An inauspicious 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle was the start of finest hour.
Who would have believed that that defeat to the Pilgrims on the opening weekend of the 2005/06 campaign would go on to comprise half of our defeats all season?
Winning became a habit for Steve Coppell's team; no other team can boast a better points-total than the 106 we accrued in the Championship that year, topping Sunderland's previous best of 105.
Promotion to the top flight for the first time was assured with a 1-1 draw at Leicester City on 25th March, with the title coming a week later thanks to a 5-0 triumph at home to Derby County.
And who better to grab the winner on the final weekend than skipper Graeme Murty... his first goal in five years, from the penalty spot, made him the last of our regular outfield players to get on the scoresheet - and earned the record-sealing points against Queens Park Rangers!
31 wins, 13 draws and just two defeats, scoring 99 goals and conceding just 32. It has never been bettered.
We had tried and tried to dine at English football's top table - and our failures to make it had been heartbreaking. But finally we were there - rubbing shoulders with some of the superpowers of world football!
Every season, we can't help but keep a keen eye on the league leaders from the other divisions to see whether our record will finally be broken. But to this day, it's standing strong - no other squad has dominated its division like our team did that season.