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1 Posted 16/02/2020 at 01:02:30
2 Posted 16/02/2020 at 02:19:32
But unless there were 2 games (and I suppose it is possible) both under floodlights, both Vs a Nigerian 11 (who played barefoot in Nov) Then the one I saw was in 1954. 13,000 crammed into that little Holly Park ground next to Allerton station.
Can any of our more mature readers or those with access to newspaper archives confirm this?
Other than that Rob, keep em coming.
3 Posted 16/02/2020 at 09:33:02
We lived in Hans Road, about 5 minutes walk away from the ground, through the jiggers. My bedroom was at the back of the house, so if the lights were on for some reason my bedroom was lit up like daytime. Great for my illicit reading, having gone to bed early because of school tomorrow.
The atmosphere at night matches was always great, and as a kid it was always a thrill. Even watching the Reserves on occasion, maybe Lancashire Senior Cup matches or something.
The Dunfermline match in 62 sticks in my mind as it coincided with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Eeriest atmosphere ever, and probably one of the filthiest matches.
4 Posted 16/02/2020 at 11:00:26
The good news was that it bolloxed the Mike and Bernie Winters show
5 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:35:05
At night in Top Balcony, there is not much better sight.
6 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:45:12
7 Posted 16/02/2020 at 21:49:24
8 Posted 17/02/2020 at 06:34:20
9 Posted 17/02/2020 at 09:59:26
I think youre right about John Moores.
I dont recall the Floodlit Cup for some reason. I was a regular at Goodison by that time, either with my Dad or my mates. Maybe past my bedtime!
10 Posted 17/02/2020 at 11:59:02
11 Posted 18/02/2020 at 17:25:33
13 Posted 18/02/2020 at 18:19:24
The next test is “ what did you have for your tea tonight?
14 Posted 19/02/2020 at 18:25:43
My first experience at Goodison was under the floodlights... a European affair in 1971.
15 Posted 20/02/2020 at 04:33:47
16 Posted 20/02/2020 at 19:27:55
I was serving in Cyprus when the floodlights were installed, and my first floodlight experience was in December 1958, when I came home on leave. I was demobbed in July 1959, and I was sure that I attended a Floodlit Cup game, and on researching it appears that the fixture was last played in 1961, a 2-2 draw. It appears that Liverpool's promotion in 1962 did away with the need to continue the fixture, it was, after all, a money-spinning exercise.
I found the article extremely interesting, but the highlights for me were the photographs of the ground in all its splendour, the view of the Goodison Road stand is breathtaking, younger fans may appreciate why we 'Old' uns take issue with those who call Goodison a dump.
17 Posted 20/02/2020 at 20:53:22
18 Posted 20/02/2020 at 21:54:23
09/10/57 2-0 Eddie Thomas 
30/10/57 2-3 Jimmy Harris, Dave Hickson'
01/10/58 1-2 Dave Hickson
29/10/58 2-3 Jimmy Harris, Eddie Thomas
28/10/59 2-0 Brian Harris, Jimmy Harris
05/10/61 1-3 Jimmy Gabriel
13/10 61 2-2 Bobby Collins, Roy Vernon
I don't know what happened to 1960, I'll have to do a bit more research.
19 Posted 20/02/2020 at 22:31:59
From my records, it looks like the Floodlit Cup lasted for 5 years and was a two-legged affair for the first 3 years. But in 1960 (at Anfield Road) and 1961 (at Goodison Park), it was settled in just one game.
Some of your dates don't agree with the ones I have:
09/10/57 @ Goodison Park
30/10/57 @ Anfield Road
01/10/58 @ Anfield Road
29/10/58 @ Goodison Park
30/09/59 07/10/59 @ Goodison Park
28/10/59 @ Anfield Road
05/10/61 05/10/60 @ Anfield Road 13/10 61 18/10/61 @ Goodison Park
20 Posted 21/02/2020 at 09:55:31
If memory serves, I think the attendance that night at Goodison Park was 42,000 but stand to be corrected.
21 Posted 21/02/2020 at 12:00:06
I remember the result but not Evertons scorers. I do remember St.Johns hat trick. I told my Red mate he wasnt fit to lace Alexs boots.
And he wasnt, narky little get.
22 Posted 21/02/2020 at 13:53:34
I owe you an apology Michael, because somehow or other I failed to see that my article 'Treasured Memories of a Bygone Age part 7' had been published. That together with a post that was deleted, compounded by my numerous logging on failures, led me to believe [wrongly] that the one or two issues that we had shared, had resulted in me being denied access to the ToffeeWeb site. Lyndon, however sorted the problem for me, so once again apologies.
23 Posted 21/02/2020 at 14:07:22
24 Posted 22/02/2020 at 12:29:10
"It is impracticable so far as these islands are concerned. Floodlighting is all right for countries not having the British climate, and while many workers would welcome evening matches (particularly those who have to work on Saturday afternoons) there remains a doubt as to whether they would brave the winds, rain and cold to see an evening match at a ground where protection is limited."
He went on to argue that, rather than investing in expensive floodlights, clubs would serve their supporters much better by devoting the money to the provision of more covered accommodation and seats. Kendall acknowledged that "Everton, with the best club ground in Britain, could stage floodlit matches better than any other" but asked "would a match at Goodison on a cold evening be preferable to the usual Saturday afternoon gathering?"
25 Posted 24/02/2020 at 10:46:47
Does anyone else remember the Everton kit – shiny silk, glittered under the lights – absolutely awful!!!
26 Posted 24/02/2020 at 17:03:56
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