Picture Gallery: Victorious Minstermen are preparing for ‘massive week’ on and off the pitch

Gary Mills hailed the perfect start to a momentous week in York City’s history as the Minstermen defeated Newport County to lift the FA Trophy at Wembley.

Goals from the ever-reliable Matty Blair and Lanre Oyebanjo earned York their first national cup honours in 90 years.

And it can get even better for the Bootham Crescent club, whose plans for a 6,000-seater stadium at Monks Cross go before the city council’s planning board on Thursday.

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Three days later, they are back under the arch for the Blue Square Bet Premier League play-off final against Luton Town.

Victory in that game would see them end their eight-year exile from the Football League.

“It’s a massive week for the football club,” said Mills.

“I just hope the Trophy win is the start of many good things to come for York.

“It’s a fantastic club, it’s a fantastic city, lovely people, and we’ve worked very hard.

“Stadium-wise it’s not just about people coming through the turnstiles, you need more than that to progress and to survive.

“Today starts the week superbly well for us with the decision to come on Thursday and the big game to follow on Sunday.”

This was York’s third visit to the new Wembley but only their first win, following defeats in the 2009 FA Trophy final and the play-off final 12 months later.

With the proverbial monkey off their back, Mills believes the confident Minstermen can complete an unprecedented double on Sunday.

“Of course a day like today gives you confidence,” said Mills.

“It’s a fantastic feeling, the players have seen what it’s like to win at Wembley and they want to taste it again.

“We’ve always been confident, we’re on a fantastic run, it’s half-a-dozen games since we’ve been beaten.

“I’ve witnessed it as a player, winning and losing here, and the York supporters have witnessed losing twice so it’s even sweeter for them. They’re going to be going home smiling.

“We’ll enjoy the Trophy success, I’ll have a few drinks with the lads and we’ll enjoy ourselves and then it’ll be back to work on Tuesday.

“It feels great, and we’ll enjoy every moment tonight.

“We have an excellent opportunity next week and the celebrations will be greater than this if we do it.”

Mills has been fortunate to enjoy the highest of highs during his playing days, as a teenage member of the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup in 1980.

But having tasted success for the first time in his managerial career, the man who succeeded Martin Foyle 18 months ago, said: “It’s the tops for me as a manager.

“We were 30 seconds from being knocked out in the first game and now we’re lifting the FA Trophy.

“My players deserve it, they’ve worked hard for me.

“The ultimate aim, though, is to get out of this league.”

The focus on doing that in Sunday’s play-off final against Luton Town will begin tomorrow when York’s players return to training.