Luton Town managed promotion to the Premier League on Saturday. The Hatters won the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium 6-5 on penalties against Coventry City.
Luton is first class again for the first time in 31 years. Previously, Sheffield United and second division champions Burnley had already managed to get promoted.
Luton had ended the season third in the Championship, with Coventry fifth. The teams in third to sixth place in the table fight in knockout games for the third promotion place.
Luton’s captain, Tom Lockyer, caused a moment of shock at the beginning of the game. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital for further tests. The club later said Lockyer was responsive.
rise a sensation
For Luton, the rise is a sensation. The last time residents saw top-flight football in the London suburb was in 1992. The dilapidated stadium on Kenilworth Road holds just over 10,000 spectators, making it the smallest in Premier League history next season. Until 2014 Luton was even fifth class.