If a week is a long time in football then a decade equates to pretty much an eternity.
Keith Curle may have been in the headlines this week following the flooding disaster in Cumbria, where he currently manages Carlisle United, but 10 years ago this week he was at the helm of a Chester City side that seemed destined for great things.
Expansive, attacking football had been brought to the Deva Stadium by the ex-Manchester City and England man following his appointment in the summer of 2005 and players such as Ryan Lowe and Ben Davies, both of who went on to play in the Championship, dazzled in League Two for the Blues.
On December 6, 2005, a Stuart Drummond goal proved decisive and earned Chester a 1-0 success at Brisbane Road against the Londoners, lifting the Blues to fourth in League Two and heading into a festive period with a spring in their step and one eye firmly on a promotion charge to League One.
The victory had come just days after Chester booked their place in the third round of the FA Cup following a memorable 3-0 win over former European champions Nottingham Forest.
At Orient Drummond put the Blues 1-0 up on the stroke of half time despite having been on the back foot for much of the opening 45 minutes.
Lowe missed a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 but from there on in it was one of those memorable 'backs to the wall' occasions where a resolute and dogged defensive display allied with some excellent shot stopping from Chester custodian Chris Mackenzie saw the visitors claim the spoils. It was a week to savour for Chester fans.
However, the promotion charge never materialised and Curle's side went on a dismal run of 15 defeats in 17 games, where they won just once. Curle ended up paying for the clubs poor form by being sacked in February 2006, but off the field issues were deemed to have been a contributing factor to the Blues' plummet down the table.
Mark Wright returned to the Chester hotseat and, thanks to Ghanaian striker Derek Asamoah enjoying a career-revitalising loan spell, managed to steer Chester clear of relegation.
Since those heady days a decade ago, Curle has managed Torquay United, Notts County and Carlisle and had a spell as assistant to Neil Warnock at Queens Park Rangers.
As for the Blues, a relegation, liquidation, reformation, three promotions and a relegation reprieve have seen Chester fans experience every emotion possible. Who knows where we'll be in another 10 years.