Luton Town promoted to Premier League after winning play-off final on penalties against Coventry City

Dan Potts celebrating promotion with Luton Town Credit: Alamy
Dan Potts celebrating promotion with Luton Town Credit: Alamy

Luton Town have been promoted to the Premier League after beating Coventry City on penalties in the Championship play-off final.

Luton finished third in the Championship table, behind Burnley and Sheffield United. They defeated Sunderland in the semi-final to reach the Wembley showpiece. Coventry, in contrast, came fifth in the table and earned their place at Wembley by overcoming Middlesbrough.

Luton were last in the top-flight in the 1991-92 season, suffering relegation before the beginning of the Premier League era. Their decline culminated with a five-season spell in non-league football before they worked their way back up – a journey that is now complete.

Luton have gone from non-league to the top flight within the space of nine years, equalling a record set by Wimbledon.

Coventry were last in the Premier League back in the 2000-01 season and have been all the way down to League Two and back up to the Championship since – but any step beyond that will have to wait.

Luton, who had two goals disallowed elsewhere in the first half and saw their captain, Tom Lockyer, stretchered off after collapsing, took the lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of Jordan Clark.

Coventry equalised midway through the second half via Gustavo Hamer and the game eventually went to extra time.

Luton thought they had won it minutes before the last whistle, but Joe Taylor’s goal was ruled out for a handball in the process.

It went to penalties and ultimately sudden death, with a miss by Coventry’s Fankaty Dabo proving fatal at the end so that Luton won 6-5.

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