Ken Kelly :: 1977-1987
First game: 01/01/1977, Last game: 15/03/1987, Played: 301+15, Tries: 73, Drop Goals: 10, Points: 248
Ken Kelly joined Warrington in 1977 after twelve months out of the game. Warrington paid Bradford Northern £ 6,000 for his services, he had previously played for St Helens and won two Great Britain caps in 1972.
Ken was a talented half-back, who was quick, clever and very brave. He suffered many serious injuries but always came back for more. A broken jaw came three days before he was due to fly out with the Great Britain Tour squad of 1979, forcing him to withdraw. He went on to win two further Great Britain caps whilst at Wilderspool, the last against the “Invincible” 1982 Australians.
Kelly played in numerous finals for Warrington, earning winning medals in the Regal Trophy finals of 1978 and 1981 and Lancashire Cup finals of 1980 and 1982.
In 1981 Ken was selected as Man of Steel and won the first division player of the year, awarded by his fellow players.
Typically Ken’s career ended when he snapped his knee ligaments in a match at Hull Kingston Rovers, in 1987. Kelly’s efforts were rewarded, when he was presented with a then club record testimonial cheque for £ 13,000. Ken continues to be actively involved the Warrington Past Players Association.