Luton stay in bottom three after draw with Everton (2024)

Luton stay in bottom three after draw with Everton (1)

Luton Town missed the chance to move out of the Premier League's relegation places as they were held to a draw against Everton at Kenilworth Road.

Everton, safe from the drop before kick-off, went ahead from the penalty spot after 24 minutes.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin coolly converted after Luton defender Teden Mengi was penalised for hauling down Jarrad Branthwaite following an intervention from the video assistant referee.

Elijah Adebayo showed exactly what Luton have been missing as the striker marked his first start since early February with the equaliser seven minutes later, the big forward proving too strong for Ashley Young before shooting low past Jordan Pickford.

Both sides had opportunities after the break with Luton keeper Thomas Kaminski saving well from Jack Harrison's deflected shot and Calvert-Lewin's header but the stalemate was not broken.

The draw leaves Rob Edwards' side in the bottom three, level on points with Nottingham Forest but having played a game more.

"We obviously wanted to win the game," said Edwards. "We threw everything at it so I am disappointed right now.

"The supporters can see when the players are giving absolutely everything for the shirt. There's pride.

"We're still in the mix and the fight, we've got to keep believing."

Luton stay in bottom three after draw with Everton (2)

Adebayo shows what might have been

Luton's Adebayo would have left his manager Rob Edwards harbouring mixed feelings after he made a goalscoring return with his 10th in the league this season.

Edwards would have been delighted to see 6ft 3ins Adebayo back on the mark but he will also be wondering what might have been had he not had that lengthy spell out through injury.

Adebayo's all-round game gives Luton an added dimension and he was rewarded with a standing ovation when he was substituted late on after tiring.

Luton will be disappointed not to have taken more from this game having fought their way back and created chances in the second half, particularly headed opportunities for Mengi and Ross Barkley, before a frantic finale.

They mounted a late surge that required some desperate Everton defending but could not make the breakthrough that would have made such a difference as the season enters its closing phase.

As always, Luton were full of endeavour with energetic winger Tahith Chong the prime example. Kenilworth Road once more provided an outstanding atmosphere, with the home fans showing their appreciation for their players' efforts with prolonged applause after the final whistle.

It was all tinged with regret, however, because Luton are now at the stage of the season where wins are required not draws.

Everton take the point

Everton, perhaps understandably, did not show the same intensity that brought them three home wins in a week - including the outstanding 2-0 victory against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby - now safety had been assured.

They still put in plenty of effort and none of Luton's relegation rivals can complain about Everton's approach, several desperate late clearances and resolute defending proving their desire and determination to come away from Kenilworth Road with at least a point.

Everton are enjoying the relative riches watching the relegation battle from safety after the near misses of the previous two seasons so they should now play with more freedom.

This was, given the circ*mstances, a predictably attritional affair although manager Sean Dyche will perhaps question whether Everton could have controlled more of the ball against a Luton defence that, at times, looked nervous.

Dyche was also sure his side should have been awarded a second penalty, after Dwight McNeil appeared to be caught by Teden Mengi.

"I know there's a lot of news and noise recently about penalties, but I'm amazed we didn't have another one. That one, from the penalties I've seen this season, I'm very surprised they've not given that."

For now, Everton can let those below them have the relegation worries as they close out another traumatic campaign.

Player of the match

BranthwaiteJarrad Branthwaite

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  1. Squad number6Player nameBarkley

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  2. Squad number24Player nameKaminski

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  3. Squad number11Player nameAdebayo

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  4. Squad number14Player nameChong

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  5. Squad number45Player nameDoughty

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  6. Squad number9Player nameMorris

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  7. Squad number8Player nameBerry

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  8. Squad number28Player nameSambi Lokonga

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  9. Squad number32Player nameOnyedinma

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  10. Squad number16Player nameBurke

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  11. Squad number2Player nameOsho

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  12. Squad number30Player nameTownsend

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  13. Squad number15Player nameMengi

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  1. Squad number32Player nameBranthwaite

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  2. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

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  3. Squad number1Player namePickford

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  4. Squad number6Player nameTarkowski

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  5. Squad number27Player nameGueye

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  6. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

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  7. Squad number28Player nameYoussef Chermiti

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  8. Squad number23Player nameColeman

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  9. Squad number7Player nameMcNeil

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  10. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

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  11. Squad number37Player nameGarner

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  12. Squad number14Player nameBeto

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  13. Squad number8Player nameOnana

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  14. Squad number11Player nameHarrison

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  15. Squad number18Player nameYoung

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  16. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

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Formation 3-4-2-1



32Onyedinma28Sambi Lokonga6Barkley45Doughty



  • 24Kaminski
  • 16Burke
  • 15Mengi
  • 2Osho
  • 32OnyedinmaSubstituted forWoodrowat 70'minutes
  • 28Sambi Lokonga
  • 6Barkley
  • 45Doughty
  • 9Morris
  • 14ChongBooked at 43minsSubstituted forBerryat 87'minutes
  • 11AdebayoSubstituted forTownsendat 80'minutes


  • 1Shea
  • 8Berry
  • 10Woodrow
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 18Clark
  • 23Krul
  • 27Hashioka
  • 30Townsend
  • 38Johnson


Formation 4-4-1-1






  • 1Pickford
  • 22Godfrey
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 18YoungSubstituted forColemanat 67'minutes
  • 11Harrison
  • 27GueyeBooked at 53minsSubstituted forRamalho Chermitiat 80'minutes
  • 37GarnerBooked at 9minsSubstituted forOnanaat 55'minutes
  • 7McNeil
  • 16DoucouréSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 54'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forGomes Betuncalat 80'minutes


  • 5Keane
  • 8Onana
  • 10Danjuma
  • 12Neves Virgínia
  • 14Gomes Betuncal
  • 21André Gomes
  • 23Coleman
  • 28Ramalho Chermiti
  • 61Dobbin

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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Luton Town 1, Everton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Everton 1.

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    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jarrad Branthwaite.

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    Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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    Albert Sambi Lokonga (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Youssef Chermiti (Everton).

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    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jack Harrison.

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    Attempt blocked. Luke Berry (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Teden Mengi.

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    Attempt missed. Teden Mengi (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alfie Doughty with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

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    Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow with a cross.

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    Attempt saved. Teden Mengi (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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    Albert Sambi Lokonga (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Youssef Chermiti (Everton).

  15. Booking

    André Gomes (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

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    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Cauley Woodrow.

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    Foul by Gabriel Osho (Luton Town).

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    Youssef Chermiti (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Doughty with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Gabriel Osho (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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How was Luton betrayed by the FA in 2008? ›

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 were relegated to the Conference Premier.

When was the last time Everton was not in the top flight? ›

The club was a founder member of the Football League in 1888, and has, as of August 2023, competed in the top division for a record 121 seasons, having missed only four top-flight seasons (1930–31, 1951–52, 1952–53, and 1953–54).

Has Everton won anything? ›

Initially formed as St. Domingo FC, named after the chapel, the football team was renamed Everton in 1879 after the district of Everton. Since then Everton have had a successful history winning the Cup Winners' Cup, the league title nine times and the FA Cup five times.

What league was Luton in in 2010? ›

However, the points deductions proved too much and relegation out of the Football League was confirmed on Easter Monday. The club started life in the Blue Square Premier in 2009/10 after 89 years in the Football League.

Why did Luton get demoted? ›

Luton Town were relegated from the Football League in 2009 after failing to recover from the 30-point deduction imposed upon them at the start of the campaign.

Are Luton fans owned? ›

A supporters' trust, Trust in Luton, owns shares in the club and elects a representative to the club's board. The club's official supporters' group, Luton Town Supporters' Club, merged with Trust in Luton in 2014. The club is associated with another supporters' group, the breakaway Loyal Luton Supporters Club.

Which team in England has never been relegated? ›

However, 6 teams have never been relegated from the Premier League since the top-flight was rebranded ahead of the 1992/92 campaign – Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.

What team has never been relegated? ›

Unrelegated for 75 years
ClubFirst year of spellCompetition(s)
Juventus1900Italian Football Championship (101 seasons in total)
AC MilanItalian Football Championship (75 seasons in total)
Nacional1901Primera División (120 seasons in total)
FerencvárosNemzeti Bajnokság (102 seasons in total)
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Which English team has never been relegated? ›

Everton are one of six English clubs who have never been relegated from the Premier League since its creation in 1992. The others are Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea, so they are part of an elite group.

What was the old name of Everton? ›

Domingo F.C. was formed in 1878. Since many people outside the parish were interested in joining the football club, they decided that the name should be changed. So, in November 1879 at a meeting in the Queen's Head Hotel, the name was changed to Everton Football Club, after the surrounding district.

Why are Everton called Toffees? ›

Everton take their name from the district of Everton in Liverpool where it was originally formed. Everton's nickname is the Toffees, or sometimes the Toffeemen. This comes from one of two toffee shops that were located in Everton village at the time the club was founded.

Who has beat Everton the most? ›

Merseyside derby
Most winsLiverpool (99)
Most player appearancesNeville Southall (41)
Top scorerIan Rush (25)
All-time seriesLiverpool: 99 Drawn: 77 Everton: 68
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Why does Luton have a bad reputation? ›

And the context, of course, is that Luton is a long-deprived town. According to the Department for Work and Pensions, there are more than 15,000 children in Luton living in poverty, far above the national average. Unemployment is 5.7 per cent compared to a national average of 3.8 per cent.

Have Luton ever won a trophy? ›

Honours and achievements

Luton Town have won some major honours in English football. The club reached its first major final in 1959, when the team reached the FA Cup Final, and the 1988 Football League Cup Final was the side's first major cup victory.

What did Luton used to be called? ›

Luton is believed to have been founded by the Anglo-Saxons sometime in the 6th century. Its name first appears in the 8th century as Lygetun, meaning "town on the River Lea". The Domesday Book records Luton as Loitone and as Lintone.

What is the Luton FC scandal? ›

An independent commission said Luton fans had behaved "in a way which is improper, offensive, abusive, indecent, or insulting with either express or implied reference to sexual orientation". The club has reminded fans that they should not join in with songs or chants if they do not know the words.

Why did Luton get 30 points deducted by BBC? ›

The penalty came after Luton failed to satisfy the League's insolvency rules. The combined 30-point deduction is the biggest in Football League history, giving Luton an extraordinarily difficult task in trying to avoid relegation for the third season in a row.

Why was Luton Town FC deducted 30 points? ›

2008-09: Luton Town (30 points) - irregular transfer dealings and breaking exiting administration rules. The start of the 2008-09 season was when Luton Town - now in the Premier League - were hit with deductions totalling 30 points.

What is the success story of Luton Town? ›

Luton were last in the top flight in 1992, the summer that saw the birth of the Premier. They had enjoyed a prolonged period in the first tier, developed a lot of players that went on to enjoy very fruitful careers and even won a trophy in 1988, beating Arsenal 3-2 in the Football League Cup final.

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