Simon Weaver reckons a pep talk from Gareth Southgate will inspire Harrogate Town to go all the way to the Football League.

The Yorkshire minnows will get the chance to create history today when they face Notts County in the Conference play-off final at Wembley.

The club was languishing in the depths of the sixth tier of English football when Weaver took charge in 2009 - but barely a decade later now find themselves on the brink of League Two for the first time ever.

Weaver's name will be cemented into Harrogate folklore if he can lead them to the promised land and raise the profile of a club which just happens to be owned by his dad, property magnate Irvine Weaver.

Promotion would put Harrogate on the sporting map and make it famous for something other than Betty's Tea Rooms, quaint streets, historic houses and the Turkish Baths.

Simon Weaver is hoping to lead Harrogate to the Football League

But Weaver will never be the most famous manager in the spa town. That accolade belongs to England boss Southgate, who is a friend of Weaver's and visited the club before their semi-final win over Boreham Wood to speak to his squad.

Weaver admits the inspirational visit has left his stars 'floating on air' and riding the crest of a wave he hopes will take them to promotion.

He said: "I dropped Gareth a line on the off chance he would be free and could come down and surprise the lads with a chat.

"He was brilliant to be fair. Not all high and mighty. It helped break up the week. We've been progressing well, but I thought it would be something from the norm.

Gareth Southgate was watching from the stands at Wembley as Arsenal's English bench made an impact
Gareth Southgate's words could make a difference for Harrogate
Harrogate Town are heading to Wembley for the play-off final

"He's not big time. He answered some questions and it gave the lads a real lift. He spoke about being nervous and vulnerable and said it was ok to feel like this.

"He texted me after the win to say 'great result', but you can only go so far when it comes to cheeky requests! But he's given the lads so much incentive to do well.

"Since then and beating Boreham Wood, they've all been floating on air. We've been given this wonderful opportunity and the players all seem focused. There are nerves, but like Gareth said, it's good to have that. Everyone is running on adrenaline."

Harrogate Town are bidding for a place in the Football League

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Winning promotion would be worth up to £1m to the club and Weaver is relishing the chance to hit the jackpot. The team travelled to London together yesterday before training in the capital and he added:

"It would be historic if we won. We would break the ceiling. It would be amazing. Everyone has worked so hard to make it this far and get the club to where it is.

"My dad is thrilled. He's done so much for the club and this would be the ultimate reward. We understand our place in football - and have earned the right to be in the discussion."