A wonder goal, a punch-up and a plea from Sir Alex Ferguson are Keith Gillespie's memories of a famous Northern Ireland game against Austria from years gone by.
Northern Ireland take on the Austrians tonight in the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna before finishing the Nations League campaign against Romania on Wednesday.
Gillespie made his second, proud appearance in a Northern Ireland shirt against Austria 26 years ago in the aforementioned stadium.
Bryan Hamilton was the manager who almost guided Northern Ireland to the Euro 1996 Finals in England, only missing out due to the head-to-head record against the Republic of Ireland.
Former Manchester United winger Gillespie made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at home to Portugal on September 7, 1994 and was a starter for Northern Ireland's third qualifying game against Austria a month later.
And Gillespie confirmed his youthful talent on the international stage by scoring a wonder goal in Vienna after just three minutes of a game that Northern Ireland would famously win 2-1, thanks to a Phil Gray winner.
But just as the Bangor man would leave his mark on the game with a beautiful volley into the roof of the net, team-mate Iain Dowie left his mark on an opponent who spat on a 19-year-old Gillespie.
"We were coming off at half-time and their left-back spat on me as we walked up the tunnel," Gillespie told Sunday Life Sport.
"I was the youngest player in the team at the time, 19 and making only my second appearance, so I was quite taken aback by it.
"But I remember Iain Dowie decked him and that was the end of it. He saw what happened and went mad because I was such a young player.
"He must have whacked him because your man hit the deck and it was all sorted fairly quickly, that was the end of it.
"I don't think they were too happy with the way the game was going because I scored that volley after three minutes, they equalised but Phil Gray scored again before the break.
"I remember being quite confident going into the game. Although I wasn't a regular, I was at Manchester United and Northern Ireland had a good team too.
"I thought we were unfortunate to lose to Portugal on my debut so, while we perhaps didn't think we would win in Austria, we were confident about taking something from the game.
"Austria had a good side and I remember the atmosphere in the stadium, a big stadium. I don't think I played that well in the game, apart from the start. Paul Kee in goals was the hero that night.
"It was a good goal to score and one I look back on with great fondness. I was proud to get my first Northern Ireland start against Portugal and then to score in my next game, it was a great feeling.
"I remember going back to Old Trafford after that and Sir Alex saying, 'Any chance you could do that for us?' Lo and behold, we played Newcastle soon after and I scored another cracking goal to win the game 2-0.
"Both goals made the Goal of the Month shortlist on Match of the Day, but John Barnes won it with a goal against Blackburn Rovers. It wasn't as good as mine!
"I only scored two goals for Northern Ireland, against Austria and Wales, and there were 10 years between them. It isn't too good a return, but I was proud of them."
Ian Baraclough must lift his injury-ravaged squad to face the Austrians tonight following the crashing disappointment of losing to Slovakia on Thursday night.
With Austria and Norway leading League B Group 1 of the Nations League with nine points and Northern Ireland taking only one point from four games to date, relegation is a very likely outcome.
But one with a silver lining, if it happens, argues the man who won 86 caps in 14 years of senior international duty.
"The opening results in the Nations League have been disappointing, just as they were in the competition last time, and relegation is a strong possibility," he said.
"But maybe it wouldn't be a bad thing to get relegated to a lower group because it would give us an opportunity to play easier teams, on paper at least.
"That would give Ian and the players a chance to win more games, which would boost confidence and a greater chance of qualification.
"There is a case for saying the lower the better. North Macedonia qualified for the Euro Finals this week by beating Georgia, so maybe it would be no bad thing in terms of qualifying for Championships by dropping down in the Nations League."