The Southern Professional Floodlit Cup is a defunct English football competition played for in the late fifties from 55/56 to 59/60 and was a knock-out trophy that served as a pre-cursor to the Football League Cup. It was mainly played for by clubs from London and the South. The most northerly club to enter the competition was Leicester City in the 59/60 season whilst their near neighbours Coventry City had been the first Midlands club to take part the season before.
In the five seasons it ran a total of nineteen clubs featured: Aldershot, Arsenal, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leicester City, Luton Town, Millwall, Orient, Portsmouth, QPR, Reading, Southampton, Southend Utd, Watford, West Ham Utd.
Six of these clubs, Palace, Millwall, Orient, QPR, Watford & West Ham took part every season. Each season saw a different winner with the inaugural winners being West Ham followed by Luton, Portsmouth, Arsenal, with Coventry winning the last tournament in 59/60.
West Ham & Reading are the only clubs to appear in two finals with West Ham winning one & losing one. Reading were runners-up both times they were in the final. Previous winners Luton & Arsenal also have two losing semi-final appearances each and along with the Hammers & Reading share most semi-final appearances with three each. Brentford played in the semis twice and both times failed to reach the final.
This is a programme cover from a 57/58 1st round game between Brentford & Arsenal which the home side won 4-1.