Full name:Ken Wharton
Date of Birth:28 November 1960
Place of Birth:Newcastle, England
Weight:8 10

Playing career:

Grainger Park BC
1978-1979Newcastle United20
1979-1980Newcastle United10
1980-1981Newcastle United360
1981-1982Newcastle United335
1982-1983Newcastle United415
1983-1984Newcastle United414
1984-1985Newcastle United356
1985-1986Newcastle United152
1986-1987Newcastle United
1987-1988Newcastle United
1988-1989Newcastle United
1989-1990Carlisle United10
1989-1990Bradford City50
1989-1990Berwick Rangers21
1989-1990Whitley Bay
1990Winnipeg Fury173


Ken was spotted by Newcastle United for the local Grainger Park Boys’ Club. He signed for Newcastle United in August 1978. Made his league debut against West Ham United in March 1979.

Quickly established in Newcastle United’s first team. Missed only two league games during the 1982-1983 and 1983-1984 seasons. By the summer of 1984 he had played in 154 league games.

Mostly a left back while at Newcastle United, but sometimes played at left midfield. By the end of the 1987-1988 season he had played in 241 Football League games.

Suffered a knee injury during the 1988-1989 season. After playing in 290 league games and scoring 26 goals, Ken was given a free transfer by Newcastle United in May 1989.

Had a short spell with Middlesbrough in July 1989, playing in one friendly match. In August 1989 Kenny signed a one-month contract with Fourth Division club Carlisle United.

Joined Second Division club Bradford City on 1 September 1989. Made his debut against Portsmouth at Valley Parade on 2 September. Played in five league games on the trot at left midfield before quitting the club.

Turned down an offer a trial with West Bromwich Albion in October 1989. Had a trial with Scottish League club Berwick Rangers in October 1989. Then joined non-league club Whitley Bay in December 1989.

On 19 April 1990 Ken signed a contract with Canadian Soccer League club Winnipeg Fury. Despite struggling with his knee he played in 17 league games for the Fury.

On 28 July 1990 he replaced Dwight Hornibrook as head coach of Winnipeg Fury.

After the 1990 CSL season Kenny returned to England. Due to his knee injury he retired from playing soccer, and became a coach.


1988 Panini Sticker No. 151