LEEDS boss Kevin Blackwell is adamant the club will return to the big time - thanks to what he learned during his time with Town.
Ex-goalkeeper Blackwell started his coaching career with the Town youth team in the mid-1990s.
In many respects what Blackwell experienced during his time at Town's old Leeds Road ground, he is now going through again with Leeds, and it is standing him in good stead.
"Sometimes fate lends you a hand and steers you one way, and I felt it was steering me towards management and coaching when I was at Huddersfield," said Blackwell, who at the time worked under Neil Warnock.
"It taught me trial and error in terms of coaching with regard to what I could do do and what I could get away with, and it gave me a really good grounding.
"We had no money when we went there and Neil had to beg, steal and borrow, while I had to ask someone to sponsor the youth team so I could get some training kit.
"That was how poor we were at the time, and that was the great Huddersfield Town.
"But it showed what could happen if everybody worked together, and they did behind the scenes, and that's the situation we have here now at Leeds United.
"That's why I know we are going to be back because the spirit from everyone from the cleaning lady up is simply fantastic."
The match at Elland Road represents the first time the two teams have met for nearly 17 years, mainly due to vastly differing fortunes.
Now just one division separates them after Leeds' demise from the Premiership and Town's promotion from Division III in May.
For Blackwell, in what will be only his fifth match since taking charge in the summer, the performance is more important than the result.
"Just a few weeks ago I had only two names down on the team sheet - Michael Duberry and Gary Kelly," added Blackwell, who has former Chelsea centre-back Duberry available again after a one-game suspension.
"At the moment every match is a learning curve game because the players are still getting used to one another.
"The performance is more key to me than the result, and while that might sound stupid, if you perform well and become more consistent, then the results follow.
"But I want to win every game I go into.
"Even if it was the egg cup we were playing in I would want to win it.
"I want to see how far we can go in every competition we play."
Tonight's tie will be settled on the night with extra time and penalties if necessary.