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5 September 2016

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Gaffer urges fans to write in support of planning applications

Hatters boss Nathan Jones used his media interviews before and after Saturday's fine win over Wycombe Wanderers to urge supporters to follow his lead and write to Luton Borough Council in support of the planning applications for Power Court and Newlands Park.

In the morning, the Welshman was on talkSPORT radio with Georgie Bingham and Micky Quinn talking about the need for a new ground.

In the Weekend Sports Breakfast interview - which you can listen to here - Jones said: “It’s a real exciting time to be a Luton fan. There is a development at Power Court that we need planning permission for. This isn’t like a gratuitous stadium. This is a stadium that will not only take the club forward but will take the whole area forward. 

“It’s fundamental for the area and the economy around here, and we really think it’s a good thing.

“The people of Luton have a chance now to effect it, and it’s so important now not just for our football club – which can be the heart and soul of a community – but for the whole economy of Bedfordshire and Luton, and it’s something we need.”

After the match, Nathan spoke passionately to the club’s media team (see video above) about his letter to Luton Borough Council (below) that appeared in a leaflet placed on every seat in the home sections of Kenilworth Road.

“It’s an unbelievable thing,” said Jones. “It’s one of the reasons I came here, because I saw the ambitions of the club and they want to take it forward. There are great things happening off the pitch and on the pitch and let’s continue that. 

“Everyone will have their own opinions but as fans, this is the best thing for this football club. This will take this football club to another level. 

“So all I’m saying to fans is read the leaflet, read our letters and if you feel strong enough, then put your own opinions into the council because every little thing helps. It’s a wonderful thing. 

“This stadium and this development will take Luton forward and it adds so much to the economy, so much to the area. It’ll give the football club an unbelievable home.  It’ll take the football club to another level and it will take the area to another level. 

“I urge the fans; read it, do your homework and get your opinions into the council because this is a great thing and together we can take this forward.”
Asked about how proud he is to manage Luton Town, Jones added: "I love this club. The seven-eight months I've had since I've been here have been a wonderful experience and this is only the start, I hope, of something very special. 

“We have a fantastic board in place. We've always had unbelievable fans. We've got a great chief exec who wants to take it forward. We've got good people all the way through it.

"Hopefully you’ll think the same about your manager and a group of players who are just proud to wear the Luton Town shirt and who will do Luton Town proud.

"So what we want is a new home. Kenilworth Road has been a wonderful place. It's full of nostalgia and tradition, but let's take us to a new home. Let's take not only the football club but the whole area to another level, and that's our ambition. Let's do it together."

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