Barely 18 months later, Saints were on a greasy pole heading for relegation when Lewington’s side put them to the sword 5-2 in the first leg of a south coast double for the Hornets in the League Cup.
They would later go on to stun Portsmouth 3-0 in the quarter-finals, from back to front arguably the most complete performance of his spell in charge.
Yep, Lewington deserved the adulation which came his way at Elton’s gig. In trying circumstances, he did a fabulous job.
And Boothroyd, who was also at the Rocket Man’s concert, spent his £1.3m wisely on Marlon King, Darius Henderson, Matthew Spring, Malky Mackay, Clarke Carlisle, Jordan Stewart and an on-loan keeper called Ben Foster.
Just 11 months later, they were celebrating promotion to the Premier League.