Today, Trefoil House care home in Birdsfoot Lane was host to three of Luton Town’s finest footballers in the shape of current midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, goalkeeper James Shea and ex-winger Michael Cullen. The three had come together to open the home’s new shop, aptly named The Hatters.
At 25 and 27 years old respectively, Pelly and James are over 60 years younger than resident Michael, who is 87, and began his career with the club in 1948. Age was no barrier however, as the three of them enjoyed chatting about life at Luton Town, and the difference between being a footballer now and all those years ago.
Michael was also really pleased to receive some old newspapers and history books featuring the club, given by Supporters’ Liaison Offer John Miller, which will now take pride of place in the shop. Michael was particularly delighted to discover a photograph of himself taken with the team in 1955!
As well as being home to Michael, Trefoil House is home to 75 other residents from the Luton area, many of whom are Hatters fans. They therefore decided to name their new shop in honour of their local club, and in recognition of Michael’s contribution. The shop will sell toiletries, sweets, drinks, clothing and knick knacks, and is open to residents as well as local neighbours.
Home Manager Julie Hutchings said “It is not always easy for our residents to get out and about, so the shop gives people the opportunity to buy items they need, without having to travel too far. It’s also handy for relatives and visitors to pick up gifts for their loved ones, with sweets and chocolates being the most popular! It has been such an honour to host Pelly, James and John today. We are so grateful to the support we have had from LTFC, both with the shop and the kindness they have extended to Michael. We are proud to call ourselves Luton Town supporters!”
Photograph features Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, goalkeeper James Shea and ex-winger Michael Cullen.