Five years ago when John Disney was in the stands at Wembley watching Alex Bruce turn out for Hull City in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, neither player would have believed they could one day go head-to-head in a European tie.
But fate has a funny way of throwing up the unexpected.
The pair have been part of a big family unit for the last six to seven years and they will be able to call themselves brother-in-laws after Disney marries his fiancée later this summer.
John Disney could find himself lining up against his brother-in-law to be in the Europa League
Whether Bruce turns out for Killie or not in the first leg on Thursday night – his contract finished at the end of last season and he continues to sort his future – it is a tie that had the whole family talking before the draw was even made. For once, it was the football, rather than babysitting duties, that was top of the agenda.
‘The day before you get the preliminary draw and we were in the same pot (as Kilmarnock),’ Disney told Sportsmail.
‘Alex (Bruce) text me the night before and said there is a possibility we could be playing each other here.
‘It is just crazy. What are the odds of that happening? You could have drawn anybody in Europe but you drew a team which means a lot to the family.’
Disney, 27, is part of a Connah’s Quay Nomads side looking to upset the odds against a Kilmarnock team making their return to European competition after 18 years away.
Links to Killie don’t end with Bruce, either. As an apprentice at Stockport County a decade ago, Disney was tasked with cleaning the boots of Gary Dicker, now a veteran in the Scottish side’s ranks.
Emerging out of the tunnel on Thursday the players will be equals and while the Welsh side are overwhelming underdogs, Disney insists he and his team-mates have plenty of belief they can upset the status quo.
Alex Bruce is still sorting out his future, but could be signed on to play for Kilmarnock again
Disney is a sales manager and is one of a handful of part-time players in Nomads ranks. His office in Scotland cannot stop talking about his visit to Rugby Park for the second leg next week and the Celtic and Rangers fans have already been putting in requests for tickets.
The cliches are inevitable in a David v Goliath clash such as this but Disney is under no illusions that fairy tales like the films require everything to go perfectly. Win the tie and the Welsh side will face Partizan Belgrade. Lose and it is Rhyl in the cup.
A Battle of Britain is one thing but a family affair against Bruce really would be a whole new world for Disney.