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    Luton ladies

    Posted by m on 1/8/2022, 9:13:02

    Why not get them to play at Kenilworth Road ? Include entry as part of a season ticket. Or a fiver a go. Only open part of the ground to start with

      Re: Luton ladies

      Posted by Ltfc39 on 1/8/2022, 10:36:11, in reply to "Luton ladies "

      To be honest, reading the below and from what Iíve seen, this has been a real failing of the club not just in recent years but for the last 10-20 years.

      Clearly any costs that are borne will come off the mens squad budget.

      The Brache is also home to Crawley Green and has about 4(?) pitches available. I donít know why they canít play their home games there.

      If you donít market them, people wonít come and support them.

        Re: Luton ladies

        Posted by LTLFC on 1/8/2022, 11:29:09, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

        Any funding would not come out of the mens budget. There is a significant annual sum via premier league funding for female football for a start. Never had a penny out of the club in 20 years itís all self funded and we managed to climb from the bottom to the second flight playing Liverpool, Man City and Newcastle etc. impossible to repeat now as funding is such a huge part of it.
        The Brache does have pitches but only one (3G) is used for Crawley, Ladies and Academy. The grass pitches are very strictly out of bounds.

        Re: Luton ladies

        Posted by WSV on 1/8/2022, 9:32:16, in reply to "Luton ladies "

        TBF, they've played at least one game at KR for the last few seasons and very likely to again this. Less than 200 turn up.

          Re: Luton ladies

          Posted by Tampa Lad on 1/8/2022, 13:21:39, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

          Why have extra boots running around on the KR pitch.It has looked and been a very good surface now for a few years so don't spoil it. I remember the old days.

          Re: Luton ladies

          Posted by Ramridge Raider on 1/8/2022, 9:29:51, in reply to "Luton ladies "

          Not sure if it's still the case but the Luton girls teams were based out of Lancaster Avenue, just off the A6.

          Pretty basic facilities and shocking pitches.

          You would have thought we could find somewhere better for then in the whole of Luton.

            Re: Luton ladies

            Posted by Hawkesworth on 1/8/2022, 10:00:54, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

            Isn't that where Pleat lives?

              Re: Luton ladies

              Posted by Ramridge Raider on 1/8/2022, 10:13:37, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

              He used to.

                Re: Luton ladies

                Posted by J11 on 1/8/2022, 12:09:26, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "


                Lived in a bungalow on Matlock crescent when he was assistant and for a couple of years as manager.

              Re: Luton ladies

              Posted by WSV on 1/8/2022, 9:33:45, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

              Or maybe it isn't still the case in meaning your last sentence is unnecessary. They train at the brache when they can and play their games there.

                Re: Luton ladies

                Posted by Ramridge Raider on 1/8/2022, 9:38:36, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                I was referring to the girls teams not the Ladies.

                They were based out of Lancaster Avenue up to two years ago.

              Re: Luton ladies

              Posted by J Block on 1/8/2022, 9:24:15, in reply to "Luton ladies "

              no, it's more wear and tear on the pitch

                Re: Luton ladies

                Posted by Sid on 1/8/2022, 9:53:04, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                Nah. High heels are good for spiking the turf, aeration and all that.

                  Re: Luton ladies

                  Posted by Bob Morton on 1/8/2022, 9:29:14, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                  What sort of crowds do the Luton ladies get out of interest?

                    Re: Luton ladies

                    Posted by J Block on 1/8/2022, 9:32:40, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                    would'nt have thought it would be even a couple of hundred, probably not worth opening the ground up

                      Re: Luton ladies

                      Posted by LTLFC on 1/8/2022, 10:02:59, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                      350 for the last game at Kenny in May. It was publicised but not for everyone I get it so Iím not going to waste time trying to convert people.
                      The whole club is entirely self funded and youth section has grown to such a degree that we have other school venues now out of necessity. Lancaster Avenue is still the main youth base and itís ours on a licence. There is an absolutely shocking lack of available facilities in the town which are appropriate.
                      The first team are not allowed to train at the Brache and have to find an independently funded venue to do so. Home games are generally played there but we were removed for a considerable length of time for no good reason and had to play home games in Cranfield which is hardly Luton and far too close to MK. MK are a major thorn in our side as they have the facilities and club funding and so we lose out on players who do not have club loyalty.

                        Re: Luton ladies

                        Posted by Ramridge Raider on 1/8/2022, 10:19:47, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                        I headed up the girls section at Flitwick for a number of years. Central Beds Council gave a grant of £1M to build our football facility.

                        It is probably one of the best facilities in the County and really helped us develop all of our youth teams, particularly the girls section.

                        Would love to see something like that built in Luton.

                          Re: Luton ladies

                          Posted by Sixties Fan on 1/8/2022, 21:53:50, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                          GreaT set up at Flitwick. But it would never happen in Luton due the numpty`s on the council would never give planning permission even if a suitable site be available

                            Re: Luton ladies

                            Posted by Jimmy husband's wife on 1/8/2022, 12:09:40, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                            My daughter was in the fledgling newport girls ream C 2000...playing Luton belles, in a non league friendly basis, although there was a cup evolved..

                            Not playing now , but the newport set up got swallowed by the mongs, all to help with funding...

                            There must be a way , and maybe good dialogue to be had ???

                              Re: Luton ladies

                              Posted by mill street on 1/8/2022, 10:31:53, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                              Luton council doesn't like grass roots football ...only cricket and long gras
                              s

                                Re: Luton ladies

                                Posted by Ches Fordroad on 1/8/2022, 10:58:57, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                Yeah, they're all over local cricket

                                FFS .....

                                  Re: Luton ladies

                                  Posted by Nearly a Genius on 1/8/2022, 10:35:57, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                  Bull###t.
                                  How many amateur teams are there in Luton?

                                    Re: Luton ladies

                                    Posted by LTLFC on 1/8/2022, 11:18:32, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                    I recently had a meeting with the National Playing Fields to discuss the appalling lack of facilities in Luton itself having already approached Beds FA to enquire why it was that the finding for new facilities goes to the villages/small towns in the county.
                                    I shouldnít have been shocked by the response from both but it was that Luton Borough Council refused to provide land to build a facility and that there was a total lack of interest in supporting football. NPF said that any land was always earmarked for cricket.
                                    RR is quite right as decent facilities help in all respects from recruitment to retention.
                                    Itís very frustrating as we have 15 teams and growing and finding facilities is nigh on impossible. We are along term Luton supporters and refuse to base the club outside the town having experienced the MK nonsense many years ago.


                                      Re: Luton ladies

                                      Posted by Sixties Fan on 1/8/2022, 21:58:38, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                      "NPF said that any land was always earmarked for cricket." Luton council + cricket = should be bloody obvious I think.

                                        Re: Luton ladies

                                        Posted by Nearly a Genius on 1/8/2022, 13:54:53, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                        I apologise for my mistake.

                                          Re: Luton ladies

                                          Posted by bbb on 1/8/2022, 12:38:57, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                          That issue isn't just for womens/girls teams or is it just with Beds council.
                                          The availability and standard of pitches is a major problem for all grassroots football throughout the country.
                                          Shocking considering how much money is generated at the top of the game.

                                            Re: Luton ladies

                                            Posted by crumpsall on 1/8/2022, 13:32:15, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                            The Football Foundation, who provide grants for grassroots, seems to be in the Premier League's pocket now. Back in the day, it was largely funded by the Football Pools Promoters and was very decent. Not sure how it works these days

                                            The demise of the Pools obviously knackered their funding. Classic quote when we presented a document to Littlewoods Pools marketing director about the threat the newly launched National Lottery posed to their market: 'It won't last. The lottery will be a nine day wonder, British people will always play the Pools'. Well, we tried....🙄😂

                                            Councils selling off pitches for housing and failing to maintain those that remain is a big part of the problem too of course.

                                            Re: Luton ladies

                                            Posted by Mahatma Gander on 1/8/2022, 11:51:20, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                            I can seriously only wish you the best of luck with it all, that is shocking from the council if what the FA are telling you is true.

                                            I can't speak for the whole board but I'd definitely suggest publicizing any campaigns you run on here, you'll doubtless get a few supporters.

                                            I don't follow ladies football but there should be opportunities for everyone to take part in sport.

                                              Re: Luton ladies

                                              Posted by Ramridge Raider on 1/8/2022, 12:29:07, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                              Also, more girls playing football in Bedfordshire means more potential support for our club.

                                              In a few years we will need to fill our new ground so will most likely need to expand our core supporters base.

                                              Kids want to watch live football. Tickets for Premiership games are difficult to get and bloody expensive so more kids playing football means more kids coming to watch the Town.

                                                Re: Luton ladies

                                                Posted by m on 1/8/2022, 12:34:16, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                                To be honest. All you need do is open part of the main stand. Would take about half a dozen stewards and a couple in a catering kiosk. The pitch thing Iím not sure that matters these days so much. As you say. Itís about encouraging people to come along.

                                            Re: Luton ladies

                                            Posted by mill street on 1/8/2022, 10:59:51, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                            Everyone plays in Leighton league

                                              Re: Luton ladies

                                              Posted by Hit Me in the knackers on 1/8/2022, 10:55:40, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                              About 75% less than 10 years ago

                                          Re: Luton ladies

                                          Posted by m on 1/8/2022, 10:19:11, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                          Well.can only hope on the back of the last few weeks that changes. Good luck to you.

                                            Re: Luton ladies

                                            Posted by J Block on 1/8/2022, 10:08:32, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                            Good luck for the season.

                                              Re: Luton ladies

                                              Posted by Nearly a Genius on 1/8/2022, 10:26:06, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

                                              + 1

                                                Re: Luton ladies

                                                Posted by 1 on 5/8/2022, 12:27:32, in reply to "Re: Luton ladies "

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