VAUXHALL MOTORS are back on the road into FA Cup giant-killing territory this weekend with memories still burning bright of the adventure that drove the social club team into the glare of national publicity.
The Motormen's part-time players, who famously humiliated second division QPR in a first round replay in November 2002, have another league scalp in their sights at Bury on Saturday.
This time the League Two opposition and the venue, Gigg Lane, are a little less grand than the London hosts who were surprised by the resilience and enterprise of Vauxhall's performance at Loftus Road two years ago.
Bury though will be forewarned and fully briefed about the kind of scrap they will be facing from the team from the Nationwide Conference North.
Manager Graham Barrow under-stands precisely the mindset of non-league footballers when the chance arrives to take on league opponents face-to-face.
Barrow was in that position on many occasions during the early part of his playing career with non-League Southport and Altrincham. "I loved those games," recalled Barrow. And he enjoyed a good number of successes, particularly at Altrincham who saw off Crewe, Rotherham and Scunthorpe during his time as a hard-tackling young midfielder.
Barrow said: "The biggest motivating factor is that most of the players in our team had been at league clubs and were released. We all wanted to prove people were wrong."
The most memorable of Barrow's cup exploits as a non-league footballer was in Altrincham's 1980/81 campaign. A second round tie against Scunthorpe had gone to a replay when the third round draw gave the winners an away tie with League champions Liverpool.
Barrow recalled: "I was 22 and full of myself. Altrincham had just won the Conference. I remember the replay with Scunthorpe. There was so much at stake that neither side played well but there was only going to be one winner and that was us by the only goal.
"We went to Anfield and gave a good account of ourselves losing 4-1, but we were not thrashed. That Liverpool team was a bit special, including Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen. They won the European Cup and the League Cup that season."
The Anfield experience was probably a once in a lifetime highlight for Barrow who became a League player with Wigan Athletic. He began a career in management at Chester City a dozen years ago and has rarely been out of work since.
All of that experience tells Barrow he will have to choose the words for his team talk on Saturday more carefully that Motors manager Owen Brown. He said: "I have to make sure our boys understand what they will be up against but I don't want to frighten them to death."
Barrow began making checks on the Motormen last Tuesday and is familiar with Brown's squad.
Darren Wright was a member of the Chester City playing staff when Barrow returned to the Deva Stadium for a brief second spell as manager in 2000.
He looked at Terry Fearns as a possible transfer target last season, has a healthy respect for Phil Brazier and says of striker Peter Cumiskey: "He can score goals in any company."
Two years ago QPR believed they had survived the greatest danger taking a goalless draw from the first game at the Deva Stadium. But in the replay on their own West London ground they were taken to a penalty shoot-out which Motors won 4-3 with goalkeeper Andy Ralph emerging as the hero of the night.
Motors' second round tie at Macclesfield was broadcast live on satellite televison. They lost 2-0 but the revenue generated enabled them to improve facilities at Rivacre Park and enhanced prospects of becoming a fully-fledged Conference club.
Barrow reckons these memories will help the Motormen this time. "They know what it is like to see themselves on the back pages of newspapers and on television.
"That incentive is still a couple of games down the line for us. We are not going to get a standing ovation if we beat Vauxhalls.
"It's a job we have to do. The trick will be to try and keep our build-up as normal as possible. If we don't get through, it won't be for the want of keeping people's feet on the floor."