Luton Town boss John Still wants promotion for fans

Luton Town boss John Still has said he hopes to help supporters overcome a sense of injustice by taking the club back to the Football League.

The Hatters, top of the Conference Premier, were relegated five years ago after a 30-point deduction.

Hatters Ups and Downs

  • 1992: Relegation from the old Division One to end 10 years of top-flight football
  • 1996: Relegated to the third tier
  • 2000: Relegated to the bottom division of the Football League for the first time in 32 years
  • 2001: Instantly promoted at first attempt
  • 2005: Promoted to the Championship as League One champions
  • 2007: Relegated to League One amid financial chaos at Kenilworth Road
  • 2008: Club acquired by the Luton 2020 consortium but relegated to League Two
  • 2009: Hindered by a 30-point deduction, Luton are relegated to the Conference, ending their 89-year status as a Football League side

"I want to do everything I can to give them back something they think was taken away unfairly," said Still.

"I know the passion of these people. I know how they felt. If I can do it, I'll be very proud."

Luton's demise from League Two came in 2009 when they were deducted 10 points by the Football Association for paying agents through a third party and a further 20 points by the Football League for continued insolvency problems.

It was a third relegation in as many seasons for the Kenilworth Road club and a section of Hatters supporters still retain a bitterness towards the football authorities, believing that similar offences since have not been met with the same punishment.

But Luton are 15 points clear of nearest rivals Cambridge United following the 1-1 draw between the sides on Tuesday, making automatic promotion a near inevitability.

"I'm a funny sort. I don't get carried away. I never get too high and I never get too low," Still told BBC Sport.

"If you allow yourself to be one or the other it's not always right for you.

"We still have to go and get points to win this league but I think we've shown for most of this season that we have the attributes to do that. We just have to keep performing to do that."