THE 4-4 draw at Sheffield Wednesday has rightly captured plenty of media interest through the week, especially thanks to Jordan Rhodes scoring all Town’s goals.
I remember Craig Maskell achieving the feat in Town colours back in March 1990, when Town won 5-1 against Cardiff City at Ninian Park.
And the scoreline always brings back memories of that incredible 4-4 draw at Bury the following year when, roared on by 2,000 travelling fans, Town recovered from 4-0 down to earn a point in unforgettable style.
After 31 minutes of the Third Division clash at Gigg Lane on September 14 that year, Town were trailing to goals by Liam Robinson, Colin Greenall, Ian Stevens and Nigel Smith.
What followed was one of the greatest comebacks in Town history.
Just one hour later, an irresistible charge by Eoin Hand’s inspired side had not only produced an equalising blitz of stunning quality, but maintained an unbeaten league record to keep the side right in among the leaders.
In my match report of the time, I wrote: “Man of the match? There were nearly 2,000 of them standing behind the goal, bedecked in red and black and blue and white and singing until their throats would take no more.
“Never, in my experience, have a Town crowd had so much to do with influencing a result.
“And the team, full of belief and overflowing with the purpose which had been so sadly lacking at the start, could not have responded in any better way.”
Town had the lift of a goal just before half time from Iwan Roberts and excitement began to mount when Phil Starbuck, flitting around three defenders on 62 minutes, rattled in a brilliant second.
My report continued: “Hand’s men streamed into attack with a fury not seen in many a day, but Bury obviously thought they had done enough as they clung to a two-goal lead with only five minutes to go.
“Not this time. Not with Town playing out of their skins and Starbuck and Roberts primed to provide a final, breathtaking, heart-stopping salvo.”
Starbuck reduced the deficit to one, turning to crack home an angled drive after Mark Wright and Roberts had headed on a hastily-taken throw-in from Chris Marsden.
Then, a minute into stoppage time, substitute Simon Ireland outpaced full-back Roger Stanislaus and clipped a perfect back-post cross from the goalline for Roberts to nod home.
“All hell broke loose,” I wrote in conclusion.
“Delirious fans lifted the roof, Marsden, Starbuck and Kieran O’Regan landed on top of the joyous Roberts while the whole of the bench – including Iffy Onuora in a splint! – were leaping around on the edge of the pitch.
“Unbelievable stuff. And the excitement was almost too much to bear.”
I’m sure Town’s contingent at Hillsborough will still be talking about last Saturday in 20 years time, while Rhodes will remember the occasion (and his 2011) for the rest of his life.