Jermaine Pennant went straight into the Wigan Athletic starting line-up after signing with the club just days earlier.
The 32-year-old went unsigned last summer after being released by Premier League side Stoke City.
After failing to find a club, he made a short-term decision to play in the inaugural Indian Soccer League at the end of 2014, and just this month signed with Championship side Wigan.
He lasted 77 minutes, with his display lacking the finesse you might expect after so long without match practice, but it was not without effort.
The winger created one goalscoring chance, but was caught offside once, and completed only 56 per cent of his passes. Just one of his seven crosses found a teammate.
Wigan lost the game against Cardiff City 1-0, a huge blow to their battle to stay in the Championship. It was their 14th consecutive home game without a win, and they are in the relegation zone nine points adrift from safety.
It will be eight years this May that Pennant started the Champions League final for Liverpool, and he appears to have found the hard way just how tough a Championship survival battle in 2015 is.