Luton Town: Newly-Promoted Team's Manager in Tears After His Captain Collapsed on Pitch

Luton Town: Newly-Promoted Team's Manager in Tears After His Captain Collapsed on Pitch

Rene Otinga
May 28, 2023 at 6:31 AM
  • Luton Town skipper Tom Lockyer collapsed in the first half on Saturday during the playoff final
  • Lockyer had to be stretchered off in front of worried supporters at Wembley
  • His manager Rob Edwards broke down in tears while discussing his skipper in the post-match interview as Luton gained promotion to the Premier League

Luton town manager Rob Edwards was an emotional figure as he spoke about his team’s captain, moments after the club secured promotion to the Premier League.

Tom Lockyer left fans at Wembley distraught after appearing to collapse in the first half, and he had to be taken off on a stretcher.

Despite uncertainty over their captain’s condition, Luton town held their own, winning on penalties and securing Premier League football for next season.

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Tom Lockyer is stretched off the pitch after an injury during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Coventry City and Luton Town at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2023 in London, England. .Photo by Joe Prior
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After the game, Edwards faced the media as expected and could not hold back his emotions as he spoke about Lockyer.

The manager was particularly overwhelmed by emotions once he was shown images from social media of his captain celebrating the team's promotion.

Remarkably, Lockyer was responsive and looked quite ecstatic in the pictures

"I can't speak highly enough of him, really pleased he is okay. He told Sky Sports.
"He has been immense for us this season and health is the most important thing, more important than football and this.
"I don't care right now until he is alright, I think a few of the lads have spoken to him and that is really good.
"That is where my head is at right now."

There was a nice touch when Lockyer collapsed as medics from both teams went over to aid the centre back.

After receiving oxygen on the pitch, Lockyer was stretchered off the pitch and was soon joined by his parents, as reported on The Sun.

His father Steven Lockyer was the one who shared the social media update that the chap was doing well after tests in hospital.

How the game went

As far as the game went, Coventry were no easy opponents for Luton, but the Hatters took the lead in the 23r minute through Jordan Clark, but were pegged back by Gustavo Hamer’s effort in the second half which forced the game into extra time.

On penalties, both teams were flawless until Coventry's Fankaty Dabo blasted his effort over to send Luton fans into delirium.

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