Rugby League World Golden Boot Award
The Rugby League World Golden Boot Award is a rugby league award handed out annually for achievements in rugby league by Rugby League World magazine. The Golden Boot is given, usually in December after the conclusion of all the year's matches, to the player adjudged to be the best in the world, as determined by a ballot of international media representatives.
The award was founded in early 1985 by the British magazine Open Rugby and was awarded to Wally Lewis for his performances throughout 1984. Lewis and the other pre-1990 winners were initially recognised for the years that they collected the award, not for the year of their performances, but this was changed by Rugby League World magazine in 2010.
No award was made between 1990 and 1998 due to organisational difficulties, the award was resurrected in its original format in 1999 when Open Rugby changed ownership to become Rugby League World Magazine, which retained ownership of the Golden Boot.
Andrew Johns collected the award in 1999 and again in 2001, becoming the first player to win it twice. Darren Lockyer repeated that feat, winning in 2003 and 2006 becoming the first player to win twice while playing in different positions.
It was presented during the RLIF Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007, the RLIF did not organise any awards. To fill the gap, Rugby League World magazine asked its Golden Boot panel to come up with winners in the existing categories used by the RLIF.
In 2011, Rugby League World magazine began to award retrospective Golden Boots to fill in "the missing years" starting with Garry Schofield who was adjudged to have won the 1990 Golden Boot. Schofield was due to receive the award at the time, until the sponsors, Adidas, withdrew their backing.
In January 2014, Johnathan Thurston was announced as the winner of the 2013 award. He became the third player to win the award twice, and the second player to win the award while playing in two different positions.
- 1 The 1987 Golden Boot was shared by two winners
- 2 Retrospective award made in 2011
- Five-eighth or Stand-Off - 8 wins
- Halfback or Scrum-Half - 5 wins
- Fullback - 4 wins
- Centre - 2 wins
- Lock or Loose Forward - 2 wins
- Hooker - 1 win
- Second Row - 1 win
- Prop or Front Row - 0 wins
- Wing - 0 wins
- Melbourne Storm - 3 wins
- Sydney Roosters/Eastern Suburbs - 3 wins
- Brisbane Broncos - 2 wins
- Leeds Rhinos - 2 wins
- Newcastle Knights - 2 wins
- Parramatta Eels - 2 wins
- Wigan Warriors - 2 wins
- North Queensland Cowboys - 2 wins
- Canberra Raiders - 1 win
- Balmain Tigers - 1 win
- Wests Tigers - 1 win
- Wynnum Manly Seagulls - 1 win
- New Zealand Warriors/Auckland Warriors - 1 win
The following players have won the Golden Boot on more than one occasion:
- Kangaroos trio shortlisted for Golden Boot, AAP, dated 6 December 2013.
- "Jones honoured with British Golden Boot award". New Zealand Herald. 20 December 2002. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Golden Boot for Lockyer". BBC Sport. 24 November 2003. Retrieved 24 July 2011.[dead link]
- Whalley, John (23 November 2004). "Captain Farrell voted world's best player". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Minichiello gets the Golden Boot". ABC News. 22 November 2005. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- AAP (21 November 2006). "Lockyer takes golden boot". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Smith wins golden boot". The Daily Telegraph. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- AAP (29 November 2008). "Melbourne Storm full-back Billy Slater wins prestigious Golden Boot award". Fox Sports. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- AAP (16 November 2009). "Inglis wins coveted Golden Boot". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- Otto, Tyson (4 December 2010). "Benji Marshall new poster boy after Golden Boot win". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Kevin Sinfield wins rugby league 2012 Golden Boot". 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- Wilson, Andy (17 January 2014). "Johnathan Thurston wins Golden Boot for second time in three years". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2014.