Parma, 11 March 2022 – The first time that Cittadella came to the Stadio Ennio Tardini in the league has gone down in Crociati History.

It was Christmas 2008.

On a cold evening in Parma on Friday 8 December and the first game on Serie B matchday 19.

Alberto Paloschi bagged the winner with a header on the 75th minute (1-0).

The AC Milan academy product got up well in the six-yard box and met Marco Rossi’s cross from out on the left.

Then Cittadella goalkeeper Andrea Pierobon could do nothing but watch it sail into the back of the net.

Paloschino celebrated wildly, with his hand over his forehead as if saluting or staring into the distance.

Then, a mad dash to the centre of the pitch.

Both to give tribute to the Curva Nord and to embrace goalkeeper Nicola Pavarini, who was one of the stalwarts and trusted generals of coach Francesco Guidolin, who had replaced Gigi Cagni.

The celebrations were understandable. Not just because that goal seemed to be the winner.

Parma struggled in that game.

The Crociati lost Brazilian striker Reginaldo through injury on the half-hour mark (he was replaced by Paloschi).

Eight minutes later, the hosts then went down to ten men after defender Giuli Falcone was shown a red card by referee Riccardo Pinzani for a poor challenge on Cittadella forward Riccardo Meggiorini.

Moments prior to the opener, Pavarini made a stunning stop to deny Gennaro Volpe’s close-range header.

With that win, Parma claimed top spot on 23 points, level with Brescia and Sassuolo.

The Crociati attained promotion to the top flight at the end of the season, finishing second behind Bari.

Mathematical promotion was, in fact, attained in the reverse fixture against Cittadella.

Photos: Crociati fans during the game and Paloschi’s joy after the winning goal.