Lance Todd Trophy

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Lance Todd Trophy
Lance todd trophy logo.gif
Given for Challenge Cup
Final man of the match
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Reds Devils Association
First award 1946

The Lance Todd Trophy is awarded to the annual Challenge Cup Final's man of the match.[1] Introduced in 1946, the trophy was named in memory of Lance Todd, the New Zealand-born player and administrator, who was killed in a road accident during the Second World War.[2] The trophy's winner is selected by the members of the Rugby League Writers' Association present at the game. The Lance Todd Trophy is presented at a celebratory dinner at the AJ Bell Stadium, home of the Salford Red Devils. The trophy belongs to the Red Devils Association, the official body representing ex-Salford players, as of 2017 no Salford player has won this award.[1]

The first winner of the trophy was Wakefield Trinity Centre, Billy Stott in 1946.[1][3] St. Helens' Sean Long made history in 2006 becoming the first player to win the Lance Todd Trophy three times (he also won in 2001 and 2004). Five players share the accolade of winning the trophy twice: Warrington's Gerry Helme in 1950 and 1954; Wigan's Andy Gregory in 1988 and 1990; and Martin Offiah in 1992 and 1994; St. Helens' Paul Wellens in 2007 (jointly) and 2008; Hull FC's Marc Sneyd in 2016 and 2017. Hull's Marc Sneyd and St Helens' Paul Wellens are the only two players to win the award in consecutive finals.

Halifax's former Australian international fullback Graham Eadie and Wigan's 1984-85 Australian import stand-off Brett Kenny are the only players to win both the Lance Todd Trophy and the Clive Churchill Medal as the player of the match in the Challenge Cup Final and the Sydney Premiership Grand Final. Eadie won the Lance Todd in 1987 and was (retrospectively) twice awarded the Churchill after Manly-Warringah's premiership wins in 1976 and 1978 while 1985 Trophy winner Kenny was retrospectively awarded the Churchill for Parramatta's Grand Final wins in 1982 and 1983.

The first player to win the trophy on the losing side was Frank Whitcombe of Bradford Northern in the 1948 final against Wigan. he was also the first forward to win the award Robbie Paul, Gary Connolly and Kevin Sinfield have all won the award since 1996, despite each of them finishing on the losing side in their respective finals.

The youngest player to win the trophy was Huddersfield's Peter Ramsden who, on his 19th birthday, won it in 1953.[4]

The trophy has been shared on only two occasions. In 1965 by Ray Ashby (Wigan) & Brian Gabbitas (Hunslet), and in 2007 by Paul Wellens (St. Helens) & Leon Pryce (St. Helens).


Year Recipient[1] Winners Runners-Up Position
2017 Marc Sneyd Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Wigancolours.svg Wigan Scrum-half
2016 Marc Sneyd Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Scrum-half
2015 Tom Briscoe Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Wing
2014 Ryan Hall Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Wing
2013 Matty Smith Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Scrum-half
2012 Brett Hodgson Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Fullback
2011 Jeff Lima Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Prop
2010 Lee Briers Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Stand-off
2009 Michael Monaghan Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Hooker
2008 Paul Wellens Saintscolours.svg St Helens Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Fullback
2007 Paul Wellens
Leon Pryce
Saintscolours.svg St Helens Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Fullback
2006 Sean Long Saintscolours.svg St Helens Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Scrum-half
2005 Kevin Sinfield Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Loose forward
2004 Sean Long Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Stand-off
2003 Gary Connolly Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Fullback
2002 Kris Radlinski Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Saintscolours.svg St Helens Fullback
2001 Sean Long Saintscolours.svg St Helens Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Stand-off
2000 Henry Paul Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Stand-off
1999 Leroy Rivett Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Broncoscolours.png London Broncos Wing
1998 Mark Aston Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Scrum-half
1997 Tommy Martyn Saintscolours.svg St Helens Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Stand-off
1996 Robbie Paul Saintscolours.svg St Helens Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Scrum-half
1995 Jason Robinson Wigancolours.svg Wigan Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Wing
1994 Martin Offiah Wigancolours.svg Wigan Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Wing
1993 Dean Bell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Widnes colours.svg Widnes Loose forward
1992 Martin Offiah Wigancolours.svg Wigan Castleford colours.svg Castleford Wing
1991 Denis Betts Wigancolours.svg Wigan Saintscolours.svg St Helens Second-row
1990 Andy Gregory Wigancolours.svg Wigan Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Scrum-half
1989 Ellery Hanley Wigancolours.svg Wigan Saintscolours.svg St Helens Loose forward
1988 Andy Gregory Wigancolours.svg Wigan Faxcolours.svg Halifax Scrum-half
1987 Graham Eadie Faxcolours.svg Halifax Saintscolours.svg St Helens Fullback
1986 Bob Beardmore Castleford colours.svg Castleford HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Scrum-half
1985 Brett Kenny Wigancolours.svg Wigan Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Stand-off
1984 Joe Lydon Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wigancolours.svg Wigan Centre
1983 David Hobbs Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Second-row
1982 Eddie Cunningham Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Widnes colours.svg Widnes Centre
1981 Mick Burke Widnes colours.svg Widnes HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Fullback
1980 Brian Lockwood HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Prop
1979 David Topliss Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Stand-off
1978 George Nicholls Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Saintscolours.svg St Helens Prop
1977 Steve Pitchford Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Widnes colours.svg Widnes Prop
1976 Geoff Pimblett Saintscolours.svg St Helens Widnes colours.svg Widnes Fullback
1975 Ray Dutton Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Fullback
1974 Derek Whitehead Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Fullback
1973 Steve Nash Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Scrum-half
1972 Kel Coslett Saintscolours.svg St Helens Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Loose forward
1971 Alex Murphy Leigh colours.svg Leigh Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Scrum-half
1970 Bill Kirkbride Castleford colours.svg Castleford Wigancolours.svg Wigan Second-row
1969 Mal Reilly Castleford colours.svg Castleford Redscolours.svg Salford Loose forward
1968 Don Fox Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Prop
1967 Carl Dooler Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Scrum-half
1966 Len Killeen Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Wing
1965 Ray Ashby
Brian Gabbitas
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Fullback
1964 Frank Collier Widnes colours.svg Widnes HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Prop
1963 Harold Poynton Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wigancolours.svg Wigan Stand-off
1962 Neil Fox Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Centre
1961 Dick Huddart Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Second-row
1960 Tommy Harris Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Hooker
1959 Brian McTigue Wigancolours.svg Wigan Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Second-row
1958 Rees Thomas Wigancolours.svg Wigan Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Scrum-half
1957 Jeff Stevenson Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Scrum-half
1956 Alan Prescott Saintscolours.svg St Helens Faxcolours.svg Halifax Prop
1955 Jack Grundy Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Second-row
1954 Gerry Helme Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Faxcolours.svg Halifax Scrum-half
1953 Peter Ramsden Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Saintscolours.svg St Helens Stand-off
1952 Billy Ivison Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Loose forward
1951 Cec Mountford Wigancolours.svg Wigan Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Stand-off
1950 Gerry Helme Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Widnes colours.svg Widnes Scrum-half
1949 Ernest Ward Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Faxcolours.svg Halifax Centre
1948 Frank Whitcombe Wigancolours.svg Wigan Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Prop
1947 Willie Davies Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Stand-off
1946 Billy Stott Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wigancolours.svg Wigan Centre

† = Won Lance Todd Trophy Whilst on Losing Side

Awards by club[edit]

Club Number of winners
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 1
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 4
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 3
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 3
Faxcolours.svg Halifax 1
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 3
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 1
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 3
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 7
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 1
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 1
Saintscolours.svg St Helens 12[a]
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 4
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 6
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 5
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 17[b]
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 1
  1. ^ includes joint award in 2007
  2. ^ includes joint award in 1965

Winners by playing position[edit]

Position Number of winners
Centre 5
Fullback 11[a]
Hooker 2
Loose forward 6
Prop 8
Scrum-half 15
Second-row 6
Stand-off 12[b]
Wing 7
  1. ^ includes joint winners in 1965 and 2007
  2. ^ includes joint winners in 1965 and 2007

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d RFL. "Lance Todd Trophy". Rugby Football League. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  2. ^ "The History Of Rugby League". Rugby League Information. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ BBC Sport (2008-08-26). "Lance Todd Trophy winners". BBC. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  4. ^ (11 May 2004). "Cup final facts". BBC Sport. UK: BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2011.