Will Leeds march on to promotion?
The most memorable match I have seen at Elland Road resulted in Leeds United defeating AC Milan 1-0 in a Champions League tie.
It was September 2000 and a remarkably wet Tuesday evening, even by West Yorkshire standards. The match seemed to be heading for a goalless draw when Lee Bowyer, in the form of his life, smashed the ball optimistically towards goal and Brazilian keeper Dida allowed it to slip through his hands and into the net.
The crowd went wild, singing their anthem 'Marching on Together', and as I walked out of the turnstiles and into the late autumnal rain there was a palpable sense that anything was possible. Leeds truly were living the dream.
Fast forward almost eight years and the same club are preparing for their second season in League One.
What has happened to Leeds over the intervening period has been the subject of thousands of column inches. What interests me right now is whether Leeds can finally start moving back up through the divisions.
United have had a couple of near misses, losing the 2006 Championship play-off final to Watford before suffering relegation the following season, and then tasting defeat to Doncaster in the League One final a couple of months ago.
But there is no doubt that the only satisfactory conclusion to the forthcoming campaign is promotion to the Championship.
"Expectation is huge," reckons BBC Radio Leeds presenter Adam Pope. "There is no alternative but to go up."
Leeds are the favourites to win the division and this season they do not have to negotiate the handicap of a 15-point deduction that they were awarded last year for breaking competition insolvency rules. Had they started the last campaign on a level playing field, United would have finished on 91 points and secured automatic promotion.
"I don't want to be in the play-offs at all this season," is how goalkeeper Casper Ankergren assesses the situation. "I'm not thinking about that. I'm only thinking about promotion."
Manager Gary McAllister took over in January after Dennis Wise left for Newcastle and he quickly impressed Pope as a wily and shrewd operator. The 43-year-old Scot has an extremely professional approach to training and a single minded determination to succeed.
"He also has respect for the history and traditions of the club," said Pope, who feels this is something that cannot be underestimated at a club like Leeds.
Season ticket sales indicate that supporters have faith in the former fans' favourite, a key member of the team that won the top-flight title in 1992. Despite an increase in price, the clubs reports that sales have already exceeded the 10,900 sold prior to the last campaign. Leeds averaged 26,546 last season, with roll-up matchday sales an important factor. Their brilliant start - they won their first eight league fixtures - was crucial to this and McAllister is under no illusions that the team must once again give the fans the incentive to pass through the turnstiles.
"We want to start well and encourage more and more fans to come to Elland Road," said McAllister recently. "We can't rely on the fans. We have to give them something back and something to feed off."
The style of play under McAllister might well be more to their liking. Long, searching balls forward towards Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol soon gave way to a more cultured approach under the new manager.
Midfielder Jonathan Howson, 20, has blossomed under McAllister to the extent that he has played in almost every meaningful game since the Scot took over. Howson was on target as Leeds defeated Barnet in a pre-season friendly last weekend and his partner in midfield against the Bees, 17-year-old Fabian Delph, is another local youngster to keep an eye on this season. Delph has a burgeoning reputation as a gifted ball player and could flourish under the tutelage of McAllister.
Midfielder Andy Robinson has impressed in pre-season following his summer move from Swansea, the wonderfully named Scottish striker Robert Snodgrass is determined to seize his chance after joining from Livingston while the club are close to bringing in Argentine Luciano Becchio and Paul Telfer.
I couldn't tell you much about Snodgrass or Becchio but throw players such as Beckford, Jonathan Douglas, David Prutton and Kandol into the equation and Leeds certainly look well equipped to mount a serious promotion challenge.
But McAllister will have to do without Dougie Freedman, whose five goals in 11 games on loan at the end of last season were a key factor in the club reaching the play-off final.
Robinson, who finished top of League One last season with the Swans, has a stark warning for his team-mates.
"I became a champion at Swansea and that was through hard work as a team," he said. "It's a tough league to get out of."
Just ask Nottingham Forest, who needed three attempts to get out of the division. And despite the addition of relegated Leicester, there is no doubt that Leeds remain the team to beat.
But they will have to overcome the hurdles in front of them if they want to take the first tentative steps on the long road back to those memorable European nights.