ELGIN City legend Steve Paterson played for Manchester Utd and managed Aberdeen.
However, he was still in dreamland when Formartine Utd were handed a home Ramsdens Cup tie with his boyhood heroes Elgin City.
The pair will meet at North Lodge Park next Wednesday in the second round of the senior competition.
Paterson (55), said: "It is the draw I wanted. My dream was either Elgin City or Peterhead given my connections to both clubs.
"Being at home is an added bonus and it should be a great atmosphere. Elgin City was my boyhood team, so I am looking forward to it and it should be a fantastic game.
"The current Highland League is a really good standard. We are growing season by season and it is good to be involved in a national cup competition.
The former Manchester United starlet was player-boss at Borough Briggs for two seasons and led the club to a Highland League, Qualifying Cup (North) and North of Scotland Cup treble success in 1989-90 after winning the North Cup in his first season in charge.
"Elgin were my boyhood team and had a great side in the late 1960s and 70s. Gerry Graham, George Gilbert and Willie Grant were the three main men for me and all players who could score goals," said Paterson.
Paterson added: "Elgin will be a bit more streetwise in terms of playing at a higher level regularly. It will be a case of who performs on the night and it should pull in a few fans, including a lot of neutrals."
Elgin boss Ross Jack admits many will be eyeing a cup shock at Pitmedden.
"To a lot of people they will be favourites for that one because we haven’t shown our best form in the last two games.
"They have got Cammy Keith who is a great goalscorer and have players who have been around the Highland League for years.
"It will be a proper cup tie and what a carrot for both sides to get into the third round. I am confidence we can go through there and give a good account of ourselves."
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