Ken Gee

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Ken Gee
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Gee
Born (1916-09-23)23 September 1916
Wigan, England
Died 17 April 1989(1989-04-17) (aged 72)
Playing information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1935–54 Wigan 559 54 508 1178
1943 Oldham (guest) 1 0 0 0
Total 560 54 508 0 1178
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1942–51 Lancashire 12
1943–51 England 20
1946–51 Great Britain 17
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Kenneth "Ken" Gee (born 23 September 1916 - 17 April 1989 in Wigan) was an English rugby league footballer of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, playing at representative level for Great Britain winning 17-caps between 1946 and 1951, England winning 18-caps between 1943 and 1951, and Lancashire, and at club level for Wigan, as a Prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums.

Career[edit]

Signing with Wigan in 1933, Ken Gee went on to play a total of 559 games for the club, second only to Jim Sullivan. He also kicked 508 goals and featured in Wigan's Rugby Football League Championship wins of 1945–46, 1946–47, and 1949–50 as well as their Challenge Cup victories of 1948 and 1951. He also won Lancashire Cup winner's medals seven times.

Ken Gee joined Wigan teammate Joe Egan on tours down under in 1946 and 1950, playing in all nine matches of three consecutive Ashes series matches against Australia. On the famous unbeaten tour of 1946 to Australia, the "Indomitables" tour, the front row in the first two tests of Frank Whitcombe, Joe Egan and Ken Gee laid the foundation for this Ashes win.

In recognition of Ken Gee, an amateur rugby competition played in Wigan called "Ken Gee Cup" was formed. He is also an inductee of the Wigan Hall of Fame.

Ken Gee is buried at St Matthews Church at Highfield, Wigan.

Other notable games[edit]

Ken Gee played Tighthead-Prop for a Rugby League XIII against Northern Command XIII at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 21 March 1942.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ken Gee

Gee's uncle, Sam, was also a rugby league forward, who played for Huddersfield and England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "inside programme, Northern Command v. A Rugby League XIII, 1942". rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 

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