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Ken Wilson (rugby league)

Ken Wilson
Personal information
Full nameKen Wilson
Born (1952-11-24) 24 November 1952 (age 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionFive-eighth, Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–74, 1979–83 Newtown 150 25 447 28 1001
1976–78 Penrith Panthers 44 7 117 5 260
Total 194 32 564 33 1261
Source: [1]

Ken Wilson nicknamed "Squeaker" is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s.

Playing career

Wilson was a skillful halfback or five-eighth, despite lacking pace, but is best remembered as one of rugby league’s greatest goal kickers.

Wilson came from an Australian Rules background to be graded by the Newtown club in 1970, and played four seasons with Newtown between 1971 and 1974.

Wilson only gradually established in first grade – in a famous match he was the point-scorer with a field goal for the only 1-0 scoreline (against St. George in 1973) – thirteen seconds after coming onto the field.[2] In 1976 Wilson moved to the Penrith Panthers for three seasons. He returned to Newtown in 1979 and stayed with them until the club folded at the end of 1983, being their captain during the final two seasons. Wilson played in Newtown's final ever game in the top grade which was against the Canberra Raiders which Newtown won 9-6 at Campbelltown Stadium. Wilson missed 3 kicks at goal during the game but kicked a field goal.[3][4][5]

Wilson set many point scoring records with both Newtown and Penrith. Wilson came on as a replacement in the 1981 Grand Final, and later coached reserve grade at Canterbury-Bankstown and the Ryde-Eastwood club.

With 150 appearances, he is ranked fifth on Newtown' list for most appearances behind Frank Farrell (204), Brian Moore (173), Bobby Whitton (171), and Bobby Keyes (163). [6]

References

  1. ^ "Ken Wilson - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. ^ Clarkson, Alan; ‘Field Goal Seals Jets’ League Win: One-Point Result’; Sun-Herald; 14 May 1973, p. 64
  3. ^ "Away Days: North Sydney Bears v Newtown Jets". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "These old Jets still flying high at Newtown". Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. ^ "The Sydney suburbs once known for their proud rugby league team - now they go without". Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players.1995. (ISBN 1875169571)

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