Matchday DJ Of The Week #3 – Matt Crawley (Luton Town FC)


Welcome back to ‘Matchday DJ Of The Week’, where each week we interview one of our favourite matchday DJ from the world of football. In the spotlight this week we have Luton Town‘s very own, Matt Crawley. 

  • Name: Matt Crawley
  • Occupation: Stadium DJ @ Luton Town FC
  • Club Website: Luton Town FC
  • Division: EFL Championship
  • Stadium: Kenilworth Road
  • Capacity: 10,356
  • Twitter Link(s): Matt Crawley & Transmission Indie (Matt’s Radio Show)

The Interview

SM: When did you take over as matchday DJ at Luton Town?

MC: I started in 2012, when we were in the Conference. I’ve been lucky enough to see 3 promotions since then, and now we’re in the Championship! This will be my 10th season at the club.

SM: How long have you been with Luton & how did you initially get into the role of Match-day DJ?

MC: Like all good stories, mine started in my local pub. I had just got back from travelling in New Zealand and I began talking to the DJ in my local. Darren Jones, who is now a really good friend of mine is Happy Harry (LTFC Mascot) and knew the club were looking for someone to front music and announcing at the ground, so I worked a few youth games and a pre-season as a trial, then got offered the job permanently.

SM: Can you remember your first football match/stadium experience?

MC: My first football match would have been in the mid to late 90s, when my uncle
would sometimes take me to Kenilworth Road. I can’t recall the exact game unfortunately. I was lucky enough to have a season ticket for 10 years before taking over as matchday DJ.

SM: Would you say your first experience of live football was motivation for taking the role of matchday DJ?

MC: Well, I can still remember the run out music from the games I went to as a kid. ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ by Thin Lizzy and ‘Town Called Malice’ by The Jam (which I still use to this day) – Sport and music do come hand in hand though.

SM: In all your time at Luton, who’s the best player you’ve seen wear the famous orange shirt?

MC: That’s a very tough question as we’ve had some very special players over the years while I’ve been at the club. The answer I give though is controversial to some. Technically the best players I’ve seen at Luton were both full backs, James Justin who came through the academy (now playing for Leicester), and Jack Stacy now at Bournemouth. I immediately knew from their technical ability that they would both play at the top level.

SM: Who is your favourite artist/band of all time?

MC: The Libertines/Arctic Monkeys.

SM: Which piece of music do you think is the ultimate track for motivating a footballing side?

MC: There’s a few classic tracks like ‘Insomnia’, ‘Seven Nation Army’, ‘Right Here, Right Now’, however there’s a track called ‘Strings For Yasmin’ by Tin Tin Out that really builds and gets the crowd going.

SM: Do you have an all-time favourite track that you play at Kenilworth Road?

MC: ‘Town Called Malice’ by The Jam.

SM: What are the main songs you use week in, week out at the ground?

MC: ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ by Tom Grennan, ‘Town Called Malice’ by The Jam, ‘Ya Mama (Push The Tempo)’ by Fatboy Slim (Moguai remix) & ‘Right Here, Right Now’ by Fatboy Slim (Friction Remix).

SM: On a final note, are there any funny mishaps/cock-ups that have taken place that come to mind when you think about your career so far?

MC: Getting player names wrong and getting called out for it on social media is always embarrassing. I do a fair bit of research nowadays though, to ensure I pronounce names correctly. Luke Guttridge called me out in the office once post-match for calling him Gutteridge. I also left the mic on during a pre-season match once, only to be radioed by my boss to turn it off as they could hear our entire conversation in the box.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Matt for taking the time to talk to us. We wish him and all the Hatters’ players, staff and supporters the very best for the season ahead!

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