Even if he goes on to win England international honours, and steers Aston Villa to hitherto unprecedented success, Luke Moore will not forget February 2006.
He scored his first senior hat-trick for Aston Villa on February 4 and will celebrate his 20th birthday on February 13.
The boy has come of age in every sense. His goals in the 4-0 victory against Middlesbrough means he has scored seven goals in 11 Premiership starts, a run of form that suggests he is a man around whom a team can one day be built.
Whether that comes during the David O'Leary era remains to be seen but Moore is finally fulfilling the potential that led Paul Merson, the former England international midfield player, to suggest in 2001 that here was a striker with the potential to reach the top.
Merson appears to be right, although one hat-trick does not a career make.
Kevin Phillips, who has seen it all before, is convinced that Moore has a big future in football, providing the youngster keeps his feet on the ground.
He is slowly but surely becoming a genuine contender for one of Villa's two striking positions, in contention with Phillips, Milan Baros and Juan Pablo Angel.
While Phillips is a revelation when fit, it is easy to see O'Leary opting for a Baros-Moore partnership.
Phillips, who has seen players let success go to their heads, is confident that Moore, who also scored against Chelsea the previous midweek, has the right temperament,
"Luke certainly deserves all the credit he is getting at the moment," Phillips said.
"You don't want to get too carried away but Luke is a level-headed sort of young lad.
"I've played before with lads who are young and, having made an initial impression, have let it get to them and affect them.
"With Luke, I am sure he is going to turn up for training as if nothing has happened and it will be just like another day. In the changing-room at Middlesbrough after the match, it was as if nothing special had happened.
"That's the sort of character he is and is what helps to
keep him very level-headed. But the potential is there. We've all seen it on the pitch and it's how he deals with it now that matters.
"I've said all along that Luke is a quality player. He's still young, he's still learning and his enthusiasm is second to none.
"He showed what a cool head he has got on such young shoulders with his finishes at the Riverside. If he keeps putting in performances like that, who knows where he can go."
But Moore is prepared to play a waiting game in his attempt to become a first-choice striker.
Moore was given his chance at Middlesbrough only because of a hamstring injury to Baros. Moore is aware that he is on a learning curve and is willing to bide his time for a regular spot.
He said: "I'm going to want to play every game but I'm also young and that's why I have stayed at the club because I believe in the manager and the staff.
"I know they are going to bring me along in the right way and the manager has a history of giving youngsters a chance and looking after them. My aim is to get better every season and I believe I have done that so far. I'd like to think I am becoming more important to the team.
"I feel one day I can become an integral player for the club and the manager. I feel I have changed and I am a lot more mature now football-wise although I have a way to go before I am the finished article."
Villa have extended their kit deal with Danish suppliers Hummel by two years.
Stuart Ryan, the Villa sales director, said: "Our original deal with Hummel was over a two-year term with an option for a further two years and both ourselves and Hummel were keen to take up that option, extending the deal to 2008. Hummel are clearly delighted with the success of their association with us over the last two years and we're also extremely happy with the relationship. Both parties are confident we can build on that."