We know that all of you when go – or when will go – to Parma bring back home some memorabilia. The ticket is not enough and the Official merchandise neither: you need something more personal. Something that would tell you about that specific moment: Curva Nord Boys fanzine, stickers, advertisement poster with a Parma logo on, etc. because these object would represent a piece of history, a piece of your history in Parma.
Objects are guardians of our memories, especially for away fans like us that can’t follow the team every week, but once or twice a year.
Walking in Collecchio Training center or in Tardini restricted areas is an experience, and who had the luck to do it can confirm it. Think about how many players and coaches walked there, changed before a match, talked, fought, had fun.
Think about all the players and coaches that spend part of their life there: how many times they changed in Tardini locker room ? how many laughs or fights did that walls see?
In Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs – CCPC offices, the little yellow building at the left of Tardini Gate that some of you started to know because is the place where we met with all the abroad fans before the matches, there is one of these “memory objects”. It is a door. That door was threw away during some Tardini locker room renewal and people of CCPC found it and decided to use it in their office, creating specifically a wall for it.
That one, was the old Parma locker room door and on it you can read the signatures of some of most famous names in our 90s history. Some of them are clear: Taffarel, Brolin, Buffon, Di Vaio, Simplicio… If that door could speak!
To be honest inside that place there are plenty memory objects and most of all there are people that are the real Parma Calcio memory guardians, and they are more than kind. If you go there for visit in Parma bring and italian dictionary and knock at their door. If they have free time they surely be happy to tell you some story about Faustino Asprilla or Hernan Crespo. And we are not talking about some newspaper gossips, but about real life stories because the majority of these champions were – and still are -for real part of Parma family and memory guardians are there to testify it.