Lance Todd Trophy

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Lance Todd Trophy
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Awarded for Challenge Cup
Final man of the match
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Reds Devils Association
First awarded 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 2013 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). Four 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.

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

† = Won Lance Todd Trophy Whilst on Losing Side

Awards by club[edit]

Club Number of winners
Barrow 1
Bradford 4
Castleford 3
Featherstone Rovers 3
Halifax 1
Hull 3
Hull Kingston Rovers 1
Leeds 7
Leigh 1
Sheffield Eagles 1
St. Helens 12[a]
Wakefield Trinity 4
Warrington 6
Widnes 5
Wigan 17[b]
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 14
Second-row 6
Stand-off 13[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.