Vale Keith Glen

Born 28 October 1939. Passed Away 25 February 2017.

Former Dragons and Bulldogs prop, Keith Glen, passed away on 25 February at Sanctuary Point, aged 77. The tough forward was a Ramsgate junior and moved into the St. George minor grade teams in 1960.

On 17 June 1961, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he made his first grade debut in St. George’s 9-7 win over North Sydney. He also played with the top grade side the following week when they defeated Parramatta 32-12 at the old Cumberland Oval. In Keith’s four seasons with St. George, he had to compete for a first grade front row position with such great players as Billy Wilson, Kevin Ryan, Monty Porter and Robin Gourley, while his teammates included men such as John Raper, Brian Clay, Norm Provan, Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and Billy Smith.

This was the era of St.George’s 11 successive Premierships from 1956 and Keith was good enough to play five top grade games with the club. He was also a member of the St. George 1962 reserve grade Premiership winning team which defeated Wests 19-0 in the Grand Final at the Cricket Ground on 15 September 1962.

In 1964, Keith joined Canterbury and in three seasons with the Bulldogs, he played 29 first grade games and 16 with the reserve grade side. After leaving the Bulldogs, Keith and his family moved to Helensburgh, where he played three seasons with the Northern Suburbs club in the Illawarra first grade competition.

His last season was with Helensburgh in 1970, in Illawarra fourth grade. After retiring from football, Keith and his wife continued to live in Helensburgh for the next 30 years or more, where he was highly regarded by the locals as a hard working community man.

Keith is survived by his wife June, while he is father and father-in-law to Robyn and Peter, plus Eric and Helen. Keith and June have four grandchildren and four great grandchildren

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