A trip to the McCain Stadium inspired Scarborough Athletic's new signing Callum Terrell to make his first tentative steps into the game of football.
And the 20-year-old frontman is hoping to repay the town and its fans for that day out by hitting the goal trail in the Evo-Stik North this season.
Terrell was just three when he watched the likes of Steve Brodie, Darren Roberts, Lee Sinnott and Simon Betts putting Hayes to the sword in a 4-1 home victory back in September of 1999.
Since then, football has taken over his life, with stops at Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Wrexham leading him back in a loop to Scarborough.
"My first-ever football game was at the McCain Stadium. I was very young, but I can remember really enjoying the experience," he said.
"I was given a signed football and a signed shirt, which was obviously great for a little lad.
"I've always been around football. I started at Barnsley from the age of five, moved to Doncaster at 10, and then after moving through the scholarship scheme there, I spent four years at Wrexham."
Terrell did have the opportunity to stay on at Wrexham, but the pull of first-team football and the salesmanship of Boro boss Steve Kittrick made up his mind.
He added: "I had the chance to stay on at Wrexham, but going to Scarborough gives me more of a path to show off what I can do.
"I want to be playing games and I want to be scoring goals.
"When I was in my last year at Donny I scored 19 in 21 games and I scored 10 in four games at the start of last season.
"I made a couple of loan moves, but I wasn't given the chance. I'm hoping that I get that opportunity at Scarborough.
"I need to find at level and I need to build from that level, Scarborough have given me that.
"They are a club going in the right direction. There is a new stadium on the way and the gaffer is definitely the right man for the job."
Boro midfielder Jamie Price also played a huge part in the arrival of Terrell.
"I went on loan to Bradford Park Avenue and Jamie was their player-assistant manager.
"At the moment he is the only player I know, but that will change as soon as pre-season starts.
"Pre-season will be very important to me because it all begins there.
"I want to force my way into the starting level and make it hard for the gaffer to leave me out.
"The only individual target I have is to score goals and play regularly."