Aberdeen had found themselves out of European competition after a late push proved to be not enough to topple the oil and gas-funded Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan.
Many Dons fans left Pittodrie disappointed. They had packed the famous stadium out and had created a noisy atmosphere which harked back to more successful European nights of another era.
But no doubt, they will be doing do all they can to be back next year.
Those reared on Sky Sports' mantra of "football did not exist before we got to show it in 1992", will forget that Alex Ferguson had been somewhere else before Manchester United.
The job he did that would get him the Old Trafford gig was taking Aberdeen not only to being the best in Scottish football during his spell there, but also to becoming one of Europe's top clubs prior to him leaving the Granite City.
Winning the European Cup-Winners' Cup in 1983 was a remarkable achievement.
While that competition, before it was faded out from the Uefa calendar back in 1999, did not have the prestige of the European Cup (let's call that one by its proper name instead of what the marketing idiots would have you say it is today), winning a trophy by beating the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid was some going.
Fans of Dundee United would have been viewing last night's proceedings with a sense of regret.
Mainly because it wasn't their club in the European spotlight.
While they've never won a European trophy, they have had their own days in the continental sun having reached a final of the Uefa Cup in 1987 and were semi-finalists of the European Cup in 1984.
Supporters of Ipswich Town who are of a certain age, come European club competition time, will be transported back to Holland 1981 when they won the Uefa Cup against AZ Alkmaar.
And West Ham fans......
Well, it seems that particular club wiped their feet on their own European memories last night.
Like Aberdeen, West Ham bowed out of Europe but while the Dons have had consoling pats on the back, the Hammers have been...well, hammered.
For a club who has a European Cup-Winners' Cup triumph (1965) and a runners-up spot in the same competition (1976) to their name, they didn't seem particularly keen to add to their own European history.
They travelled to Romanian club, Astra (who had just scraped past Euro débutantes Inverness Caley Thistle in the previous round) and took the tie so seriously that they fielded a second string XI.
This plan backfired as they were dumped in an exit against a team who on paper, would probably have struggled against West Ham's strongest side.
Was this arrogance on the East London team's part?
In a way, yes - but not in the way that some would think.
Fielding a second string was not a cack-handed statement of intent in order to prove that any old diddies could get past this relatively unknown (outwith the Carpathians at least) Romanian outfit.
No, they were more than likely trying to spare any possibility of injuries happening to their main players ahead of Sunday's English Premier League opening fixture against Arsenal.
Yes, European glory was sacrificed for this.
Never mind going on to reach the group stages of a European competition, never mind reaching the knockout rounds after Christmas and never mind winning the bloody thing and joining the likes of Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst as West Ham players with European club winner's medals to their names.
After all, they've got to have a fit squad handy in order to keep the score down against Arsenal.
They might snatch a surprise win over the Gunners and start bragging about how 'justified' they were in fielding a weaker side in Romania.
But for West Ham fans, especially those who remember the 1965 European success, will such a victory be remembered in years to come?
West Ham are not the only ones guilty of this approach.
Other English sides who have qualified for the Europa League in the past have been known not to take it seriously.
Aston Villa made it to the post-Christmas knockout stages in 2008/09 only to chuck in the towel against CSKA Moscow by leaving eight first team regulars back home for their game in the Russian capital.
Tottenham have paid lip-service to this competition as well and Liverpool did not appear to be too perturbed about their exit last season.
Swansea's plaudits for making a fine start to their European adventure two years ago were soon tempered with some pundits putting pressure on them to 'take their foot off the gas' and focus more on domestic form.
Indeed, when the Welsh side did bow out, the mantra being chanted around the airwaves and transcribed via the use of printed ink on paper, was that they could 'concentrate on staying in the Premier League'.
Not all have this attitude of treating the Europa League as a distraction.
Middlesbrough still fondly recall their remarkable run to the final of that competition back in 2006, Chelsea took it seriously enough to win it back in 2013, while Southampton strongly conveyed the impression this morning on social media of being delighted to be in the draw for the next round.
What is worrying is that this sneering stance towards the competition is seeping its way down to fans who were born in the 1990s when Sky got its mitts on television the English game.
A "yeah so what" attitude is usually prevalent from fans of some English sides on social media when they depart the Europa League stage.
A marked difference from the bitter disappointment that is shown should their beloved be knocked out of the more prestigious European Cup itself.
And most certainly a case of changed times when compared to where English club football was 30 years ago.
Prior to the European Cup final in 1985, English clubs had done rather well on the international stage.
Liverpool had won the top prize four times, Nottingham Forest had done it twice with Aston Villa and Manchester United having a win apiece.
England had also been successful in the other competitions that Europe offered.
West Ham, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton had won the Cup-Winners' Cup.
In the Uefa Cup (formerly known as the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), Arsenal, Leeds, Newcastle, Tottenham, Liverpool and Ipswich were all successful.
However, because of years of hooliganism from fans of English clubs abroad, which culminated in the tragic event that saw 39 people killed prior to Liverpool's European Cup final against Juventus at Brussels' Heysel Stadium in 1985, club teams from England were banned from Europe.
Everton were denied a crack at the main prize of the European Cup when they would have been amongst the favourites to win it in 1986.
Liverpool's great side of the late 80s never got the chance to test how good they really were against the best of Europe (although not many from Anfield will moan about that given what happened at Heysel).
But many felt for the teams who won surprise FA and League cups and were denied a big European adventure.
Norwich won the League Cup and a Euro spot in March 1985 only to see the latter taken away from them two months later.
Oxford United won it the following year but the continental avenue was blocked off for them. Same for Luton Town who did the same in 1988.
Coventry City and Wimbledon won the FA Cup in 1987 and 1988 respectively. This would normally have booked them places in the Cup-Winners' Cup but the ban barred them from entering the competition.
Then when the ban was lifted, everyone was looking forward for a crack at Europe again - no matter which competition they had qualified for.
Arsenal celebrated with joy at winning the Cup-Winners' Cup in 1994 and were left heartbroken a year later in the final minute of the following season's final saw an outrageous 50-yard winner for Real Zaragoza.
Alex Ferguson's two European Cups with Manchester United are acclaimed, but the Cup-Winners' Cup triumph in 1991 would have set them on their way with regard to that path.
Chelsea and Liverpool also had successes in the so-called lesser competitions.
But then ambition to stack up on silverware was soon overtaken by the need to accumulate pounds.... millions of them.
Through its sponsorship and TV deals with both Sky and BT Sport, the English Premier League's coffers clearly need a warchest bigger than Dave King's (he's got one - honest) to store all the cash that's been pumped into England's top flight.
Many club owners of English teams who do not secure one of the top four places which guarantee the millions that the European Cup has to offer, convey the impression of not liking their Europa League consolation prize (should they instead qualify for that).
For making the group stage of the European Cup, there is a base fee in the region of £8.5million. There are various bonuses for winning a group game and drawing one. Not to mention addition fees for each round you make.
Winning the European Cup itself lands you somewhere in the region of just over £10million.
Then there is the big group pool share that is the TV cash which is allocated on the basis on which country is deemed to have the bigger TV ratings market.
When Bayern Munich won the European Cup in 2013, they collected in total, a cash sum of £39million - £25million of that was from the TV pool.
But because Italy was deemed to have a bigger TV viewing audience, Juventus - who had been knocked out in the last eight - scooped £46million. £32million of that came from TV.
England is seen has having a bigger viewing market than Italy so you can imagine how much of the pot an English club would stand to get for a decent European Cup run that doesn't even require them to win it.
However, if you're in the Europa League and you win the competition outright, £3.5million is your prize money.
Given that Aston Villa, who narrowly survived relegation from the English Premier League by finishing 17th out of 20 clubs, picked up £65.65million, you can see how owners are swayed by gold.
Admittedly, relegation to the English Championship is not as much as a money-earning but the blow is cushioned by 'parachute payments' for up to two seasons for those who drop out of the big time.
Queens Park Rangers will be playing in England's second tier this season after their relegation but picked up £61.95million for being the top flight's worst team when the campaign concluded last May.
Failure in the EPL gets more cash - and then some - than winning Europe's second competition.
The suits in the boardrooms of top-flight English clubs will flaunt the spreadsheets, the bank balances and the loot that they picked up for a trophyless, mid-table campaign.
Who will remember earning just over £60million for being mediocre?
Where is the trophy for finishing 17th?
Was there an open-top bus parade for getting £70million for a 15th placed finish?
Will history books recall the great team West Ham team who bagged a £73.35million cheque for finishing in 12th position or the West Ham side that won a major European trophy back in 1965?
The board of directors will try and spin you a yarn that these millions of pounds earned by a dire mid-table showing in the domestic league, are more important than winning trophies - especially European ones.
But after all, as legendary footballer Len Shackleton, once wrote of what directors knew about football....