Parma, 1 September 2022 – Parma picked up its first point at the ‘stadio Luigi Ferraris’ in a league game against Genoa Cricket Football Club on 6 April 1985.

It was a Serie B match, which was unusually played on a Saturday because it was Easter weekend (back then ‘football day’ was exclusively Sunday in all tiers of Italian football).

Massimo Barbuti stole the headlines.

It ended one all, which, unfortunately, did not prevent relegation for the Club, which had often showed fine performances, but little gain, as was the case in this game.

The trademark of one of our flag-bearers, who has remained fondly in the hearts of the Curva Nord.

The importance of a positive result on the difficult pitch of the Genoese Grifone.

The championship and the day of the week on which that match was played.

These are the elements that firmly establish this match as a piece of Crociati History on the eve of our next match at the Ferraris with Genoa, scheduled for Saturday 3 September (16:15 CEST) in matchday four of Serie B 2022/2023.

On that dreary Saturday in early spring thirty-seven years ago, Parma Calcio went a goal down in the 11th minute.

It was an unfortunate deflection (own-goal) by captain and centre-half Pierluigi Panizza from a long-distance shot by midfielder Francesco Mileti that marked the first goal on the scoresheet.

In the second half, before scoring the equaliser, Barbuti hit the post to the left of goalkeeper Nevio Favaro curling it around the wall with a right-footed free-kick from the opposite side of the area.

The equaliser itself came in the 64th minute.

Enrico Lombardi floated in a perfect cross after running down the right wing. Massimo headed the ball in, beating the two defenders Mario Faccenda and Luca Chiappino in the small area.

In the photos: the Crociati fans in full force at the stadio Ferraris; Barbuti and Lombardi, who linked up for the equalising goal; the celebration of the Parma supporters after Massimo’s goal.