Bought in to replace Bill Barbour who was umpiring the inter-state match in Adelaide Ken had the North-Footscray clash in round 9. It was a tight match The Sun reporting, “…frustration bred spite. Punches were thrown, back-handers were dispensed liberally behind the play and every pack became a scragging spree.” Barbour returned the following week but it was Ken’s final VFL senior match.
In his final seasons Ken umpired numerous Grand Finals. In September 1959 he officiated in three in four weeks – Alberton, Canberra and Mildura -separated by the La Trobe Valley Preliminary Final. The following year he went one better doing four Grand Fianls in five weeks – South Gippsland, North Central, Western District and Edward River -separated by the South West District Preliminary Final. Even his last year showed three more.
Following retirement in 1961 Ken moved on to the East Suburban Churches Football League umpires before giving away the whistle altogether. His time at the VFL totaled four senior, 27 Second Eighteen and 151 VCFL matches.
As well as umpiring Ken had previous involvement in football through two years with St.Kilda Seconds and six seasons with Kew in the VAFA. The latter garnered the 1950 C Grade premiership.
After 45 years away from the Association Ken took the opportunity to become an Associate Member in 2007 thus completing ten years service and making him eligible for Life Membership which was conferred after a successful vote.
‘Action’ Jackson passed away on 2 January 2009.