A day with the legend that is Tino
The last time I saw Faustino Asprilla was a cold wet day on Merseyside sitting in the Park End with Newcastle United's FA Cup hopes seemingly about to go up in smoke.
It was one of those sinking feelings, not only because I was sitting around Evertonians getting increasingly annoyed by my intoxicated mate who seemed to forget we were sat in a home area, but because one of Newcastle's best talents was leaving the field and didn't look like he wanted to play for the Mags anymore.
You couldn't blame him.
Just under two years after he'd been sold the dream by Kevin Keegan of playing in an attacking line-up including David Ginola, Peter Beardsley, Les Ferdinand, Rob Lee and Keith Gillespie and then later Alan Shearer, Tino was playing alongside an out of condition John Barnes, veteran Stuart Pearce and the other legend from that era Des Hamilton.
The dream had suddenly gone flat and Tino's head had been turned by a move back to Parma, the club which Newcastle had paid ÃÂ£6.7million for back in 1996.
For the record, Ian Rush replaced Tino that day, scored and Newcastle went on to lose the cup final.
But they lost a helluva lot more the day Tino left Toon.
When Tino was on form, he was explosive.
Barcelona, Metz, the day he helped destroyed Coventry before being stretchered off like a king to wave to the crowd after a 4-0 win, the two goal blitz against Sheff Wed, his stunning free-kick against Joe Kinnear's Wimbledon, the backflips, the Cryuff turns, the madness - that was Asprilla.
But when he was off form or didn't fancy it or couldn't be bothered, he was flat.
And at Goodison that day he was flat.
Over 11 years on from his last appearance for the Toon, the cult hero was back on Tyneside and happy to show off his skills as he visited friends and handed out written invitations to stars selected to play in his testimonial later this year in his native Colombia.
You might forgive a worldwide jetsetter for forgetting some of things that happened to him while wearing a black and white shirt
OK, you'd remember scoring a treble against Barca and probably remember swinging your Toon shirt round a corner flag before getting booked.
But through Asprilla's unique combination of broken English with a bit of Spanish chucked in, Tino recalls everything.
From being sent to the old Durham training ground on days when he was meant to be at St James's to being sent to St James's when he was meant to be at Durham by jokers John Beresford and Rob Lee hellbent on making him late.
He remembers Julies back in the day on the Quayside.
He recalls being knocked out of bed by Phillippe Albert just an hour before a big game at St James's Park!
And there is even an apology to Joe Kinnear for that free-kick at Selhurst Park!
And after recreating that Cryuff turn at Boro and his goals against Barca, Tino is happy to relive the happy memories.
Unlike many of the overseas stars who have came through St James's at least he has the ability to recall what a great place it is.
After spending a large chunk of the day with Asprilla and pals, now in a bleak season it's the usual feeling of enjoying looking back and then getting hit with the usual wall of depression.
Asprilla, hopes that Newcastle can recapture similar days to the Entertainers, I'd take 25% of that now.
Thanks for bringing back the memories Tino, a true legend.