Ken Wilson displays the Newtown Jets team jersey at the 2020 season launch. (Newtown RLFC)
Ken Wilson displays the Newtown Jets team jersey at the 2020 season launch. (Newtown RLFC)

The Newtown RLFC pays a fitting farewell to the greatly-admired and respected Ken Wilson

A huge crowd of former and present-day Newtown RLFC players, officials and supporters were at the Revesby Workers Club on Friday afternoon (20th January) to attend the memorial service of the late Ken Wilson.

The entire occasion was most certainly a superb farewell to one of the Newtown club’s greatest products and also a splendid tribute to the members of the extended Wilson family.

As the noted Newtown RLFC historian Terry Williams observed on Friday, Ken Wilson’s record at the Newtown club includes two reserve grade premierships (in 1970 and 1974); a first grade grand final appearance in 1981; team captain of what proved to be the last-ever Newtown first grade team in 1983; kicker of the field-goal in Newtown’s 1-0 victory over St George in 1973 (the only 1-0 victory thus far in first grade rugby league history); played in the 0-0 draw with Canterbury-Bankstown in 1982; the record first grade points scorer in the history of the Newtown RLFC with 1001 points; played 150 first grade games with Newtown between 1971-1974 and 1979 to 1983 (he played with Port Kembla in 1975 and Penrith from 1976 to 1978).

Ken Wilson is carried from the field by team-mates Geoff Coburn (left) and Mal Graham following what was Newtown’s last-ever appearance in a NSWRL first grade rugby league match. (Terry Williams)
Ken Wilson kicks the winning field goal in Newtown’s 1-0 victory in 1973 (Rugby League Week).

Ken Wilson will be forever remembered as one of the most significant and effective players in the Newtown club’s years in the NSWRL first grade competition.

Warren Ryan (left), Ken Wilson (centre) and Phil Gould at a Newtown RLFC function in 2011. (Photo by Mike Biboudis /
Ken Wilson speaking at a Newtown RLFC centenary occasion in 2008 (Gary Sutherland)

Rest in Peace Ken Wilson, 1951 – 2022.

Hard-running centre Nene Macdonald played on numerous occasions for the Newtown Jets in 2021.  Last Sunday Nene was playing for Papua-New Guinea against the Cook Islands in the 2023 Pacific Championships - Pacific Bowl and he scored four tries. (Photo: Mike Magee).

Information about 2024 Newtown RLFC memberships; Newtown Jets playing in the 2023 Pacific Championship Series; and a reminder about Newtown RLFC merchandise.

Kyle Pickering and Daniel Atkinson, Italian rugby league representative team, 7th October 2023 (NSWRL Twitter) crop

These Newtown Jets players have gained selection in various end of season representative rugby league teams

Newtown Jets 2023 Presentation Night bottom image for web post

The Newtown Jets RLFC held its Annual Presentation Dinner on the evening of Friday, 29th September 2023 at the Petersham RSL Club.

Newtown Jets left-edge backrower Kyle Pickering (in possession) about to score at Henson Park on Saturday, 22nd July 2023. Jets fullback Manaia Waitere salutes the crowd after playing a clever role in setting up the try. (Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Dinner Details

July 22, 2023 - Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia, Kyle Pickering of the Newtown Jets scores his second try of the game during Round 21 of the NSWRL Knock On Effect NSW Cup at Henson Park in Marrickville, New South Wales. (Mario Facchini/mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Night Details

Sunday Sun 603

The Other Premiers of 1943

Australian Mutual Bank
Front of Jersey

Petersham RSL
Back of Jersey

Back of Jersey, Training Gear, Socks

Jersey Minor

John Singleton Group

Schofield King Lawyers

Front of Shorts

The Henson
Back of Shorts

Sydney Park Hotel
Back of Shorts

Sports Medicine Institute
Medical Services & Rehabilitation

Label Plus
Major Sponsor

Arista Technologies
Technology Partner

Newtown Jets respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on and that the land area encompassing Henson Park traditionally belonged to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.