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Ken Traill


Ken Traill

Ken Traill
Personal information
Born 7 September 1926
West Wylam, Northumberland, England
Died 25 March 2002(2002-03-25) (aged 75)
Guiseley, Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Position Loose forward/Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
194?–47 Hunslet
1947–55 Bradford Northern 315 37 3
1955–57 Halifax 90
1957–59 Wakefield Trinity 28 1 0 0 3
Total 433 38 3 0 3
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–59 Yorkshire
1949–55 England 3 1 0 0 3
1950–54 Great Britain 8 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1958–70 Wakefield Trinity

Ken Traill (born 7 September 1926 in West Wylam — died 25 March 2002(2002-03-25) (aged 75) in Guiseley) was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and '50s, and coach of the 1950s, '60s and 70s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Hunslet, Bradford Northern, Halifax, and Wakefield Trinity, as a Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 13, during the era of contested scrums, and coaching at club level for Wakefield Trinity.

Playing career

International honours

Ken Traill won caps for England while at Bradford Northern in 1949 against France, in 1953 against Wales, Other Nationalities, in 1955 against Other Nationalities, and won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford Northern in 1950 against New Zealand (2 matches), in 1951 against New Zealand, in 1952 against Australia (3 matches), and in 1954 against Australia, New Zealand.

Ken Traill also represented Great Britain while at Bradford Northern between 1952 and 1956 against France (1 non-Test match).[1]

County honours

Ken Traill was selected for Yorkshire County XIII while at Wakefield Trinity during the 1958/59 season.[2]

Rugby Football League Championship final appearances

Ken Traill played Right-Loose forward/Lock in Bradford Northern's 6-13 defeat to Wigan in the 1951–52 Rugby Football League Championship final at Leeds Road, Huddersfield on Saturday 10 May 1952.[3]

Challenge Cup final appearances

Ken Traill played Loose forward/Lock in Bradford Northern's 3-8 defeat to Wigan in the 1947-48 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 May 1948,[4] and played in Bradford Northern's 12-0 victory over Halifax in the 1948-49 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7 May 1949.

Contemporaneous Article Extract

"Outlines On Ken Traill - Ken was transferred from Halifax as a player, in December, 1957, and became player-coach to our side in the following season. There were connections with Wakefield Trinity in his career long before that and it is interesting to recall three such items. It was against Wakefield Trinity, in 1947, that he made his début for Bradford Northern at Odsal Stadium. Son of Jim Traill, the former Hunslet and Keighley forward, he began his successful work with Hunslet Carr School, Leeds City Boys’ team (where he gained County honours) and as a member of the Hunslet Supporters’ Juniors. His career at Parkside was interrupted by R.A.F. national service and he made a move to Bradford Northern in May, 1947. His selection for Yorkshire was in 1950. The County officials, however, withdrew him from the side on learning that he was born in Northumberland. Trinity’s Harry Murphy took his place. A change in the rule enabled him to represent Yorkshire, however, on many occasions after that early disappointment. And it was, of course, against Trinity that Ken played his final game for Halifax. On that occasion he had the satisfaction of scoring a late match-winning try against a combination of which he was soon to have charge. There were many honours for him during his days with Bradford Northern. He went on the 1950 and 1954 tours to Australia and represented Great Britain in all three Tests of 1952 and at Sydney C.G. in 1954. And there were numerous medals for him too with the highly successful Northern side. He played in the successful Yorkshire Cup finals of 1948 and 1949, the Wembley sides of 1948 and 1949 and the 1947-8 Championship-winning team. In 1955-56 he was transferred to Halifax and there was soon a further Wembley appearance for him – against St. Helens in the 1956 final. That season too, Halifax were defeated in the N.R.L. Championship Final by Hull – a side they had defeated earlier, after a replay, for the Yorkshire Cup. His representative career was continued at Belle Vue with selection for Yorkshire in 1958-9 and there was also an early addition to his collection of medals with the 1958 Yorkshire Cup final against Leeds. Throughout his career, Ken Traill has continually been associated with a side challenging strongly for the game’s highest honours. And so it has been during his time at Belle Vue. Since becoming coach he has had the satisfaction of seeing Trinity win the R.L. Cup (1960), the Yorkshire League Championship twice, the Yorkshire Cup twice and of helping to guide our side into its first-ever Championship Final. There is promise, too, that there will be additions to this list of honours before the end of this present campaign. Already holders of the Yorkshire Cup and with one of the best-ever starts to the league programme, Trinity have high hopes in this the last season, for some time at least, of "One Division" football. That it could well be the last campaign in which the "All Four Cups" feat can be accomplished in its present form has added significance in these hopes. No one is keener than Ken Traill to bring such possibilities into reality, and who can say – looking back upon his record and association with the game’s honours – that this is not possible? Everything else is there." [5]

Career at Bradford Northern

Joining Bradford Northern from Hunslet in the 1946-47 season, Traill played 315 matches for the Odsal club in ten seasons, scoring 37 tries and kicking three goals. Not only was Ken Traill a great tackler but he possessed a pin-point pass that would put his support away.

Outside of Rugby League

Circa-1968 Ken and his wife Joan were the landlord and lady of the Prospect Inn, 93 Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds.

Honoured at Bradford Northern

In August 2007 he was named Bradford's Team of the Century.


External links

  • Ken Traill's Obituary In The Independent
  • (1963) ...Trainer
  • Ken Traill Statistics at
  • Ken Traill Statistics at
  • Bulls Mourn Ken Traill
  • Wildcats History
  • Former Halifax Loose-Forward Traill Dies
  • When League was the new TV game
  • U.K. League Hooker in Doubt
  • The Millennium Masters - Substitutes
  • Team Of The Century
  • Photograph "Northern at Fartown" at
  • Photograph "Action from the 1952 Championship final" at
  • Photograph "Bradford Northern after winning the Yorkshire Cup" at

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