Spennymoor Town’s Managing Director, Tony Wilson, has urged the North East to get behind the club ahead of tonight’s play-off clash with Bradford (Park Avenue).
Speaking to Matthew Jones on the BBC Tees Sport: Extra show on Tuesday evening, Wilson said: “This is not just Spennymoor Town. This is the North East putting ourselves on the map.
“We have proven on countless occasions that we are a good footballing side, and from a community engagement point of view we are second to none.
“It isn’t just about football. It’s about the community, our ethics and our ethos. Spennymoor Football Club really represents what we stand for in the North East.
“In my opinion this is the biggest game in the club’s history. Wembley in 2013 was obviously a huge weekend and the play-off final against Stourbrige was a fantastic day.
“But this is without a doubt the biggest game in the club’s history.
“At the beginning of the season we looked at some of the teams in this division; Stockport County, York City, Chester, Hereford. A lot of teams are full time in this league and have played at a higher level.
“When we look at our history six or seven years ago we were playing the likes of Peterlee, Newton Aycliffe and Horden with no disrespect. They are good clubs, but the jump in quality of opposition is incredible.
“The objective at the beginning of the season was to see if we could better last year’s performance. We were devastated when Bradford scored in the 94th minute and we missed out on goal difference.
“The management team, players and supporters have shown great character to dust themselves down and go again. We have gone again, and here we are in the play-offs.
“We have seen some absolutely unbelievable games of football, and the standard of many teams in this league has been top drawer.
“We have played some fantastic football, and to get those levels of performances on a consistent basis is very difficult. The amount of points we have amassed shows the character and quality of the team.
“If you look at the five year projection of many clubs, there are not many teams that have come anywhere close to what we have achieved.
“Are we ready to go up? Yes, we are ready. Will we manage ourselves financially? Yes, the financial plans are in place to manage at the next level.”