CAPTURED on camera - a Bury fan cheering Billy Kee’s late winner like it meant the world to him and it showed what Friday was all about.
Blackburn fans mixed with Burnley supporters, there were Morecambe, Coventry and Rochdale shirts on show all uniting and cheering on Accrington Stanley - and supporting their fight for survival.
It showed that the name can still capture the football world’s imagination with 3,228 fans of different clubs piling into the Crown Ground, most willingly paying more than the entrance fee to help the cash-strapped club who are striving to pay off a £300,000 tax bill by the end of October.
And Stanley repaid them by giving them a game to remember.
From the off, the Reds were up for it and could have been four-up at half-time having hit the post three times.
Instead they only had skipper Andy Procter’s 21st minute goal to show for it.
Then bottom club Darlington played their part in the entertaining show, scoring a wonder goal through Kevin Gall to make sure there was plenty of nail-biting and tension which made the atmosphere even more special.
But then Kee, still celebrating his first call up to the Northern Ireland senior squad that week, headed home the winner six minutes from time - and cue the celebrations from the majority of the ground.
"I think we sent a lot of neutrals home happy," said Stanley boss John Coleman. "I would like to thank the fans for their efforts and giving up their time and money to support us.
"I tried to thank as many fans as I could individually, especially the ones from the other clubs.
"I think we served up a product which was value for money and something I would pay to watch every week and that’s all we can do.
"If we can keep more of the Accrington fans who came on to support us every week then that makes my job easier.
"If we could get these crowds every week we could go places."
And Coleman will be hoping Kee can now go places. The youngster came on loan from Leicester with a big reputation of scoring goals in the Foxes’ Academy.
He hadn’t been able to get on the scoresheet for the Reds as he made his league debut. So Stanley will hope the teenager now has lift off and the goals will flow.
"It’s a fairytale for Billy," said the Reds boss. "He got his call-up to the full Ireland squad and then gets his first league goal all in one week.
"I am delighted for him because he is a smashing kid, a great lad who loves his football. He is disappointed he hasn’t scored already for us but he had enough steel to keep putting himself into those situations where he can score - and it has paid off."
Stanley have been hit and miss with their home shows this season and Coleman must have wondered which Accrington team was going to turn out in front of the big support.
He would have been praying frantically that it was the one which has a go and gets into the opposition’s faces from the off - and that’s what he got.
Captain Procter was superb in midfield and bossed the game from start to finish; Michael Symes was dominant up front although will be annoyed he didn’t take one of his many chances and the defence squashed out the threat of David Dowson and Gall in the first half and it was all one-way traffic.
They got the goal they deserved when a John Miles cross from the left was touched home by Procter after goalkeeper David Knight snatched at the low ball.
But it should have been so many more with the woodwork denying Stanley three times - Symes heading against the underside of the crossbar; Bobby Grant rifling a shot against the upright and striker Symes having another shot turned onto the post by Knight.
It was breathtaking stuff but there was always the feeling that Stanley would be made to pay for not taking those countless chances.
And they did when, after a half-time talking to by boss Colin Todd, sub Jordan Cook’s ball forward somehow found Gall and the ex-Carlisle man did well to lob the ball over Ian Dunbavin into the top of the net.
Then it could have gone eitherway - Jordan Chandler firing just wide, Quakers’ midfielder Gary Smith putting in a low dangerous cross which Dunbavin had to be alert to while Symes had chances and Knight kept out Kee with his face when the striker had charged clean through.
But then the youngster rose well to steer Luke Joyce’s pinpoint cross past the keeper and cue the celebrations from the Bury, Morecambe, Rochdale etc fans - who would have thought they would cheer a Stanley win?