Ken Wilson, the man responsible for the most unique result in rugby league, sadly passes away

Ken Wilson, formerly of Newtown Jets, has sadly passed away aged 70 it has been reported by The Daily Telegraph in Australia.

Wilson may be an unknown to many English fans but he featured prominently for Newtown during the 70s and 80s as he played 150 times for the former first grade side across two separate spells with the club which sandwiched a short spell at Penrith.

Those 150 appearances placed Wilson as fifth on the appearances list for the Jets as he featured in plenty of iconic games in particularly the 1981 Grand Final loss.

A talented half-back who possessed skill, Wilson was most known for his excellent kicking ability as he controlled games via the boot.

It was Wilson’s boot that provided him with one his most iconic moments and one of the most obscure and unique games in rugby league history.

Wilson slotted a drop goal just 13 seconds after taking the pitch against St George in a 1973 game which is impressive in itself but what makes it so special is that it is the only recorded 1-0 scoreline in rugby league history.

Despite that being his most memorable point for the club Wilson actually tallied 1000 more as he finished his career with 1001 points for the Jets, their all-time leading scorer.

Wilson had previously remarked to The Daily Telegraph: “It’s funny, I’m the leading point scorer in the history of Newtown and the two games I’m remembered for are the nil-all draw and the 1-0 win.”

It was reported by the Telegraph earlier this month that Wilson, who had been battling cancer for three years, had been told he had between two and twelve months to live however he was upbeat despite the prognosis when speaking with the publication.

He told Phil Rothfield of the Telegraph: “The doctor is telling me there’s no more treatment but please don’t write that I’m complaining. I’ve had a great 70 years and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

A sad loss for the rugby league community and one of the men who provided us with a score that will likely never be replicated.

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