The Bristol Rovers League Cup game was a 7.30pm KO on a Saturday, (possibly unique for a Saturday at SJP ?)
It was not unusual to have League Cup fixtures starting before the Football League official start date in that era...Torquay regularly had 7.30pm Saturday KOs, Perhaps the Grecians wanted to gauge opinion, I remember going to the game which was a novelty for a Saturday evening, It certainly would not be allowed for a high profile regional game these days, Unless Sky wanted to broadcast it of course.
Yes, some great players..Gary Mabbutt was in the Bristol Rovers team that evening. Rovers were in the 2nd Division at the time.
Seeing Steve Neville in the highlights reminded me that he was transferred to Sheffield United in October, for a good fee iirc, of course long before the nonsense of transfer windows.
Some of the Neville transfer fee was invested straight away signing Ray Pratt from Merthyr Tydfil.A very good bit of business.