Luton Town will play Watford for the first time since 2006 next season after the Hornets’ relegation from the Premier League.

The two local rivals last played each other in the Championship in the 2005-06 season, which saw Watford promoted at the end of the campaign.

Watford were relegated to the Championship at the end of the delayed 2019-20 Premier League season, with a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium confirming their relegation after 5 years in the Premier League.

The Hornets were one of the last opponents confirmed for the Hatters after their second tier survival, with both the Hertfordshire club and Bournemouth relegated on the final day as Aston Villa stayed up.

Luton and Watford first faced each other in 1885, with a first professional meeting coming in the FA Cup in 1898.

Meetings were held regularly until the 1930s, and became more heated after restarting in the 1960s. Violence between fans and red cards became more common in a series of meetings up to the mid-1990s, with further crowd trouble coming in the form of fighting between fans both outside the ground and on the pitch ahead of a 2002 League Cup meeting.

That game at Vicarage Road is Luton’s last win against Watford, with a 2-1 victory in the tie. Watford took 4 points from the 2 league meetings in 2005-06.

It is as yet unclear when the fixtures will take place. While a start date for 2020-21’s EFL games has been set for the weekend of September 12th, a fixture release date is yet to be announced.