Luton-born ex-keeper joins the Hatters backroom staff
The Hatters are pleased to officially announce the arrival of Kevin Dearden as goalkeeping coach.
Luton-born Dearden, 44, arrives at Kenilworth Road following his departure from Leyton Orient earlier this month, where he has been on the coaching staff since 2008.
As a player, Dearden was best-known for his spells between the sticks for Brentford and Torquay, and played 512 senior matches in a career spanning over 12 years.
Dearden was briefly with the Hatters as a youngster before moving to Tottenham where he turned professional and made two senior appearances, including one as a substitute in the top flight.
After loan spells with half-a-dozen clubs he left White Hart Lane in 1993 and joined Brentford where he went onto make over 250 appearances for the Bees. He then spent two years at Wrexham before joining Torquay in 2001.
Dearden, who also lives in Luton, is good friends with Town first team coach Hakan Hayrettin. The pair were team-mates in the youth team at Tottenham in the late 1980s.
He also remembers playing for Wrexham in the Dragons’ 4-3 win at Kenilworth Road when the Town led 3-0, and still has nightmares of conceding one particular goal scored by an unknown Frenchman when playing for Torquay in 2001…