Monthly Archives: March 2016

7,500 Goals

Bilston town lost today versus Pegasus Juniors by 4 goals to 2 but the game will be remembered for the 7,500th and 7,501st goals in the clubs history. So despite the defeat another milestone has been reached in the clubs history. Congratulations to Kyle Wainwright for making his own bit of history in this now world famous (the history book has gone global), grass roots, community club.

kyle wainwright jon purdie 7500 goals

Picture taken from Bilston Towns official Facebook page.

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Wellington 1-0 Bilston Town

19/03/2016 – WMRL – Wellington 1 Bilston Town 0

The long trip up to cider country brought little reward – or justice – for The Steelmen, as, in spite of a fully committed display from the lads, we went down to a solitary first half strike.

Despite having much of the game the frame of the Wellington goal twice came to the home sides rescue in the first half as Bilston sought the elusive equaliser.

The second half was much of the same with Wellington hanging on as the game progressed. Piggo was denied two penalties in one move late in the game, with the referee first ignoring a foul on Tom, then failing to spot the handball that followed!

A late siege on the Wellington goal failed to produce the goal our play deserved, the post again denying a stoppage time shot.

A harsh result with no reward for the efforts expended but great support once again from the Orange Army, thank you to all that travelled.

We return to Hereford again next Saturday, for a date with Pegasus Juniors, so we dust ourselves down and go again, in search of those elusive points and our 7,500th league goal – one more goal required to create history.

Article taken from Bilston Town Official Facebook.

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Bilston Town 2-1 Tipton Town

16/03/2016 – WMRL – Bilston Town 2 Tipton Town 1

The Steelmen gained a valuable 3 points after taking an early two goal lead and repelling a spirited Tipton fightback.

Goals from Karl Gardiner and Tom Piggott put the home side 2-0 ahead and, despite a wonder goal from Kieron Miller reducing the deficit before the break, the host held on for a precious victory
and their first since January.

We wish Wes, Sunny and Tipton Town well for the rest of the season hope they find that elusive win soon – we are just glad they did not get it on Wednesday!

Next up for the Steelmen is a trip to Wellington (Hereford) tomorrow afternoon.

Wellington Playing Field, Wellington, Herefordshire HR4 8AZ

We hope to see the Orange Army in cider country!

Bilston V Tipton

Article taken from Bilston Town Official Facebook.

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Bilston Town 2-2 Dudley Town

12/03/2016 – WMRL – Bilston Town 2 Dudley Town 2

For the second home game running, Bilston had to show their Steel, dig in and come from 0-2 down to grab a share of the spoils.

And, just like against Black Country, they can feel harshly treated that it was only a point they came away with.

Bilston actually started the sharper, twice going close in the opening ten minutes, Danny Moy forcing a good save from their keeper.

The game turned in Dudley’s favour after twenty minutes, when, with no appeal from any player, the referee awarded a penalty to Dudley for alleged handball that no one else saw!

Smith netted from the spot and Bilston were still coming to terms with the setback when Wright sent a looping header over Getz but under the bar.

Despite the obvious disappointment at being 0-2 down, in a game we were more than equal to them, the lads buckled down and continued to press forward and reduced the deficit on the half hour.

Danny Moy collected the ball wide on the right, jinked past a couple of tackles before cutting inside to rifle home between post and keeper – it was no more than the lads deserved.

The second half saw Bilston start on the front foot and as Matty Barnett broke into the box he was scythed down in full flight but, the same ref that saw a handball no-one else did for the Dudley penalty, failed to see a foul in the tackle that left Matty looking for his leg in Row Z of the stand!

The pressure was now mounting on the Dudley defence with their keeper making last ditch stops from Tom Piggott, Ashley Stewart and Dan Moy in quick succession.

Midway through the half, Piggo got the goal everyone was waiting for, keeping his composure in a crowded area to slot home inside the left post.

The last ten minutes saw both teams going for the winner, Getz made a couple of vital saves but the bulk of the action was in the Dudley area with sub Kyle Wainwright thinking he’d got the winner in the dying moments, rising high to head goalwards, with the ball almost squirming beneath the diving keeper.

2-2, a vital point, so close to being all three, but a true Steelmen fightback.

We entertain Tipton Town on Wednesday night, not only looking for three points but three goals would see the Club record it’s 7,500th League goal in it’s 100 year history – surely you want to be there to witness that piece of history?

 

Bilston V Dudley

Article taken from Bilston Town Official Facebook.

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Freshly Discovered History & Info #1

WEST BROMWICH CHARITY CUP FINAL

On the 28th of April 1904, Bilston United played Willenhall Pickwick in the West Bromwich Cup final, losing to The Picks 1-0. The game was played at the Willenhall Road grounds.

 

VERSUS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

A record of some of Bilston Town’s games against Wolverhampton Wanderers can be found here taken from matches played between 1948-1973. I will be recovering this information for posterity and record.

 

THOMAS WILLIAM PHILLIPSON 

A nice little blog post about former Bilston player Thomas Phillipson is available here.

 

BILSTON TOWN COMMUNITY 6-1 CRADLEY 

A match report from Bilston’s demolition of Cradley from the 2014-15 season is available here.

 

BILSTON TOWN COMMUNITY 3-2 WILLENHALL 

A match report from Bilston’s win against Willenhall in the Queen Street hosted keyway derby from 2014-15 is available here.

 

WILLENHALL 1-4 BILSTON TOWN COMMUNITY 

A match report from Bilston’s win against Willenhall in an ‘away game’ at Queen Street with the team they currently ground share with from earlier this season is available here.

 

BILSTON TOWN 0-2 GRESLEY ROVERS

A match report from January 2002, this was during the last ever season Bilston Town played in the Southern League before resigning is available here.

 

“ALWAYS NEXT YEAR”

A snippet of a football book from Amazon that talks about Bilston Town and Queen Street, an interesting little read about how the place was back in the days towards the end of the Southern League years is available here.

 

bilston borough juniors pre ww2

Above: Bilston Borough Juniors, Pre-World War 2.

 

bilston reserves 1961 double champions

Above: Bilston Reserves, double champions 1961.

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Bilston Town 2-2 Black Country Rangers

28/02/2016 – WMRL – Bilston Town 2 Black Country Rangers 2

The Steelmen had to live up to their name this afternoon to grab a share of the spoils against a resurgent Black Country team, containing several high profile signings from the higher echelon of non league football.

Not only did Bilston come back from 0-2 down, they had to do it after the loss of talismanic skipper and goalkeeper, James Gettings, injured ten minutes before half time.

Getts was unable to come out for the second half, suffering from concussion and was taken to hospital, as he was incoherent and disorientated.

Pleasingly, after tests and a brain scan, he was released at 9.30pm after being given the all clear and our best wishes go to James for a full and speedy recovery.

By the time of James’s departure, we were already 0-2 down, having conceded in the third and twenty seventh minutes but full credit to the players, they showed great resolve to get back into the game and can consider themselves unfortunate not to have collected all three points, instead of just one.

Dave Arrowsmith took over from Getts in goal and within two minutes of the restart Tom Piggott had halved the deficit.

That goal seemed to create fear in Black Country as they looked to hold onto their lead which, in turn, inspired Bilston to apply increasing pressure in search of the next goal.

On the occasions Black Country attacked, the Bilston defence stood firm in front of stand in keeper Arrowsmith, who was efficient in doing what was needed to keep a clean sheet.

Debutant, Dan Moy had been a constant threat up front for Bilston and with seven minutes remaining got his reward by netting the equaliser, to the delight of the Bilston support.

The final few minutes saw Bilston go full tilt for the win that their endeavours deserved but that elusive third goal wouldn’t come.

That point, coupled with defeats for Bromyard and Wellington Amateurs – and Getts getting the all clear from hospital, make it a good weekend all round.

Well done lads, great battling performance.

BTFC Black Country Rangers

Article taken from Bilston Town Official Facebook.

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Smethwick Rangers 0-0 Bilston Town

21/02/2016 – WMRL – Smethwick Rangers 0 Bilston Town 0

Another point, another clean sheet and another had working performance from the Steelmen that restores a little more confidence ahead of a big week, where we entertain both Wolverhampton Casuals on Wednesday, and Black Country Rangers on Saturday.

On a soft, heavy pitch, it was difficult to put too much passing football together but it was important to do the simple things right and to make no mistakes, which we did well.

Piggo brought a great save from their keeper five minutes before the break, his shot on the turn being tipped over at full stretch.

Smethwick are an attack minded mid table side but were nullified by the resolute defending and hard working midfield of Bilston – the only negative being an injury to Alex Haynes, who was taken to hospital after the game for x-rays on his ankle, we hope it’s nothing too serious.

With Tipton, Wellington Amateurs and Bromyard all losing, it has to be viewed as a valuable point gained and, on a difficult surface, credit to all the lads today for a hard working display and a second successive clean sheet.

Onto Wednesday night now and Wolverhampton Casuals, see you there.

Article taken from Bilston Town Official Facebook.

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