Cheering Luton hero sends Tom Lockyer a hilarious message after a scary on-pitch meltdown as the stars prepare for a wild party

LUTON hero Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu sent an incredible message to team-mate Tom Lockyer after the defender witnessed promotion success in hospital following his horrific collapse at Wembley Stadium.

Lockyer was given oxygen early in the Championship play-off final win over Coventry before being transported away.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu wants Lockyer to attend Luton's big promotion party


Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu wants Lockyer to attend Luton’s big promotion partyCredit: Alamy
Tom Lockyer was doing well enough to celebrate Luton's delight in a penalty shoot-out defeat of Coventry in the play-off final on their Premier League return


Tom Lockyer was doing well enough to celebrate Luton’s delight in a penalty shoot-out defeat of Coventry in the play-off final on their Premier League returnPhoto credit: INSTAGRAM

His parents were with him in the hospital room at Wembley Stadium – and his family later surrounded him in hospital to celebrate the joy of the shooting.

Lockyer’s recovery followed initial fears from fans and players a few hours earlier as paramedics from both teams treated him on the field.

And the 28-year-old’s improvement sparked relief from his squad as well as a cheeky demand from Mpanzu as Luton secured a Premier League return.

The midfielder joked: “Get out of your hospital bed and join us at the party.”

Mpanzu, 29, arguably has more to celebrate than anyone as the Hatters launch a huge knee-up contest.

Saturday’s triumph makes him the first player ever to be promoted from a non-league to the Premier League with the same club – a feat accomplished in 10 years.

But his first thoughts were of his pal as he said, “This is 100 percent (Lockyer) dedicated.”

“He’s been a warrior all season. It was hard for him to go down so early. We won it for him, we all hope he’s ok.”


Lockyer’s father reassured him about the Welshman’s condition.

Along with a snap of the family rejoicing at his hospital bed, he posted: “Tom’s dad is here. Tom is fine. Very happy but so sad that he can’t be there with his teammates. Here is the moment….”

Fans across the country were over the moon to hear that.

One wrote: “God Tom is alright! Was a worrying moment. Get well soon.”

One Aston Villa fan wrote: “I’m so happy he’s doing well. All the best and I hope he gets well soon. I look forward to seeing him play at Villa Park.”

And amidst the flood of similar congratulations was this one: “Happy birthday to Luton and to Tom.”

“Brilliant player for us at Charlton. I’m delighted he’s coming to the Premier League with Luton.”

“I hope he and your family are doing well. I wish him a speedy recovery.”


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