"It would be an amazing feeling": Harrogate Town get ready for historic play-off final

"It would be an amazing feeling": Harrogate Town get ready for historic play-off final

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:01am 31st July 2020. (Updated at 4:27pm 1st August 2020)

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Harrogate Town are getting ready for the biggest match in their history this weekend. 

  • They face Notts County in the National League play-off final
  • Kick-off is at 3pm on Sunday at Wembley 
  • If promoted, it'll be the club's first time in the English Football League 
  • Stray FM has been speaking to Harrogate Town's manager and players before the huge game 

Town will travel down to Wembley to face Notts County in the National League play-off final on Sunday afternoon. 

It's the club's first time at Wembley and if promoted, it will also be the club's first time in the English Football League. 

Town overcame Boreham Wood 1-0 in the semi-final at the CNG Stadium on Saturday, thanks to a 64th minute header from Jack Muldoon.

Stray FM has been speaking to Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver who, after being at the club for 11 years, says winning would be an "amazing feeling". 

He said: 

"It would mean a great deal to me and a lot of other people who've put in many hours of work to try and get us into the national league and be competitive. 

"To take the next step would be just an amazing feeling." 

You can hear our full interview with Simon Weaver below: 

The players are also getting ready for what will be for some, the biggest game of their careers so far. 

Captain Josh Falkingham helped Dunfermline Athletic gain promotion to the Scottish Championship, but he says winning at Wembley will be his greatest achievement. 

He said: 

"I think this would top the lot, especially with it being at Wembley. From where the club's come from when I started to where it is now. I know it's not back to back, but it would be two promotions in three years which feels like back-to-back promotions.

"I know there'll be a lot of talk about Notts County and the size of the club, but from our side we're full of confidence and we're happy.

"We're happy for everybody to talk about Notts county and all the pressure be on them, because we've got a lot of belief in our camp." 

Town goalkeeper James Belshaw was part of the academy at Notts County. His family still support the Magpies and his Dad has had a season ticket for over 50 years. 

He's been explaining how he's feeling ahead of Sunday - you can hear the interview below: 

The match kicks off at 3pm on Sunday. 

It will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, but will be shown live on BT Sport.

Harrogate Town had planned to screen the match on a big screen at the CNG Stadium, with a limited number of tickets available to fans. However, this event has been cancelled following the latest advice from public health officials.