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 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.
Rest in Peace Ken Wilson, 1951 – 2022.
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