The significance of Sunderland's upcoming FA Cup tie with Leeds United is not lost on Black Cats manager Gus Poyet.
The two sides were drawn against each other in the competition for the first time since the famous FA Cup final of 1973, where Sunderland came out on top thanks to an Ian Porterfield strike.
“To be drawn against Leeds in the competition for the first time since that game is something special and it is an occasion I know our fans will enjoy," he said the club's official site.
“A home tie is always preferred and more so this time, because of the number of games we will have played in a short period.
“I know Leeds well from my time there, it won’t be an easy game – no cup games are - but it is one we will all look forward to.”
The game has added significance for Poyet as he had a stint working for the club earlier in his non-playing career.
The Uruguayan was assistant manager at Elland Road when Dennis Wise was in charge back in 2006 and he will be looking forward to pitting his wits against their current coaching staff in the new year.
Leeds are now led by Neil Redfearn and they will see the tie as an opportunity to show their quality.
The Championship outfit are mid-table in the second tier, but they posses more quality than their league position currently suggests and could pose Sunderland a threat if they are on the top of their game.
The FA Cup third round clash between the two sides is set to take place on the weekend of January 3rd 2015.