Whilst Heanor Town have been in the Northern Counties East League previously, on that occasion the Pyramid of Football had not been devised.
The Northern Counties East League was initially formed out of a merger of the Yorkshire League and the Midland League at a time when the Midland League could not find sufficient people to run the competition.
Now, the competition has come a long way, and the Premier Division is now a Step Five League and described by many as the strongest Step 5 League in the country outside the Northern League.
For the Lions first season at Step Five they will be sporting a change of kit. The first team will play in all white at home and in orange shirts and black shorts and socks in their away matches.
The Lions lost their friendly a week last Tuesday at Holbrook Sports by the only goal of the game, Nathan Benger missing a penalty for them.
The proposed trip to Mickleover Sports last Friday evening was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch, but Heanor were hoping for better things from their remaining two friendlies.
They were due to take on Sutton Town last Tuesday and will conclude their pre-season games at Quorn FC next Tuesday (7.30pm).