Back in those days we could put out our reserve side and expect to beat no hopers like Yeovil - which we did - but oh how we could use some of those 'reserves' now.
I actually watched the match live on the telly at Dublin airport whilst waiting for my flight home and with a Guinness in my hand!
Sit back and enjoy the memories of those happier days not that long ago when a visit to places like Yeovil meant an easy run out for the reserves and a certain win!
Julio Cesar and Henrik Pederson were on target as last season's Carling Cup runners-up reached the third round.
Chris Weale saved well to deny Les Ferdinand after Ricky Shakes and Kevin Nolan set him up, before Weale produced another fine stop from Blessing Kaku.
El-Hadji Diouf shot wide after racing clear, while Lee Johnson and Andrejs went close for the home side.
Pedersen headed against the bar before Cesar headed in Diouf's cross and the Dane's firm drive sealed victory
Yeovil: Weale, O'Brien, Skiverton, Fontaine, Rose, Terry, Way (Gall 64), Johnson, Caceres (Gavin Williams 63), Jevons, Stolcers (Tarachulski 81).
Subs Not Used: Miles, Collis.
Bolton: Poole, Ben Haim, Barness, Cesar, Shakes, Nolan, Hierro (O'Brien 88), Kaku, Diouf, Giannakopoulos (Pedersen 70), Ferdinand (Davies 64).
Subs Not Used: Oakes, Talbot.
Goals: Cesar 80, Pedersen 87.
Ref: D Gallagher (Oxfordshire).
Ever wondered what happened to Ricky Shakes who played in that match and was just one of a multitude of failures produced on mass by our academy yearly?
Well still only 29 years old and playing for Borehamwood in the Conference South!
Born in Brixton, Shakes began his career at Bolton Wanderers in 2004, and made his debut in an FA Cup third-round replay against Tranmere Rovers in January 2004, scoring a last-minute equaliser to take the match into extra time. He failed to make a league appearance for Bolton, and after spells on loan with Bristol Rovers and Bury, joined Swindon Town in July 2005. Shakes made almost 70 league appearances in two seasons at Swindon but was released at the end of the 2006–07 season.
He joined Brentford in August 2007 after training with the club during the summer and scored a late goal on his debut in September 2007 to give Brentford victory at Bury. However, after making 39 league appearances, he was released at the end of the 2007–08 season.
He joined Conference National club Ebbsfleet United in July 2008. In August 2010 it was reported that he was on trial with English Football League club Stockport County, before re-signing for Ebbsfleet United a few weeks into the season.
Having scored 11 goals for Ebbsfleet in the 2010–2011 season, he added to that statistic by scoring 8 goals in 40 league appearances for the club during the 2011–2012 season. On 28 June 2012, Shakes signed for Kidderminster Harriers. Shakes made 17 appearances for Kidderminster Harriers in the 2012–2013 season, helping the club finish 2nd in the Conference National.
On 3 July 2013, Shakes signed for Boreham Wood, with the club fighting off stiff competition from several other clubs to land his signature. Shakes suffered a serious knee injury in pre-season training and is expected to be out for 6 months
Hope your knee gets better Ricky.