Back to late April 2001 and York City breathing a huge collective sigh of relief after a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser finally guaranteed their Football League survival.
Back to late April 2001 and York City breathing a huge collective sigh of relief after a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser at Torquay United finally guaranteed their Football League survival for another season.
Manager Terry Dolan conceded it had been an absolute roller-coaster of emotions following wing-back Graham Potter somehow conjuring up an unlikely injury-time leveller direct from a corner in a tense 2-2 draw at Plainmoor.
The visitors had earlier allowed a vital 1-0 interval advantage to slip while threatening to leave their fans evermore anxious going into the final week of the season.
Defender Mike Basham had earned City an early advantage before Kevin Hill and then Jimmy Aggrey, that with just four minutes remaining, sent them suddenly plunging back into the mire.
“This game will never cease to amaze people,” Dolan admitted to The Press. “We made hard work of it. We were in control of the game in the first-half and then we lost our composure.
“But the one thing we didn’t lose was our resilience and we stuck at it without playing that well in the second-half.”
Dolan was still insistent, though, that his charges have plenty to play for in their final couple of games, when first visiting Shrewsbury Town in midweek and then wrapping things up at home to Kidderminster Harriers.
“The amazing thing is we have suffered just one defeat in fourteen and still found ourselves in this position,” he continued. “We now want to make it just one defeat in sixteen.
“I’m delighted we haven’t got to go to Shrewsbury on Tuesday or the [Kidderminster] game on Saturday still needing something. We can let others worry about that now.”
Former England Under-21 international Potter’s sensational last-gasp rescue mission had unsurprisingly sparked a mini-pitch invasion from some of the jubilant City faithful in Devon.
“Of course I meant it. It was never in doubt,” he remarked tongue-in-cheek. “But I am absolutely delighted. It means we are not now having to worry about our next game or the last game of the season.
“I’m also delighted because it has been a difficult year for me and it’s nice to finish on such a high,” Potter reflected. “But I have come through it and I hope it is onwards and upwards from hereon in.”
Rewind Extra – April 2001