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Mick Harford

Mick Harford

Born in Sunderland, Mick Harford joined Lincoln City Football Club in 1977. He went on to play for Lincoln, Newcastle United, Bristol City Birmingham City and Luton Town. Harford earned himself two England team caps.

He was also part of the side that won the League Cup in 1988 for Luton against Arsenal. He is often voted the best ever Luton Town player, such is the regard he is held in at Kenilworth Road. He was a key player at Luton until his transfer to Derby County in January 1990. Harford then rejoined the Hatters in September 1991. Harford managed a credible 12 goals from 29 league games as the Hatters were relegated from what was about to become the Premier League.

Following Luton's relegation, Harford moved on again, this time to Chelsea in August 1992, where he was top scorer at the club. He later moved to his hometown club Sunderland and then Coventry City followed by Wimbledon where he started his coaching career. Harford developed his coaching skills before following his old manager Joe Kinnear, back to Luton Town following Luton's relegation to Division 3.

Harford helped master-mind the successful promotion season of 2001–02, as Luton stormed back to the Second Division. Harford left Luton following a change of ownership which resulted in him making several other moves before returning to Luton in January 2008, as the new manager until the end of the season. He committed to stay at Luton despite the club being docked 30 points.

Harford led Luton Town to victory in the Football League Trophy final watched by a crowd of 40,000 Luton fans. However, one week later in the league, the 30-point deduction imposed on the club proved too large an obstacle to overcome, and Harford's Luton succumbed to relegation to the Football Conference.

In December 2009 Harford became assistant manager of Queens Park Rangers

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