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 1945–46

The Lance Todd Trophy is a trophy in rugby league, awarded to the annual Challenge Cup Final's man of the match.[1] Introduced in 1945–46, 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 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, although as of 2017 no Salford player has won this award.[1]

The first winner of the trophy was Wakefield Trinity Centre, Billy Stott in 1945–46.[1][3] St. Helens' Sean Long made history in 2006 becoming the first player to win the Lance Todd Trophy three times, having won in 2001 and 2004. Five players have won the trophy twice: Warrington's Gerry Helme in 1949–50 and 1953–54; Wigan's Andy Gregory in 1987–88 and 1989–90; and Martin Offiah in 1991–92 and 1993–94; St. Helens' Paul Wellens in 2007 (jointly) and 2008; Hull FC's Marc Sneyd in 2016 and 2017. Sneyd and Wellens are the only 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 Sydney Premiership Grand Final. Eadie won the Lance Todd in 1986–87 and was (retrospectively) twice awarded the Churchill after Manly-Warringah's premiership wins in 1976 and 1978 while 1984–85 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 1947–48 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.

The youngest player to win the trophy was Huddersfield's Peter Ramsden who, on his 19th birthday, won it in 1952–53.[4]

The trophy has been shared on two occasions, in 1964–65 by Ray Ashby (Wigan) & Brian Gabbitas (Hunslet), and in 2007 by Wellens and Leon Pryce.


Year Recipient[1] Winners Runners-Up Position
2018 Tony Gigot Catalanscolours.svg Catalan Dragons Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Fullback
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
1994–95 Jason Robinson Wigancolours.svg Wigan Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Wing
1993–94 Martin Offiah Wigancolours.svg Wigan Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Wing
1992–93 Dean Bell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Widnes colours.svg Widnes Loose forward
1991–92 Martin Offiah Wigancolours.svg Wigan Castleford colours.svg Castleford Wing
1990–91 Denis Betts Wigancolours.svg Wigan Saintscolours.svg St Helens Second-row
1989–90 Andy Gregory Wigancolours.svg Wigan Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Scrum-half
1988–89 Ellery Hanley Wigancolours.svg Wigan Saintscolours.svg St Helens Loose forward
1987–88 Andy Gregory Wigancolours.svg Wigan Faxcolours.svg Halifax Scrum-half
1986–87 Graham Eadie Faxcolours.svg Halifax Saintscolours.svg St Helens Fullback
1985–86 Bob Beardmore Castleford colours.svg Castleford HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Scrum-half
1984–85 Brett Kenny Wigancolours.svg Wigan Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Stand-off
1983–84 Joe Lydon Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wigancolours.svg Wigan Centre
1982–83 David Hobbs Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Second-row
1981–82 Eddie Cunningham Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Widnes colours.svg Widnes Centre
1980–81 Mick Burke Widnes colours.svg Widnes HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Fullback
1979–80 Brian Lockwood HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Prop
1978–79 David Topliss Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Stand-off
1977–78 George Nicholls Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Saintscolours.svg St Helens Prop
1976–77 Steve Pitchford Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Widnes colours.svg Widnes Prop
1975–76 Geoff Pimblett Saintscolours.svg St Helens Widnes colours.svg Widnes Fullback
1974–75 Ray Dutton Widnes colours.svg Widnes Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Fullback
1973–74 Derek Whitehead Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Fullback
1972–73 Steve Nash Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Scrum-half
1971–72 Kel Coslett Saintscolours.svg St Helens Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Loose forward
1970–71 Alex Murphy Leigh colours.svg Leigh Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Scrum-half
1969–70 Bill Kirkbride Castleford colours.svg Castleford Wigancolours.svg Wigan Second-row
1968–69 Mal Reilly Castleford colours.svg Castleford Redscolours.svg Salford Loose forward
1967–68 Don Fox Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Prop
1966–67 Carl Dooler Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Scrum-half
1965–66 Len Killeen Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Wing
1964–65 Ray Ashby
Brian Gabbitas
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Fullback
1963–64 Frank Collier Widnes colours.svg Widnes HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Prop
1962–63 Harold Poynton Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wigancolours.svg Wigan Stand-off
1961–62 Neil Fox Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Centre
1960–61 Dick Huddart Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Second-row
1959–60 Tommy Harris Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Hooker
1958–59 Brian McTigue Wigancolours.svg Wigan Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Second-row
1957–58 Rees Thomas Wigancolours.svg Wigan Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Scrum-half
1956–57 Jeff Stevenson Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Scrum-half
1955–56 Alan Prescott Saintscolours.svg St Helens Faxcolours.svg Halifax Prop
1954–55 Jack Grundy Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Second-row
1953–54 Gerry Helme Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Faxcolours.svg Halifax Scrum-half
1952–53 Peter Ramsden Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Saintscolours.svg St Helens Stand-off
1951–52 Billy Ivison Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers Loose forward
1950–51 Cec Mountford Wigancolours.svg Wigan Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Stand-off
1949–50 Gerry Helme Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Widnes colours.svg Widnes Scrum-half
1948–49 Ernest Ward Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Faxcolours.svg Halifax Centre
1947–48 Frank Whitcombe Wigancolours.svg Wigan Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Prop
1946–47 Willie Davies Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Stand-off
1945–46 Billy Stott Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wigancolours.svg Wigan Centre

† = Won Lance Todd Trophy Whilst on Losing Side

Awards by club

Club Number of winners
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 1
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 4
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 3
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 1
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

Position Number of winners
Centre 5
Fullback 12[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


  1. ^ a b c d RFL. "Lance Todd Trophy". Rugby Football League. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  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.
  • Lance Todd Wigan Career Page on the Wigan RL Fansite.
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