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Dirty Dozen : Luton Town 16/04/2021

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.

“Dirty Dozen” is a feature that I write for the match programme;  mindful that the programme might be enjoying a slightly lower readership than is normal, I’m reproducing the pieces that were in the corresponding home programme prior to away games for the rest of the season (with the club’s permission).

Format is simple – twelve questions, how many do you know the answers to?

Feel free to enter your responses or scores in comments but I won’t be marking them. Answers at the top of the comments.

  1. Which future Hornet scored 57 goals for the then Conference Premier Hatters between March 2012 and June 2014?
  2. Derby games have been few and far between in recent years, but for how many consecutive seasons were Watford and Luton in the same division leading up to our Division Two title in 1998?
  3. Luton Town’s most capped player was sent off during Northern Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Spain during the 1982 World Cup. Name him, and the then Hornet who scored the only goal of the game.
  4. For how many seasons were away fans banned from Kenilworth Road during the late eighties?
  5. In which year did the Hatters most recently move from a predominantly white to orange home shirt?
  6. Which two ex-Hornets were joint leading scorers for the Hatters during the 2007-08 season?
  7. Hatters boss Nathan Jones played in Scarborough’s final league game during a loan spell in 1999. Which Watford legend came on as Jones was replaced as part of a double sub in the second half, and who was in charge of the Carlisle United side masterminding the great escape that relegated Scarborough thanks to keeper Jimmy Glass’ notorious late strike?
  8. Which former Luton and Premier League full back has this season come out of retirement to play for Ashton Town at the age of 40?
  9. In May 1983 David Pleat’s Hatters brought a full-strength side to Vicarage Road for a testimonial game four days before a relegation decider against Manchester City. Whose testimonial was it?
  10. Luton’s last league victory over the Hornets was a 4-2 victory at Vicarage Road in September 1994. Which Hornet made his only appearance for the side that day, and which long-serving Chief Executive retired on the same day?
  11. The unwelcome off-pitch events that preceded our League Cup encounter here 18 years ago meant that a planned minute’s silence was cancelled. What would that minute’s silence have commemorated?
  12. The first League encounter between today’s sides took place at Cassio Road in 1921, and finished 1-0 to Watford.  The only goal was scored by our first full international, a Welsh striker.  What was his name?


1. Matt Rowson - 16/04/2021

1. Andre Gray
2. Six
3. Mal Donaghy, Gerry Armstrong
4. Four
5. 2009
6. Paul Furlong, Matt Spring
7. Gary Porter, Nigel Pearson
8. Emmerson Boyce
9. Ross Jenkins
10. Gary Fitzgerald, Eddie Plumley
11. The anniversary of 9/11 (which was the next day)
12. Frank Hoddinott

10+: Top Hat
6-9 : Average Joe (Kinnear)
0-5: Luton Clown

2. Mike Peter - 16/04/2021

1/7/10 and Spring and Armstrong for 6 and 3.

3. Andrew Hinds - 16/04/2021

6.5 (thanks to a guess more lucky than educated on 4). My best score on any of these so far and the first time I’ve climbed out of the dunce’s category! Thanks again – great fun as usual.

4. Sequel - 16/04/2021

5. I’m a Luton Clown. One of many.

5. Duncan - 16/04/2021

I swung a six… also the only time I’ve really troubled the scorers…

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