Monthly Archives: April 2016

Image from the 1990 Friendly Versus Manchester United.

A superb image from the 31st July 1990 friendly that finished, Bilston Town 2-2 Manchester United.

BTFC VS MUFC 1990

Giuliano Maiorana sends a cross over at Bilston.

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Bilston Town 1-2 Malvern Town

02/04/2016 – WMRL – Bilston Town 1 Malvern Town 2

Not for the first team this season the Steelmen didn’t get the rewards their endeavours deserved, against high flying visitors, Malvern Town, in Scott’s first game in charge at Queen Street.

Malvern started the game at a high tempo and were perhaps surprised that their efforts were more than matched by the men in orange, who hassled, chased and tackled as though their lives depended on it.

As the half wore on so Bilston posed the visitors problems of their own with Danny Moy breaking clear to bear down on goal, only to be clipped out of his stride before he could get a shot off but certainly Danny was a regular thorn in their side.

The deadlock was broken on the half hour, when some good build up play was completed with clinical finishing to give the visitors the lead.

No heads dropped despite that setback, in fact, Bilston upped the tempo still further with Lewis Archer’s pace seeing him break free, only to pull his shot wide of the post.

Within five minutes of going behind Bilston were level again, Danny Moy again beating his marker only to be felled in the box to earn a penalty, which Lewis Archer despatched with ease, taking the teams in all square at half time, 1-1.

The second half was very much in the same mould as the first, with Malvern starting strongly, while Bilston was resolute in their efforts to deny them the time and space they wanted – perhaps expected.

Both sides created chances but, in similar fashion to the first half, Malvern took the lead thirty minutes in with a deep cross from the right being met with a looping header that sent it back in the direction it came, over Getz and into the corner of the net.

Once again, Bilston upped the ante, throwing on Kyle Wainwright and Tom Piggott in search of the equaliser and it so nearly came late in the game, Piggo twice shooting just over the bar as Malvern spent the latter stages of the game defending deep to preserve their lead, a task they managed to do, however undeservedly.

A good performance though, feisty and determined, which the crowd responded to.

We have a huge game Wednesday night at Wellington Amateurs, if we can repeat that level of performance, the rewards will come.

It would be great to see the Orange Army at Wellington on Wednesday – Bilston aye we!

Article taken from Bilston Towns Official Facebook.

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Manager Resigns – 27/03/2016

CLUB STATEMENT

The Club are sad to announce the resignation of First Team manager, Jon Purdie, who, for a mixture of business and personal reasons, has left the Club following yesterdays game at Pegasus Juniors.

Jon has issued an official statement (to follow) and, though his resignation was against the wishes of the Club, we respect his reasons, thank him for concerted efforts this season, and wish him well in his plans for the future.

All of us involved in the running of the Club fully appreciate how much time and effort Jon has put into the club this last twelve months and it’s been a pleasure to work with him and to have him associated with Bilston Town Football Club.

We are happy to stress that the decision to leave is Jon’s, and he does so with our blessing, thanks and appreciation.

In the immediate future, certainly until the season’s end, Youth Team Manager Scott Hamilton will be assuming First Team duties as well.

We hope that all First Team players will remain with us to the seasons end, at least as this change of management will see no piecemeal changes to team selection and we hope the players will respect the Club, just as the Club has respected them.

If any player does have concerns or queries, please approach or contact a Committee member or Scott, who will be happy to reassure them.

Once again, the club would like to place on record it’s thanks and appreciation to Jon, for his professionalism, honesty and integrity.

 

STATEMENT – JON PURDIE

I made a decision early in the new year that I was not going to continue as Manager of Bilston Town next season 2016/17.

I felt it only fair to inform Graham, Denise and Paul to enable them to plan for a new manager and It was agreed that we would review the situation towards the end of March.

It was agreed that if they found a replacement I would step down for the last month of the season to enable the new manager, the players and the board to have a look at each other and try and have a smooth transition moving into the new season.

I would like to stress that I would have continued until the end of the season if a suitable replacement wasn’t available.

The reason for my resignation is simply that I wasn’t enjoying it – football is my hobby which I love and there is no point if the enjoyment goes.

Managing a football club at this level is very demanding, and requires a lot of time and effort which I couldn’t give anymore.

I would like to thank Graham, Denise,Paul,Eddie and everyone else behind the scenes for all their support and hard work and wish them and Bilston Town all the best in the future.

I want to thank Josh Skidmore for his support throughout and lastly a thanks to the players for giving their all during matches and training.

Statements taken from Bilston Towns Official Facebook.

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