What started as a nightmare for the Hatters has turned into a dream, no-one could have predicted the events that followed.

Back in 2008 The FA handed the club a 10-point deduction and a £50,000 fine for the Luton owners breaking agent regulations, while a 20-point deduction was given by the Football League for Luton ending administration without the permission of HM Revenue & Customs through an Company Voluntary Agreement. This decision essentially relegated Luton from the Football League – even before a ball had been kicked in the season.

The decade of turmoil left a club in ruins and on the brink of exiting the Football League. By the time Luton started the new 2008/09 season, they only had six professionals and Despite an enormous effort to survive, The Hatters were relegated and became a forgotten club to the professional football elite. However, there was some joy as the club won the Football League Trophy – defeating League One side Scunthorpe United 3-2 A.E.T.

Consecutive play-off final defeats to AFC Wimbledon and York City meant Luton remained in Non-League for yet another season. Luton’s redemption tale began on 26th January 2013 when they became the first non-league side to defeat a Premier League outfit – winning 1-0 away at Norwich City. The next season they won the Conference with a blistering 101 points and 102 goals under the management of John Still.

What followed was steady progress in League Two – 8th and 11th place finishes was followed by a 4th place finish under Nathan Jones with a Playoff semi-final defeat to Blackpool ending their season early. However, in 2017-18 the club would go on and finish 2nd gaining promotion back to League One.

After a promotion in 2019 – winning the League One title this means they have finally returned to the Championship. It’s the first time they will be in the second division since 2006 – when the financial troubles surrounding the club fell in on them and set Luton on a downward fall into non-league

Luton Town are back in the Championship and their first season back was under the management of Graeme Jones – renowned for being the no2 to Roberto Martinez was thrown into his first management role. However, it wasn’t going to plan and when the season was put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic Jones was subsequently sacked and replaced with former manager Nathan Jones – who had a fairytale return to the club. Jones managed to keep Luton up for a second season in the Championship.

Fast forward to the current season and Luton are established as a mid-table team and pushing on for a top half finish in the league under Jones. Having already secured a third consecutive season in the Championship and with the possibility of fans back for next season can Luton push on and aim even higher next season?

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