READING might have won promotion to the Premiership at a canter this season.
But turn back the clock 30 years and they were in the thick of a battle with Town and Tranmere to get out of the League's basement division.
Lincoln were runway leaders and Northampton a solid bet for second.
With the play-offs still a pipedream, that left two other promotion berths.
Town, in the Fourth for the first time in their illustrious history in 1975-76, were desperate to escape quickly.
But Reading and Tranmere were just as eager to move up.
Town, who had signalled their intent by signing Mick Butler from Barnsley as a replacement for broken-leg victim Terry Gray, were due at Prenton Park in another week.
So it was crucial they took both points at home to lowly Scunthorpe United on this weekend back then.
Things looked good when long-serving Terry Dolan volleyed them in front with 13 minutes to go.
But home fans in a 6,502 crowd were stunned by an 85th-minute equaliser by Angus Davidson.
There was a degree of consolation when the other results started to roll in.
Northampton had won 2-1 at Bradford City with two goals from Jim Hall.
But Reading, who had a proven goalgetter in Portsmouth old boy Ray Hiron and an inspirational, if wayward striker in Robin Friday, had been held 1-1 at home by Lincoln in front of a bumper 15,683 and so were just four points clear.
Even better, Tranmere had lost 2-0 at lowly Darlington, so Town had gone fourth on goal average, with a game in hand on both third and fifth.
Things got even tighter in midweek, when Town won 2-0 at Crewe through Rod Belfitt and Bob Newton, Tranmere beat Newport 3-1 and Reading lost 4-1 at Northampton.
But it was Town, rather than the Biscuitmen, who were to crumble.
In the vital test at Tranmere, they crashed to a hat trick by Ronnie Moore, now manager of Town's current promotion rivals Oldham, while Reading beat Brentford 1-0.
Then, while Reading and Tranmere both won, Town slumped to a shock 2-1 home defeat by Southport.
Reading were up while Town had to win both their remaining games and hope Tranmere lost their last one at home to Bradford.
Wayne Goldthorpe's goal against the Hornets kept the race alive, but two days later Tranmere sealed the final promotion place with a 3-3 home draw, making Town's final game, also against the Bantams, meaningless.
For the record, it finished goalless.
Graham Taylor was still at the fledgling stage of his managerial career, but was showing a clear talent. His freescoring Red Imps were well on their way to the title by this stage of the season.
They had slid from the top flight to the Fourth Division in successive seasons in the second half of the Sixties, but were enjoying a relative resurgence under Dave Bowen and Bill Dodgin.
Relegated from the Third in 1971, their centenary year, they had shown steady improvement under manager Charlie Hurley and had an inspirational, if wayward striker in Robin Friday.
Relegated alongside Town the season before, they had a new manager in John King and a hungry young team which included the likes of midfielder Bobby Tynan and striker Ronnie Moore.
A top-flight side just four seasons earlier, they were in the basement section for the first time in their proud history and desperate to make the stay as short as possible.