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Players Biography





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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.





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Ken Gwilliam : Season Stats

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

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


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CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 141 OTHER 12 = 174
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 14 Subs) = 151
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