16 December 1964 – St Johnstone 3 West Ham United 4 – Official Opening of Muirton Park Floodlights


On this day in 1964 St Johnstone officially opened their new floodlighting system with West Ham United, the 1964 FA Cup Winners, providing the opposition for this friendly encounter.

To set the background, after their promotion to the First Division in 1960 Saints were the only higher level team that did not have floodlights. Accordingly, during the winter months kick off times were brought forward to 2.15pm and even then there was no guarantee that the match would finish in daylight. Money remained tight with Manager Bobby Brown needing funds to strengthen and improve the team. A floodlight system was installed during 1962 but the SFA adjudged that these lights were not suitable for competitive games and therefore could only be used for training purposes. The St Johnstone Aid Fund and Supporters Club embarked on various fund raising initiatives. However successful these were there was a limit to what they…

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