The floodlights were on and the stage couldn't have been more fittingly set for Preston North End's third round cup tie against Liverpool in January 2009.
Two proud English football clubs met for the first time in 47 years, as Alan Irvine and Rafael Benitez shared the touchline under the Lancashire night sky.
North End came into the game on the back of some positive results; one of those a dramatic one-nil home win over promotion chasing Birmingham City.
Jon Parkin was the hero that night at Deepdale but the big-man wasn't to be quite as smart in the box against the Premier League heavyweights.
Both sides went strong for the tie, with Richard Chaplow and Paul McKenna going up against a half-decent midfield partnership of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.
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Albert Riera only scored five goals in a Liverpool shirt but based on his strike against PNE inside 25 minutes, the Spaniard should've perhaps bettered that return.
If anyone can appreciate a strike of quality with a left-foot then it's Ross Wallace and he had a perfect view of Riera's opener on the night.
Andy Lonergan did his best to keep it out but, after shaping inside from the right, the Reds' winger sent a rocket into the roof of the net in front of the Alan Kelly Town End.
For the rest of the encounter, atmosphere did not suffer thanks to the 5,500 travelling fans and sold-out home stands.
PNE didn't create too many chances but their fight, determination - and some heroics from Lonergan to keep out Robbie Keane and Gerrard - almost paid off.
But, as Sean St Ledger headed home from Chaplow's cross to the back post, and Deepdale for a moment erupted, the linesman's flag in front of the Sir Tom Finney stand cut celebrations short.
North End got a taste of what like could be like on the big stage for those magical brief seconds.
Off-the-ball though, Parkin had needlessly wrestled Jamie Carragher to the ground, on the goal line, in order to prevent the defender from getting up and defending the box.
It was pre-VAR days, but stealth was never really Parkin's game and the match officials weren't to be fooled.
Fernando Torres then entered the fray to an incredible reception from the away end and El Nino repaid that love in injury time.
Gerrard and Torres broke in the final minute and with just Lonergan standing in their way, it was rolled across, on a plate for the Spain international to tap home in front of a sea of red.
Irvine's men couldn't cause an upset that night but the Lilywhites will meet the red-half of Merseyside once again on Wednesday evening.
It'll be just the second competitive meeting since 1962.
And this time, arguably against the best side in the world right now.
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