Luton chairman Nick Owen basks in special FA Cup win against Norwich

Luton Town chairman Nick Owen. Photo: PA

Luton Town chairman Nick Owen tonight said the Hatters' stunning FA Cup win at Norwich was a "very, very special moment" for the club.

The two clubs were rivals in the top tier of English football for several seasons before Luton dropped out of the elite in 1992, just prior to the launch of the Premier League.

Luton have since plummeted out of the Football League and into the Blue Square Premier, while Norwich, after a run of seasons in the Championship and League One, have been back at the highest level for the past 18 months.

Former ITV presenter Owen was not at Carrow Road for the famous 1-0 victory, secured by a late Scott Rendell strike, as he was holidaying on a cruise ship.

But he still savoured the sweet success, all the more welcome due to Luton's recent strife which was sparked by financial difficulties at the club and saw them sink at an alarming rate.

"We had three consecutive relegations, we were docked 40 points in a season and a half, and we've had a very difficult time," Owen told Sky Sports.

"We came so close to getting back. We got beaten on penalties in a play-off final, lost another to an offside goal.

"Days like this really do mean an awful lot to the football club and the fans.

"I'm so proud of everyone in the team. Whatever happens in the next round this was a very, very special moment.

"We have to carpe diem - enjoy the moment."

The mood of the Luton board contrasted with the spirits of the Norwich directors.

Norwich chief executive David McNally wrote on Twitter: "Like all fans, I am embarrassed and hurt this evening."