The 2008–09 season was the 123rd season in the history of Luton Town Football Club. The team's 24th-place finish in League One in 2007–08 meant the club competed in League Two. The club was docked 30 points at the start of the season; 10 by The Football Association for irregular matters involving player transfers, and 20 by the Football League for breaking rules on exiting administration. As a result, the club finished bottom of the league and was relegated to the Conference Premier. The season was not, however, without success – Luton beat Scunthorpe United 3–2 at Wembley to win the Football League Trophy for the first time.

This article covers the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Background

Kevin Blackwell's Luton team had a woeful 2007–08 season, due in no small part to the chaos behind the scenes at the club. Chairman David Pinkney, who had only months before taken over the club promising success, took the club into administration on 22 November 2007, stating he would fund the club's overheads. The club had ten points deducted as punishment.[209] Meanwhile, an FA probe on transfer irregularities dragged on, described by Pinkney as "a storm in a teacup".[4]

On 12 January, Kevin Blackwell and his assistants Sam Ellis and John Carver announced their intention to resign from the club on 9 February. This came after the administrator had sold captain Chris Coyne to Colchester United and midfielder David Edwards to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £350,000 and £675,000 respectively. Blackwell had managed to guide his team to an FA Cup replay against Liverpool at Anfield, which assisted financially, but failed to prevent further sales.[5] On the same day as the replay at Anfield, 15 January, the administrator awarded "preferred bidder" status to Luton Town Football Club 2020, a consortium fronted by broadcaster and Luton Town supporter Nick Owen. 2020 loaned money to the club to keep them operating and, in return, were granted exclusive negotiation rights until the end of February 2008.[5] Blackwell and his assistants were all sacked by the administrator on the same day, following a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, to be replaced by former player Mick Harford, with Warren Neill installed as his assistant.[25] On 26 February, the 2020 consortium had their bid for the club conditionally accepted by the administrator. This meant that they were now custodians of the club until the end of the season, and that the Football League would have to negotiate terms to return the Golden Share to Luton Town for the 2008-09 campaign.[8]

Luton were relegated to League Two following a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on 12 April. The defeat left the Hatters rooted to the bottom of the table on 33 points, three points behind fellow strugglers Port Vale, who were also relegated on the same day. Luton lost all of their remaining league games and finished the season in bottom place and 17 points adrift of safety.[3]

On 3 June, the FA's probe finally finished, and Luton were found guilty of 15 misconduct charges. The club was handed a ten-point deduction for the 2008-09 campaign, and a £50,000 fine.[9] However, the situation soon went from bad to worse as, since the club had violated Football League rules by leaving administration without having made a Company Voluntary Arrangement with its creditors, the Football League only offered to return the Golden Share (that would allow the club to compete) to Luton on the condition that they play with a further twenty-point deduction. Luton appealed against the decision, but their appeal was thrown out. As a result, Luton Town began the 2008–09 season with an unprecedented -30 points, and facing a mighty fight merely to avoid relegation from the Football League for the first time in their history.[4]

Review

Pre-Season

Following the player sales in the previous season, Luton manager Mick Harford needed to practically rebuild his squad from scratch. A Football League-enforced transfer embargo that was in place until 48 hours before their first game of the season handicapped Harford further.[11] Once the embargo was lifted on 8 August, the club signed nine players: former player Kevin Nicholls returned from a spell at Preston North End to captain the team; Claude Gnakpa joined from Peterborough United; Asa Hall signed from Birmingham City; George Pilkington arrived from Port Vale, and many others were signed including Michael Spillane and Chris Martin, both on season-long loans from Norwich City.[6][4]

August and September

Luton made an indifferent start to the season, beating Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup, before going down 5–1 in the next round at Reading. By the end of September, Luton had reached –19 points in the league. This included an opening day home defeat to Port Vale, but narrow away victories over both Gillingham and Exeter City.

October

Luton's form soon slumped – after a draw away at Bradford City and a penalty shootout win over Brentford in the Football League Trophy, they lost two home games in a row. First Darlington inflicted defeat with a last minute winner in front of the Oak Road, then Luton were beaten 2–1 at home by Accrington Stanley in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.[15]

Meanwhile, manager Mick Harford continued to try to regenerate the squad – Irish winger Garreth O'Connor was drafted in from free agency, as was former Coventry City forward Wayne Andrews.[17][135] A spate of injuries did not help matters - talismanic captain Kevin Nicholls had not played since August, forward Sam Parkin was struggling with a recurring ankle injury, and defender George Pilkington was out after becoming injured in early September. Harford introduced several younger players into the squad, including 16-year-old left-back Jake Howells from the youth team, 19-year-old Harry Worley on loan from Leicester City and 20-year-old striker Tom Craddock on loan from Middlesbrough.[135][21]

Craddock made a big impact in his second game - scoring two goals in a 2–2 draw at Grimsby Town. Craddock earnt and scored a penalty after Grimsby had taken an early lead, and then, deep into injury time, crashed the ball into the far corner from long range to secure a vital point for Luton. Luton Town history was made in this game as striker Jordan Patrick pulled on the number 29 shirt to become the club's youngest ever player – at 16 years and 7 days, Patrick came off the bench to set up Craddock's equaliser. Craddock scored again in a 2–1 win against Bury to quickly establish himself in the team.[23] Parkin, one of the club's highest earners, returned from injury during this game, but failed to score. He was sent out on loan to Leyton Orient days later, with a view to a permanent deal.[136][27] Three days later, a Tuesday night game against Bournemouth at Kenilworth Road was abandoned after only eight minutes due to bad weather.[29]

November

Luton's form was interrupted – a 3–0 annihilation followed that Saturday at Shrewsbury Town, putting a dent into Luton's charge for safety. A win in the Football League Trophy, against League One side Walsall, was the exception rather than the rule.[31][11] Ahead of the next game, at home against Dagenham & Redbridge, Luton were boosted by the news that Craddock had extended his loan from Middlesbrough by a month.[8] However, when Craddock injured his groin only days later, Luton were forced to bring in another striker – former Queens Park Rangers player Kevin Gallen was signed on loan for a month from MK Dons.[35] Results did not improve, with consecutive losses to Rochdale and Brentford.[36][38] An exit from the FA Cup followed, as Southend comfortably beat Luton 3-1 at Roots Hall.[12]

December

December saw a revival in fortunes, as the Hatters went the entire month unbeaten. After a thrilling 3–3 draw at Kenilworth Road in the rescheduled game against Bournemouth, Luton beat Barnet 3–1.[42][13] A 0–0 draw at top-of-the-table Wycombe Wanderers followed a week later, before Luton beat Colchester United in the Football League Trophy to earn a place in the Southern Area Final against Brighton & Hove Albion.[46][47]

Tom Craddock extended his loan from Middlesbrough by another month soon after.[9] Luton's unbeaten run continued on Boxing Day; Ian Roper's goal six minutes into injury time sealing a point at Chesterfield.[49] Two days later came a home win against Lincoln City, Roper scoring again after Chris Martin had put Luton 2–0 ahead – the match finished 3–2.[50] Luton were now only one point away from cancelling out their 30-point deduction.

January

Winger Ian Henderson, available as a free agent, signed on New Year's Day and Kevin Gallen's loan was also extended. To make room on the wage bill, Garreth O'Connor and Kevin Watson both left after short careers as Luton players.[139] The club then had a bad run of results, including a 5–1 defeat at Darlington.[14][14] Before the Darlington game, Luton signed Colchester United forward Akanni-Sunday Wasiu on loan for a month, while extending goalkeeper Conrad Logan's stay for a further month and signing Gallen on a permanent deal. Wayne Andrews was released soon after.[55]

In the first leg of the Football League Trophy Southern Area Final on 20 January, Luton travelled to Brighton & Hove Albion and battled to a 0-0 draw, giving them a slight advantage for the second leg at Kenilworth Road.[56] A controversial 3–3 draw with Bradford City saw both teams' managers, Mick Harford and Stuart McCall, and Luton captain Kevin Nicholls all set dates for FA hearings following a bizarre refereeing performance from Trevor Kettle.[26]

Tom Craddock signed an £80,000 permanent deal on 27 January, with Drew Talbot leaving for Chesterfield on loan to make room on the wage budget.[58][5] Luton's poor run of league form continued.[20][61]

February

A series of postponements due to adverse weather meant the club did not play for another two weeks and, when they did, they lost 2-1 to Dagenham & Redbridge.[30]

17 February saw Brighton & Hove Albion return for the second leg of the Football League Trophy Southern Area Final. Luton took the lead after 59 seconds through Tom Craddock, following a defensive mix-up. Brighton equalised with a Nicky Forster goal before David Livermore was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Michael Spillane. Neither club made a breakthrough in the remainder of the match, which went to a penalty shoot-out. Luton's on-loan goalkeeper from Derby County, Lewis Price, saved from Jason Jarrett and Chris Birchall to take Luton into the final against Scunthorpe United on 5 April at Wembley Stadium. This appeared to have given Luton something of a confidence boost as they then went four games unbeaten in the league. Craddock scored again against Shrewsbury Town as Luton won 3–1,[66] and carried on his scoring form over the next month.

March

The next major game was on 17 March against relegation rivals Grimsby Town. Grimsby boss Mike Newell, formerly manager of Luton Town, was suing the club for unfair dismissal.[68] Newell received an angry reception, which turned to jeers when Asa Hall scored a last minute winner to give Luton the three points.[69]

Macclesfield Town then visited Kenilworth Road, and a Tom Craddock penalty was enough to secure a 1–0 victory for Luton - the first time the club had secured two straight wins all season.[71] Meanwhile, the club announced they had sold out their allocated 30,000 tickets for the Football League Trophy final almost immediately, and were given another 8,500 which went just as fast – setting a record for the most fans at Wembley Stadium from one club. However, Luton were told they would not be given any more due to "segregation issues". As a result, the final saw 40,000 Wembley seats empty.[142]

26 March, loan deadline day, saw Luton bring in experienced midfielder David Livermore from Brighton & Hove Albion on a month's loan. Meanwhile, young striker Ryan Charles moved to Kettering Town on loan, also for a month.[143] Two days later the Hatters travelled to Morecambe, unbeaten in twelve games. Goals from Chris Martin and Kevin Gallen saw Luton beat Morecambe 2–1 and, in doing so, managed three straight wins for the first time since the 2004-05 League One winning season.[77] Luton were now only eight points behind Chester City and with a game in hand. The match that Tuesday against Rotherham United, Luton's game in hand, could not have been more vital, but the Hatters ended up being defeated 4–2 and suffered a severe blow to their hopes of escaping relegation.

The FA hearings from the Bradford City game in January rolled around for Kevin Nicholls, Mick Harford and the club on 23 March – Harford was fined a total of £1,000, the club £2,000, and Nicholls £1,000. Nicholls was also handed a five-match ban to begin on 7 April – however, the club lodged an appeal against the ban on 31 March, delaying its effect until after the appeal was heard.[16][80]

April

April began with the news that the club had won their case against former manager Mike Newell. Newell claimed that in his contract he had been entitled to 10% of any profit on players sold. However, his claim for £400,000 in unpaid transfer money was not upheld by a Football League panel on 31 March.[81]

5 April finally came, and Luton faced Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium in the Football League Trophy final as 40,000 Luton supporters converged on Wembley, dwarfing Scunthorpe's support of 13,000. Brian Mawhinney, Chairman of the Football League, was roundly booed by the Luton support before the game, in protest at the huge point deductions imposed at the start of the season. When the game got going, however, it was Scunthorpe who drew first blood in a pulsating match. Gary Hooper put Scunthorpe ahead early on with a low shot past Dean Brill. Tom Craddock set up Chris Martin with a superb cross a few minutes later, and Martin chested the ball down to shoot into the far corner to make it 1–1. In the second half, Craddock scored a half-volley from the edge of the box to make it 2–1, but Grant McCann forced extra time with a spectacular strike with only minutes left. Craddock was substituted and replaced by French defender Claude Gnakpa, played in an unusually forward role by Mick Harford – it was a gamble which paid off, as Gnakpa ran onto a long ball from Keith Keane and got a touch that carried the ball over Joe Murphy and into the net, sending the supporters wild. Luton clung on, with man-of-the-match captain Kevin Nicholls at the centre of the game, and held on to win the match 3–2 and bring the Football League Trophy to Luton for the first time.

Only eight days later, Luton lost their League status - Lincoln City dealt another blow, as Luton were held to a 0–0 draw, and the final nail in the coffin came two days later as, on 13 April 2009, Luton Town were finally relegated from The Football League after a spell of 89 years.[29] Chesterfield held Luton to a draw and, coupled with former Luton manager Mike Newell's Grimsby Town side winning, this meant the club's survival in the league became mathematically impossible to achieve.[5]

Relegation opened the question of whether Luton would be allowed to enter the Football League Trophy during the 2009–10 season. Luton soon submitted an application to the Football League, asking for special dispensation to defend their title.[146]

A Rossi Jarvis goal saved a point at Barnet on 18 April. Kevin Nicholls was sent off late on for collecting two yellow cards, and Dean Brill saved a penalty from former Hatter Paul Furlong.[91] Wycombe Wanderers then came to Kenilworth Road, but despite Luton forcing pressure on the promotion contenders, Wycombe managed a goal on the break following an error by Sol Davis and Luton failed to find an equaliser.[93] Luton's last home game in the Football League was a 1–1 draw with promotion chasers Rochdale, with Tom Craddock scoring a penalty before Adam Rundle rescued a point for the visitors.[95]

27 April saw the appeal against the Nicholls ban heard at the FA, and the decision was upheld, meaning that Nicholls would miss the match against Brentford on 2 May, as well as the first four games of the 2009-10 season.[97] Two days later, long-serving club secretary Cherry Newbury, an employee since 1978, finally left by mutual consent after a period of suspension on full pay starting in January. Newbury had been secretary since 1994, and was implicated as the employee who drew The Football Association's attention to former directors paying agents through the club's holding company.[98]

May and June

Luton Town bowed out of the Football League after 89 years with a 2–0 defeat at champions Brentford.[12]

The first signing of the summer for Luton's time in non-League football was announced on 26 May, as lifelong Luton Town supporter Andy Burgess signed a two-year contract, joining from Rushden & Diamonds on a free transfer.[16] The next day saw five players released – Sam Parkin, Dean Morgan, Paul McVeigh, Sol Davis and Dean Brill all left as their contracts had ended.[6] Adam Newton signed a two-year contract on 28 May following his release from Brentford, as regeneration of the squad continued.[148] Kevin Gallen signed a new one-year deal the same day.[13] Young defender Jake Howells signed his first professional deal on 2 June.[150] Three days later, Liam Hatch arrived on loan from Peterborough United for the 2009–10 season.[151] Central defender Alan White rejoined Luton on 8 June, nine years after leaving in 2000.[152]

On 15 June, the request to defend the Football League Trophy title was turned down.[153] Experienced goalkeeper Mark Tyler signed a two-year deal two years later.[118]

Match results

Luton Town results given first.

Legend

WinDrawLoss

Friendlies

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceScorers
12 July 2008Boreham WoodAway4–20300McVeigh, Spring (2), Morgan
14 July 2008Hitchin TownAway1–40876Hall
19 July 2008Bedford TownAway3–01,133Malcolm, Parkin, Broughton
22 July 2008Leicester CityHome1–11,934Spring
24 July 2008St Neots TownAway2–40521Sinclair, Quinn
26 July 2008Northampton TownHome0–01,290
29 July 2008Colchester UnitedHome0–11,203
2 August 2008Brighton & Hove AlbionHome0–31,358

Football League Two

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceScorers
9 August 2008Port ValeHome1–307,149Parkin
16 August 2008GillinghamAway1–005,339Parkin
23 August 2008Notts CountyHome1–106,085Martin
30 August 2008Exeter CityAway1–005,328Parkin
6 September 2008Macclesfield TownAway1–202,349Charles
13 September 2008Aldershot TownHome3–106,462Spillane, Hall, Martin
20 September 2008Rotherham UnitedAway0–104,095
27 September 2008Chester CityHome1–105,731Hall
4 October 2008Bradford CityAway1–113,083Spillane
11 October 2008DarlingtonHome1–205,560Gnakpa
18 October 2008Accrington StanleyHome1–205,492Hall
21 October 2008Grimsby TownAway2–204,021Craddock (2)
25 October 2008BuryAway2–103,052Craddock, Roper
1 November 2008Shrewsbury TownAway0–306,188
15 November 2008Dagenham & RedbridgeHome2–105,402Davis, McVeigh
22 November 2008RochdaleAway0–202,901
25 November 2008BrentfordHome0–105,248
2 December 2008BournemouthHome3–306,773own goal, Gallen, McVeigh
6 December 2008BarnetHome3–105,536McVeigh, Martin, own goal
13 December 2008Wycombe WanderersAway0–005,567
20 December 2008MorecambeHome1–105,664Spillane
26 December 2008ChesterfieldAway2–204,243Craddock, Roper
28 December 2008Lincoln CityHome3–206,643Martin (2), Roper
13 January 2009Chester CityAway2–201,652Martin, Emanuel
17 January 2009DarlingtonAway1–503,319Martin
24 January 2009Bradford CityHome3–306,053Hall (2), Wasiu
27 January 2009BournemouthAway1–105,230
31 January 2009BuryHome1–205,545Hall
14 February 2009Dagenham & RedbridgeAway1–202,310Henderson
21 February 2009Shrewsbury TownHome3–105,661Craddock, Parkin, Hall
24 February 2009Accrington StanleyAway0–001,033
28 February 2009Port ValeAway3–101,358Hall, Gallen, Martin
3 March 2009GillinghamHome0–005,739
7 March 2009Exeter CityHome1–206,460Craddock
10 March 2009Notts CountyAway2–002,886Martin, Craddock
14 March 2009Aldershot TownAway1–203,098Craddock
17 March 2009Grimsby TownHome2–105,830Bower, Hall
21 March 2009Macclesfield TownHome1–005,363Craddock
28 March 2009MorecambeAway2–102,599Martin, Gallen
31 March 2009Rotherham UnitedHome2–405,975Martin, Hall
11 April 2009Lincoln CityAway0–004,664
13 April 2009ChesterfieldHome0–006,494
18 April 2009BarnetAway1–102,808Jarvis
21 April 2009Wycombe WanderersHome0–106,553
25 April 2009RochdaleHome1–107,025Craddock
2 May 2009BrentfordAway0–210,223

FA Cup

RoundDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceGoalscorersNotes
1st Round8 November 2008AltrinchamHome0–03,200
1st Round (replay)18 November 2008AltrinchamAway0–02,397
2nd Round29 November 2008Southend UnitedAway1–34,111Spillane

Football League Cup

RoundDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceGoalscorers
1st Round12 August 2008Plymouth ArgyleHome2–02,682Jarvis, Plummer
2nd Round26 August 2008ReadingAway1–57,498Charles

Football League Trophy

RoundDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceGoalscorersNotes
2nd Round7 October 2008BrentfordHome2–202,029Martin (2)
Southern
Quarter Final
4 November 2008WalsallAway1–001,844Jarvis
Southern
Semi Final
16 December 2008Colchester UnitedHome1–002,638Gnakpa
Southern
Final
First Leg
20 January 2009Brighton & Hove AlbionAway0–006,127
Southern
Final
Second Leg
17 February 2009Brighton & Hove AlbionHome1–108,711Craddock
Final5 April 2009Scunthorpe UnitedNeutral3–255,378Martin, Craddock, Gnakpa

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1Brentford (C) (P)46231676536+2985Promotion to League One
2Exeter City (P)462213116550+1579
3Wycombe Wanderers (P)46201885433+2178
4Bury462115106343+2078Qualification to League Two playoffs
5Gillingham (P)462112135855+375
6Rochdale461913147059+1170
7Shrewsbury Town461718116144+1769
8Dagenham & Redbridge461911167753+2468
9Bradford City461813156655+1167
10Chesterfield461615156257+563
11Morecambe461518135356−363
12Darlington462012146144+17062*
13Lincoln City461417155352+159
14Rotherham United462112136046+14058*
15Aldershot Town461412205980−2154
16Accrington Stanley461311224259−1750
17Barnet461115205674−1848
18Port Vale46139244466−2248
19Notts County461114214969−2047
20Macclesfield Town46138254577−3247
21Bournemouth461712175951+8046*
22Grimsby Town46914235169−1841
23Chester City (R)46813254381−3837Relegation to Template:Fb competition 2009-10 Conference Premier
24Luton Town (R)461317165865−7026*

Updated to games played on 2 May 2009.
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Darlington deducted 10 points;[2] Bournemouth deducted 17 points;[3] Rotherham United deducted 17 points;[50] Luton Town deducted 30 points[210]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Player statistics

Last match played on 2 May 2009. Players with a zero in every column only appeared as unused substitutes.[11]
No.Pos.NameLeagueFA CupLeague CupFL TrophyTotalDiscipline
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
1GK Dean Brill23000101025000
2DF Claude Gnakpa19 (8)130205 (1)229 (9)370
3DF Sol Davis22 (2)11 (1)0202027 (3)151
4DF Keith Keane400201 (1)05048031
5DF Ian Roper18 (1)320003023 (1)360
6DF George Pilkington1800 (1)0201020 (1)010
7MF Garreth O'Connor301 (1)0001 (1)05 (2)010
7MF Ian Henderson14 (4)100000014 (4)120
8MF Kevin Nicholls16 (3)020201021 (3)061
9FW Sam Parkin15 (8)400201 (2)018 (10)450
10FW Ryan Charles0 (10)1000 (1)11 (1)01 (12)200
11MF Lewis Emanuel17 (3)10 (1)0201020 (4)120
12DF Harry Worley6 (2)000001 (1)07 (3)000
12FW Akanni-Sunday Wasiu2 (3)10000002 (3)100
12MF David Livermore800000008020
14MF Asa Hall35 (7)10201 (1)04 (1)142 (9)1120
15DF Ed Asafu-Adjaye17 (2)000005022 (2)010
16MF Rossi Jarvis31 (4)12 (1)01 (1)16134 (6)340
17MF Kevin Watson2 (4)01 (1)01 (1)00 (1)04 (7)010
18FW Chris Martin39 (1)1130205 (1)249 (2)13111
19FW Drew Talbot4 (3)00 (2)000206 (5)010
20DF Michael Spillane35 (3)331106045 (3)480
21GK Conrad Logan22030104030010
22FW Josh Klein-Davies0 (1)00000000 (1)000
22DF Mark Bower16100000016130
23MF Tristan Plummer0 (5)0001 (1)10 (1)02 (7)100
23FW Wayne Andrews1 (6)01 (1)000103 (7)010
24FW Tom Craddock2710000032301250
25DF George Beavan3 (1)010001 (1)05 (2)000
26DF Richard Jackson000000000000
26GK Lewis Price100000102000
28MF Paul McVeigh9 (4)330002 (2)014 (6)310
29FW Jordan Patrick0 (2)00000000 (2)000
30MF Mark Farthing000000000000
31FW Marc Pugh3 (1)00000003 (1)000
32FW Kevin Gallen26 (3)300000026 (3)310
33DF Jake Howells14 (14)030003 (2)020 (16)030
35GK David Button000000000000
35DF Jack Wood000000000000
36GK Aaron Fletcher000000000000
39FW Harry Hogarth000000000000
40FW Scott Sinclair0000000 (1)00 (1)000

Most used starting eleven

Managerial statistics

Only competitive games from the 2008–09 season are included.
Correct as of 13 November 2009.
NameNat.FromToRecordHonours
PLDWDLGFGAW%
Mick Harford16 January 20081 October 200957172218707829.8Football League Trophy

Awards

Awarded on 26 April 2009,[28] except Loyal Luton award awarded on 24 April 2009.[128]
AwardNameNo.Pos.Notes
Luton Town Supporters Club Player of the Year Keith Keane4DF
Loyal Luton Supporters Club Player of the Year Keith Keane4DF[128]
Players' Player of the Year Asa Hall14MF
Young Player of the Year Jake Howells33DF
Internet Player of the Year Keith Keane4DF
LTSC Junior Members' Player of the Year Michael Spillane20DF
Goal of the Season Chris Martin18FW

Transfers

In

DatePlayerFromFeeNotes
7 August 2008 Claude GnakpaPeterborough UnitedFree[6][129]
7 August 2008 Ian RoperWalsallFree[6][129]
7 August 2008 George PilkingtonPort ValeFree[6][129]
7 August 2008 Kevin NichollsPreston North EndFree[6][129]
7 August 2008 Asa HallBirmingham CityFree[6][129]
7 August 2008 Rossi JarvisNorwich CityFree[6][129]
8 August 2008 Kevin WatsonColchester UnitedFree[4][129]
6 October 2008 Garreth O'ConnorUnattached[129]
17 October 2008 Wayne AndrewsUnattached[129]
2 January 2009 Ian HendersonUnattached[129]
14 January 2009 Kevin GallenMilton Keynes DonsFree[129]
30 January 2009 Tom CraddockMiddlesbrough£80,000[129][10]
26 May 2009 Andy BurgessRushden & DiamondsFree[16]
28 May 2009 Adam NewtonBrentfordFree[148]
8 June 2009 Alan WhiteDarlingtonFree[152]
17 June 2009 Mark TylerUnattached[118]

Out

DatePlayerToFeeNotes
1 July 2008 Richard LangleyReleased[129]
15 July 2008 Darren CurrieChesterfieldFree[129]
17 July 2008 Calvin AndrewCrystal Palace£80,000[129]
23 July 2008 David BellNorwich City£600,000[129]
29 July 2008 Zac BarrettCambridge CityFree[129]
8 August 2008 Alan GoodallChesterfieldFree[129]
21 August 2008 Richard JacksonHereford UnitedFree[129]
28 August 2008 Stephen O'LearyHereford UnitedFree[129]
1 October 2008 Paul UnderwoodReleased[129]
14 December 2008 Garreth O'ConnorReleased[129]
2 January 2009 Kevin WatsonReleased[129]
9 January 2009 Matthew SpringCharlton Athletic£50,000[129]
16 January 2009 Wayne AndrewsReleased[129]
End of season Sam ParkinReleased[6]
End of season Dean MorganReleased[6]
End of season Paul McVeighReleased[6]
End of season Sol DavisReleased[6]
End of season Dean BrillReleased[6]

Loans in

DatePlayerFromEnd dateNotes
7 August 2008 Chris MartinNorwich City3 May 2009[6][129]
7 August 2008 Tristan PlummerBristol City8 October 2008[6][129]
8 August 2008 Michael SpillaneNorwich City3 May 2009[4][129]
8 August 2008 Josh Klein-DaviesBristol Rovers13 August 2008[4][129]
21 August 2008 Conrad LoganLeicester City2 February 2009[129]
12 September 2008 Marc PughShrewsbury Town14 October 2008[129]
18 September 2008 Harry WorleyLeicester City18 November 2008[129]
17 October 2008 Tom CraddockMiddlesbrough17 January 2009[129]
14 November 2008 Kevin GallenMilton Keynes Dons14 January 2009[129]
15 January 2009 Akanni-Sunday WasiuColchester United15 February 2009[129]
26 January 2009 Mark BowerBradford City17 April 2009[129]
2 February 2009 Lewis PriceDerby County2 March 2009[129]
6 March 2009 David ButtonTottenham Hotspur6 April 2009[129]
26 March 2009 David LivermoreBrighton & Hove Albion3 May 2009[129]
5 June 2009 Liam HatchPeterborough UnitedEnd of 2009–10 season[151]

Loans out

DatePlayerToEnd dateNotes
31 July 2008 Matthew SpringSheffield United31 December 2008[129]
29 August 2008 Dean MorganLeyton Orient3 May 2009[129]
22 September 2008 George BeavanSalisbury City22 October 2008[129]
21 October 2008 Sam ParkinLeyton Orient19 January 2009[129]
26 January 2009 George BeavanGrays Athletic30 April 2009[129]
26 January 2009 Harry HogarthGrays Athletic30 April 2009[129]
27 January 2009 Drew TalbotChesterfield3 May 2009[129]
26 March 2009 Ryan CharlesKettering Town30 April 2009[129]

See also