The world's greatest ground? A photographic centenary celebration of Highbury

11. Let there be lights

On 19 September 1951, Arsenal entered the floodlit age with a Highbury friendly against Hapoel Tel Aviv. 
 
Two decades before, during a trip to Belgium, Herbert Chapman had become fascinated by the potential of playing under floodlights - no more early kick-offs on winter afternoons and the possibility of midweek evening fixtures, not to mention uniform lighting conditions. 
 
Chapman had lights installed at the training ground, but the FA banned floodlights for competitive senior games. Arsenal were the first top-flight side to play under lights, and by the end of the 1950s floodlights were generally accepted as the future of football.
 

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Only realise now how lucky I was that my first ever Premier League match was at Highbury, taken by a season ticket holder during my first visit to London. Thank you Barrie! :-)