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Bogie says York promotion hurt

Gateshead boss Ian Bogie says it hurt to see northern rivals York City win promotion to the Football League.

The Heed beat the Minstermen on both occasions last season. But they still finished below York, who went on to be promoted via the playoffs last weekend.

Bogie said: "It's hurts because we played York City twice last season and beat them twice, and we're seeing them be triumphant at Wembley on Sunday. But It was well deserved.

"They're a smashing club, and they play the game the right way, and I was delighted that they got promoted."

Due to York's promotion and Darlington's relegation, Gateshead's closest rivals in the Blue Square Bet Premier are now Barrow.

Bogie added: "It's a bit of a chore for us because we've lost our local game in terms of revenue through the gates and support."

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Mills: 'Promotion is everything'

York City boss Gary Mills says winning promotion to the Football League would mean everything to the club.

The Minstermen travel to Wembley to take on Luton Town in this Sunday's Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final.

If York win, they would be back in the Football League for the first time since 2004. It would also see the club claim a Wembley double this season after last weekend's FA Trophy victory over Newport.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mills said: "[Promotion is] Everything. Absolutely everything."

"It's an opportunity for all us to get York City back in the Football League, and instead of saying 'We're in the conference' saying, 'We're a Football League club' again."

"Big day for us. But I'm sure we can do it."