Ken Gwilliam

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
01-11-1947
N/A
08-1974
Salford
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
23-08-1974 v Warrington
Hunslet
1979- Oldham
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1974-1979
151 (14)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
25
0
1
76

BIOGRAPHY

Kenneth Gwilliam by Dave Dooley:

Ken Gwilliam was a local lad who had started his professional rugby career with Salford. He was a busy and enthusiastic half back who came into the first team on a regular basis with the retirement of Jeff Heaton in 1976. Ken was a great support player with excellent handling skills and positional sense. His half breaks would often create a channel for the rampaging Saints’ forwards to exploit. After signing from Salford in August 1974 Ken made his debut in the 16 points to 10 away victory over Warrington later the same month. His first try for the club came in the Championship winning season of 1974/5 when he scored a neat try in the 25 points to 5 victory over Widnes on the last day of March, 1975. His appearances in the first team that season earned him a Championship winner’s medal.

His versatility in those days was important as he could play equally well at scrum half or stand-off. Ken played a total of 29 matches in his first two seasons with the highlight coming in the 1976 Premiership Final against Salford. Ken came onto the field as substitute to replace Jeff Heaton. The resultant 15 points to 2 victory provided Ken with his first cup final winner’s medal.

In the 1976/7 season Ken revelled in his extended run in the scrum half’s shirt. This was evident from early on in the campaign with sterling performances including a sparkling hat trick in the 20 points to 5 victory over Leigh on September 24th. 1966. In all Ken made 39 appearances that season and scored nine tries. In the last match of the season Ken was back at Station Road, Swinton in the 1977 Premiership Final. His quick service paved the way for the Saints’ backs to run riot against Warrington. Ken made the most of the Swinton sunshine and nipped in for a try himself as Saints prevailed by 32 points to 20. Ken had won his second Premiership winner’s medal.

The following season saw Ken in the thick of the action again. He scored his second hat trick for the club in the 39 points to 17 victory over Castleford on September 11th., 1977. That season Saints played some of their brightest football with Ken again driving the forwards and servicing the backs. In particular he established an excellent partnership with twinkle toes Bill Francis. However, at the end of the season the Saints trophy cabinet remained empty. Ken however fulfilled his ambition of stepping out in Challenge Cup Final at Wembley though the narrow 14 points to 12 defeat by Leeds was not the result he had hoped for. The following season saw Ken challenged for the scrum half berth by the up and coming Neil Holding.

The 1979/80 season was Ken’s last in a Saints’ jersey. He notched his last try for the club in the 45 points to 17 demolition of Rochdale Hornets with his final match for the club coming in the 8 points draw on the 4th of November 1979. In his career at Knowsley Road Ken scored 25 tries and a drop goal from a creditable 151 matches as Saints success continued in the second half of the 1970s.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1974~75 1 0 0 21
1975~761 0 0 29
1976~77 9 0 0 39
1977~789 0 0 39
1978~79 4 0 1 37
1979~80 1 0 0 9
TOTALS:25 0 1 174
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1974~75 2002
1975~760004
1977~781002
1978~791002
1979~800002
TOTALS:40012

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
16th Aug 1974 W 6 Blackpool Borough * Fr Charity 1974~75 H 30 8 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1974 W 6 Warrington L 1974~75 A 16 10 VIEW
30th Aug 1974 L 6 Workington Town LC1 1974~75 H 11 13 VIEW
6th Sep 1974 W 14 York L 1974~75 H 26 6 Y VIEW
15th Sep 1974 W 14 Dewsbury L 1974~75 A 21 7 Y VIEW
17th Sep 1974 W 14 Wakefield Trinity FTP(1) 1974~75 H 21 12 VIEW
20th Sep 1974 W 6 Leeds L 1974~75 H 21 5 VIEW
24th Sep 1974 L 1 Wakefield Trinity FTP(2) 1974~75 A 15 18 VIEW
11th Oct 1974 W 14 Keighley L 1974~75 H 33 7 Y VIEW
25th Oct 1974 W 14 Rochdale Hornets L 1974~75 H 23 5 VIEW
2nd Nov 1974 W 14 Bramley L 1974~75 A 17 9 Y VIEW
15th Nov 1974 W 14 Bramley L 1974~75 H 12 10 Y VIEW
8th Feb 1975 W 14 Bramley CC1 1974~75 A 30 5 Y VIEW
12th Feb 1975 W 14 Bradford Northern L 1974~75 H 20 11 Y VIEW
7th Mar 1975 L 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1974~75 H 8 12 Y VIEW
31st Mar 1975 W 6 Widnes L 1974~75 H 25 5 1 VIEW
6th Apr 1975 W 6 York L 1974~75 A 10 9 VIEW
20th Apr 1975 L 6 Wales * Fr Testimonial 1974~75 H 22 31 1 VIEW
25th Apr 1975 W 14 Oldham PT1 1974~75 H 42 5 VIEW
1st May 1975 D 6 Bradford Northern PT2 1974~75 A 5 5 VIEW
2nd May 1975 W 14 Bradford Northern PT2 (rep) 1974~75 H 14 5 Y VIEW
4th May 1975 W 14 Wigan PTSF 1974~75 A 22 16 Y VIEW
17th May 1975 L 14 Leeds PTF 1974~75 N 11 26 VIEW
8th Aug 1975 L 1 Salford* Fr Gallie Cup 1975~76 A 15 17 VIEW
17th Aug 1975 W 1 Swinton L 1975~76 A 10 8 VIEW
22nd Aug 1975 W 1 Featherstone Rovers L 1975~76 H 17 3 VIEW
6th Sep 1975 W 14 Huddersfield L 1975~76 A 22 21 Y VIEW
8th Oct 1975 W 6 Rochdale Hornets FTP 1975~76 A 15 7 VIEW
12th Oct 1975 L 15 Australia Tour 1975~76 H 7 32 Y VIEW
22nd Oct 1975 W 14 Whitehaven FT1 1975~76 H 38 10 Y VIEW
9th Nov 1975 W 14 Batley JP2 1975~76 H 47 9 Y VIEW
16th Nov 1975 W 14 Castleford L 1975~76 H 22 9 Y VIEW
22nd Nov 1975 L 14 Hull JP3 1975~76 A 8 9 Y VIEW
26th Dec 1975 D 14 Wigan L 1975~76 A 12 12 VIEW
28th Dec 1975 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1975~76 A 18 4 VIEW
1st Jan 1976 W 7 Widnes L 1975~76 H 12 4 VIEW
11th Jan 1976 W 6 Bradford Northern L 1975~76 H 19 7 1 VIEW
17th Jan 1976 W 6 Leeds L 1975~76 A 17 8 VIEW
20th Jan 1976 W 6 Swinton L 1975~76 H 40 6 VIEW
25th Jan 1976 L 6 Warrington L 1975~76 H 3 9 VIEW
9th Mar 1976 W 14 Dewsbury L 1975~76 A 7 6 Y VIEW
17th Mar 1976 L 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1975~76 H 7 10 Y VIEW
19th Mar 1976 W 6 Keighley L 1975~76 H 21 2 VIEW
28th Mar 1976 W 14 Bradford Northern L 1975~76 A 21 9 VIEW
30th Mar 1976 W 6 Salford L 1975~76 H 24 7 VIEW
4th Apr 1976 W 14 Warrington L 1975~76 A 16 10 VIEW
9th Apr 1976 L 1 Dewsbury L 1975~76 H 7 9 VIEW
11th Apr 1976 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1975~76 A 28 12 VIEW
13th Apr 1976 L 7 Keighley L 1975~76 A 12 14 VIEW
25th Apr 1976 W 14 Hull K.R. L 1975~76 H 33 8 VIEW
30th Apr 1976 W 14 Wigan PT1 1975~76 H 19 6 VIEW
16th May 1976 W 14 Leeds PTSF(2) 1975~76 H 21 4 Y VIEW
22nd May 1976 W 14 Salford PTF 1975~76 N 15 2 VIEW
22nd Jun 1976 L 14 Queensland * Fr Tour 1975~76 A 15 21 VIEW
29th Jun 1976 L 7 Eastern Suburbs* Fr Tour ( Unoffic. W 1975~76 A 2 25 VIEW
4th Jul 1976 L 14 Auckland* Fr Tour 1975~76 A 13 20 VIEW
5th Sep 1976 L 14 Rochdale Hornets L 1976~77 A 21 24 VIEW
10th Sep 1976 D 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1976~77 H 7 7 VIEW
19th Sep 1976 W 7 Barrow L 1976~77 A 19 2 VIEW
24th Sep 1976 W 7 Leigh L 1976~77 A 20 5 3 VIEW
26th Sep 1976 W 7 Castleford L 1976~77 H 17 15 VIEW
2nd Oct 1976 L 6 Bradford Northern L 1976~77 A 7 17 VIEW
9th Oct 1976 L 7 Leeds L 1976~77 A 13 23 VIEW
17th Oct 1976 W 7 Warrington L 1976~77 H 23 9 VIEW
24th Oct 1976 W 7 Hull K.R. JP1 1976~77 A 12 7 1 VIEW
26th Oct 1976 W 7 Swinton FT1 1976~77 A 22 15 1 VIEW
29th Oct 1976 W 7 Salford L 1976~77 A 18 15 VIEW
6th Nov 1976 L 7 Castleford JP2 1976~77 H 18 22 VIEW
14th Nov 1976 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1976~77 H 22 17 VIEW
16th Nov 1976 L 7 Huddersfield FT2 1976~77 A 7 9 VIEW
21st Nov 1976 W 1 Oldham L 1976~77 A 20 9 VIEW
28th Nov 1976 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1976~77 H 32 8 VIEW
4th Dec 1976 W 7 Workington Town L 1976~77 A 16 12 VIEW
12th Dec 1976 W 7 Leeds L 1976~77 H 17 6 VIEW
27th Dec 1976 L 7 Wigan L 1976~77 H 12 14 VIEW
6th Jan 1977 L 7 Widnes L 1976~77 A 8 13 VIEW
9th Jan 1977 W 6 Oldham L 1976~77 H 17 7 VIEW
16th Jan 1977 W 7 Barrow L 1976~77 H 17 10 VIEW
4th Feb 1977 L 7 Castleford L 1976~77 A 12 16 VIEW
12th Feb 1977 W 7 Warrington CC1 1976~77 A 13 12 VIEW
27th Feb 1977 W 7 Wigan CC2 1976~77 A 9 4 VIEW
6th Mar 1977 W 7 Salford L 1976~77 H 29 9 1 VIEW
13th Mar 1977 W 7 Dewsbury CC3 1976~77 A 11 8 VIEW
20th Mar 1977 W 7 Workington Town L 1976~77 H 13 7 VIEW
26th Mar 1977 L 7 Leeds CCSF 1976~77 N 2 7 VIEW
29th Mar 1977 L 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1976~77 A 7 24 VIEW
1st Apr 1977 W 7 Bradford Northern L 1976~77 H 34 6 1 VIEW
8th Apr 1977 W 7 Wigan L 1976~77 A 17 8 VIEW
11th Apr 1977 W 6 Widnes L 1976~77 H 31 0 VIEW
23rd Apr 1977 L 6 Warrington L 1976~77 A 11 12 VIEW
30th Apr 1977 D 7 Wigan PT1 1976~77 H 10 10 VIEW
4th May 1977 W 7 Wigan PT1 (rep) 1976~77 A 8 3 VIEW
10th May 1977 W 7 Castleford PTSF (1) 1976~77 A 36 12 1 VIEW
14th May 1977 W 7 Castleford PTSF (2) 1976~77 H 25 13 VIEW
28th May 1977 W 7 Warrington PTF 1976~77 N 32 20 1 VIEW
7th Aug 1977 W 7 Pilkington Recs* Fr Queens Silver Jub 1977~78 H 23 17 VIEW
10th Aug 1977 W 7 Wigan* Fr Queens Silver Jub 1977~78 H 29 5 1 VIEW
21st Aug 1977 W 7 Swinton LC1 1977~78 H 49 3 VIEW
28th Aug 1977 D 7 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1977~78 A 4 4 VIEW
30th Aug 1977 W 7 Rochdale Hornets LC2 (rep) 1977~78 H 16 5 VIEW
4th Sep 1977 L 7 New Hunslet L 1977~78 A 17 22 VIEW
11th Sep 1977 W 7 Castleford L 1977~78 H 39 17 3 VIEW
30th Oct 1977 W 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1977~78 A 12 5 VIEW
6th Nov 1977 L 14 Featherstone Rovers JP2 1977~78 A 10 17 VIEW
13th Nov 1977 W 7 Leeds L 1977~78 H 19 10 VIEW
20th Nov 1977 W 7 Bramley L 1977~78 A 36 11 VIEW
22nd Nov 1977 W 7 Leigh FT2 1977~78 A 14 7 VIEW
27th Nov 1977 W 7 Salford L 1977~78 H 13 12 VIEW
4th Dec 1977 L 7 Workington Town L 1977~78 A 3 16 VIEW
6th Dec 1977 W 7 Salford FTSF 1977~78 H 7 4 VIEW
10th Dec 1977 W 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1977~78 H 20 19 Y VIEW
13th Dec 1977 L 7 Hull K.R. FTF 1977~78 A 11 26 VIEW
18th Dec 1977 L 7 Hull K.R. L 1977~78 A 9 21 VIEW
31st Dec 1977 W 14 Widnes L 1977~78 H 16 3 Y VIEW
8th Jan 1978 W 14 Dewsbury L 1977~78 H 23 7 VIEW
22nd Jan 1978 W 14 New Hunslet L 1977~78 H 39 7 1 VIEW
29th Jan 1978 W 7 Hull L 1977~78 A 18 12 VIEW
5th Feb 1978 W 7 Warrington L 1977~78 H 17 6 VIEW
24th Feb 1978 W 7 Huyton CC1 1977~78 H 36 8 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1978 W 7 Castleford L 1977~78 A 29 12 VIEW
5th Mar 1978 W 7 Bramley L 1977~78 H 71 7 1 VIEW
12th Mar 1978 W 7 Oldham CC2 1977~78 A 26 11 VIEW
19th Mar 1978 W 7 Huddersfield CC3 1977~78 H 31 5 VIEW
21st Mar 1978 W 7 Salford L 1977~78 A 24 11 VIEW
24th Mar 1978 L 7 Wigan L 1977~78 H 17 22 VIEW
27th Mar 1978 L 7 Widnes L 1977~78 A 5 33 VIEW
30th Mar 1978 W 7 Bradford Northern L 1977~78 H 28 13 1 VIEW
2nd Apr 1978 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1977~78 H 36 5 VIEW
8th Apr 1978 W 7 Warrington CCSF 1977~78 N 12 8 VIEW
12th Apr 1978 D 6 Bradford Northern L 1977~78 A 9 9 VIEW
16th Apr 1978 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1977~78 A 23 36 VIEW
22nd Apr 1978 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1977~78 H 23 13 1 VIEW
30th Apr 1978 W 7 Salford PT1 1977~78 H 29 11 1 VIEW
3rd May 1978 W 7 Bradford Northern PTSF(1) 1977~78 H 14 10 VIEW
7th May 1978 L 7 Bradford Northern PTSF(2) 1977~78 A 12 19 VIEW
13th May 1978 L 7 Leeds CCF 1977~78 N 12 14 VIEW
4th Aug 1978 D 7 Widnes* Fr Testimonial 1978~79 H 31 31 VIEW
13th Aug 1978 W 7 Oldham* Fr Charity 1978~79 H 44 20 1 VIEW
20th Aug 1978 D 7 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1978~79 H 14 14 VIEW
23rd Aug 1978 D 7 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (rep) 1978~79 A 8 8 VIEW
25th Aug 1978 W 7 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (2nd rep) 1978~79 N 28 9 VIEW
27th Aug 1978 L 7 Leigh LC2 1978~79 A 4 21 VIEW
3rd Sep 1978 W 7 Huddersfield L 1978~79 A 18 11 VIEW
6th Sep 1978 W 7 Barrow L 1978~79 H 21 7 VIEW
10th Sep 1978 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1978~79 H 20 15 VIEW
23rd Sep 1978 W 7 Leeds JP1 1978~79 H 16 11 VIEW
1st Oct 1978 W 7 Castleford L 1978~79 H 48 14 VIEW
8th Oct 1978 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1978~79 H 33 5 1 VIEW
17th Oct 1978 W 7 Salford FT1 1978~79 A 17 15 VIEW
22nd Oct 1978 L 7 Warrington L 1978~79 H 8 10 1 VIEW
29th Oct 1978 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1978~79 A 22 11 VIEW
7th Nov 1978 W 7 Castleford FT2 1978~79 H 47 5 1 VIEW
12th Nov 1978 L 7 Australia Tour 1978~79 H 4 26 VIEW
19th Nov 1978 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1978~79 A 3 7 VIEW
26th Nov 1978 L 7 Huddersfield L 1978~79 H 15 16 VIEW
28th Nov 1978 W 7 Hull FTSF 1978~79 A 13 5 VIEW
13th Jan 1979 L 7 Leeds L 1978~79 A 11 26 VIEW
3rd Feb 1979 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1978~79 H 25 16 VIEW
11th Feb 1979 W 7 Doncaster CC1 1978~79 H 34 9 VIEW
20th Feb 1979 W 7 Workington Town L 1978~79 H 10 6 VIEW
23rd Feb 1979 D 7 Castleford L 1978~79 A 13 13 VIEW
4th Mar 1979 W 7 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1978~79 A 11 10 VIEW
7th Mar 1979 W 7 Warrington L 1978~79 A 15 8 VIEW
10th Mar 1979 W 7 Castleford CC3 1978~79 A 10 6 VIEW
18th Mar 1979 L 7 Leeds L 1978~79 H 15 20 VIEW
25th Mar 1979 L 7 Hull K.R. L 1978~79 A 5 20 VIEW
29th Mar 1979 L 7 Workington Town L 1978~79 A 8 10 VIEW
7th Apr 1979 L 7 Wakefield Trinity CCSF 1978~79 N 7 9 VIEW
13th Apr 1979 L 7 Wigan L 1978~79 A 5 7 VIEW
16th Apr 1979 L 7 Widnes L 1978~79 H 16 18 VIEW
29th Apr 1979 W 7 Bradford Northern L 1978~79 A 13 12 VIEW
2nd May 1979 L 7 Leigh L 1978~79 A 2 5 1 VIEW
7th May 1979 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1978~79 H 14 5 VIEW
13th May 1979 W 7 Salford L 1978~79 H 26 4 1 VIEW
15th May 1979 L 7 Leeds PT1 1978~79 A 10 21 VIEW
5th Aug 1979 W 14 Pilkington Recs* Fr Testimonial 1979~80 H 40 14 VIEW
12th Aug 1979 W 7 Oldham* Fr Charity 1979~80 A 27 20 VIEW
19th Aug 1979 L 7 Widnes LC1 1979~80 H 16 28 VIEW
2nd Sep 1979 L 7 Warrington L 1979~80 H 17 23 VIEW
7th Sep 1979 L 7 Salford L 1979~80 A 21 25 VIEW
16th Sep 1979 W 7 Barrow JP1 1979~80 A 18 13 VIEW
19th Sep 1979 W 7 Oldham FTP 1979~80 A 20 9 VIEW
9th Oct 1979 W 7 Rochdale Hornets FT1 1979~80 H 45 17 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1979 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1979~80 H 15 7 VIEW
28th Oct 1979 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1979~80 H 13 8 VIEW
4th Nov 1979 D 7 Hunslet L 1979~80 A 8 8 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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