30 Years On – Where Are the 1988 Luton Town League Cup Final Winners Now

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Regarded by many as one of the greatest League Cup finals of all-time, Luton Town’s victory over reigning cup holders Arsenal is still widely recognised as the greatest day in the club’s history.

Strong favourites to retain the trophy, Arsenal had very few chances in the game and struggled in defence against a well-drilled Luton side which made the most of their second ever Wembley appearance.

Taking the lead through a goal by Brian Stein, Luton found themselves 2-1 down after 75 minutes before a Danny Wilson equaliser preceded a last-gasp winner from Stein, for his second of the game to send the Hatters fans into ecstasy.

Back in 1988 betting fans keen to capitalise on the favourable odds being offered for the Luton win would have had to queue up in their local bookies to place their bets.

Thankfully, these days you can have a punt on the football and take advantage of some fantastic sign up bonuses with the biggest bookies from the comfort of your own home.

As we approach the 30 year anniversary of this momentous part of Luton Town’s club history, we look at what the members of their victorious team are doing now.

 

Luton Town 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final Team

 

Andy Dibble – Turning out for 18 clubs before retiring in 2006 at the age of 41, Dibble has moved into the coaching side of the game and is currently the goalkeeping coach at Championship side Cardiff City.

Tim Breacker – Having made over 200 appearances for Luton, Breacker moved onto West Ham United where he made the right-back position his own in the 1990’s.

Finishing his career at QPR, Breacker worked as a coach under manager Ian Holloway and followed him to both Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.

He now works as part of Phil Parkinson’s backroom staff at Bolton Wanderers as his chief scout having worked with him previously at Bradford City.

Rob Johnson – After moving from Luton to Leicester City in 1989 and then a brief spell with Barnet, Johnson finished his playing career in the lower leagues with Hitchin Town.

He is now working as a sports physiotherapist at Matlock Physiotherapy Centre.

Ricky Hill – A club legend, Hill spent 14 years at Kenilworth Road making over 400 league appearances and scoring 54 goals.

Upon retiring from playing, Hill pursued a career in coaching and has worked in the United States, Trinidad & Tobago and also in the UK where he had a short spell as manager of Luton.

Now out of the coaching game, Hill campaigns to increase the number of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) managers in professional football.

Steve Foster – Luton’s headband wearing captain in the final retired from playing in 1996 after a second spell at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Still living in the Brighton area he now owns an insurance business called Special Risks Ltd which works with the PFA providing cover for players.

Mal Donaghy – After 10 years playing for Luton, Donaghy left the club to join his boyhood heroes Manchester United where he went onto win a European Cup Winners Cup medal.

Retiring in 1994 after two seasons playing in the Premier League with Chelsea, Donaghy returned to his native Northern Ireland and is now working for the Irish FA as a Football For All Schools Officer.

Danny Wilson – Scorer of arguably the most famous match-saving goal in Luton’s history, Wilson retired from playing in 1995 where he was player-manager at Barnsley.

He has since gone onto manage a number of clubs over the years including Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday and has presided over 1000 games.

Wilson last managed at Chesterfield until he was sacked in January 2017.

Brian Stein – A club legend and prolific scorer, Stein spent a total of 11 years in two spells at Luton making 427 appearances and scoring 130 goals.

Making the move into coaching upon retiring from playing, Stein had spells as reserve team coach and assistant manager at Luton before similar roles at Grimsby Town.

He is now a football scout.

Mick Harford – Often voted as the club’s best ever player, Harford made the move into coaching upon retiring from playing and has worked at Wimbledon, Nottingham Forest and QPR and he also had a season as manager at Kenilworth Road where he won the Football League Trophy.

He is now back at Luton Town as the club’s Chief Recruitment Officer.

David Preece – Making nearly 400 appearances for the club from 1984 to 1995, Preece also made the move into coaching when he hung up his boots.

Brief spells at Stevenage Borough and Enfield preceded first team coach roles at Telford United and Walton & Hersham.

Preece died in 2007 at the age of 44 after a short illness. The club has since named the family stand at Kenilworth Road The David Preece Stand in his memory.

Kingsley Black – Leaving Luton Town in 1991 for Nottingham Forest, Black retired in 2002 after spells at Grimbsy Town and Lincoln City.

Since retiring from playing, Black has coached in Lincolnshire and also at Luton Town with their ‘Luton Town FC Football Programme’ for 16-19 year-olds.

Away from football, Black co-owns a popular charcuterie in Majorca which sells cured local meats.

 

Luton Town 3 – 2 Arsenal

Goalscorers:

 Luton Town: Stein (13)

Arsenal: Hayes (71)

Arsenal: Smith (74)

Luton Town: Wilson (82)

Luton Town: Stein (90)

Wembley Stadium attendance: 95,732

Arsenal: Lukic, Winterburn, Sansom, Thomas, Caesar, Adams (c), Rocastle, Davis, Smith, Groves, Richardson