"Snuff Out The Moon. The development of floodlit rugby league" by Tom Mather is an historical account of the development of floodlit rugby league. It's origins lie well before 1895. It starts with the game between Broughton and Swinton on 22nd October 1878. Two days later Chorley were due to play Swinton at Dole Park using all the equipment that had been brought over from Broughton but heavy rain earlier that day meant that the electricians were unable to get the equpment to work and everybody was literally left standing in the dark. A few weeks later Halifax played Birch and the crowd was estimated at around 20,000 although it was believed that half of them had come to have their first look at electricity. Unfortunately the game only lasted ten minutes because the crowd steadily encroached onto the pitch making any further play impossible.
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