The last time Manchester City collected three Premier League points from a visit to Sunderland, Gordon Brown was still Prime Minister, Team GB had recently returned from a successful showing at the Beijing Olympics and Katy Perry topped the charts with ‘I Kissed A Girl’.
The date in question was August 31 2008, with some six years having passed since City enjoyed a visit to Wearside.
In the seasons which have followed, the North East has been a far from happy hunting ground for a side which has risen to the top of the English game with two Premier League title successes.
They did manage to secure a point from a 1-1 draw in March 2010, but their last four outings at the Stadium of Light have seen them sent home on the wrong end of 1-0 scorelines.
Who then were these heroes who last conquered Wearside and how do they shape up to City’s class of 2014?
It is fair to say that plenty has changed at the Etihad Stadium, with a starting XI selected by then boss Mark Hughes including the likes of Vedran Corluka, Michael Ball, Dietmar Hamann, Michael Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jo.