TOWN headed for Cardiff today with manager Peter Jackson vowing: "I've never wanted to win this much!"
The McAlpine chief left early this afternoon with his 20-man squad to prepare for the Third Division play-off final against Mansfield at the Millennium Stadium on Monday (3.00).
A total of 21,300 fans will be there in support - they will cheer a 20ft caricature of Jacko on the pitch beforehand - and the manager wants them to totally out-shout Mansfield's 13,000 following.
It will be the biggest occasion of Jackson's career and also for many of his players, who are on standard contracted bonuses for going up.
Owner Ken Davy will be happy to pay if Town get promotion, and to hand over a third of any profits (mandatory) to the PFA to help settle the outstanding debts from administration.
Jackson's only focus, however, is on the battle with Keith Curle's side and, before training today, he said:
"I don't think I've ever wanted to win this much.
"This is a massive game for everyone connected with the club and, having come as far as we have over the past 10 months, it would be a truly wonderful achievement to win promotion on the biggest stage on Monday.
"Everybody is fit, which is a major boost to us, I'm extremely happy with how the players have prepared and they are all looking keen, sharp and committed, so let's go for the jugular.
"It is important the fans make the most of their day and get right behind the team from start to finish, and with their help we'll do it.
"We have to get right at Mansfield from the off and, if we do that, set our sights on keeping a clean sheet and battle for everything, I know we have the firepower to win."
Pawel Abbott is looking favourite to partner Andy Booth up front, although Jackson plans to tell players individually over the weekend whether they are involved in the final 16 for the game or not.
"It will be disappointing for some lads, I know that, but it's part of my job and I can only pick 11," said Jackson
EXAMINER Travel still have places available on their day trip to Cardiff on Monday.
Coaches leave the bus station at 6.30am and seats at £29.50 must be booked on 01484-437722.