“Promotion put smiles on people’s faces”

Luton Town supporters celebrate winning promotion

Luton Town supporters celebrate winning promotion

Joe Nelson, BBC Sport

When Coventry City’s Vankate Dabo fired his penalty over the bar in the 2022-23 Championship play-off final, euphoria filled the Wembley half.

Luton Town It ended its 31-year wait to become a Premier League club, completing its journey from non-league to the First Division.

Just one block away from fellow Luton legend Mick Harford, former Hatters midfielder Alan West cuddled up with his son Josh.

Lawton is back just in time.

Almost 50 years after it was exchanged burnley For Bedfordshire, who remained involved with the club when they were relegated from the Football League in 2009, West has witnessed the club’s once-remarkable rise.

“I was [Luton’s] “He was chaplain during that very difficult period when they went down and went to the conference,” he explained. Then now, of course, [they have got] All the way back up. It’s an absolutely amazing story and journey.

“Getting promoted put a smile on people’s faces. People weren’t interested in football.

“Luton have a lot of bad press, but now they have some good press. And that’s all about the football club.

“There has been great spirit and attitude in the town these past few weeks, all the way from the local council to the schools to the children. Everyone is really excited.”

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