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Let There Be Light

8 September 2015

Did you know that our floodlight towers are 128ft in height and currently have 45,2000 Watt lamps installed between the four towers? They afford us an average luminance across the pitch of 458 lux, the minimal amount required for the Vanarama National League is 250 lux.

The floodlights were purchased second hand from Wolves in 1958 and installed in 1960. The Supporters Club raised the £9,000 for their installation with them hooked up to a generator in the old Groundsman’s hut in Constitutional Corner! They were eventually connected to the National Grid via the main power house in Imperial Corner.

The lights were first used for the Reserves v’s Sunderland on Tuesday 13th September, followed by the first team on the 20th September 1960 against Newport County.

Our lights originated at Wolverhampton Wanders’ Molineux Stadium – they were one of the first clubs to them installed at a cost of £10,000! This move enabled Wolves to play evening fixtures with the first being on September 30th 1953. Wolves beat South Africa 3 – 1 on that night with George Best (a boyhood Wolves fan) describing the match as “fantastic” with 55,000 fans
locked in Molineux, “but it was the floodlights which made football magical for me, it turned football into a theatre”.

The match as Wolves was the first of a series of prestigious floodlit friendlies that captured the imagination of the nation and were shown on television. Back then only the FA Cup Final and international games were televised however the introduction of floodlights enabled football to be
beamed into homes all over Britain.