PLAYERS | Ken Wilson


Panther 121

47 matches [1976-1978]

260 points [7 tries, 117 goals, 5 field goals]


Newtown back and half who had debuted in 1970 and had played five seasons with the “Blue Bags” and then a season with Port Kembla in the Wollongong competition in 1975 before arriving at Penrith in 1976.

Given his reputation as a point scoring machine with the boot at Newtown, he was immediately made the first choice goal kicker at Penrith. Playing 20 matches in his first season, mostly at five-eighth but occasionally at fullback and on the wing, he was not surprisingly the club’s top point scorer with 130 points.

In 1977, he became more settled in the five-eighth role. With his appearances restricted to just 15 the following season, he still finished the season as the top point scorer with 97 points. He also captained the Panthers in the last four premiership matches that year.

Injuries would reduce him to an even lower 12 appearances in 1978, with these injuries not necessarily making him the first choice kicker on game day – kicking only 12 goals in a tally of 33 points.

He made a return to Newtown in 1979, playing right through to their demise as a premiership club at the end of the 1983 season. Post retirement he entered into the coaching profession in the lower grades. He passed away in 2022 aged 70.

Last updated 24 December 2022


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