Bilston Town Floodlight Fund

Taken from the Bilston Town Floodlight Funding Appeal at

Bilston Town Community Football Club is a registered charity and winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017.

We have recently had to take the decision to completely replace the floodlights at our historic Queen Street Stadium after multiple attempts to repair ongoing problems that affected a number of matches in recent months.

Our club needs operational floodlights to not only maintain the first team’s place at step 6 in the non-league football pyramid but also to ensure our youth team can continue to play in the Midweek Floodlit Youth League.

We also manage junior football competitions that allow players from ages 11-14 to experience floodlit football through the season with multiple cup finals taking place under the lights in March and April.

These experiences offer a great opportunity for local youngsters to play in a stadium environment and under floodlights, many of whom will be experiencing this for the first time.

The replacement of the entire electrical system that power the lights was an emergency expense and, as such, we could not make applications for grants or funding through the usual sport funding channels as this was a time critical decision we had to make now to protect the future of the club.

Turning the lights out on the pitch could have turned the lights out on the club but we are not prepared to give up that easily.

This appeal is to the wider football community to help us raise what we need to cover the bill for the repairs – we have to settle this before Christmas so the clock is ticking.

If you love non-league football or football in general and want to support a club who has it’s local community at heart then we appreciate any donation you can make.

If you are a taxpayer then clicking Gift Aid will ensure we receive the additional 25% which will increase our chances of hitting our target.

We thank you for taking time to read this appeal and thank you for considering to donate to our cause – our total bill is well into five figures so we hope you can help us with this first installment as we explore other fundraising opportunities.



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This season has seen Denise Frankham taking control of the club as chairwoman after the sudden passing of Graham Hodson in August and then the loss of Paul Lloyd unexpectedly in January.

The club has seen one of its best seasons for many years. A final placing of 11th in the West Midlands regional league is the clubs highest league finish since the 2001-2002 season when it dropped out of the Southern League.

The club were also winners in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Trophy beating Barnt Green Spartak in the final 3-2 at Bewdley Town.

This season has also seen the announcement of the return of Wolverhampton Wanderers women’s team to Queen Street from next season and the launch of the fan written book ‘Bilston Town, One Family’

Congratulations to Denise Frankham, Scott Hamilton, and all of the board, the volunteers, the players and the great supporters. Onward and upward in 2018-19.

Up The Steelmen!


Season in Stats and Numbers.

League  P          W        D         L          F          A         Pts

Home    19        8          3          8         42        45        27

Away     19        8          2          9         38        40        26

Total      38        16        5          17      80        85        53

Biggest league win – 8-0 Vs Wellington Amateurs

Biggest league defeat – 8-0 Vs W’ton Sporting Community

Biggest cup win – 4-2 Vs Pershore Town

Biggest cup defeat – 10-1 Vs W’ton Sporting Community

Notable: Highest league finish in 16 years, and Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup winners.

(C) @mortsportuk on Twitter


WMRL Premier Division 2018/2019

The FA has revealed the step 5 and 6 league allocations and there are a handful of changes to our opponents for next season.

Wolverhampton Sporting Community has been promoted to the MFL Premier Division with Shawbury United and Haughmond relegated back into the WMRL.

Wem Town are promoted from WMRL Division One with Pershore Town moving across from the MFL Division One.

Stone Old Alleynians and Ellesmere Rangers are moving sideways to the North West Counties League Division One South, probably the most sensible pyramid move this off-season with two regionalised NWCL divisions at step 6.

Despite rumours of Herefordshire clubs potentially moving sideways, the FA have decided to leave them where they are so we will still have three trips to Hereford and have replaced a long trip to Ellesmere with an almost as long trip to Pershore!

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Smedley Crooke Cup – Round 1.


An excellent first half performance set the Steelmen up for a surprise win over Smedley Crooke Cup favourites Lye Town at Queen Street.

The only step 5 side in the competition were more than matched by the home side with Seegu Sebbeh firing home from the spot and a cool finish from Jason Hewitt putting the underdogs 2-0 ahead.

Lye pulled one back before the break but the lead could have been more with a number of set pieces wasted and a Sufyan Zia free-kick going narrowly the wrong side of the post.

Early in the second half great work from Taimoor on the left set up Nathan Jackson to play a perfect pass off the crossbar (!) for Sebbeh to smash home his second and restore the two goal cushion.

Poor marking led to Lye pulling a goal back just before the hour and the home side had to dig deep to prevent an equaliser with Harry Radford making a couple of key saves when the defence were breached.

It was not all one way traffic though and Bilston could have added a fourth with Taimoor seeing a volley saved, Jackson firing wide when inside the box and Matty Barnett’s long range shot just clearing the bar.

As cup shocks go it was certainly not on the Ronnie Radford scale but Bilston showed they can compete with an experienced step 5 side – now just to extend the first 45 minutes to a full 90 on Saturday at Wellington!

Round two sees us host Pershore Town of the MFL Division One, a date will be advised as soon as we know.

(C) Article taken from Bilston Town Community FC’s facebook page.

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Graham Hodson

The best phone call I ever made was to Graham Hodson.

It was in April 2013. I called him to buy a copy of the History of Bilston FC because I wanted to read it.

And what followed was a two and a half year journey that saw us work together to make it happen.

I had no idea what an impact Graham would have on me when I made that call. But his inspiration and enthusiasm was incredible.

I’d been writing for over fifteen years when I first heard the words, “Don’t listen to any discouraging shite from the likes of anyone!” And those few words inspired the journey that culminated with a book that is now the History of Bilston Town FC.

As someone who had been trying to write something, anything, for an age… to hear those words was inspiration to an ear that had heard it all before and was close to walking away from writing.

Graham was always the greatest of hosts, he always pointed me in fruitful directions and he played a huge part in the success and eventual publication of that book.

He was always magnanimous and encouraging and knew just the right guy at just the right time to point me in the right direction.

He was a Black Country bloke that cared about the town. He gave football to working class youth; his devotion took him to Wembley where he was a winner and to Buckingham Palace where our Royalty had the good fortune of spending a moment in his presence. He even brought Royal Appointment upon his beloved Bilston Town Community FC! He demanded none of it and yet achieved it all. His efforts were worthy and it just happened because, Graham was Graham.

He truly was unique.

Bilston Town FC has lost its greatest champion.

The world has lost a charisma.

Graham’s family has lost more than all of us in the football world, a husband and a father and I send them my love and best wishes at this time.

We are all better off for having had Graham in our lives.

Rest in Peace Graham.

We’ll all miss you.

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Bilston Town FC – By Royal Appointment!

“It is with the greatest of pleasures, and immense pride, that today we can reveal that the club – Bilston Town FC – are official recipients of The Queen’s Award for Volunteering Excellence, which, in a nutshell, is the equivalent of Bilston Town FC receiving an MBE!

How fantastic is that?!

Around 30,000 nominations are received by the selection panel annually but only a very few even get through to the scrutiny panel.

In October last year the Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant visited us at Queen Street and, following checks with the police, council and other organisations, was impressed with all he saw and heard and informed us that he would be strongly endorsing our application as we were exactly what this award was about.

It’s not awarded for our work with the Community or our work with the youngsters, nor for our progress on and off the pitch, it’s awarded for excellence in all we do and everyone, players, staff, volunteers, supporters, sponsors and ‘friends’ as well as everyone that comes through our gates has contributed to making the Club what it is – a template for how a football club should be run and operate – and contributed to our successful application so all of us should share in the pride we feel today.

It means the Club can include the Queen’s logo on all our stationary and media channels and that, more than any words, indicates the quality of the football club – it literally is a ‘by Royal Appointment’ Club!

In the near future the Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant will revisit Queen Street bringing with him the certificate and commemorative crystal bowl to mark the award and we shall then arrange a small celebratory evening at the Club, where staff, volunteers, supporters, sponsors and ‘friends’ of Bilston Town’ can join together in celebrating this unique, very special honour.

Supporting Bilston Town has always been something to be proud of and, hopefully, after the news today that pride has swelled still further, because I can’t think of a bigger honour or endorsement that a football club could receive.

Bilston Town is the football club with a Royal seal of approval and everyone should share in that pride because every one of us contributes to make this club what it is – so well done, all of you.

Bilston Town – By Royal Appointment (Sounds good doesn’t it?!)

Last Tuesday Graham and Denise attended the Buckingham Palace Garden Party to acknowledge this award and a few photographs of the occasion will follow.

We’m Bilston Aye We – By Royal Appointment!!”

Taken from the Bilston Town Community Facebook page, (C) Bilston Town Community FC


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Another season on the record. Breaks down briefly as:

Bilston Town FC 2016-17 team photo (C) 353photography

.             P          W        D         L          F          A         Pts

Home   19        6          0          13        35        47        18

Away    19        6          7          6          38        43        25

Total     38        12        7          19        73        90        43


Biggest win – Dudley Town 1-7 Bilston Town Community

Biggest Defeat – Haughmond 9-0 Bilston Town Community

Top League Scorer – Daniel Elwell, 13 Goals

Most League Appearances – Matthew Barnett – 36

Notable: Bilston Town 3-1 Port Vale (Staffordshire Senior Cup)


Here’s to a successful 2017-18.




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Dudley Town 1-7 Bilston Town

18/02/17 15:00 Dudley Town 1-7 Bilston Town Community

They say that it’s not a defeat that matters but how a team reacts to that defeat and, after the mauling received last week, the Steelmen showed real character to rout a bewildered Dudley side.

The hosts were simply worn down to the point of submission by the determined Bilston lads, urged on by the tremendous Orange Army.

A bright start was rewarded after fifteen minutes with a slick move putting Roland in on goal only to see him brought down before he could pull the trigger but, despite a bit of gamesmanship by the Dudley ‘keeper, Roland gave him no chance with the penalty.

That lead though, lasted just a minute, as Dudley applied a good finish to a right side move to level the scores and the next ten minutes saw Dudley have their best spell of the game, though they couldn’t add to that solitary goal.

On half hour, Jayden swung in a right wing corner, Todd got a flick to it and Luke was at the far post to slam the ball home to restore our lead and, just three minutes later, Aaron Hughes extended that lead hitting a screaming shot from 25 yards that crashed back off the bar, struck the keeper (who was still diving for the original shot) and nestled into the net – would be harsh to deny Aaron the goal after a shot like that (Eddie take note!)

The second half really was one-way traffic.

With confidence high, the lads really put some lovely football together and Roland got the killer fourth goal just before the hour mark and any semblance of resistance from Dudley faded from there on in.

‘Bully’ capped a great individual performance by going past his full back, cutting inside to beat another defender, then ‘megsing’ the keeper to make it five.

Jayden netted the sixth and Roland completed his hat trick in stoppage time.

A great response to our heaviest defeat of the season was to go out and secure our biggest win of the season which rewarded the traveling Orange Army who, again, turned out in numbers to cheer the lads on.

We actually have a home game next week, against Bridgnorth, hope to see you there.

Well done Scott and the lads – yet again, a pleasure to watch.

Article taken from Bilston Town’s official Facebook account. (C) Bilston Town Community

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