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Luton Town: Remember Claude Gnapka? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays



Born in Marseille, France, Claude Gnakpa came through the academy system at Montpellier, joining the club aged 15. 

Spending three years with the Ligue 1 club at youth level, Gnakpa then joined local sides Marignane and Beaucaire, before departing for Spain. 

The versatile player spent two years with Real Santander’s B team, before joining Alves B ahead of the 2005/06 campaign. 

Gnakpa’s next destination was then Liechtenstein, joining FC Vaduz who operate in the Swiss Challenge League, and after just a handful of appearances there, a move to England came to fruition. 

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Joining Swindon Town in League Two, Gnakpa failed to make a first-team appearance with The Robins.

He then joined Swindon’s divisional rivals Peterborough United, and with Posh winning the league that year, Gnakpa cemented his side in a team playing League One football. 

At the end of what was a positive season for Gnakpa on a personal level, he attract interest from Championship club Sheffield Wednesday and Aberdeen.

However, Gnakpa’s next move proved to be back to League Two with Luton Town. 

The Hatters started their 2008/09 campaign with -30 points, and they were subsequently relegated to the Conference Premier. 

However, Gnakpa emerged as a regular at Luton and won the hearts of many Hatters when he netted the winner at Wembley in the Johnstone Paint Trophy Final. 

In three years with The Hatters, in which two of them came in the non-league, Gnakpa made over 100 appearances, proceeding to join Walsall in League One. 

At the end of that campaign, the Frenchman made a move north of the border to Inverness CT, before joining Iraqi club Al-Minaa.

Gnakpa’s final club proved to be in India, with the versatile player joining Salgaocar, but he only managed eight appearances. 

The former Luton star now operates as a football consultant, putting his experience of professional and semi-professional football in different countries to excellent use.

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Article title: Luton Town: Remember Claude Gnapka? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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