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Portsmouth v Newcastle United 1956

First Floodlit Football League Fixture in England

Portsmouth v Newcastle United - 1st Division 1956 (by footysphere)

In 1955 Sunderland made a proposal that led to the formal introduction of floodlit fixtures to the league calendar. They suggested that if the two clubs agreed then postponed fixtures could be played under floodlights.

It was their North East rivals Newcastle who made history along with Portsmouth when the two met at Fratton Park for the first League game under floodlights. Newcastle won 2-0 though the game nearly didn’t go ahead. A power failure had electricians working frantically to get the lights on in time for the 7pm kick off.

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