THE last time Rishton won the Worsley Cup was in 1973.
At that time, Roger Moore made his debut as James Bond in Live and Let Die, Slade had three number ones including the annual anthem "Merry Christmas Everyone", every kid wanted a chopper bike and Eric Whalley was the Rishton skipper
Films, music and toys have come a long way since while Eric Whalley is now Rishton's President as well as Accrington Stanley FC chairman - but the Blackburn Road club just want to go back to the good old days to end 32 years of waiting.
The club are keen to make 2005 their year and will seal a semi-final spot if they can see off Colne tomorrow in the cup competition.
"It is quite a few years since we won it. I wasn't even born then!" said captain Scott Greaves, who is hoping he can play although his girlfriend is due to have a baby on Friday.
"We haven't had a cup run in a while so it would be nice to go on one.
"We have played Colne already this season and one of their amateurs, Paul Wilson, got 150 but apart from him, they didn't look anything special.
"Their pro Nagamootoo is a danger but we have home advantage, we can prepare the wicket how we like it and hopefully we will get the win.
"And our pro, Kumar Dharamsena, has been awesome so far. He is getting better, especially his batting. We thought he was a bowling pro who can bat a bit but he is turning into a batting pro who bowls a bit!"
Greaves daren't look beyond Saturday's game but admits: "It would be beyond our wildest dreams to win the trophy but our aim this season is just to improve and we already have done that from last year in the Worsley Cup by getting to the quarter-finals."
Rishton, who have won the cup six times in their history, may just feel it is their year after their stunning victory in the last round where there was a 600-run fest as they saw off rivals Church.
It looked over when Church pro Ruven Peiris smashed a staggering 174 with 19 boundaries and seven sixes after they were struggling on 52-4. The Sri Lankan helped Church set 302 which they must have thought was a winning target.
But Rishton paid man Kumar Dharmasena showed what a match winner he can be as he hit an unbeaten 130 - with 16 fours and one six - helped by a stunning 82 from fellow opener Peter Sleep.
Sam Hacking then made a valuable contribution hitting 39 off just 19 balls while Shaun Wyse amassed a vital 39 to seal a seven wicket win for the league strugglers.
"And I hit the winning runs!" said Greaves who chipped in with a crucial 11. "It was one of the best games I have been involved in - there were 600 runs and we came out on top!
"I did think we had a good chance despite Church making 302 as Sleepy (Peter Sleep) and Kumar have been in good form of late. And it was good to get one over our rivals as Church have been there or thereabouts in the last few years."
Now they just want to rewrite their record books by sending Colne the same way before they take on East Lancs in the Lancashire League on Sunday. Rishton, though, have been hit and miss in the league.
Greaves said: "This is another big game for us. For some reason, our batting has let us down in the league. Once we start faltering we seem to collapse but we are learning all the time and hopefully can get a top half of the table finish."
Accrington are on a roll in the Inter League Trophy but had no such luck in the Worsley Cup on Saturday. Pro Tama Canning hit 44 and Matt Wilson, Graeme Sneddon and Tariq Hussain all got in their 20s in their 145-8. Ramsbottom were struggling on 28-3 but pro Kartik Murali, who had earlier taken three wickets, then came up with the goods with the bat to turn the game around and secure a two wicket win.
Accrington, however, are one of just three Lancashire League teams to progress to the quarter-finals in the Inter League Trophy after they pulled off the shock of the round on Monday by seeing off Central Lancashire League side Werneth.
Canning took three wickets to keep the score down to 232-7 and then hit a half century, ably supported by Tariq Hussain (52). The lower order chipped in with runs and sealed a three wicket win.
The Thorneyholme Road, though, will be hoping they can now take some of this form into the league.
They are still struggling without a league win and Sunday was no different. They have been celebrating 30 years since they last won the title but this is one of the poorest starts to the season.
They lost to Rawtenstall by 23 runs in a game they would have felt they were in control of.
New Zealander Canning had taken 5-38 and Mick Horsfield 4-32 to restrict Rawtenstall to 140.
But veteran wicket taker Keith Roscoe is no stranger to match-winning heroics and he demolished the Accrington batting order with 6-54.
The Thorneyholme Road side were 67-2 but then collapsed and were all out for 117 in a disappointing day as they slid into the bottom spot.
And so Accrington will be looking for their first league win on Sunday when local rivals Church are the visitors. It will be a tough ask though as the Blackburn Road side have just begun to get back on track following their recent poor run of form.
Church came up against Enfield on Sunday, who had the day off on Saturday after their Worsley Cup marathon against Todmorden ended in defeat last week.
But Enfield's batsmen once more failed to get into their stride making just 128 with Peiris taking 4-27.
He then starred with the bat with a crucial 55 - taking his weekend total to 229 runs - and Adam Greenwood chipped in with 29 to give them a six wicket victory.
It is a repeat of their Worsley Cup epic for Enfield on Sunday when they take on Todmorden.