Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins is hoping the anniversary of the club's financial troubles can spur his team to repeat last year's Easter heroics.
Just 12 months ago, the Bulls were staring at a financial abyss after being told they needed to find £1million to keep the creditors at bay but a bumper Good Friday crowd of 20,851 answered their rallying call and cheered their side to a shock 12-4 victory over arch rivals Leeds Rhinos at Odsal.
A year on, Bradford are on a firm financial footing under new owner Omar Khan and, as he prepares to take charge of his first derby, former Leeds winger Cummins says the team spirit forged in adversity is still driving his players on.
They have won four of their opening eight matches to sit above the champions in the Super League table, although the Rhinos have two games in hand.
"Twelve months on, we're obviously in a better position," Cummins said.
"It was a bit of nightmare for everyone last year but I think those adverse times brought a lot of character out in us and that's what's fueling us at the moment.
"We're still carrying it with us but we are going to need the supporters behind us tomorrow, not just to support us but to send a message out as to where the club is.
"I want the fans to see just how far we have come as a team and as a club in the past 12 months."
Bradford co-captain Heath L'Estrange admits his club have come a long way in a short space of time.
"Twelve months ago Bradford Bulls might not have been here," he said. "It might have been the last Leeds-Bradford derby.
"But the off season was quite amazing. We had a great pre-season under Franny and we've started off pretty well. I can't wait for Thursday night."
Leeds coach Brian McDermott, who made his name as a player with the Bulls at the height of their powers, offered to put up some of his prized memorabilia for auction to aid their survival fight.
Although now "100% Rhinos", McDermott has been delighted with Bradford's turnaround and, as the club wait to discover if their provisional Super League licence will be renewed, he believes a return to the good times could be just around the corner.
"The competition is better for them being in it," McDermott said. "It would have been a shame and a big thing for the game in general had they gone under.
"There are some exciting times ahead of them. They have a group of young fellas who will pull up trees for each other.
"If Bradford continue to grow and they get their next licence and everything falls into place, I don't think it will be too long before they're one of the big dogs again."
In tomorrow's other game, London Broncos will break new ground by staging their home game against Catalan Dragons at the home of Esher Rugby Union Club.
London were forced to find an alternative venue after the Twickenham Stoop pitch was ruled unplayable and chief executive Gus Mackay says their frantic search took them to Hersham.
"It was the only venue we could find that was available," Mackay told Sky Sports News. "We had three days to turn everything around but we'll do it.
"I feel for fans - they're not happy with the decision - but the other decision was not to play the game.
"The team want to carry on with the winning run and the good form we're in and we might pick up a few new fans."
The Broncos have lost their last five meetings with the Catalans but have taken five points from their last four matches to climb away from the foot of the table.
"There's a good energy in the team," said coach Tony Rea, who put his players through their paces at a training session at Esher this morning.