As Aston Villa's young starlets await the biggest match of their lives next month and the two-leg FA Youth Cup semi-finals against Chelsea, the man responsible for guiding them to victory to the competition six years ago has revealed the incredible effect winning that trophy had on his career.
Wayne Henderson was just 18 when he stood between the posts for Villa in the FA Youth Cup Final against Everton in 2002. Villa won 4-2 on aggregate.
The young Ireland international, now 24, was credited with playing a major role in the final, keeping out a dynamic young striker who was just 15 at the time: Everton's Wayne Rooney.
As Villa lifted the cup at Villa Park, Henderson stole much of the limelight for an incredible save from 35 yards from the boy who has since become one of England's best strikers.
Henderson is now with Preston North End, but has never forgotten his days with Villa. He is particularly eager to thank the academy coaches who set him on his way and are also responsible for this season's crop of potential Villa stars.
Dublin-born Henderson believes there is no one better than coaches Tony McAndrew, Gordon Cowans and Kevin MacDonald to secure the future of Aston Villa.
The keeper said: "I was incredibly lucky to be a part of that Villa team and I will never forget that time and that tournament.
"I was lucky enough in that I had already been playing for my country for sometime when the final round came so playing in front of 20,000 people was not so terrifying for me, but some of the lads had not played in front of a crowd like that before.
"I remember the atmosphere and all the media attention. Of course Wayne Rooney was getting a lot of it because he was only 15 at the time and already breaking into the Everton first team.
"He really was their team at the time, and you could see even then that he was something extra special."
Henderson, who has been sidelined with a back injury all this season, is modest about his contribution to the final. He said: "I don't want to go over my saves but I was pleased with my performance. Wayne Rooney was also very flattering about me and he has since mentioned me in his book which is nice.''
Henderson, who has been capped three times for the Irish senior squad and is hoping to battle back into contention next season, was at Villa for seven years. The arrival of manager David O'Leary led to him being loaned to a string of clubs before he was finally sold to Brighton.
Henderson said: "I was playing as a youngster in Ireland when scouts first saw me and took me to Villa. I have been with a lot of clubs since then, but will always be indebted to the goalkeeping coaching I received at Villa  it was second to none and I was fortunate enough to work with some of the best coaches in the business.
"Then David O'Leary came in as manager and he made it clear I was not in his plans. I went on to join Brighton and then moved to Preston in January of last year.
"I started off sitting on the bench waiting for my chance and then played in the last four games of last season.
"Unfortunately I slipped a disk in my back and have been out for six months."
While this year may have been disappointing, Henderson is delighted to see the youngsters at Villa doing so well. He said: "I was really lucky with the upbringing I had in football and I will never forget the coaches and staff at the Villa Academy and the start they gave me.
"Tony McAndrew, Gordon Cowans, Kevin MacDonald and all the staff were incredible and I will always owe them thanks."
Henderson, who featured in the 2002 team alongside the Moore brothers  Luke Stefan, Liam Ridgewell, Steven Davis, Peter Whittingham, recalled: "We did not have the easiest run up to the final that year. I remember we played Tranmere and it went to extra time with us winning 4-3 and I saved a penalty.
"Then we played Brighton, Fulham and finally Bristol City and that game we won 6-2 on aggregate, then we met Everton.
"It was such an amazing thrill to win the trophy. Whatever I do now in my career I will always look back on those days and some great memories.
"The youngsters coming through the Villa Academy now are in great hands and have great careers ahead of them I am sure."