Parma, 17 December 2021 – Let’s take a look back to days long since gone and an away trip to Alessandria’s Stadio Giuseppe Moccagatta, where the Crociati will be going on Sunday for matchday 18 of Serie BKT.

From the 1920s to the dawn of the 1980s, Parma Calcio played matches in the second and third tiers at this ground, which were worth salvation or promotion, or which sometimes marked anonymous seasons.

Our last victory on the home turf of the Piedmontese Lupi was on a rainy spring afternoon.

It was Sunday 29 May 1979.

There were four matchdays left in Group A of Serie C1Cesare Maldini’s boys were going well in the hunt for second place and on the way to promotion. Leaders Como were already out of sight.

The Crociati took an early lead through golden boy Carlo Ancelotti.

In the fourth minute, Carletto picked up the ball in the half-space on the edge of the box and turned towards the penalty area. He skipped past midfielder Gabriele Bongiomi and let fly from around 21 yards out.

The ball took a wicked bounce in the six-yard box and flew past goalkeeper Angelo Lucetti and into the back of the net.

It was a powerful shot that bobbled up making it tough for the goalkeeper (1-0 to Parma).

Parma looked comfortable in their lead. Alessandria only threatened on a couple of occasions but never forced any real chances.

We doubled our lead at the optimal time to kill off a game – with eight minutes to go until full time.

In the 82nd minute, striker Fabio Bonci kicked off the counterattack.

He played in Marco Torresani, who sped towards the Alessandria goal.

Our winger beat Alessandria legend the centre-back Antonio Colombo and then did a series of feints to evade the other central defender Bruno Avera.

The Grigi’s sweeper – in his attempt to block Torresani’s effort, deflected it past a helpless Lucetti.

The ball struck the post before going in (2-0 to Parma).

There were just 1,200 fans in attendance at the Moccagatta that day, the majority of whom were among the contingent of travelling Parma supporters.

There was a hint of a scuffle, which subsided almost immediately. A few umbrellas flew onto the pitch.

Parma, with that success, rose to fourth place, co-habiting with Novara, with 38 points. Reggiana were third at 39, while Triestina were second at 41. Como were sailing on 46.

At the end of the season, Ancelotti and his teammates were promoted to Serie B, winning the play-off, played at the Stadio Menti in Vicenza, beating Triestina.

Photos: Ancelotti; Torresani; Bonci in action at the Moccagatta, behind is the late Giovanni Colonnelli and the Crociata bench, in which the accompanying manager Gianfranco Migliazzi can be seen.