Leicester City goes to Kenilworth Road and visits Luton Town for the Carabao Cup 3rd round. Of course it will be a special moment for newly signed James Justin who just arrived this summer from The Hatters.
Alan Sheehan is currently with The Hatters and he started his career with Leicester City, moving down the tiers to find first team football. Been with Luton Town since 2016 after playing at Leeds United, Notts County, Bradford City and a number of other clubs. The now 33 year is back in the Championship were it all started for him.
Looking back you start to think and the first player to come to mind is Rodney Fern who left Leicester City for Luton Town for a minor fee back in 1972. Fern was something of a cult hero at Filbert Street playing 152 league games and scoring 32 goals. He spent three years of his career at Luton, but did struggle with injuries and played only 39 games in which he scored only five goals. Fern later played for a number of seasons at Chesterfield and Rotherham.
Next in line down memory lane is no other than Alan Birchenall, mainly seen as a dressing room mood lifter late in his career, moving to Luton Town from Blackburn Rovers in 1979. He only played 10 games and moved to Hereford United were “Birch” ended his professional career at the age of 35.
Leicester City manager David Pleat broke the club transfer record for a buy when he paid Luton Town £350.000 for Mike Newell’s services back in 1986. The tall forward made an impact at Leicester as he had done at Luton, being sold on to Everton for a fee of £1.1million, which was quite a lot of money back in 1989. Newell later won the Premier League while on the books at Blackburn Rovers.
David Oldfield had two spells at Luton Town, making his breakthrough at the club in the mid 80’s, moving to Leicester City were he became a key player over a number of seasons adding up 221 league appearances and scoring 24 goals from 1990 to 1995. He then rejoined Luton and later had spells at Stoke, Peterborough and Oxford before moving down in non-league football keeping it going into his 40’s.
Rob Johnson, the full back, started his career at Kenilworth Road and later moved to Leicester City, did have a first team career but it was cut short at Leicester, playing only 25 league games from 1989 to 1991.
Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick spent time on loan at Leicester City and also at Luton Town, coming from Tottenham Hotspur on both occasions, just playing a handful of games for both clubs.
Midfielder David Bell came to Leicester City from Luton Town on loan back in 07/08, played 6 league games for Leicester during his short spell. He was seen as a bright talent at Luton Town, playing 75 league games and scoring 7 goals.
Steve Claridge, the journey man did also spend a short while at Luton Town, playing 16 league games and scoring two goals. this was from 1992 to 1993, a few years before his real breakthrough at Cambridge United and later Leicester City.
Paul Dickov might not be known for his short loan spell from Arsenal to Luton Town back in 1993-94, adding up 15 games in which he scored only once. Another probably not as known fox was Max Dougan who joined Luton Town from Leicester City back 1966, playing at Kenilworth Road until 1970, in total 118 league appearances at Luton Town, with just a handful of starts at Leicester City.
One real hero at Luton Town was former England international Ricky Hill. He was a key player during the clubs best years in the top flight. Hill played 436 league games and scored 54 goals during his prime. He later joined Leicester City and played 26 league games in two years from 1990 to 1991.
Conrad Logan also had a loan spell at Luton Town, playing 22 league games from 2008-09, spending a number of years on loan at several club while on the books at Leicester City. Conrad was with Leicester City for 10 years, and in all played only 23 league games during those years, being at the club until the start of that memorable Premier League win season.
A list of players in both camps,
- Conrad Logan
- Ben Alnwick
- Simon Royce
- Rob Johnson
- Curtis Davies
- Max Dougan
- James Justin
- Des Linton
- Julian Watts
- Harry Worley
- Ricky Hill
- Alan Birchenall
- David Bell
- David Oldfield
- Scott Oakes
- Garry Parker
- Frank Soo
- Alan Sheehan
- Rodney Fern
- Mike Newell
- Steve Claridge
- Paul Dickov
- Marc North