved on to Oxford United where in 139 starts he scored 43 goals. From Oxford he moved to Exeter City, he made 15 starts and scored 5 goals, which helped the Grecians to re-capture their Football League status. He signed a one year deal at Luton at the beginning of this season. He has mainly been confined to the bench this season. The two goals Basham has scored this year came in the first fixture against Rochdale in the F.A. Cup 

Since playing Luton in the first match they have added to the squad by signing on loan striker Matthew Barnes-Homer from Kidderminster Harriers. But he is unable to play tonight as he is cup-tied.