Bolton Wanderers said: "Let there be light!"
11:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport
SUNDAY marks the 60th anniversary of the first floodlit Lancashire derby to be played in the county between Bolton Wanderers and Bury.
Wanderers made the short trip to Gigg Lane to take on the Shakers in a match that ended all-square at 2-2 in front of 20,622.
Gigg Lane was the first Lancastrian ground to use floodlights a week earlier on 1953 against a Wolves side that would go on to win their first league title at the end of that season.
Coincidentally, almost four years to the day later, Burnden Park’s floodlights were switched on for the first time for a friendly against Scottish side Heart of Midlothian.
On October 14, 1957 Whites chairman Harry Warburton threw the switch before the team played out a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 21,058.
A week later, Russian Army side CDSA became Wanderers’ first victims under the Burnden Park lights when they lost 3-0.
The lights may have been a new concept for the Wanderers faithful but that Hearts game came 79 years after Sheffield’s Bramall Lane hosted the world’s first ever floodlit football match on October 14, 1878 – Blues beating Reds 2-0 in a match between sides made up of local league representatives.