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Tuesday’s game against Nottingham Forest marked Nathan Jones’ 250th game in charge of Luton Town!
On January 6, Jones took charge of the club after leaving his post at Brighton and Hove Albion and helped City out of League Two, taking over 170 games before leaving for Stoke City.
In his second spell, he helped execute the Great Escape as the Hatters maintained their Sky Bet championship status, before consolidating their position in the division over the following season.
Nathan Jones on handling 250 Luton games:
“If you had told me at 16 that I would be 23 as a professional footballer and then reach almost 300 games as a manager but 250 for this great club, I would have bit your hand.
Playing 250 games as a manager is a moment of great pride in a club. To do it in this club is fantastic because they have had very good managers here and I come in with a pretty illustrious list of managers but I am very proud and proud of the club that they trusted me enough to be able to coach the team.
Check out the best photos from memorable games throughout his time at the club so far …
First game against Cambridge United – January 16, 2016
Jones began his reign as Luton Town boss with a goalless draw against Cambridge United at Kenilworth Road. He took over with the 17th league team.
First win against Mansfield Town – January 23, 2016
Paddy McCourt and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu helped Jones secure his first victory a week later at Mansfield Town.
Top of the league! Exeter City 1-4 Luton Town – October 17, 2017
An emphatic away victory at Exeter City lifted the Hatters to the top of Ligue 2 for the first time in the winning campaign.
Sealing promotion! Carlisle United 1 – 1 Luton Town – April 21, 2018
The Hats were promoted to Ligue 1 after getting the point they needed at Carlisle. Olly Lee produced the vital second half moment as Town ended a 10-year spell outside the first three levels.
Chaos! Walsall 2-2 Luton Town – December 29, 2018
At the recent ‘Meet the Manager’ event, Nathan revealed, “I was at my most mental point at Walsall, League 1.”
Behind at the break, Town saved a late point thanks to Kazenga LuaLua’s strike that extended their unbeaten run at the time to 12 games.
Nathan returns – May 28, 2020
After Graeme Jones left during the lockdown, Nathan returned for his second spell as the club manager with the challenge of keeping the city at second tier.
Back on the sidelines. Luton Town 1 – 1 Preston North End – June 20, 2020
Callum McManaman saved a late point as play resumed after the COVID-19 pandemic halted all sports. After this match, the Chapeliers were five points from safety …
The great Escape! Luton Town 3-2 Blackburn Rovers – July 22, 2020
The miraculous recovery came to an end on the last day of the campaign, with the Hatters victorious in a five-goal thriller against the Blackburn Rovers!
Bullseye! Preston North End 0-1 Luton Town – March 20, 2021
The Hats hit the 50-point mark last season with a first win at Deepdale since 1972.
Derby day delight! Luton Town 1-0 Watford – April 17, 2021
James Collins made his way into the Luton Town history books with a late penalty to beat Watford, with his first touch after coming off the bench!
Game 250 – Nottingham Forest 0-0 Luton Town – 23 November 2021
The Hatters earned a point at the City Ground midweek on a night they could and perhaps should have taken the three with them.
250 matches – 117 wins – 69 draws – 64 losses