Fourteen years ago — in 2009 — Luton Town Football Club were relegated from the English Football League Division Two and spent five years playing “non-league football” before winning the Conference League in 2014 and gaining promotion back to the English Football League.
In 2018, they were promoted to Division 1 and finished top of the table to be promoted to the Championship in 2019.
Four years in the Championship saw them finish 19th, 12th, 6th and 3rd — earning them a place in the play-offs which saw them beat Sunderland to reach the play-off final against Coventry City at Wembley Stadium this Saturday 27th May.
We have strong links with our town’s football club. One of the club’s administration team is our school’s Vice Chair of Governors. Luton Town catering staff supported numerous St Matthew’s families with delicious and nutritious food deliveries during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
So we are proud of the achievements of the team during the past few years and the whole school* will be willing them to clear that final hurdle with a win over Coventry City and win promotion to the Premier League, which would see them playing week in, week out next season against teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
You can watch the match on Sky Sports on Saturday, kick-off at 4.45pm. It is also being shown on a large video screen in Wardown Park. Look out for familiar faces in the crowd — many of our school staff have tickets to attend the final.
Let us know in the comments below if you are going to the match.
Also use the comments box to send your own good luck messages to the Luton Town players.
* We are not aware of any allegiances to Coventry City among our school community, but in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play, we send our best wishes (but not too much luck!) to the opposing team.