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Luton Town legend dies at the age of 60

Paul Futcher played professionally alongside his twin brother Ron Credit: Luton Town

Former Luton Town defender Paul Futcher has died at the age of 60.

He started his career with Chester before moving to the Hatters at the age of 17 along with twin brother Ron in 1974.

The ex-England Under-21 international became the most expensive defender in English football when he moved to Manchester City in 1978 for £350,000.

Hatters Chief Executive Gary Sweet remembers watching Futcher in his second season as a Luton Town supporter.

Paul was simply a class above. He joined in my second full season as a fan and became an instant hero of mine. He was up there with the very best I’ve ever seen play for the Club and has remained there. Paul was a silky, rock-steady defender who had such amazing technical ability and, more than anything, a cool-head that left thousands in awe. He will live long in the memory of anyone who saw him play.

– Gary Sweet, Chief Executive, Luton Town

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Luton Town's Wembley final hero dies

Hatters' Wembley goal hero passes away Credit: Luton Town FC

Luton Town's only ever player to score in an FA Cup final has died.

Dave Pacey scored in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley in the 1959 final against Nottingham Forest, which the Hatters eventually lost 2-1.

After 280 appearances for the Hatters, Dave left the club Credit: Luton Town FC

Mr Pacey used to stand on the terraces at Kenilworth Road before making it as a professional.

He was 79 when he passed away.

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Luton Town strike loan deal for Newcastle United man

Alex Gilliead has joined Luton Town on loan. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed Newcastle United midfielder Alex Gilliead on loan until January.

The 20-year-old was on loan at Carlisle United last season and was rumoured to be heading back to Brunton Park.

However, the England youth international will now spend the first half of the campaign with the Hatters instead.

Alex ticks every box for us. He’s young, hungry and wants to do well. He’s technically very good, he’s fit and he fits in nicely with our group.

I have known him since my time at Brighton. He is a fantastic young player and one that is going to provide even more competition and quality to the side we have. It’s a real coup for the club, the fact that he wants to come here, we are excited to have him.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Northampton Town seal Matt Taylor coup

Matt Taylor has signed for Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed experienced winger Matt Taylor on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old has played for the likes of Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United in the Premier League and helped Burnley gain promotion to the top flight last season.

Taylor has signed a one-year contract at Sixfields and could make his debut in the Cobblers' opening League One game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Matt is a big signing for us.

He has attracted a high level of interest from some Championship clubs over the last couple of months, but with our good location for him we have been able to convince him to make the move to Sixfields.

He has proven quality, he is a winner, he gives us something different and he will fit in well with the other players we have at the club.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, the Cobblers have cancelled the contract of defender Ryan Cresswell.

Elsewhere, Luton Town have signed Crystal Palace midfielder Jake Gray on a two-year deal.

Striker Marriott extends Luton Town stay

Jack Marriott is staying at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town striker Jack Marriott has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 21-year-old made a big impression at Kenilworth Road after moving to Bedfordshire last summer, finishing as the Hatters' leading scorer with 16 goals.

I’m more than happy to sign for another three years.

I’ve never been looking to leave because I’m settled at Luton Town and the club is heading in the right direction.

We’ve got all the plans for the new stadium, the manager has got high ambitions for where he wants to take the club and I want to be a part of all of that.

– Jack Marriott, Luton Town
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