In Praise Of… Floodlit Football


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. Wurzel says:

    Last sentence in para 5 omits to mention that in the first competitive game under lights Spurs reserves were away to Southampton, the match being played at The Dell.

  2. admin says:

    Quite right. I will amend that now.

  3. Steve says:

    Enjoyable read. It would be hard to imagine football without floodlights – be it those heady European nights or standing freezing yer wotsits off with the proverbial one man and his dog. There is certainly a very different atmosphere, and the cold and light seem to add an urgency to the game.

    There’s something fun too about getting to go to the football on a school night!

  4. Roy Ebsary says:

    How much money do smaller clubs (League 1 & 2, Blue Square) waste by turning on the floodlights in winter at 4 p.m. when they could start at 2 p.m. & finish the game in daylight? Yet they’re always talking about the “high costs” & “overheads” of running a football club. Surely they could save some money by not turning them on at all at the weekend. At least their ‘lecky bill would be lower.

  5. Phil of Bath says:

    The cost of running floodlights is quite small. Bath City have league standard lights, 4 proper pylons with 12 2kW bulbs each = 96kw. Assume that a kWh (kilowatt hour) costs about 12p, that’s just £11.50 ph. Hardly going to bankrupt even the smallest club.

  6. As a Cardiff fan the thing I miss most about Ninian Park is the evening games and the wonderful floodlights. “The biggest floodlights in football.” so I am told by City old-timers. Walking down Sloper Road and seeing them on in the distance was part and parcel of an evening match at Ninian Park.

    I don’t really like whacking links to my own blog on other people’s comment pages, but this time I can’t resist, look at these beauties from Aston Villa:

  7. Paul says:

    Always remember watching my first floodlit match as a schoolboy when West Ham visited Cambridge City to play a friendly under their new lights back at Milton Road in early 1957. Both teams wore very silky shirts and shorts which seemed to be the fashion for those days under lights.

    My first ever visit to White Hart Lane was again a floodlit fixture in September 1957.

  8. ejh says:

    One shouldn’t overlook the phemomenon of floodlights failing during games and the likelihood of their being repaired depending on whether or not the home team was losing at the time.

  9. footysphere says:

    Great article. It’s worth mentioning that experiments in floodlighting were happening north of the border too. Indeed the first ‘first class’ fixture played under lights in the UK was in November 1951 when Stenhousemuir hosted Hibs in a Scottish League game. As for the first English televised floodlit game there’s some confusion. The official Sheffield United website claims that the 2nd half of a floodlit fixture played between the Blades & Milllwall at The Den in March 1954 was the first instance of televised floodlit football. However there is a reference online to the 2nd half of the first floodlit fixture at White Hart Lane between Spurs and Racing Club de Paris in September 1953 being televised.

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