United a world away from last visit to Planet Reebok
Remember the last time Newcastle United visited the Reebok Stadium?
I do, and my word was it painful.
With the Magpies in total disarray and then boss Joe Kinnear on his sick bed after heart problems, the realisation that Newcastle could be relegated was beginning to kick in.
Chris Hughton was in charge as caretaker boss but cut a much more guarded figure during a nightmare season that had already resulted in three reshuffles - with one more to come - in the managerial hotseat.
With Newcastle struggling to find a goal for love nor money, United slumped to a 1-0 defeat.
Some sections of the United fans chanted "You don't know what you're doing" at Hughton but in this season's return to the Reebok, there is every chance they'll be chanting his name in unison.
To be fair to the disgruntled Toon fans that day they had a valid point.
With the likes of Geremi, Oba Martins and Nicky Butt barely breaking into a sweat against Bolton it was always going to be an uphill task - and this was painfully summed up when Mark Viduka was asked to stop talking to a Bolton fan in order to enter the field and try to somehow find an equaliser.
Before the game in an interview on TV I'd claimed that Newcastle were in trouble and it pained me to say it.
After the Setanta reporter Darrell Currie had asked me to scan down the fixture list and give a verdict, if we didn't beat Bolton we'd struggle to find a win in the next seven games with the likes of Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal all on the schedule.
TV pundit Steve McManaman had mocked such a negative response but then Macca hadn't been watching Newcastle all season and struggle to even get the simple things right.
I was wrong.
We didn't win for another 10!
By which time with Alan Shearer in caretaker charge beating Boro 3-1 left us with two games to go and we all know what happened next.
Relegation had been mooted by some as early as November in the 2008/09 season.
But I think that day at Bolton it became obivious the team were heading the wrong direction.
That's why no matter what happens at Bolton the journey back from the North-West this time surely can't be any worse.