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Sheffield 1878: The World’s First Floodlit Football Match
This is a photo of a commemorative coin I own that is part of a series that was produced to commemorate the Euro 96 Championships held in England. It depicts the first ever floodlit football match in the World held at Bramall Lane, Sheffield on 14th October 1878.
The Sheffeld Telegraph reporting the event wrote, “There was an overwhelming interest in the experiment, and excursionists arrived in large numbers from distant grounds. Between six and seven o’clock, it seemed as if all Sheffield was heading for Bramall Lane. The streets were thronged from all directions. At the game curiosity conquered customary courtesy, and the few who were really interested in the play were obliged to give way to the many who had eyes only for the new lights. Many of the ladies, once within the rays, shot up umbrellas as they would parasols to shield them from the sun at mid-day!”

(Sheffield Football: A History, Volume 1)

The official crowd of 12000 paid receipts totalling £300 which at the time was a large amount of money which delighted the committee who operated the Bramall Lane ground. However many spectators got in for free by climbing over the perimeter walls & some estimates have the attendance as high as 20000. This was for the times a huge crowd for a football match. In comparision the Scotland v England fixture held in March of 1878 at Hampden had an attendance of 10000 whilst England didn’t muster a crowd of 12000 plus for a home international match until 1887.
The purpose of the game was to showcase a new form of electric lighting in the hope that industrialists would use it to illuminate railway yards & other large works sites.
As for the match itself it was contested by The Reds & The Blues, each team being made up of representatives from local Sheffield football clubs. The Blues ran out 2-0 winners.
Read more about Bramall Lane here

Sheffield 1878: The World’s First Floodlit Football Match

This is a photo of a commemorative coin I own that is part of a series that was produced to commemorate the Euro 96 Championships held in England. It depicts the first ever floodlit football match in the World held at Bramall Lane, Sheffield on 14th October 1878.

The Sheffeld Telegraph reporting the event wrote, “There was an overwhelming interest in the experiment, and excursionists arrived in large numbers from distant grounds. Between six and seven o’clock, it seemed as if all Sheffield was heading for Bramall Lane. The streets were thronged from all directions. At the game curiosity conquered customary courtesy, and the few who were really interested in the play were obliged to give way to the many who had eyes only for the new lights. Many of the ladies, once within the rays, shot up umbrellas as they would parasols to shield them from the sun at mid-day!”

(Sheffield Football: A History, Volume 1)

The official crowd of 12000 paid receipts totalling £300 which at the time was a large amount of money which delighted the committee who operated the Bramall Lane ground. However many spectators got in for free by climbing over the perimeter walls & some estimates have the attendance as high as 20000. This was for the times a huge crowd for a football match. In comparision the Scotland v England fixture held in March of 1878 at Hampden had an attendance of 10000 whilst England didn’t muster a crowd of 12000 plus for a home international match until 1887.

The purpose of the game was to showcase a new form of electric lighting in the hope that industrialists would use it to illuminate railway yards & other large works sites.

As for the match itself it was contested by The Reds & The Blues, each team being made up of representatives from local Sheffield football clubs. The Blues ran out 2-0 winners.

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Opening of Ninian Park Floodlights

Cardiff City v Grasshopper Zurich (Switzerland) 1960

Programme from Cardiff City v Grasshoppers Zurich friendly game played on the 5th October 1960 to mark the official opening of the floodlights at Ninian Park. The lights had been used for the first time in the Bluebird’s opening league game of their 60/61 first division campaign against Sheffield Wednesday.  A match the visitors won 1-0 on their way to the league runners-up spot behind double winners Tottenham Hotspur.

Links: Ninian Park | Grasshoppers Zurich | English 60/61 season

Rampla Juniors Tour of England 1956

Luton Town v Rampla Juniors (Uruguay) 10/04/56

Uruguayan club Rampla Juniors embarked on a huge global tour in 1956. Over the course of 71 days they played 24 games in 8 countries. They visited Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Turkey as well as England. They recorded 11 wins, 6 draws and only 7 defeats, a quite remarkable record given that they averaged a game every 3 days.

The English leg of their tour saw them take part in a number of floodlit friendlies. The programme cover above shows their game at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 10th April. The day after, on the Wednesday, they played Portsmouth at Fratton Park & became the first Uruguayan club to record a victory on British soil with a 3-1 win.

The following week they visited Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday the 18th & then Watford on the Thursday. I’ve not been able to find the scores from these two games. They also played Leeds, Mansfield, Southampton & possibly Burnley but I haven’t been able to confirm the dates these games were played.

QPR v Rampla Juniors (Uruguay) 18/04/56 Watford v Rampla Juniors (Uruguay) 19/04/56

Read more about Rampla …

1929: The 1st Tour: Rampla Juniors abroad

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Arsenal v Hapoel Tel Aviv 1951: Floodlit Friendly
Programme cover from Arsenal v Hapoel Tel Aviv Sept 1951. Arsenal were the first English top flight club to install floodlights and this was the first major fixture to be held at Highbury under floodlights. Arsenal won 6-1.
Arsenal finished the 51/52 season as FA Cup runners-up and had to settle for 3rd place in the First Division. Pipped to 2nd by North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal average. Hapoel Tel Aviv competed in the the inaugural edition of the Liga Alef and finished in 5th place.
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Highbury’s first game under floodlights
1951/52 in English football
Hapoel Tel Aviv - Wikipedia
Israeli Liga Alef 1951/52

Arsenal v Hapoel Tel Aviv 1951: Floodlit Friendly

Programme cover from Arsenal v Hapoel Tel Aviv Sept 1951. Arsenal were the first English top flight club to install floodlights and this was the first major fixture to be held at Highbury under floodlights. Arsenal won 6-1.

Arsenal finished the 51/52 season as FA Cup runners-up and had to settle for 3rd place in the First Division. Pipped to 2nd by North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal average. Hapoel Tel Aviv competed in the the inaugural edition of the Liga Alef and finished in 5th place.

Read more …

Highbury’s first game under floodlights

1951/52 in English football

Hapoel Tel Aviv - Wikipedia

Israeli Liga Alef 1951/52