The first floodlit match was played on Monday 14 October 1878 at Bramall Lane between two Sheffield Football Association sides. As many as 30,000 spectators turned up to witness the experiment, arranged in part to promote the Tasker electrical company, run by local engineering pioneer John Tasker. It was quite a spectacle, and remains one of the most curious football matches ever played.
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