Man of Steel Awards

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Man of Steel
Man of steel.jpg
Awarded for Best player of the Super League season
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Rugby Football League
First awarded 1977

The Man of Steel Awards is an end-of-season awards dinner for the Super League rugby league competition. The event's name is taken from the main award presented, the Man of Steel award for the rugby league football player of the year. In 2014, it was renamed after Steve Prescott.

The Steve Prescott Man of Steel award[edit]

Started in 1977, the Man of Steel Award annually honours the outstanding player in the British game. Originally voted on by members of the Rugby Football League press and, from 2008, by Super League players themselves, the award has often bypassed the top try scorer, winning captain or great International player.[citation needed] The award is club and country blind - the success of the player's club is irrelevant and winners include Australians and a New Zealander.

List of winners[edit]

Year Nat Winner Club Position
1977 England David Ward Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Hooker
1978 England George Nicholls Saintscolours.svg St Helens Forward
1979 England Doug Laughton Widnes colours.svg Widnes Loose forward
1980 Scotland George Fairbairn Wigancolours.svg Wigan Fullback
1981 England Ken Kelly Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Scrum-half
1982 England Michael "Mick" Morgan Carlisle Second-row
1983 England Allan Agar Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Scrum-half
1984 England Joe Lydon Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wing, Fullback
1985 England Ellery Hanley Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Loose forward
1986 Australia Gavin Miller HKRcolours.svgHull KR Prop
1987 England Ellery Hanley Wigancolours.svg Wigan Loose forward
1988 England Martin Offiah Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wing
1989 England Ellery Hanley Wigancolours.svg Wigan Loose forward
1990 England Shaun Edwards Wigancolours.svg Wigan Stand-off
1991 England Garry Schofield Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Stand-off
1992 New Zealand Dean Bell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Centre
1993 England Andy Platt Wigancolours.svg Wigan Prop
1994 Wales Jonathan Davies Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Centre
1995 England Denis Betts Wigancolours.svg Wigan Second-row
1996 England Andrew Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Loose forward
1997 England James Lowes Bullscolours.svg Bradford Hooker
1998 Wales Iestyn Harris Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Stand-off
1999 Australia Adrian Vowles Cascolours.png Castleford Loose forward
2000 England Sean Long Saintscolours.svg St Helens Scrum-half
2001 England Paul Sculthorpe Saintscolours.svg St Helens Stand-off
2002 England Paul Sculthorpe Saintscolours.svg St Helens Loose forward
2003 England Jamie Peacock Bullscolours.svg Bradford Second-row
2004 England Andrew Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Loose forward
2005 Australia Jamie Lyon Saintscolours.svg St Helens Centre
2006 England Paul Wellens Saintscolours.svg St Helens Fullback
2007 England James Roby Saintscolours.svg St Helens Hooker
2008 England James Graham Saintscolours.svg St Helens Prop
2009 Australia Brett Hodgson[1] Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Fullback
2010 Australia Pat Richards Wigancolours.svg Wigan Wing
2011 New Zealand Rangi Chase Cascolours.png Castleford Stand-off
2012 England Sam Tomkins Wigancolours.svg Wigan Fullback
2013 Scotland Danny Brough Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Scrum-half

Multiple winners[edit]

Player Wins Winning Years
1 Ellery Hanley 3 1985, 1987, 1989
2 Paul Sculthorpe 2 2001, 2002
3 Andy Farrell 2 1996, 2004

Other awards[2][edit]

  • Super League Young Player of the Year
  • Super League Coach of the Year (This award is decided by a poll of all Super League Head Coaches)
  • Super League Top Try Scorer
  • Super League Metre Maker – the player making most metres when carrying the ball in regular season games.
  • Super League Hit Man – the player making most tackles in the regular season.
  • The Mike Gregory Spirit of Rugby League Award - Both players and non-players are eligible to receive the award, which will be judged by a panel from the governing body.
  • The Community Player of the Year
  • Super League Club of the Year

Special awards[edit]

  • The ‘200 Club’ - retiring players who have played in over 200 games.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Man of Steel on SLTV". Super League. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  2. ^ SL. "Man of Steel". Super League (Europe). Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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