‘A sad day’: Former Luton Town manager Mick Harford recalls the day the club were deducted a massive 30 points in League Two

 Luton Town manager Mick Harford consoles his dejected players after the Coca-Cola league two match between Luton Town and Chesterfield at Kenilworth Road on April 13, 2009 in Luton, England. Luton drew the match 0-0 and were subsequently relegated from the football league. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Luton Town and their rise from the Conference to the Premier League in just 14 years is one of football's most incredible stories, and it all started with a 30-point deduction when they were in League Two. 

Having suffered back-to-back relegations from the Championship and League One in 2006/07 and 2007/08, Luton were preparing for life in the fourth tier of English football. However, a month before the 2008/09 season had even started, a combined 30-point shortfall left Luton Town staring another relegation in the face, and a depressing drop into non-league for the first time in 89 years.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future. 

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