When Newcastle United walk out onto the Old Trafford pitch today (Saturday) it will be exactly 130 Years since the Club's very first fixture.
Following the foundation of the now-celebrated Tynesiders during November 1881 at the annual meeting of the Stanley Cricket Club, the new football club, Stanley FC, quickly organised their very first match under the relatively new 'association code' rules.
Stanley, situated in the St. Peter's area alongside the River Tyne in South Byker, entertained the wonderfully named Elswick Leather Works Second XI on 26th November, 1881.
The future Newcastle United won their first fixture on a rough patch of grass comfortably enough, 5-0, all in front of a handful of enthusiasts of the new club.
Stanley soon changed their name to Newcastle East End (in 1882), ultimately becoming Newcastle United in December 1892.
Football is all a bit different 130 years later. The surroundings the modern Newcastle United will face on 26th November, 2011, in front of a 70,000-plus crowd at Old Trafford show quite clearly how the national sport has developed in a century and more.
The Club's official 130th Anniversary book, 'Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record' is now available at all Official Club Stores and by mail order at www.nufc.co.uk