Harrogate Town aiming to tap into support shown during open-top bus parade

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver is confident that the club can “harness” the outpouring of support demonstrated by the local community during Saturday’s promotion celebrations.

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 5:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 5:58 pm
Simon and Irving Weaver with the National League play-off final winners' trophy. Pictures: Gerard Binks

Hundreds of fans lined the streets as the National League play-off winners embarked upon an open-top bus parade around Harrogate.

And with such a sizeable turn-out of well-wishers revelling in the glory of a first-ever promotion to the Football League, Weaver expects to see greater numbers through the turnstiles in 2020/21.

“We’ve got to try and harness it and engage as many of those people who turned out and see if we can get them into the stadium,” he said.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Harrogate to salute Town's promotion-winners. Picture: Steve Riding

“It’s more than just a hope. I think that we can do it and as a club we are working hard on plans for how we can tap into what we saw on Saturday.

“What we’ve done seems to have captured the imagination of the local community. There’s a real enthusiasm and a feel-good factor about the club and about the town.

“If we could get the crowd up to nearer 3,000 then that would really show the knock-on effect of promotion and how much it means to Harrogate.”