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The last time Newcastle United prepared for a season in the Premier League - it also coincided with a trip to the magnificent Ibrox.
Ally McCoist's testimonial was the occasion and United - already on a high after promotion - continued to give Toon fans reason for optimism with a 2--1 win, Scott Sellars and Andy Cole on the scoresheet.
It was a great time to be a Newcastle fan as the buses left just next to the Farmer's Rest and the old NUFC supporters club, the mood on the old Armstrong Galley coaches was fantastic.
Scunthorpe United were easily the poorest team to play at St James' Park but as one observer pointed out shortly after the resounding victory that isn't Newcastle United's problem.
Indeed, as has been said on several occasions already this season, Newcastle can only beat what's in front of them.
They say in life what goes round comes round and for Scunny they got it back in abundance after their over zealous post-game celebrations back at Glanford Park last October.
On last night's evidence you have to ask how Newcastle managed to lose the first game to start with?!?
No matter the defeat actually worked in Newcastle's favour after they went on a four month unbeaten run.
Well that's the Tyne-Tees ding dong over for what could be at least another season and Newcastle United were probably much, much happier with the point than Middlesbrough by the end.
At times United were poor at the Riverside but they showed they have the ability to dig in and scrape a result when it matters most and more importanly they didn't cave in.
Even a neutral could have sensed that the game meant much more to Boro and in the end it must have felt like a defeat for Gordon Strachan's side.
When Kevin Keegan ranted how he would "love it" if we beat Manchester United to the title, you just got the feeling that Fergie's comments at Old Trafford about teams "trying harder" against his side than against Newcastle had well and truly got under the Messiah's skin.
Now as Newcastle go into their most crucial stretch of matches in the second tier and with West Brom starting to falter it would appear Di Matteo is indeed attempting to give it the Fergie treatment.
Here's is Di Matteo's craic today: "I have been saying for a while now that it is probably going to go down to the last few games."
As Newcastle United continue to mount an impressive tilt at football's second tier title undoubtedly memories of the last time the Mags (for those of us who remember) will start to flood back.
Let's get one thing straight, getting back to the Premier League is the be all and end all of the 2009/10 season for Newcastle, regardless of how they do it.
But while memories start to filter through our minds of the 92/93 season, certainly, the Newcastle United of then and now are very different.
Could you say that the football has been as entertaining as it was 17 years ago - or in the circumstances did it ever really matter?