During a career that spanned the 1960s and 1970s, Ken Senior amassed a still-unbeaten record number of appearances for a Huddersfield back. After graduating through the local schoolboy and junior system, Ken’s potential was spotted whilst playing in open age Rugby League for Huddersfield amateur side Moldgreen. He was invited first to train with Swinton but Ken’s spell with the Lancashire club proved to be brief as hometown club Huddersfield began to show an interest in his talents. He was given the opportunity to play four trial matches for Huddersfield during which he impressed enough to be signed and thrust quickly into first team action in October 1963.
His career lasted for 17 years during which he made 476 appearances for Huddersfield, scored 213 tries and built up many fond memories. Whether it was the hard work of maintaining a job whilst discovering a way in to the sport, or the thrill of being in the changing rooms before his debut alongside the players who had just won the championship, Ken reflects positively on an illustrious career. His time in Rugby League reached its pinnacle when he gained international honours for Great Britain and England A, and played alongside some of the game’s great names.
Ken’s professional career ended in the mid 1970s when he was released by the club to make room for a new signing. Despite reaching the age 39, he had no plans to retire, and believes he could have played on for at least another two seasons, and challenged Dougie Clarke’s outright record number of Huddersfield appearances, for any player.
Nevertheless, Ken’s achievements and the remarkable longevity of his career in Rugby League resulted from a love of the game rather than the pursuit of such accolades. Indeed his links with the club still continue and as chairman of the Huddersfield Past Players Association, many of the great friendships that Ken and his team mates built up over the years, have been continued.