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floodlightfancy: Oakwell, Barnsley FC, England
See more awesome shots of floodlights from all over the globe over on Floodlight Fancy. Truly one of the greatest football tumblrs in existence.

floodlightfancy: Oakwell, Barnsley FC, England

See more awesome shots of floodlights from all over the globe over on Floodlight Fancy. Truly one of the greatest football tumblrs in existence.

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football. 
EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

Bramall Lane home of Sheffield United. Beautiful atmospheric representation of football under floodlights at the home of football.

EDIT: Artist is Bob Barker & this painting forms part of his Jumpers for Goalposts collection. Please visit his website. You can buy his art here. Thank you @eddiechap & @hollowspy for the artist info.

British Football’s Floodlit Firsts

On this day, the 26th October, in 1955, two simultaneous floodlit firsts took place, the first time in British football history that two such games had been played on the same day. So perhaps it’s fitting given my fascination with floodlit football that we recap a few floodlit firsts of British football.

London v Frankfurt first floodlit game at WembleyFootball League v Scottish League 1955 Hillsborough

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Brazilian champs or Brazilian chumps? The strange case of Bela Vista

Bela Vista Football Club (Brazil) 1958

Bela Vista FC Tour of Europe 1958

Back in the fifties many Brazilian sides toured Europe and one club who hoped to cash in on the success of the 1958 World Cup winning Brazilian national team was Bela Vista Futebol Clube de Sete Lagoas. They weren’t a big club by any stretch of the imagination though a resourceful Brazilian businessman with an eye for an opportunity organised a tour of Europe by the club in the hope of making some money.

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HOT BOVRIL

1950’s advert for Bovril.

Over fifty years later still a staple of the English matchday experience.

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London v Frankfurt 1955. First floodlit match at Wembley. The London XI, who on this ocassion were made up of players from Spurs, Chelsea, Millwall, Charlton, Fulham and Orient, had been the first British club side to appear in European club competition when they’d played a game against a Basle XI in Switzerland in June 1955.
They were not however the first British club side to play at home in Europe. That honour goes to Hibernian who a couple of weeks earlier on October 12th 1955 had played host to Germany’s Rot-Weis Essen in the second leg of their first round European Cup tie.
London won this game against Frankfurt 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half-time. They reached the final of this the first Inter-Cities Fairs Cup tournament but lost 8-2 on aggregate to Barcelona after drawing the first leg 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

London v Frankfurt 1955. First floodlit match at Wembley. The London XI, who on this ocassion were made up of players from Spurs, Chelsea, Millwall, Charlton, Fulham and Orient, had been the first British club side to appear in European club competition when they’d played a game against a Basle XI in Switzerland in June 1955.

They were not however the first British club side to play at home in Europe. That honour goes to Hibernian who a couple of weeks earlier on October 12th 1955 had played host to Germany’s Rot-Weis Essen in the second leg of their first round European Cup tie.

London won this game against Frankfurt 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half-time. They reached the final of this the first Inter-Cities Fairs Cup tournament but lost 8-2 on aggregate to Barcelona after drawing the first leg 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

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.

Read more | Dark Night Under Lights | tag: floodlights on footysphere

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Honved 1954

In 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers were proclaimed in the English press as ‘Champions of the World’ following a thrilling 3-2 floodlit friendly win over Honved of Hungary. Honved boasted many of the ‘Magical Magyars’ that had humilated England 6-3 at Wembley and then 7-1 in Hungary. In front of 55000 people and the cameras of the BBC, English pride was restored.

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First floodlit fixture at White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur v Racing Club de Paris (France) 1953

Tottenham Hotspur v Racing Club de Paris 29/09/53

  • A thrilling game that Spurs won 5-3 in front of nearly 28000 fans. It is claimed that the 2nd half was televised which would make this the first instance of a floodlit match shown on the television. However in the book A Complete Record of Sheffield United (page199) it is claimed that the 2nd half of the Millwall v Sheffield United game played on 29th March 1954 was the first floodlit football match to be televised. I don’t know which claim is correct.

Bradford Park Avenue v Czechoslovakia 1961 - Inauguration of foodlights

Bradford (Park Avenue) v Czechoslovakia 1961

This is a beauty. Match to mark the inauguration of the floodlights at the Park Avenue stadium in Bradford. Nearly seventeen and a half thousand were present to see the vistors win 3-2. Sadly less than 13 years later BPA went into liquidation and left the league. Park Avenue itself is still a sports ground but the stands have long been demolished.

Leyton Orient v Hapoel Petah Tikva

Leyton Orient v Hapoel Petah Tikva (Israel) 1960

Leyton Orient v Hapoel Petah Tikva Sept 1960


This was Orient’s first home friendly under floodlights against an overseas club. Hapoel Petah Tikva were the reigning Israeli Champions, winning their national title in 58/59, 59/60 and retaining it 60/61. They went on to win the title in both the 61/62 and 62/63 seasons to set a new Israeli record of five consecutive titles which stands to this day. Though they haven’t won it since.

Leyton Orient were a second division club at the time and at the end of the 60/61 season finished in 19th avoiding relegation by just one point. They improved considerably for the 61/62 season finishing as runners-up to Liverpool and gaining promotion into the English top flight. They lasted one season finishing bottom by ten points and haven’t been back since.

I am satisfied that there is a great future for football under artificial light in England. I can see nothing further to prevent its introduction, and I believe it would be a splendid success. Further, I am convinced that it is bound to come, possibly by way of friendly matches. Once launched, however, I predict that its development will be rapid.

Herbert Chapman, Arsenal manager & visionary, 1933

OverTimeOnline.co.uk

Sheffield United Floodlit Friendlies

Blades v Esbjerg November 1954

Permanent floodlights were installed at Bramall Lane in 1954 & during the fifties the Blades, in common with other clubs, played a series of floodlit friendlies to popularise the game under lights.

  • 16/03/54 Rotherham Utd 2-1 Att: 17787
  • 23/03/54 Hibernian 3-3 Att: 29265
  • 06/04/54 Clyde 0-1 Att: 15237
  • 30/11/54 Esbjerg (Denmark) 7-0 Att: 6237
  • 07/02/55 Graz FK (Austria) 4-0 Att: 7083
  • 29/03/55 Dundee 3-1 Att: 10000
  • 04/04/55 St Mirren 3-1 Att: 7228
  • 06/02/56 Hearts 4-2 Att: 9399
  • 29/11/56 Radnicki (Yugoslavia) 1-2 Att: 8894
  • 08/10/58 Bela Vista (Brazil) 4-0 Att: 9000
  • 05/10/59 Lucerne (Switzerland) 5-1 Att: 8131

Over seventy-five years earlier in 1878 Bramall Lane had been the venue for the World’s first floodlit football match.