“Yes to AV” an Aston Villa floodlit fantasy

A couple of years ago I wrote a very short blogpost with a picture of Aston Villa’s floodlights from the 70s/early 80s. They really are a wonderful sight.

Yesterday a comment was left on that post that I feel requires greater exposure, here it is, in full:

A sight to behold

Hi, thanks for posting the Villa lights. I grew up watching them out of my mums bedroom window. When they were on you could see a cool blue glow across the city of birmingham in the shape of ‘A’ ‘V’. They were amazing! Was a real visual effect that could be seen for miles and you knew whose ground it was too!

To give you some history… they were first changed from the normal square bulb shape to the famous A,V in 1971 ready for a cup semi final at villa park for the TV cameras. They featured new brighter bulbs that worked well on television that were sent over from abroad and only just made it in time for the televised game!

Everyone loved them as you can imagine and it was a very sad day when, in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s they were replaced by roof top lights. As you will agree… nowhere near as nice to look at.

I’ve loved football floodlights all my life. They are like huge robots with bright eyes and show everyone where the ground is when you travel through the various towns.

Shame they are being taken down at most grounds now or they have those silly, less maintence needed, poles.

Steve