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Luton Town chairman Nick Owen "exploding with pride" as Hatters seal promotion to the Football League

Luton Town will be playing in League Two next season. Photo: PA

At the Luton Town club shop today there was no shortage of supporters snapping up shirts in celebration of the clubs promotion to the Football League.

With promotion rivals Cambridge United unexpectedly losing at the hands of Kidderminster Harriers last night, The Hatters are back in the big time thanks to a ten point cushion with just three games left to play.

There was no shortage of supporters snapping up shirts in the club shop today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been quite a journey to get to this point though.

In 2009, Luton were relegated to the Conference for the first time in their history after being deducted 30 points for a series of financial irregularities.

More heartbreak followed as they twice missed out on promotion through the play-offs in 2011 and 2012 with defeats to AFC Wimbledon and York City in successive finals denying them a quickfire return to League Two.

Luton Town had to watch on as AFC Wimbledon, and then York City (above), gained promotion at their expense. Credit: PA

Unforgettable moments in the FA Cup, including a historic win over Premier League Norwich City, helped to offer glimpses of elation in what was undeniably a dark period for the club.

Scott Rendell celebrates scoring against Premier League Norwich City in the FA Cup. Credit: PA

Despite the highs and lows, the one constant has been Luton's loyal support with the Hatters averaging over 7,000 this season - a figure that all but two clubs in League Two can't match.

Like the fans, chairman Nick Owen has seen it all during his time at Kenilworth Road but he rates this promotion as one of the best.

Click below to watch an interview Luton Town chairman Nick Owen

"We've made it and I'm so proud.

I've always been proud to be associated with Luton Town Football Club through ups and downs over 56 years, but my pride at the moment is absolutely exploding."

– Nick Owen, Luton Town chairman

Attention will now turn to August and the return of league football to the town.

With the momentum of a promotion behind them, Luton's stay in League Two could be just as brief as last time.

This time though, they'll be hoping it's in the opposite direction.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey