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  • That brings back memories. The matches under floodlights were the first floodlit matches at Loakes Park if my memory serves me right. The weather was awful, and the pitch became unbelievably muddy. In those days players (and spectators) took a muddy pitch in their stride

  • I was at all four of those Bedford games but I'm pretty sure the floodlights were opened st a 3-1 win against Enfield in 1963

  • You are probably right. I was playing sport myself at the time so wasn't able to get to every match despite living only half a mile from the ground. With the possibility of playing mid week the pitch certainly took a hammering. By the end of the season, given some dry weather, it was baked mud which I experienced in a six a side tournament for local firms. The best area was along the top touchline. Giving the game width came naturally.

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