Ken Large

OVERALL STATISTICS

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

Ken died in April 1995, aged 55 and his death was registered in Knowsley. The Family Heritage Day in August 2019 was attended by the widow of Ken, Irene.the gallery shows Irene proudly displaying Kenís Heritage Certificate.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1957~5821 23 0 23
1958~59 7 0 0 14
1959~6028 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 VIEW
12th Oct 1957
W
4 Whitehaven L 1957~58 H 26 9 1 3 VIEW
19th Oct 1957
W
5 Liverpool City L 1957~58 A 28 4 2 3 VIEW
25th Dec 1957
W
5 Leigh L 1957~58 H 11 9 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1957
W
5 Wigan L 1957~58 A 12 9 VIEW
28th Dec 1957
L
4 Salford L 1957~58 A 7 12 VIEW
4th Jan 1958
W
5 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 H 51 0 2 VIEW
11th Jan 1958
W
5 Blackpool Borough L 1957~58 A 17 7 VIEW
18th Jan 1958
W
5 Liverpool City L 1957~58 H 27 8 3 VIEW
1st Feb 1958
L
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 A 12 17 1 VIEW
12th Feb 1958
W
5 Hunslet CC1 1957~58 A 15 0 1 1 VIEW
15th Feb 1958
W
4 Oldham L 1957~58 H 5 4 1 VIEW
22nd Feb 1958
W
5 Keighley CC2 1957~58 A 19 4 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1958
L
5 Workington Town L 1957~58 A 10 15 VIEW
8th Mar 1958
L
5 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1957~58 A 0 5 VIEW
15th Mar 1958
L
5 Hull L 1957~58 A 11 22 1 VIEW
22nd Mar 1958
W
5 Widnes L 1957~58 H 14 7 VIEW
4th Apr 1958
W
4 Wigan L 1957~58 H 32 7 1 7 VIEW
5th Apr 1958
W
4 Hunslet L 1957~58 A 33 2 2 VIEW
7th Apr 1958
W
4 Halifax L 1957~58 A 18 2 VIEW
14th Apr 1958
W
4 Salford L 1957~58 H 42 8 2 6 VIEW
19th Apr 1958
W
4 Halifax L 1957~58 H 31 4 2 VIEW
3rd May 1958
L
4 Workington Town ChSF 1957~58 H 13 14 2 VIEW
9th Aug 1958
L
5 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 1 VIEW
16th Aug 1958
L
5 Widnes L 1958~59 A 16 25 VIEW
19th Aug 1958
W
4 Rochdale Hornets L 1958~59 A 15 5 VIEW
23rd Aug 1958
W
4 Featherstone Rovers L 1958~59 H 32 9 VIEW
25th Aug 1958
W
4 Warrington L 1958~59 H 15 7 VIEW
30th Aug 1958
W
4 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1958~59 A 20 15 1 VIEW
17th Sep 1958
W
4 Barrow LCSF 1958~59 H 18 6 VIEW
20th Sep 1958
W
4 Warrington L 1958~59 A 29 15 1 VIEW
27th Sep 1958
W
4 Hunslet L 1958~59 H 31 15 VIEW
4th Oct 1958
W
4 Blackpool Borough L 1958~59 A 26 19 1 VIEW
11th Oct 1958
W
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 H 15 8 VIEW
18th Oct 1958
D
4 Workington Town L 1958~59 A 10 10 VIEW
25th Oct 1958
L
4 Oldham LCF 1958~59 N 2 12 VIEW
21st Apr 1959
W
4 Workington Town L 1958~59 H 36 14 1 VIEW
2nd May 1959
W
2 Oldham ChSF 1958~59 H 42 4 3 VIEW
18th May 1959
W
3 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 P 44 28 3 VIEW
20th May 1959
W
2 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 L 35 19 1 VIEW
22nd Aug 1959
W
4 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 H 40 7 1 VIEW
26th Aug 1959
W
4 Swinton L 1959~60 A 32 9 VIEW
2nd Sep 1959
W
2 Widnes L 1959~60 H 22 0 VIEW
5th Sep 1959
W
3 Leeds L 1959~60 H 23 9 1 VIEW
9th Sep 1959
W
3 Widnes LC2 1959~60 A 24 9 1 VIEW
12th Sep 1959
W
3 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 A 16 2 1 VIEW
3rd Oct 1959
W
3 Salford L 1959~60 H 40 11 VIEW
10th Oct 1959
L
3 Australia Tour 1959~60 H 2 15 VIEW
17th Oct 1959
W
5 Whitehaven L 1959~60 A 15 12 2 VIEW
24th Oct 1959
W
2 Hull L 1959~60 H 29 11 VIEW
7th Nov 1959
W
5 Liverpool City L 1959~60 H 40 17 2 VIEW
14th Nov 1959
W
5 Dewsbury L 1959~60 A 20 15 1 VIEW
5th Dec 1959
L
4 Workington Town L 1959~60 H 11 12 1 VIEW
12th Dec 1959
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 A 40 4 3 VIEW
19th Dec 1959
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 H 26 2 VIEW
25th Dec 1959
W
3 Leigh L 1959~60 H 14 10 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1959
W
3 Wigan L 1959~60 A 19 7 VIEW
1st Jan 1960
W
3 Leigh L 1959~60 A 12 4 VIEW
2nd Jan 1960
W
3 Workington Town L 1959~60 A 21 6 3 VIEW
9th Jan 1960
W
3 Warrington L 1959~60 H 40 6 2 VIEW
16th Jan 1960
W
3 Barrow L 1959~60 A 16 8 1 VIEW
23rd Jan 1960
W
3 Oldham L 1959~60 H 27 6 VIEW
30th Jan 1960
D
3 Salford L 1959~60 A 2 2 VIEW
6th Feb 1960
W
3 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 A 26 7 VIEW
13th Feb 1960
L
3 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1959~60 H 10 15 VIEW
20th Feb 1960
W
3 Dewsbury L 1959~60 H 25 4 1 VIEW
5th Mar 1960
W
3 Warrington L 1959~60 A 19 16 2 2 VIEW
12th Mar 1960
W
3 Barrow L 1959~60 H 13 12 2 VIEW
19th Mar 1960
L
3 Halifax L 1959~60 A 15 20 VIEW
2nd Apr 1960
W
5 Swinton L 1959~60 H 46 10 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1960
W
3 Wigan L 1959~60 H 12 4 VIEW
16th Apr 1960
W
3 Whitehaven L 1959~60 H 41 5 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1960
W
3 Hull L 1959~60 A 10 7 VIEW
23rd Apr 1960
W
3 Hunslet L 1959~60 A 20 8 VIEW
26th Apr 1960
W
3 Oldham L 1959~60 A 10 2 VIEW
7th May 1960
L
3 Wigan ChSF 1959~60 H 9 19 VIEW
6th Aug 1960
W
3 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1960~61 H 34 10 2 VIEW
13th Aug 1960
L
3 Oldham L 1960~61 A 4 16 VIEW
15th Aug 1960
W
4 Liverpool City L 1960~61 H 17 9 VIEW
20th Aug 1960
W
4 Hunslet L 1960~61 H 22 10 2 VIEW
27th Aug 1960
W
4 Widnes LC1 1960~61 A 19 17 1 VIEW
7th Sep 1960
W
3 Wigan LC2 1960~61 H 7 4 VIEW
10th Sep 1960
W
3 Leigh L 1960~61 A 28 13 2 VIEW
17th Sep 1960
W
3 Oldham L 1960~61 H 26 12 VIEW
26th Sep 1960
W
3 Halifax L 1960~61 H 32 4 VIEW
15th Oct 1960
W
3 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 A 34 13 VIEW
17th Oct 1960
W
3 Leigh LCSF 1960~61 A 15 2 VIEW
22nd Oct 1960
W
3 Wigan L 1960~61 H 11 6 VIEW
29th Oct 1960
W
3 Swinton LCF 1960~61 N 15 9 1 VIEW
12th Nov 1960
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1960~61 A 38 5 VIEW
19th Nov 1960
W
3 Barrow L 1960~61 A 29 15 VIEW
26th Nov 1960
W
3 Workington Town L 1960~61 H 47 2 VIEW
3rd Dec 1960
L
3 Hunslet L 1960~61 A 5 10 1 VIEW
24th Dec 1960
W
3 Salford L 1960~61 A 17 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1960
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1960~61 H 51 4 1 VIEW
2nd Jan 1961
W
3 Leigh L 1960~61 H 10 4 VIEW
16th Jan 1961
W
5 Hull L 1960~61 H 22 15 VIEW
21st Jan 1961
W
5 Whitehaven L 1960~61 A 15 11 2 VIEW
4th Feb 1961
L
5 Warrington L 1960~61 H 7 8 VIEW
11th Feb 1961
D
3 Widnes CC1 1960~61 H 5 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1961
W
3 Widnes CC1(rep) 1960~61 A 29 10 2 VIEW
18th Feb 1961
W
3 Widnes L 1960~61 H 44 7 1 VIEW
25th Feb 1961
W
3 Castleford CC2 1960~61 A 18 10 VIEW
4th Mar 1961
W
3 Liverpool City L 1960~61 A 52 2 1 VIEW
11th Mar 1961
W
3 Swinton CC3 1960~61 H 17 9 VIEW
18th Mar 1961
W
3 Halifax L 1960~61 A 19 12 VIEW
25th Mar 1961
W
3 Salford L 1960~61 H 45 2 2 VIEW
27th Mar 1961
L
3 Wakefield Trinity L 1960~61 A 2 4 VIEW
31st Mar 1961
L
2 Wigan L 1960~61 A 2 12 VIEW
1st Apr 1961
L
2 Workington Town L 1960~61 A 11 12 VIEW
3rd Apr 1961
L
3 Swinton L 1960~61 H 3 10 VIEW
8th Apr 1961
W
2 Hull L 1960~61 A 9 4 1 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1961
W
5 Hull CCSF 1960~61 N 26 9 1 VIEW
19th Apr 1961
W
3 Widnes L 1960~61 A 17 5 VIEW
22nd Apr 1961
L
3 Featherstone Rovers L 1960~61 A 11 28 VIEW
25th Apr 1961
W
5 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 H 28 4 1 VIEW
13th May 1961
W
3 Wigan CCF 1960~61 N 12 6 VIEW
12th Aug 1961
W
3 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1961~62 H 29 14 1 VIEW
19th Aug 1961
W
3 Leeds L 1961~62 H 20 5 VIEW
30th Aug 1961
W
3 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 H 10 5 VIEW
9th Sep 1961
W
3 Salford L 1961~62 A 24 7 VIEW
12th Sep 1961
W
5 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 A 14 2 VIEW
2nd Oct 1961
W
3 Oldham LC2 1961~62 H 30 7 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1961
W
3 Whitehaven L 1961~62 A 10 3 VIEW
10th Oct 1961
W
3 Salford LCSF 1961~62 H 21 2 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1961
W
3 New Zealand Tour 1961~62 H 25 10 VIEW
28th Oct 1961
L
3 Warrington L 1961~62 A 7 11 VIEW
11th Nov 1961
W
3 Swinton LCF 1961~62 N 25 9 1 VIEW
18th Nov 1961
L
3 Widnes L 1961~62 A 12 13 VIEW
25th Nov 1961
W
3 Workington Town L 1961~62 H 16 7 VIEW
6th Jan 1962
W
3 Barrow L 1961~62 H 30 6 2 VIEW
13th Jan 1962
L
3 Leeds L 1961~62 A 3 20 VIEW
20th Jan 1962
W
3 Warrington L 1961~62 H 11 7 VIEW
27th Jan 1962
L
3 Workington Town L 1961~62 A 7 23 VIEW
17th Feb 1962
W
3 Salford L 1961~62 H 17 12 1 VIEW
24th Feb 1962
L
3 Leigh L 1961~62 A 6 7 VIEW
10th Mar 1962
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 H 16 5 VIEW
31st Mar 1962
W
3 Swinton L 1961~62 H 5 2 VIEW
28th Apr 1962
L
6 Wigan L 1961~62 A 3 12 VIEW
2nd May 1962
W
5 Huddersfield L 1961~62 A 16 9 2 VIEW
7th May 1962
W
5 SHAPE Indians* Fr 1962~63 H 43 8 VIEW
30th Aug 1962
W
2 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 111 | LOSSES : 28 | DRAWS : 3

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