An in-form Preston North End side, with Play-Off aspirations, travelled to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers, who had lost their last three games, in November 2005.
And it was the Lilywhites who showed their intentions by taking the lead when David Nugent broke the deadlock, scoring with his first touch on the hour mark, moments after he had come off the bench for Adam Nowland.
With five minutes remaining, Callum Davidson sealed the points for North End as he capitalised on an error from QPR defender Marcus Bignot to net the visitors’ second goal of the afternoon.
It could have been a different story, however, as QPR’s Shabazz Baidoo had put the ball in the net early on for the home side. Fortunately for North End, referee Dermot Gallagher judged that the striker had used his shoulder to convert Kevin Gallen’s cross and it was ruled out.
The win extended Billy Davies’ side’s unbeaten run to nine games in a season in which they would eventually finish fourth in the league, losing in the Play-Off semi-finals to Leeds United.
Post-match, then manager, Davies said: “We took a chance on David. His goal proved what he has in his locker. He is such an attacking threat, and a wonderful finisher.
“We convinced him he would be fit. We could have erred on the side of caution, but we are delighted. I was very pleased with my team. We have a great spirit.”
Meanwhile, QPR boss Ian Holloway added: “I'm absolutely gutted at the result, but I was pleased with the manner of the team's performance. It was a great effort - I cannot fault the players. Unfortunately, we have a boat-load of injuries.
“I knew the first goal would be crucial, because whoever scored it would take extra energy from it - that was exactly what happened to Preston.”
Queens Park Rangers line-up: Royce, Bignot, Evatt, Shittu, Dyer, Ainsworth (Bean, 77), Rowlands, Langley, Cook (Moore, 69), Gallen, Baidoo (Santos, 76). Subs not used: Cole, Milanese.
PNE line-up: Nash, Alexander, Davis, Lucketti, Hill, Sedgwick, O’Neil (Mawene, 84), McKenna, Davidson, Agyemang (Dichio, 79), Nowland (Nugent, 58). Subs not used: Ward, Jones.
Referee: Mr D Gallagher (Oxfordshire)