Parma, 29 April 2022 – It’s been almost 40 years since the Crociati took on Alessandria in the league, at stadio Ennio Tardini.

The last time the teams met in this fixture was Sunday 30 May 1982, as the hosts ran out 3-0 winners, thanks to goals from Enrico Cannata, Fausto Pari and Sergio D’Agostino.

We’re now on the eve of the return fixture, after two of the oldest clubs in italian football battled it out at Risorgimento earlier in the season (tomorrow’s game will be matchday 37 of the 2021/22 Serie B season). We dissect a winter draw between the sides, from the Crociati History.

It was a tough, but fair 1-1 draw, as Group A of Serie C1 made a return after the Christmas break. On Sunday, 7 January 1979, 4,500 watched on, as the Tardini played host to a fixture under the lights.

The visitors took the lead after 35 minutes, with young forward, Gianluigi Picco with the goal.

Dynamic left-back, Natalino Fossati, slid in to try and stop forward, Angelo Calasti, but Picco was in support to his right.

The Grigi’s star man, struck his effort on the half turn, as the ball nestled in the left corner of goal, guarded by Lambero Boranga (0-1).

Parma got their equaliser nine minutes later, just before the break.

It was Fabio Bonci with an unorhodox finish in the 44th minute, fuelling Alessandrian protests.

Carlo Ancelotti set up Bonci with his head, after getting on the end of the late, great, Lucio Mongardi’s cross. Bonci scoring with his chest, past goalkeeper Angelo Lucetti (1-1)

The draw was a fair result, considering the two teams’ respective performances. The guests dominated the first half; our lads the second.

The Crociati were still playing under coach Graziano Landoni at this point, who was to be later replaced by Cesare Maldini.

The team were second in the league, 16 points ahead of Forlì, Novara and Triestina, and three points from the leading pair of Como and Reggina

The Grigi finished 14th.

At the end of the season, Parma were promoted to Serie B.

Thanks to a resurgence in form during the second half of the season.

Ancelotti and co won the epic play-off against Triestina, on Sunday 17 June 1979 at the stadio Romeo Menti di Vicenza, as they were the two runners-up (Como finishing as champions).

In the photo: a period of play from the game, in the Grigi’s penalty area. The Crociati’s Ancelotti and Mongardi are on the attack, with goalkeeper, Lucetti and full-back, Fossati carrying out their defensive duties.