Twenty years ago Tony Windo was taking his first tentative steps in Gloucester's line-up, running out in front of the diehard fans crammed into The Shed.
One of his team-mates in the Cherry and Whites back then was John Brain, a useful second row.
The colour of jersey may have changed but, two decades later, the loosehead prop is still in the thick of things out on the rugby field in the Premiership with Worcester Warriors.
Brain, however, has moved 'upstairs' and now uses his tactical nous as the club's director of rugby.
And Windo says that the Sixways chief's passion for the game, so evident in his playing days, has helped shape Worcester's progress in the Guinness Premiership.
"He is very committed in his job and precise in the way he does things," said the veteran prop at yesterday's press day at Sixways.
"He analyses things very well and always goes into great depth, leaving nothing to chance, and he does it all with a great deal of passion, a passion that rubs off on the rest of us out on the field."
Windo is very much the elder statesman of a Worcester outfit that surprised many neutrals who predicted an early return to National One following their promotion two seasons ago.
"It's good that I am still involved but I don't get any special treatment," he joked.
"We have some young lads coming through - some very good lads coming through - and it would be nice if I could pass of what I've learned over the years on to them.
"The thing is that I'm still enjoying the rugby. It's a nice place to be and has a good setup. We have a great squad with a great atmosphere and when you are getting that much enjoyment out of something then it helps you to carry on. I have no inkling to stop - the coaches will want me to stop before I want to!
"Sometimes it can take me a little while to recover from games but I don't know if that is an age thing or the intensity the game is played at these days. You speak to some of the younger guys and they are also still struggling on a Monday morning."
The Warriors have two more friendlies to play before the Guinness Premiership season kicks-off with the visit of Bristol on September 2.
They head to Cardiff tomorrow and then round off their pre-season campaign with the visit of Italians Calvisano on the following Friday evening.
And, with Brain drafting in eight new players for the start of the campaign, Windo believes it could be another memorable season for the Sixways fans.
"If you can keep improving every year then you are going in the right direction," the 37-year-old said.
"That's not just with league position but we want to improve the way we play, improve the performances. If we perform better, then everything else will take care of itself.
"We have very, very good supporters. A lot of people come and watch us and, as a player, it is brilliant that they do that.
"We have had Friday night games down here under the lights when they have made a terrific noise and it does make a difference.
"People talk about it being the 16th man and it's true sometimes. The quality of the support has grown as the team's grown.
"I know quite a few people who have season tickets at Gloucester but who watch us when they can. They see that Worcester try to play the game with a genuine passion and pride which they appreciate. They know, like our own fans, that we go out each week and try to give it our all."
And, as the evergreen prop looks forward to starting his eighth season at Sixways, few will argue with such sentiments.