Luton Town will make their debut in the Premier League following a victory over Coventry City in the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium.
They secured the win in a penalty shootout, triumphing 6-5 after a 1-1 draw in regular time and a goalless extra time.
Coventry’s Fankaty Dabo missed his penalty, leading to Luton’s promotion.
The match saw Luton’s captain, Tom Lockyer, being carried off on a stretcher due to a collapse on the pitch.
Lockyer is now responsive and communicating with his family after receiving medical attention at the hospital.
Luton’s manager, Rob Edwards, expressed his joy at the team’s achievement while also emphasizing the importance of Lockyer’s health.
Luton will join Burnley and Sheffield United in the Premier League next season, marking their return to top-flight football after a 31-year absence.
Additionally, their Kenilworth Road stadium will host Premier League matches for the first time since 1992.
Luton’s journey has been remarkable, considering their struggles with finances and relegation to the non-league Conference just nine years ago.
Their victory in the playoff final signifies their unique achievement of going from the top tier to non-league and back.
Players like Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, who has been with Luton throughout their rise, expressed their delight at reaching the Premier League.
The match itself saw Luton dominate the first half and take the lead through Jordan Clark’s goal, assisted by Elijah Adebayo.
Although Coventry improved in the second half and equalized through Gustavo Hamer’s impressive finish, Luton ultimately secured promotion through the penalty shootout, with Dabo’s miss sealing their victory.
Amidst the emotions of the day, Rob Edwards acknowledged the mixed feelings, expressing both joy and sympathy for Coventry.
He concluded by stating his immense pride in the team’s accomplishment.