Queen Street

Bilston Football Club have played home games at Queen Street since October 1919. The first ever competitive, first team game was an FA Cup qualifying game against Tamworth which Bilston won 1-0.

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Here is an image of groundwork being carried out at Queen Street on the side that is today the Black Country Route side of the ground opposite the main stand being carried out by a Vickers Earth/groundworking machine. (Circa 1919)

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Bilston’s main stand, 1956.

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The Cow Shed, 1956.

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Queen Street has a superb history with the FA Cup and has seen the trophy itself upon its turf.

In the 1968-69 season Bilston competed in the First Round proper of the FA Cup for the first time against Halifax and before a record competitive crowd of 4,300 people lost 3-1 against a team that included former Walsall manager Chris Nichol who went on to win 51 caps for Northern Ireland and two league cup successes at Aston Villa after he played at Queen Street. He learned a lot about football that night in Bilston no doubt!

In the 1972-73 season Bilston again marched their way to the First Round Proper and easily dispatched Barnstaple Town 2-0 on their own ground earning their first ever appearance in the FA Cup Second Round Proper away at Barnet. Barnet had won at Underhill three times in the last nine seasons to gain a third round tie but Bilston fought hard and came back from 1 goal down to earn a replay at Queen Street. In the replay Bilston competed as well as they had in the first game but lost 1-0 to a goal by the trans-Atlantic journeyman Colin Powell. The Bilston first eleven in both cup ties against Barnet are arguably the best team ever to pull on the shirt and play for the club, under a manager who is undoubtedly the greatest in Bilston’s history – Alan Wakeman.

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The 1958-59 football league season was a successful one for Midlands football. West Midlands, Wolverhampton Wanderers won their third league title of the decade and East Midlands, Nottingham Forest lifted the FA Cup after beating Luton Town 2-1 at Wembley. Wednesbury born Forest manager – Billy Walker who’d had a long playing career at Aston Villa, scoring 214 goals, which is still an all time club record at Villa Park, agreed to bring his cup winners to Bilston for a pre-season friendly and with them they brought the FA Cup trophy (the above image was taken on the turf at Queen Street). The game was also played as a testimonial match for Arthur Wright (Bilston captain) and Lol Pearson (Bilston). Jack Birkett, the Nottingham Forest cup winning captain, who came from Darlaston, also featured in the game.

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