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Bilston were not the first club to have floodlights

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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I MUST take issue with Albert Cross (Letters, January 30 edition) and his picture of Bilston "Town" taken on October 4, 1952.

First Bilston were not the first club in England to have floodlights. The first set to be permanently installed were at Southampton's ground, The Dell, in 1950. Bilston officially opened their lights with a game against Wolves on March 10, 1953. This meant Queen Street had lights before Molineux did.

October 4 was a Saturday and I suspect that Bilston team picture was taken before a Birmingham League game against Wolves. In those days the old Albion and England winger Billy Elliott was player-manager at Queen Street.

Finally, the picture was taken in the days when we never dreamed Bilston would become a mere suburb of Wolverhampton. We were an independent borough and proud of the fact – that is why the club were known as Bilston Borough FC. Best wishes.

Steve Gordos,

Wood Road, Tettenhall Wood,


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