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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 September, 2004, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Luton's cult heroes

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Mick Harford has been voted Luton Town's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Harford won with 82% of the vote, ahead of fellow Luton legends Joe Payne and Malcolm MacDonald.

MICK HARFORD: 82%

The legend. Probably the greatest player to play for the Hatters.....quick, strong and a good first touch as he proved playing on plastic. Harford terrified defences in the 80s, and along with Steve Foster he added the steel so often lacking from David Pleat's Luton sides.
Peter Rolt

One of the Luton all-time greats. His loyalty speaks volumes, especially in the mid and late eighties when he could have moved to a bigger club for the sake of his international career. But he didn't, and stayed with unfashionable Luton, only eventually moving to Derby for money reasons. But even after he left, the following season he scored a (very deliberate!) own goal against Luton playing for Derby, on the final day of the season when we needed to win to stay up. Returned to Luton briefly as a player in the early-mid nineties, before coming back as a coach. Sacked last summer under the turmoil of John Gurney, nicknamed Mr Blobby by Joe Kinnear, who was also sacked. Came back once the club was stabilised to work with Mike Newell as first team coach, to an incredible re-welcome on the first game of last season, home to Rushden & Diamonds. Pretty much every win is now greeted by "There's only one Micky Harford" chants from the fans.
Iain Turner

Definitely "no prisoners". Recently rejected chance to join Joe Kinnear at Forest by staying at Luton as assistant manager.
George Hamon

To this day a cult figure at the club in his role as Director of Football. Supremely gifted for a big man he would have won more England caps at a bigger club. Obviously has a deep rooted affection for Luton Town Football Club.
John Taylor

Guts and gusto, pity about the injuries.
Martin Wells

A legend - big, tall, strong, brave centre forward who would give defenders a rough ride in every game he played. Great in the air and skilful on the deck. Born up north but he's Luton through and through and would always give 110% which is what fans want to see. A bit hot-headed at times but that just shows his passion - a true fans' favourite and now back at the club as director of football and first team coach.
Paul Thompson

Didn't see much of him but remember a special goal against Oldham in the wretched 1991-92 season, his second spell at the club. I missed out on his glory years in the 80s, and although he may be regarded by some as a journeyman footballer, to us he's Luton through & through. Widely regarded by most in the game as the hardest man in football - his kind of centre forward play is sadly lacking in the game today. Still revered home & away every week.
Henry Wisson

To vote for Mick Harford text HARFORD to 81111.

JOE PAYNE: 5%

Played way before I was born but will probably be in the record books longer than most players. Started his career at Luton playing at wing half but due to injuries played as centre forward v Bristol Rovers in a league game and scored 10 goals as Luton won 12-0. His 10 goal haul is still a football league record and the following season he scored 55 goals. His record for Luton was Played 72 Scored 83, enough said!
Paul Thompson

Scored TEN goals in one game, still a record today.
Rob Bates

To vote for Joe Payne text PAYNE to 81111.

MALCOLM MACDONALD: 13%

Two words - speed and determination.
Martin Wells

Arrived at the club as a defender, and was turned into one of the all-time great goal-scorers.
Rob Bates

Fast, strong and powerful striker.
Tony

Never gave up, would run forever and just loved to score goals and celebrate with the arms up, huge smile. A real old style centre forward.
David Lightfoot

My all-time favourite. Right place at right time.
Pete White

To vote for Malcolm MacDonald text MACDONALD to 81111.


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