Luton Town secure promotion to Premier League

28 May 2023
Luton Town trophy lift

Hatters beat Coventry City 6-5 on penalties to seal a return to the top flight for the first time since 1992

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Luton Town completed a remarkable journey from non-league football to the Premier League in 10 years as they beat Coventry City in a penalty shootout in the EFL Championship playoff final. 

After the two teams had played out a 1-1 draw at Wembley, Luton triumphed 6-5 on penalties thanks to a miss by Coventry's Fankaty Dabo to return to the top flight for the first time since 1992. 

After suffering an early setback in the match, with captain Tom Lockyer taken off on a stretcher after collapsing, Luton took the lead through a thunderous 23rd-minute strike from Jordan Clark, after good work by Elijah Adebayo.

The Hatters had several opportunities to extend their lead before the break, with Adebayo missing a huge chance, while also having two goals ruled out.

Those missed opportunities proved costly as Gustavo Hamer brought Coventry level in the 66th minute, calmly converting Viktor Gyokeres's cross.

Both teams pushed for a winner, and the Hatters thought they had one in extra-time through Joe Taylor, but it was overturned by VAR for handball in the build-up.

But in the shootout, Luton were not to be denied a place in the Premier League as they become the 51st different club to play in the competition.

They, along with fellow promoted teams Burnley and Sheffield United, can now look forward to finding out who they will face when the 2023/24 Premier League fixtures are released on 15 June.

The season will begin on the weekend starting Saturday 12 August.

Luton's rollercoaster 30 years
Seasons Division  Tier
1982-92 Division 1 1
1992-96 Division 1 2
1996-01 Division 2 3
2001-02 Division 3 4
2002-05 Division 2/League One 3
2005-07 Championship  2
2007-08 League One 3
2008-09 League Two 4
2009-14 Conference Premier 5
2014-18 League Two 4
2018-19 League One 3
2019-23 Championship  2
2023-? Premier League 1

See: Mpanzu on journey from non-league to Premier League with Luton

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