#THROWBACKTHURSDAY | September 2009 - Wrexham 3-0 Luton Town

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 25 Jan 2018

Back for 2018 is #ThrowbackThursday! This time we've gone visual and raided the back-catalogue of club DVD's to bring you a new video every Thursday from yesteryear! 

We can't promise you a classic every week - but we can promise you a look back at some of the more unusual games! 

Wrexham 3-0 Luton Town

We fly back in time to September 2009 and a visit from Luton Town. It was a special game, it always is when we honour the Gresford Mining Disaster. 

We follow the moving tribute before the match action starts - Wrexham hadn't won in four games - and they got off to a quick start here spurred on by the pre-match tributes. 

Gareth Taylor grabs two before Mark Jones settles the contest in the second half. 

It has some notable moments this game, from the Gresford tribute, the referee picking up an injury and being replaced by the linesman to Adrian Cieslewicz making his first appearance for Wrexham from the bench. 

Mini Match Report

Gareth Taylor helped ease the pressure on under-fire boss Dean Saunders as his double inspired Wrexham to their first win in four Blue Square Premier games.

The former Wales striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot against freshly relegated Luton after Claude Gnakpa's foul on Wrexham striker Marc Williams.

Taylor's sixth of the season doubled the lead when his header from Silvio Spann's cross looped in from 15 yards.

Mark Jones completed the 3-0 win late on after good work by Curtis Obeng.

Wrexham manager Dean Saunders told the media team's Mark Griffiths after the game: "We worked hard and scored early on, which helped, and the second really helped and I thought we could have got eight or nine, or maybe 10 with the chances we missed.

"I'm just happy with the three points as Luton are a tough team but I'm pleased as the players worked hard and did what I asked them.

"It took a bit of juggling around and we've tried a few formulas now hopefully we can carry that on. Luck, confidence and a bit of organisation is a big part of football.

"In the league, that is perhaps the most cohesive and organised we've looked for some time - but the most important thing is the three points."

5 Things About Luton Town Since

  1. Luton had been relegated from League Two the previous season after a period in administration. It was a consecutive relegation having dropped out of League One during the 2007-8 season - they finsished 24th (bottom) both times. They finished the 2009-10 season, their first in non-league in 2nd place. 
  2. Luton were in non-league for 5 seasons, finishing 3rd in 2010-11, 5th in 2011-12, 7th in 2012-13 and promoted as champions (1st) in 2013-14. 
  3. Since promotion to EFL League Two they have finished 8th in 2014-15, 11th in 2015-16 and 4th in 2016-17. They were knocked out in the semi-final of the 2017 League Two play-off's by Blackpool, who went on to win at the final. 
  4. During the 2012-13 FA Cup, in the fourth round they beat then Premier League side Norwich City 1-0 becoming the first non-league side to beat a top-flight club since 1989.
  5. Mick Harford was Luton's manager for this game although he was sacked the next month. Since, Luton have had just four managers, Richard Money, Gary Brabin, John Still (who won them promotion) and current manager, Welshman Nathan Jones.   

The Line Ups

Wrexham: Maxwell, Obeng, Assoumani, Sinclair, N. Taylor, Spann, Fleming, Smith, Jones, G. Taylor (Sakho 76'), Marc Williams (Cieslewicz '88).
Substitues (not used): Mike Williams, Taboubi, Fairhurst.

Luton Town: Tyler, Gnakpa, White, Pilkington, Murray (Blackett '57), Newton, Jarvis, Gallen (Charles '68), Hall, Craddock, Hatch (Donnelly '79).
Substitutes (not used): Gore, Reynolds.

Attendance: 3,448
Referee: Rob Merchant (Staffordshire).

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