Ken Large

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
16-06-1939
N/A
18-09-1957
St. Helens RU
05-10-1957 v Huddersfield
Liverpool City
1962- Leigh
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1957-1962
136 (0)
83
27
0
303

BIOGRAPHY

Kenneth Large by Dave Dooley:
Ken Large was an exciting centre and winger for the club playing over 100 matches in the late fifties and early sixties. Born in St Helens, he signed from St Helens RUFC on 18th. September 1957. Ken made his debut against Huddersfield in the 35 to 13 points away victory on the 5th. October 1957. Ken greatly impressed by scoring a try and showing up well in defence. That season Ken went on to score at the rate of almost one try per game, notching 21 tries from 23 matches.

The following season realised just 7 tries from 14 matches as a wealth of talent vied for limited places in the sparkling Saints three-quarters. In the 1958/9 Championship Semi-Final against Oldham, Ken replaced an injured Vollenhoven on the right wing and played a blinder scoring a hat-trick of tries in the process. During the following week, he had every reason to feel dismayed as Jim Sullivan announced the team to play Hunslet in the Final and Ken`s name was nowhere to be found!

The following season (1959-60) saw Ken replace Duggie Greenall as the regular centre to Tom Van Vollenhoven. Ken`s timely passes helped Voll to another try scoring bonanza whilst Ken contributed fully with 28 touchdowns and two goals from 36 games. The following season Ken scored a hat-trick against Workington Town as part of a 21 points to 6 at Derwent Park.

Ken won a Lancashire Cup winners medal when the Saints defeated Swinton by 15 points to 9 in front of a crowd of over 31 000 at Central Park in the 1960 Final. He repeated the pleasure in the same competition against the same opposition one season later, this time the victory score was 25 points to 9 and Ken weighed in with a try.

In the 1961 Challenge Cup Final Ken was heavily involved in the most memorable Wembley try of all time. The match was delicately balanced as Saints played the ball from close to their own line. Ken was involved in a near length of the field interpassing extravaganza with Tom Van Vollenhoven. As Ken was about to be cover tackled by the desperate Eric Ashton he flipped up a characteristically perfect pass to Voll to run the ball over the try-line and behind the posts. As Ken lay in the lush Wembley turf, he could doubtless feel Rugby League immortality burning through the famous white with a red vee jersey, worn by the Club for the first time that day.

Ken Large played 136 matches for the club. He scored 83 tries and kicked 27 goals for an aggregate score of 303 points.

The 1962/63 season was a transitional one for the Saints as the Club felt a need to build a new side to continue to challenge for the game`s top honours. He was facing increased competition for a centre berth from Mick Sullivan, Keith Northey and Alan Briers. Ken only played one match for the club that season, a Western Divisional Championship match against Liverpool City on the 30th.of August, 1962 at the start of the `big freeze` season. Ken found himself transferred down the East Lancashire Road to continue his career with Leigh.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1957~5821 23 0 23
1958~597 0 0 14
1959~60 28 2 0 36
1960~6119 2 0 40
1961~62 8 0 0 22
1962~63 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:83 27 0 136
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1958~595003
1960~612001
1961~621001
1962~630001
TOTALS:8006

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
5th Oct 1957 W 4 Huddersfield L 1957~58 A 35 13 1 V
12th Oct 1957 W 4 Whitehaven L 1957~58 H 26 9 1 3 V
19th Oct 1957 W 5 Liverpool City L 1957~58 A 28 4 2 3 V
25th Dec 1957 W 5 Leigh L 1957~58 H 11 9 1 V
26th Dec 1957 W 5 Wigan L 1957~58 A 12 9 V
28th Dec 1957 L 4 Salford L 1957~58 A 7 12 V
4th Jan 1958 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 H 51 0 2 V
11th Jan 1958 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1957~58 A 17 7 V
18th Jan 1958 W 5 Liverpool City L 1957~58 H 27 8 3 V
1st Feb 1958 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 A 12 17 1 V
12th Feb 1958 W 5 Hunslet CC1 1957~58 A 15 0 1 1 V
15th Feb 1958 W 4 Oldham L 1957~58 H 5 4 1 V
22nd Feb 1958 W 5 Keighley CC2 1957~58 A 19 4 1 V
1st Mar 1958 L 5 Workington Town L 1957~58 A 10 15 V
8th Mar 1958 L 5 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1957~58 A 0 5 V
15th Mar 1958 L 5 Hull L 1957~58 A 11 22 1 V
22nd Mar 1958 W 5 Widnes L 1957~58 H 14 7 V
4th Apr 1958 W 4 Wigan L 1957~58 H 32 7 1 7 V
5th Apr 1958 W 4 Hunslet L 1957~58 A 33 2 2 V
7th Apr 1958 W 4 Halifax L 1957~58 A 18 2 V
14th Apr 1958 W 4 Salford L 1957~58 H 42 8 2 6 V
19th Apr 1958 W 4 Halifax L 1957~58 H 31 4 2 V
3rd May 1958 L 4 Workington Town ChSF 1957~58 H 13 14 2 V
9th Aug 1958 L 5 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 1 V
16th Aug 1958 L 5 Widnes L 1958~59 A 16 25 V
19th Aug 1958 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1958~59 A 15 5 V
23rd Aug 1958 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1958~59 H 32 9 V
25th Aug 1958 W 4 Warrington L 1958~59 H 15 7 V
30th Aug 1958 W 4 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1958~59 A 20 15 1 V
17th Sep 1958 W 4 Barrow LCSF 1958~59 H 18 6 V
20th Sep 1958 W 4 Warrington L 1958~59 A 29 15 1 V
27th Sep 1958 W 4 Hunslet L 1958~59 H 31 15 V
4th Oct 1958 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1958~59 A 26 19 1 V
11th Oct 1958 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 H 15 8 V
18th Oct 1958 D 4 Workington Town L 1958~59 A 10 10 V
25th Oct 1958 L 4 Oldham LCF 1958~59 N 2 12 V
21st Apr 1959 W 4 Workington Town L 1958~59 H 36 14 1 V
2nd May 1959 W 2 Oldham ChSF 1958~59 H 42 4 3 V
18th May 1959 W 3 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 P 44 28 3 V
20th May 1959 W 2 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 L 35 19 1 V
22nd Aug 1959 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 H 40 7 1 V
26th Aug 1959 W 4 Swinton L 1959~60 A 32 9 V
2nd Sep 1959 W 2 Widnes L 1959~60 H 22 0 V
5th Sep 1959 W 3 Leeds L 1959~60 H 23 9 1 V
9th Sep 1959 W 3 Widnes LC2 1959~60 A 24 9 1 V
12th Sep 1959 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 A 16 2 1 V
3rd Oct 1959 W 3 Salford L 1959~60 H 40 11 V
10th Oct 1959 L 3 Australia Tour 1959~60 H 2 15 V
17th Oct 1959 W 5 Whitehaven L 1959~60 A 15 12 2 V
24th Oct 1959 W 2 Hull L 1959~60 H 29 11 V
7th Nov 1959 W 5 Liverpool City L 1959~60 H 40 17 2 V
14th Nov 1959 W 5 Dewsbury L 1959~60 A 20 15 1 V
5th Dec 1959 L 4 Workington Town L 1959~60 H 11 12 1 V
12th Dec 1959 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 A 40 4 3 V
19th Dec 1959 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 H 26 2 V
25th Dec 1959 W 3 Leigh L 1959~60 H 14 10 1 V
26th Dec 1959 W 3 Wigan L 1959~60 A 19 7 V
1st Jan 1960 W 3 Leigh L 1959~60 A 12 4 V
2nd Jan 1960 W 3 Workington Town L 1959~60 A 21 6 3 V
9th Jan 1960 W 3 Warrington L 1959~60 H 40 6 2 V
16th Jan 1960 W 3 Barrow L 1959~60 A 16 8 1 V
23rd Jan 1960 W 3 Oldham L 1959~60 H 27 6 V
30th Jan 1960 D 3 Salford L 1959~60 A 2 2 V
6th Feb 1960 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 A 26 7 V
13th Feb 1960 L 3 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1959~60 H 10 15 V
20th Feb 1960 W 3 Dewsbury L 1959~60 H 25 4 1 V
5th Mar 1960 W 3 Warrington L 1959~60 A 19 16 2 2 V
12th Mar 1960 W 3 Barrow L 1959~60 H 13 12 2 V
19th Mar 1960 L 3 Halifax L 1959~60 A 15 20 V
2nd Apr 1960 W 5 Swinton L 1959~60 H 46 10 2 V
15th Apr 1960 W 3 Wigan L 1959~60 H 12 4 V
16th Apr 1960 W 3 Whitehaven L 1959~60 H 41 5 1 V
18th Apr 1960 W 3 Hull L 1959~60 A 10 7 V
23rd Apr 1960 W 3 Hunslet L 1959~60 A 20 8 V
26th Apr 1960 W 3 Oldham L 1959~60 A 10 2 V
7th May 1960 L 3 Wigan ChSF 1959~60 H 9 19 V
6th Aug 1960 W 3 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1960~61 H 34 10 2 V
13th Aug 1960 L 3 Oldham L 1960~61 A 4 16 V
15th Aug 1960 W 4 Liverpool City L 1960~61 H 17 9 V
20th Aug 1960 W 4 Hunslet L 1960~61 H 22 10 2 V
27th Aug 1960 W 4 Widnes LC1 1960~61 A 19 17 1 V
7th Sep 1960 W 3 Wigan LC2 1960~61 H 7 4 V
10th Sep 1960 W 3 Leigh L 1960~61 A 28 13 2 V
17th Sep 1960 W 3 Oldham L 1960~61 H 26 12 V
26th Sep 1960 W 3 Halifax L 1960~61 H 32 4 V
15th Oct 1960 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 A 34 13 V
17th Oct 1960 W 3 Leigh LCSF 1960~61 A 15 2 V
22nd Oct 1960 W 3 Wigan L 1960~61 H 11 6 V
29th Oct 1960 W 3 Swinton LCF 1960~61 N 15 9 1 V
12th Nov 1960 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1960~61 A 38 5 V
19th Nov 1960 W 3 Barrow L 1960~61 A 29 15 V
26th Nov 1960 W 3 Workington Town L 1960~61 H 47 2 V
3rd Dec 1960 L 3 Hunslet L 1960~61 A 5 10 1 V
24th Dec 1960 W 3 Salford L 1960~61 A 17 5 V
26th Dec 1960 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1960~61 H 51 4 1 V
2nd Jan 1961 W 3 Leigh L 1960~61 H 10 4 V
16th Jan 1961 W 5 Hull L 1960~61 H 22 15 V
21st Jan 1961 W 5 Whitehaven L 1960~61 A 15 11 2 V
4th Feb 1961 L 5 Warrington L 1960~61 H 7 8 V
11th Feb 1961 D 3 Widnes CC1 1960~61 H 5 5 V
16th Feb 1961 W 3 Widnes CC1(rep) 1960~61 A 29 10 2 V
18th Feb 1961 W 3 Widnes L 1960~61 H 44 7 1 V
25th Feb 1961 W 3 Castleford CC2 1960~61 A 18 10 V
4th Mar 1961 W 3 Liverpool City L 1960~61 A 52 2 1 V
11th Mar 1961 W 3 Swinton CC3 1960~61 H 17 9 V
18th Mar 1961 W 3 Halifax L 1960~61 A 19 12 V
25th Mar 1961 W 3 Salford L 1960~61 H 45 2 2 V
27th Mar 1961 L 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1960~61 A 2 4 V
31st Mar 1961 L 2 Wigan L 1960~61 A 2 12 V
1st Apr 1961 L 2 Workington Town L 1960~61 A 11 12 V
3rd Apr 1961 L 3 Swinton L 1960~61 H 3 10 V
8th Apr 1961 W 2 Hull L 1960~61 A 9 4 1 2 V
15th Apr 1961 W 5 Hull CCSF 1960~61 N 26 9 1 V
19th Apr 1961 W 3 Widnes L 1960~61 A 17 5 V
22nd Apr 1961 L 3 Featherstone Rovers L 1960~61 A 11 28 V
25th Apr 1961 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 H 28 4 1 V
13th May 1961 W 3 Wigan CCF 1960~61 N 12 6 V
12th Aug 1961 W 3 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1961~62 H 29 14 1 V
19th Aug 1961 W 3 Leeds L 1961~62 H 20 5 V
30th Aug 1961 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 H 10 5 V
9th Sep 1961 W 3 Salford L 1961~62 A 24 7 V
12th Sep 1961 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 A 14 2 V
2nd Oct 1961 W 3 Oldham LC2 1961~62 H 30 7 1 V
7th Oct 1961 W 3 Whitehaven L 1961~62 A 10 3 V
10th Oct 1961 W 3 Salford LCSF 1961~62 H 21 2 1 V
14th Oct 1961 W 3 New Zealand Tour 1961~62 H 25 10 V
28th Oct 1961 L 3 Warrington L 1961~62 A 7 11 V
11th Nov 1961 W 3 Swinton LCF 1961~62 N 25 9 1 V
18th Nov 1961 L 3 Widnes L 1961~62 A 12 13 V
25th Nov 1961 W 3 Workington Town L 1961~62 H 16 7 V
6th Jan 1962 W 3 Barrow L 1961~62 H 30 6 2 V
13th Jan 1962 L 3 Leeds L 1961~62 A 3 20 V
20th Jan 1962 W 3 Warrington L 1961~62 H 11 7 V
27th Jan 1962 L 3 Workington Town L 1961~62 A 7 23 V
17th Feb 1962 W 3 Salford L 1961~62 H 17 12 1 V
24th Feb 1962 L 3 Leigh L 1961~62 A 6 7 V
10th Mar 1962 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 H 16 5 V
31st Mar 1962 W 3 Swinton L 1961~62 H 5 2 V
28th Apr 1962 L 6 Wigan L 1961~62 A 3 12 V
2nd May 1962 W 5 Huddersfield L 1961~62 A 16 9 2 V
7th May 1962 W 5 SHAPE Indians* Fr 1962~63 H 43 8 V
30th Aug 1962 W 2 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 130 OTHER 6 = 136
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 136

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