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MATCH PREVIEW: LUTON TOWN v BARNET

13 November 2015

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game

Luton Town v Barnet
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 14th November 2015, kick-off 3pm

Official live online commentary on Hatters Player

• Hatters won last two games in all comps
• Barnet unbeaten in five in all comps (W4, D1)
• Town never lost to the Bees (W3, D1)
• Last meeting New Year’s Day 2014
• Hatters only won twice in League at home
• Bees knocked out Blackpool last weekend
• Flag day at Kenilworth Road


WHO? Barnet FC, aka the Bees, from the Hive. Saturday’s visitors are no longer based in Barnet having left their Underhill home for the Hive, in Edgware in 2013. The Bees are back in League 2 this season having won the Conference title last term. That success ended two seasons out of the Football League following their relegation at the end of the 2012/13 season.

TICKETS. Fancy coming to the game? Well, tickets for the match against the Bees are now on sale at the ticket office at category B prices, details of which can be found here

FLAG DAY. As part of our 130th year celebrations, we're inviting supporters to bring their flags, old and new, to the match on Saturday. Over the years, the Club have been involved in many historic encounters - at home, away as well as at Wembley on several occasions - not to mention the countless flags that loyal supporters have produced to take to national team matches. So now's the time to pop up into the loft, dust off those old classics and give them another outing! Click here for more details.

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Saturday’s meeting will only be the fifth competitive game between the two clubs and the Town are defending an unbeaten record against the Bees, winning three and drawing one of their four meetings. The Town beat the Bees 3-1 at Kenilworth Road in the minus-30 season in December 2008 before drawing at Underhill later in the campaign 1-1. The last season the two sides met was the Town’s Conference title-winning campaign. The Hatters did the double over the Bees, winning 2-1 at the Hive on Boxing Day and then by the same score at Kenilworth Road on New Year’s Day.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEES. There was drama in both of the matches that particular season. On Boxing Day the Town led 2-0 but Jonathan Smith suffered a double-leg break shortly before half-time to all-but end his season. Then, on New Years’ Day, live on BT Sport, the match somehow went ahead despite sodden under-foot conditions

IN CHARGE. At the helm for the fourth time is Martin Allen. The former West Ham midfielder guided the Bees back to the Football League last season. He’s managed a whole of clubs and been successful, too, also winning promotion from League 2 with Gillingham.

PREVIOUS FORM. Saturday’s visitors are one of the in-form sides in League 2, having won four of their last five games in all competitions – drawing the other. Last Saturday the Bees knocked League 1 side Blackpool out of the FA Cup, and three weeks ago they inflicted a first home defeat of the season on promotion-chasing Oxford. That remains their only away victory of the campaign so far. The Bees currently sit in 17th place in the table, two points behind the Town.

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU… One link in particular between the two sides is manager John Still, who has twice been in charge of the Bees. His first spell in charge came between June 1997 and November 2000, and the second was between March 2001 and February 2002. The Bees have a former Town loanee on their coaching staff in the shape of Adrian Whitbread, who spent a short spell with the Town on-loan from Portsmouth in 2000/01.

TOWN TEAM NEWS. The Town may be able to call upon the services of Sean Long and Paddy McCourt despite both players being involved on international duty on Friday night. However John Still will definitely be without the services of Nathan Doyle, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu and Craig Mackail-Smith. Paul Benson came off the bench at Crawley last week and is again set to feature in the Town squad. Watch the manager's press conference on Hatters Player right here.

REF WATCH. Referee Darren England will be making his first visit to Kenilworth Road on Saturday and oversee a Town game for the first time. Darren has risen up through the refereeing ranks and this season is his first in the Football League. So far this season, in the 10 games he has taken charge of, he has shown 46 yellow cards and four red cards. 

LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Kenilworth Road. Build-up starts at noon, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 3pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. 

Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in from midday on Sunday for all the highlights in glorious HD!


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