LTST Programme Column – Accrington

The latest of our regular columns in the LTFC match day programme was in the edition produced for the recent Accrington Stanley match. This month it was the turn of our media officer Kevin Harper to offer his thoughts. If you did not get a copy of the programme here is our piece in full…..

 

What a fantastic couple of months it has been to start the new season! The Town have been involved in some great matches, playing some wonderful football which has been great to witness.

It has also been a busy beginning to the season for those of us at Luton Town Supporters’ Trust. Throughout the summer, and into the start of the campaign, we have released a number of joint statements with Loyal Luton calling out the many inaccuracies from various sources (one in particular!), regarding the Power Court and Newlands’ Park developments. Your feedback to these statements have been overwhelming and we thank everyone for getting in touch with their comments. If you have missed any of the statements you can find them all on our website.

We will continue to fight the good fight, until the plans finally get the planning permission that all Town fans, officials and Lutonians everywhere crave so badly.

Meet the Manager

On October 4, we held our annual ‘Meet the Manager’ evening at the Eric Morecambe suite at the club, with Town boss Nathan Jones facing the fans for the third time in his tenure. As ever the gaffer was in wonderful form, answering an array of questions on a number of topics. If you were unable to make the event, or want a reminder of what Nathan had to say, you can find a transcript of the questions and answers on our twitter feed – @lutontownST.

AGM

Our next event will be our Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the John Moore Lounge at Kenilworth Road on Thursday 29th November. Members should already have been sent details of the meeting, either through the post or via email. If you would like to come along to the meeting, please get in touch and we will provide you with the details.

Podcast

We have continued with our monthly podcast, which continues to be popular with Town fans. Since we started the podcast at the beginning of last season we have created ways to listen on both iTunes and SoundCloud, and listening figures are improving all of the time. We are currently in the middle of organising the next episode, which should be out to listen to in the week prior to the Rochdale away game on November 3.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Sheehan, Matty Pearson and James Shea, who have been our first three guests on the podcast this season. All three were great fun and a pleasure to chat to. Our thanks also extend to Stuart, Charlie and the entire media team at the club for accommodating us in what are often busy times!

Social Media

We are continually upping our profile on the various social media outlets, with followers on Twitter and Facebook increasing all the time. If you would like to follow us on either of these sites, the Twitter handle is @lutontownST and on Facebook you can find us @LutonTownst. If Instagram is your thing we are also on there too. Follow lutontownst for our updates on that platform.

Fundraising

We were delighted to begin our fundraising campaign for the Luton & Dunstable Charitable Fund, in particular ‘NICU’, at our recent ‘Meet the Manager’ evening. All of the proceeds of the raffle were put towards the fundraising activity, while Nathan Jones was kind enough to auction off a couple of visits to the training ground. In total, more than £1,000 was raised on the evening. Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to an amazing amount.

Volunteer

If you would like to assist the Trust in our many aims over the course of the season and beyond, do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help us with a number of tasks. All contact details are on www.lutontownsupporterstrust.com.

#saveourtown

Did you notice the presence of the #saveourtown group at the Barnsley game?

They continue to raise awareness of the benefits of Newlands Park and Power Court and that message got amplified by Sky Sports who featured their banner on television and brought to the attention of the nation, the town’s push for the progress we all want and deserve.

In just five months since forming, the volunteers at #saveourtown have been doing a fantastic job of promoting just why Luton, the town, needs regeneration, not stagnation, and that’s been boosted by two of their recent videos that have gone viral, with more than 50,000 views.

One features real Lutonians explaining what the proposals for Newlands Park and Power Court will mean for the town, while the other features three children – Evie, Luca and Fabian – and theirs is one of the most important reasons that these proposals need your support. While they will transform Luton, their generation are the ones that stand to benefit the most. That’s why the kids are urging you to sign #saveourtown’s petition to urge Capital and Regional, to stop blocking this bright new future for their town, our town. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, do it for the kids by going to: www.change.org/p/capital-regional-stop-blocking-a-bright-new-future-for-luton.

And you can also support #saveourtown by following them online at www.saveourtownluton.co.uk and on social media, helping to share all the good work they do with your friends, family and followers.

Find them on Twitter @saveourtownltn, while on Instagram and Facebook its @saveourtownluton.

Enjoy the game!

Kevin Harper

Media Officer

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