Todd Lumsden was part of the Raith Rovers squad that secured the old Second Division title by beating Queen’s Park at Hampden in May, 2009.
Now six years on, he is hoping for another day to remember at the National Stadium, this time as manager of Arbroath.
The Red Lichties travel to face the Spiders in the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final with things all square after the first leg on Wednesday night at Gayfield.
The Angus side got off to the worst possible start in midweek, conceding early on and then going down to 10 men after just 23 minutes when Kieran McWalter was sent off. Their misery continued when Queen’s Park extended their lead however Simon Murray pulled one back just before the interval before the same player equalised in the 65th minute.
Now, Lumsden is hoping the momentum is with his players ahead of this afternoon’s game at Hampden.
He said: “The lads showed great character to come back and secure a draw on Wednesday night.
“The first goal we lost was disappointing as all are and then we had a man sent off. I was thinking what else could go wrong when we conceded.
“By that time, I was just looking to stem the tide and try to get a couple of tactical messages on to change things.
“Thankfully we got a goal back before half-time. That gave us a lift an then we managed to get a draw with our second.
“Hopefully we will have picked up a bit of confidence and momentum after coming back from such a difficult situation but I have told the boys we haven’t achieved anything yet.
“However, we are really looking forward to playing at Hampden. It is a great stadium, with a good surface and there should be a good few fans there cheering us on.
“I won the league there when I was playing for Raith Rovers so it would be great if we were celebrating again on Saturday night.”
Stevie Hislop was also in that Rovers title-winning team and Lumsden is still trying to bring him in as his assistant before tomorrow’s game with discussions ongoing with his current club Bonnyrigg Rose.
McWalter has received a two-game ban as a result of his dismissal.