AFC Wimbledon's meeting with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday is an indication how of fast fortunes can change in football.
On February 12 2008, the Dons claimed a 2-0 victory at Horsham in the Isthmian League Premier Division on their way to their third promotion in six years, this time via the play-offs.
Just two days later, the Trotters claimed a famous 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Cup last-32 first leg. The Spanish side had Sergio Aguero sent off for spitting moments before El Hadji Diouf scored what turned out to be the tie winner.
Now, eight years on, they meet in the league for the first time since AFC Wimbledon were formed in 2002 with the Dons remarkable story continuing.
Defender Paul Robinson said: “It shows you how far you can come and the journey this club has been on.”
The game with Bolton will have been one Dons fans will have been looking forward to, given their Premier League pedigree and it marks a perfect opportunity to stun the recently relegated Trotters.
While Dons fans have mixed interests in their games against MK Dons, some will be excited to take them on in the league while others would prefer they didn't exist altogether, but the eyes of English football will be desperate to see those contests with Robinson looking forward to that challenge.
He added: “I've loved playing in derbies over the years and they're great to play in. I'm looking forward to the Millwall games more. You've got Coventry, Bolton, Charlton. We're looking forward to take them on.”
Robinson, a Millwall legend, has already penned Tuesday November 22 into his diary as the day he returns to The Den.
He said: “I can't wait. It'll be great. The fact I can play at The Den will be fantastic. I've got great memories. I'll probably have to remember which dressing room to go in.”