Len Killeen

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
19-11-1938
N/A
16-06-1962
Uitenhage RUFC- SA
18-08-1962 v Salford
Wakefield Trinity
1967- Balmain Australia
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1962-1966
187 (0)
115
408
0
1161

BIOGRAPHY

Len Killeen by Dave Dooley:
This popular South African played for the Saints in the mid-sixties. His scoring prowess was an integral part of the great cup winning sides of this era. He was extremely quick with an excellent elusive swerve. Len was also one the sweetest kickers of a rugby ball ever to have laced a boot in the Knowsley Road dressing rooms. A summer signing his debut was nothing short of sensational.

In his first season Len also to cross the line four times in a match against Huddersfield ending his inaugural campaign with 25 tries from 27 matches. The following season realised a modest try return of 13 tries. However, this included a vital try in the 1963 Lancashire Cup Final 15 points to 4 victory over Leigh. In the same season he collected another winner`s medal as Saints lifted the Western Divisional Championship by defeating by 10 points to 7. Remarkably Len Killeen did not kick a goal for the Saints in his first two seasons. At the time a certain Mr Kelvin Coslett was in charge of the kicking department at Knowsley Road.

The 1964/65 season presented Len with an opportunity to take over the kicking duties. Killeen duly obliged with a haul of 140 goals to add to 26 touchdowns as Len topped the League`s points scoring charts with a total of 358 points. One of these tries came in the home league match against Warrington. With Saints leading by 21 points to ten at the end of a magnificent match, Len picked up a bouncing ball behind his own tryline in the Scoreboard corner of the ground. He burst through a gap between the Wire`s opposing centre and winger. He accelerated over the 25 yards line and leaving the Warrington defence in his wake furrowed a straight line as only the tenacious Parry Gordon gave chase. After 79 minutes of a tough and tense battle Len`s nerve and pace held as he curved round to score a try next to posts that was measured later to be over 100 yards in length. An exhausted Killeen was bent double behind the Warrington line unable to attempt the conversion. After a minute Len was wearing his endearing grin as the referee blew the final whistle. This personal tally contributed to a fifth consecutive Lancashire Cup triumph, the League Leader`s Trophy and a Lancashire League Championship for the Saints.

`Lenny the Lion` and the team reached an all-time high in the 1965/66 season as four trophies were brought to the Knowsley Road strong-room. Many Saints` fans will revel in memories of the fantastic climax to that particular season. In a gruelling Challenge Cup semi-final against a brave Dewsbury outfit it was down to Len to carry the Saints down the Wembley Way. Len intercepted a wide pass and dash 90 yards to score the try that broke the Yorkshire team`s spirit. Indeed Len netted all the Saints` points in the 12 points to 5 victory that day. The 21 points to 2 Challenge Cup Final victory over Wigan demonstrated Len`s all round skills. His first half 65 yards penalty goal kick broke the heart of the Wigan defence. In the second half he capitalised on a perfectly judged grubber kick from Billy Benyon to collect the ball and dive over in the corner in one continuous movement. It wasn`t the only object that Len gleefully scooped up that afternoon. In the players` tunnel at the conclusion of the match David Coleman informed him that he had been chosen for the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match. Len`s heartfelt response characterised the resolve and ambition that had been realised that afternoon:

"Oh Fantastic! It was my ambition in Rugby League. The furthest I can go. I`ve got no words for it."

One week later Len was in the limelight again as Saints demonstrated their superiority over all other club sides with a 35 points to 12 demolition of Halifax in the 1966 Championship Final Len crowned a fabulous season with a hat trick and 6 goals. This haul of 21 points (Saints` lucky number) produced a unique achievement for the man from Port Elizabeth. He finished the season at the top of the League`s tries, goals and points chart.

Len`s final season, the 1966/67 campaign, was very much an `After the Lord Mayor`s Show` affair with a Saints` camp unsettled following the departure of Alex Murphy and the introduction of limited tackle football. Saints had to be content with a third successive Lancashire League triumph as Len finished the season with an impressive 19 tries and 148 goals to top the league`s Points Scoring Chart for the third consecutive campaign. This tally included hat tricks against Salford and Widnes and a 24 points haul from 9 goals and 2 tries in the league home game against Salford.

At the end of the 1966/67 season Len Killeen went down under to join the Balmain Tigers where he continued his record breaking exploits. His season tally of 209 points will forever remain a Tigers record as the club became part of the new West Tigers clun in 1999. Len also played in the Australian 1969 Grand Final when the Balmain Tigers beat red hot favourites South Sydney by 11 points to 2 with the trusty left boot of Killeen kicking two penalty goals.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1962~6325 0 0 27
1963~64 13 0 0 29
1964~65 26 140 0 43
1965~66 32 120 0 45
1966~67 19 148 0 44
TOTALS:115 408 0 188
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1962~632001
1963~640001
1964~650102
1965~66 0301
TOTALS:2405

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
10th Aug 1962 W 5 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1962~63 H 33 2 2 V
18th Aug 1962 W 5 Salford WDC 1962~63 A 35 24 3 V
22nd Aug 1962 W 5 Leigh WDC 1962~63 H 21 3 2 V
25th Aug 1962 W 5 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 H 21 12 V
30th Aug 1962 W 5 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 V
1st Sep 1962 W 5 Salford WDC 1962~63 H 59 0 3 V
8th Sep 1962 W 5 Liverpool City LC1 1962~63 H 22 0 V
15th Sep 1962 W 5 Leigh WDC 1962~63 A 20 10 1 V
18th Sep 1962 W 5 Blackpool Borough LC2 1962~63 A 14 3 2 V
22nd Sep 1962 W 5 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 H 32 3 1 V
29th Sep 1962 D 5 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 A 12 12 V
2nd Oct 1962 W 5 Oldham LCSF 1962~63 A 10 8 2 V
6th Oct 1962 L 5 Warrington L 1962~63 A 13 21 1 V
9th Oct 1962 L 5 Widnes WDCSF 1962~63 H 9 10 V
13th Oct 1962 D 5 Castleford L 1962~63 H 10 10 V
3rd Nov 1962 L 5 Leeds L 1962~63 A 7 14 V
17th Nov 1962 W 5 Castleford L 1962~63 A 8 7 2 V
24th Nov 1962 W 5 Huddersfield L 1962~63 H 36 3 4 V
1st Dec 1962 L 5 Workington Town L 1962~63 A 5 8 V
8th Dec 1962 W 5 Leeds L 1962~63 H 13 6 V
15th Dec 1962 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 A 7 10 V
22nd Dec 1962 W 5 Hull L 1962~63 H 27 14 1 V
9th Mar 1963 L 5 Hull K.R. L 1962~63 A 2 3 V
11th Mar 1963 L 5 Halifax CC1 1962~63 A 2 9 V
26th Mar 1963 W 5 Wigan L 1962~63 H 20 11 1 V
13th Apr 1963 L 5 Swinton L 1962~63 A 8 9 V
20th Apr 1963 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 H 18 5 2 V
27th Apr 1963 L 5 Hull L 1962~63 A 7 15 V
17th Aug 1963 W 5 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1963~64 H 34 8 V
24th Aug 1963 L 5 Huddersfield L 1963~64 H 7 10 1 V
28th Aug 1963 W 5 Castleford L 1963~64 H 20 11 V
31st Aug 1963 W 5 Keighley L 1963~64 A 18 6 1 V
2nd Sep 1963 W 5 Hunslet L 1963~64 A 15 7 V
26th Oct 1963 W 2 Leigh LCF 1963~64 N 15 4 1 V
2nd Nov 1963 W 2 Warrington L 1963~64 H 19 8 V
16th Nov 1963 D 2 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 H 11 11 V
30th Nov 1963 W 2 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 H 16 0 V
7th Dec 1963 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 A 8 7 V
14th Dec 1963 L 5 Halifax L 1963~64 H 12 13 V
1st Jan 1964 L 5 Swinton L 1963~64 H 6 8 V
4th Jan 1964 W 2 Salford WDC 1963~64 A 15 5 1 V
11th Jan 1964 L 5 Hunslet L 1963~64 H 10 12 V
7th Mar 1964 W 2 Huddersfield L 1963~64 A 16 11 V
14th Mar 1964 W 2 Workington Town L 1963~64 H 14 8 V
21st Mar 1964 W 5 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 H 50 7 3 V
27th Mar 1964 W 5 Wigan L 1963~64 H 11 5 V
28th Mar 1964 W 5 Salford WDC 1963~64 H 24 13 V
30th Mar 1964 W 3 Swinton L 1963~64 A 10 7 V
4th Apr 1964 L 5 Widnes L 1963~64 H 6 10 V
8th Apr 1964 L 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 A 12 19 V
11th Apr 1964 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 H 24 10 V
15th Apr 1964 W 5 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 A 3 0 V
18th Apr 1964 W 2 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 A 32 7 3 V
22nd Apr 1964 W 5 Wigan L 1963~64 A 22 13 2 V
25th Apr 1964 W 5 Widnes L 1963~64 A 19 8 V
1st May 1964 W 5 Oldham WDCSF 1963~64 H 22 11 1 V
6th May 1964 W 5 Hull L 1963~64 A 17 9 V
16th May 1964 W 5 Swinton WDCF 1963~64 N 10 7 V
14th Aug 1964 W 5 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1964~65 H 22 2 V
22nd Aug 1964 W 5 Leigh L 1964~65 A 19 6 V
24th Aug 1964 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1964~65 H 28 4 V
29th Aug 1964 W 5 Widnes L 1964~65 H 29 6 3 4 V
31st Aug 1964 W 5 Whitehaven L 1964~65 A 15 5 1 3 V
5th Sep 1964 W 5 Liverpool City LC1 1964~65 A 41 11 1 7 V
14th Sep 1964 W 5 Barrow LC2 1964~65 A 22 11 5 V
19th Sep 1964 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1964~65 A 17 6 4 V
26th Sep 1964 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1964~65 A 30 15 2 6 V
29th Sep 1964 W 5 Warrington LCSF 1964~65 A 10 8 1 V
3rd Oct 1964 W 5 Workington Town L 1964~65 H 32 6 2 7 V
10th Oct 1964 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1964~65 A 31 9 2 8 V
17th Oct 1964 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1964~65 H 25 12 3 5 V
24th Oct 1964 W 5 Swinton LCF 1964~65 N 12 4 3 V
31st Oct 1964 W 5 Oldham L 1964~65 H 22 6 5 V
7th Nov 1964 W 5 Warrington L 1964~65 H 26 10 1 6 V
14th Nov 1964 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 A 25 12 1 5 V
21st Nov 1964 W 5 Barrow L 1964~65 H 37 3 2 5 V
19th Dec 1964 W 5 Leigh L 1964~65 H 10 7 1 2 V
1st Jan 1965 W 5 Swinton L 1964~65 A 11 5 1 3 V
9th Jan 1965 W 5 Liverpool City L 1964~65 H 23 3 4 V
16th Jan 1965 L 5 Warrington L 1964~65 A 4 6 V
23rd Jan 1965 W 5 Whitehaven L 1964~65 H 16 3 2 V
27th Jan 1965 W 5 Other Nationalities* Fr Opening of Floodl 1964~65 H 19 2 1 V
6th Feb 1965 W 5 Castleford CC1 1964~65 H 22 9 1 V
13th Feb 1965 L 5 Workington Town L 1964~65 A 3 4 V
16th Feb 1965 W 5 Salford L 1964~65 H 12 6 V
20th Feb 1965 W 5 Huddersfield L 1964~65 H 28 6 1 V
27th Feb 1965 L 5 Wigan CC2 1964~65 A 2 7 V
13th Mar 1965 W 5 Oldham L 1964~65 A 15 9 6 V
16th Mar 1965 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 H 2 9 1 V
20th Mar 1965 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 A 4 5 2 V
23rd Mar 1965 L 5 Wigan L 1964~65 H 6 10 3 V
27th Mar 1965 L 5 Salford L 1964~65 A 8 11 4 V
30th Mar 1965 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 H 8 2 1 V
5th Apr 1965 W 5 Barrow L 1964~65 A 21 14 3 V
9th Apr 1965 W 5 Liverpool City L 1964~65 A 11 0 4 V
16th Apr 1965 W 5 Wigan L 1964~65 A 16 8 1 4 V
17th Apr 1965 W 5 Widnes L 1964~65 A 14 2 1 4 V
19th Apr 1965 W 5 Swinton L 1964~65 H 16 5 2 V
21st Apr 1965 W 5 Huddersfield L 1964~65 A 20 6 7 V
24th Apr 1965 W 5 Barrow Ch1 1964~65 H 23 7 4 V
30th Apr 1965 W 5 Hull K.R. Ch2 1964~65 H 24 6 6 V
15th May 1965 W 5 Wakefield Trinity ChSF 1964~65 H 10 5 1 2 V
22nd May 1965 L 5 Halifax ChF 1964~65 N 7 15 1 2 V
14th Aug 1965 L 5 Swinton * Fr Gallie Cup 1965~66 A 9 11 3 V
20th Aug 1965 W 5 Halifax L 1965~66 H 15 4 4 V
24th Aug 1965 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 A 17 9 V
15th Sep 1965 W 5 New Zealand Tour 1965~66 H 28 7 1 1 V
18th Sep 1965 W 5 Castleford L 1965~66 H 21 6 V
27th Sep 1965 W 5 Widnes L 1965~66 A 9 4 1 V
1st Oct 1965 W 5 Oldham L 1965~66 H 23 17 1 V
5th Oct 1965 W 5 Leigh FT1 1965~66 H 25 19 1 2 V
9th Oct 1965 W 5 Barrow L 1965~66 H 18 14 V
16th Oct 1965 W 5 Salford L 1965~66 A 15 11 1 2 V
23rd Oct 1965 W 5 Workington Town L 1965~66 H 43 4 1 1 V
30th Oct 1965 W 5 Barrow L 1965~66 A 15 10 1 V
9th Nov 1965 W 14 Huddersfield L 1965~66 H 11 4 Y V
13th Nov 1965 W 5 Workington Town L 1965~66 A 7 3 1 2 V
16th Nov 1965 W 5 Leeds FT2 1965~66 H 21 9 1 4 V
19th Nov 1965 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 H 19 7 1 5 V
27th Nov 1965 D 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 H 9 9 1 3 V
4th Dec 1965 W 5 Whitehaven L 1965~66 A 4 2 2 V
7th Dec 1965 W 5 Swinton FTSF 1965~66 H 9 5 2 V
14th Dec 1965 L 5 Castleford FTF 1965~66 H 0 4 V
17th Dec 1965 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 H 21 9 2 3 V
1st Jan 1966 W 5 Salford L 1965~66 H 16 3 1 5 V
8th Jan 1966 L 5 Oldham L 1965~66 A 9 13 1 3 V
29th Jan 1966 W 5 Halifax L 1965~66 A 5 2 1 V
1st Feb 1966 W 5 Widnes L 1965~66 H 9 4 3 V
5th Feb 1966 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 A 25 11 2 5 V
14th Feb 1966 W 5 Leigh L 1965~66 H 17 2 1 2 V
19th Feb 1966 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 A 12 20 3 V
26th Feb 1966 W 5 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1965~66 A 10 0 2 V
1st Mar 1966 W 5 Warrington L 1965~66 H 22 6 2 5 V
8th Mar 1966 W 5 Liverpool City L 1965~66 H 16 2 1 2 V
12th Mar 1966 W 5 Huddersfield L 1965~66 A 8 7 4 V
19th Mar 1966 W 5 Swinton CC2 1965~66 H 16 4 1 5 V
23rd Mar 1966 W 5 Leigh L 1965~66 A 6 5 3 V
26th Mar 1966 L 5 Wigan L 1965~66 A 8 17 1 V
2nd Apr 1966 W 5 Hull K.R. CC3 1965~66 H 12 10 3 V
8th Apr 1966 W 5 Wigan L 1965~66 H 17 10 3 V
11th Apr 1966 L 5 Swinton L 1965~66 A 6 20 3 V
16th Apr 1966 W 5 Dewsbury CCSF 1965~66 N 12 5 2 3 V
22nd Apr 1966 L 5 Swinton L 1965~66 H 10 15 2 V
25th Apr 1966 W 5 Liverpool City L 1965~66 A 28 3 5 V
30th Apr 1966 W 5 Warrington Ch1 1965~66 H 35 7 2 7 V
7th May 1966 W 5 Oldham Ch2 1965~66 H 15 10 1 3 V
14th May 1966 W 5 Hull K.R. ChSF 1965~66 H 14 6 2 4 V
21st May 1966 W 5 Wigan CCF 1965~66 N 21 2 1 5 V
28th May 1966 W 5 Halifax ChF 1965~66 N 35 12 3 6 V
19th Aug 1966 D 5 Widnes L 1966~67 A 10 10 2 V
23rd Aug 1966 L 5 Warrington L 1966~67 H 6 10 3 V
27th Aug 1966 W 5 Salford L 1966~67 H 42 7 2 9 V
29th Aug 1966 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 A 15 28 3 V
3rd Sep 1966 W 5 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1966~67 A 18 16 2 V
7th Sep 1966 W 5 Salford FTP(1) 1966~67 A 19 10 1 5 V
10th Sep 1966 W 5 Liverpool City L 1966~67 A 35 12 2 4 V
14th Sep 1966 L 5 Wigan LC2 1966~67 A 9 11 1 3 V
17th Sep 1966 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 A 23 14 7 V
24th Sep 1966 D 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1966~67 A 17 17 4 V
26th Sep 1966 W 5 Salford FTP(2) 1966~67 H 40 5 2 8 V
30th Sep 1966 W 5 Whitehaven L 1966~67 H 35 12 1 7 V
7th Oct 1966 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 H 25 6 5 V
14th Oct 1966 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 H 18 15 3 V
18th Oct 1966 W 5 Swinton FT1 1966~67 H 11 9 1 V
22nd Oct 1966 W 5 Salford L 1966~67 A 30 3 3 5 V
28th Oct 1966 W 5 Leeds L 1966~67 H 16 3 1 2 V
1st Nov 1966 D 5 Barrow FT2 1966~67 A 11 11 1 V
2nd Nov 1966 L 5 Leigh L 1966~67 A 5 29 1 V
18th Nov 1966 W 5 Barrow L 1966~67 H 16 11 4 V
26th Nov 1966 W 5 Huddersfield L 1966~67 A 15 10 3 V
2nd Dec 1966 L 5 Castleford L 1966~67 A 7 25 2 V
9th Dec 1966 W 5 Leigh L 1966~67 H 4 0 1 V
17th Dec 1966 W 5 Workington Town L 1966~67 A 16 9 4 V
26th Dec 1966 W 5 Wigan L 1966~67 H 8 3 1 V
27th Dec 1966 W 5 Warrington L 1966~67 A 9 8 3 V
2nd Jan 1967 D 5 Swinton L 1966~67 A 9 9 3 V
21st Jan 1967 L 5 Workington Town L 1966~67 H 5 6 1 V
27th Jan 1967 W 5 Oldham L 1966~67 H 25 7 5 V
3rd Feb 1967 D 5 Salford CC1 1966~67 A 5 5 1 V
7th Feb 1967 L 5 Salford CC1(rep) 1966~67 H 3 8 V
11th Feb 1967 W 5 Liverpool City L 1966~67 H 23 6 7 V
17th Feb 1967 L 5 Oldham L 1966~67 A 7 8 2 V
4th Mar 1967 L 5 Leeds L 1966~67 A 20 26 6 V
10th Mar 1967 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1966~67 H 17 2 3 V
18th Mar 1967 W 5 Huddersfield L 1966~67 H 11 4 4 V
24th Mar 1967 W 5 Wigan L 1966~67 A 21 7 1 2 V
25th Mar 1967 L 5 Whitehaven L 1966~67 A 3 4 V
7th Apr 1967 W 5 Widnes L 1966~67 H 25 10 3 4 V
14th Apr 1967 W 5 Leigh Ch1 1966~67 H 37 12 2 7 V
22nd Apr 1967 W 5 Bradford Northern Ch2 1966~67 H 15 8 2 V
29th Apr 1967 W 5 Castleford ChSF 1966~67 H 14 3 4 V
6th May 1967 D 5 Wakefield Trinity ChF 1966~67 N 7 7 2 V
10th May 1967 L 5 Wakefield Trinity ChF(rep) 1966~67 N 9 21 2 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 182 OTHER 5 = 188
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 187

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