OBITUARY: Ken Roberts

10th August 2017, 11:17

OBITUARY: Ken Roberts


It is with great sadness that the club announces the passing of Hall of Fame Legend Ken Roberts.

Born in Atherton, Lancashire, Ken started his professional career with Swinton. He played over 200 games for The Lions, amassing 128 points in the process. It cost Halifax £5000 to bring him to Thrum Hall where he made his debut on the 24th August 1963 against Featherstone Rovers. He made 127 appearances, 3 from the bench, before playing his final match for the Fax on the 27th January 1967 v Leeds.

He was then transferred to Bradford Northern in exchange for Stan Fearnley. He scored 6 tries in this time, but his 6ft 1in, 16st frame and never give in attitude were more responsible for allowing others to get the points from the platform he and his forward colleagues helped build than being a scorer himself.

During his time with us, Ken represented Lancashire four times, however, it is for his International career that he is most famous. With 10 full test caps and a total of 27 GB appearances (most gained on the 1966 tour Down Under), he was Halifax most capped player for over 25 years. Whilst no Fax player has ever captained GB in a full test, Ken captained GB XIIIs against Central Queensland, Newcastle, Southern New South Wales, Northern Division and Monaro.

Ken was inducted into the Halifax Hall of Fame, and regularly attended the Past Players’ Dinner.
Our condolences go to his family and friends. As one of the true greats of our club, he will be sorely missed.