Luton Town's 89-year stay in the Football League came to an end on Monday when they were relegated from League Two. A 0-0 draw with Chesterfield condemned Luton to the drop, although they have been fighting a losing battle all season after starting with a 30-point penalty for financial infringements. Without the deduction Luton, a top-flight team in the 1980s and the 1988 League Cup winners when they beat Arsenal at Wembley, would have been safe in mid-table. "It was always going to be difficult in terms of where we were with penalty points," manager Mick Harford told the club's website. "It is the past incumbents of this club who are to blame. I said to the players in the dressing roon, look at the clock, remember this time, five to five on April 13, it is the rebirth of Luton Town FC. "We've never been in this position before but hopefully we'll bounce straight back," added former Luton striker Harford. Luton will now play in the Conference National, a mixture of full-time and semi-professional clubs.
13 April 2009
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