Arsenal Football Stadium Under Floodlights, 1951
October 17, 1951.
This striking photograph is captured as 62,000 fans fill the Arsenal Football Stadium in Highbury, North London to see Arsenal challenge the Glasgow Rangers. It is Arsenal's second match ever to be played under Highbury's floodlights (the first during a September 19 match against Hapoel Tel Aviv). Under these powerful new lamps Arsenal would claim a 3-2 victory over Glasgow; conquest and stadium both immortalized in wide-format monochrome.
Fun Fact: The floodlights seemed to bring luck to Arsenal regardless of venue. In 1962 the lights were sold to Bohemian Football Club at a back-then cost of €18,000 ($24,500) and installed in Dublin's Dalymount Park. The first competitive match the lights shone upon? Bohemian vs. Arsenal, with Arsenal claiming an 8-3 victory.