Lance Todd Trophy

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] After Todd's death a fund, the Lance Todd memorial Trophy Fund, was established by Australian journalist and rugby league official Harry Sunderland.[3] The trophy's winner is selected by the members of the Rugby League Writers' Association present at the game. Until 1957 there was no permanent trophy, instead the winner was given a cash prize with which to buy themselves a memento.[3] In 1956 the Red Devils Association, the official body representing ex-Salford players, decided to pay for a permanent trophy to be awarded to the winner and the first recipient of the new trophy was Jeff Stevenson in 1957.[3] The trophy is presented at a celebratory dinner at the AJ Bell Stadium, home of the Salford Red Devils although as of 2019 no Salford player has won this award.[1]

Lance Todd Trophy
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Awarded forChallenge Cup
Final man of the match
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byReds Devils Association
First award1945–46

The first winner of the trophy was Wakefield Trinity Centre, Billy Stott in 1945–46.[1][4] 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.[5]

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
2020 Richie Myler   Leeds Rhinos   Salford Red Devils Fullback
2019 Daryl Clark   Warrington Wolves   St Helens Hooker
2018 Tony Gigot   Catalans Dragons   Warrington Wolves Fullback
2017 Marc Sneyd   Hull F.C.   Wigan Scrum-half
2016 Marc Sneyd   Hull F.C.   Warrington Wolves Scrum-half
2015 Tom Briscoe   Leeds Rhinos   Hull Kingston Rovers Wing
2014 Ryan Hall   Leeds Rhinos   Castleford Tigers Wing
2013 Matty Smith   Wigan Warriors   Hull F.C. Scrum-half
2012 Brett Hodgson   Warrington Wolves   Leeds Rhinos Fullback
2011 Jeff Lima   Wigan Warriors   Leeds Rhinos Prop
2010 Lee Briers   Warrington Wolves   Leeds Rhinos Stand-off
2009 Michael Monaghan   Warrington Wolves   Huddersfield Giants Hooker
2008 Paul Wellens   St Helens   Hull F.C. Fullback
2007 Paul Wellens
Leon Pryce
  St Helens   Catalans Dragons Fullback
2006 Sean Long   St Helens   Huddersfield Giants Scrum-half
2005 Kevin Sinfield   Hull F.C.   Leeds Rhinos Loose forward
2004 Sean Long   St Helens   Wigan Warriors Stand-off
2003 Gary Connolly   Bradford Bulls   Leeds Rhinos Fullback
2002 Kris Radlinski   Wigan Warriors   St Helens Fullback
2001 Sean Long   St Helens   Bradford Bulls Stand-off
2000 Henry Paul   Bradford Bulls   Leeds Rhinos Stand-off
1999 Leroy Rivett   Leeds Rhinos   London Broncos Wing
1998 Mark Aston   Sheffield Eagles   Wigan Warriors Scrum-half
1997 Tommy Martyn   St Helens   Bradford Bulls Stand-off
1996 Robbie Paul   St Helens   Bradford Bulls Scrum-half
1994–95 Jason Robinson   Wigan   Leeds Wing
1993–94 Martin Offiah   Wigan   Leeds Wing
1992–93 Dean Bell   Wigan   Widnes Loose forward
1991–92 Martin Offiah   Wigan   Castleford Wing
1990–91 Denis Betts   Wigan   St Helens Second-row
1989–90 Andy Gregory   Wigan   Warrington Scrum-half
1988–89 Ellery Hanley   Wigan   St Helens Loose forward
1987–88 Andy Gregory   Wigan   Halifax Scrum-half
1986–87 Graham Eadie   Halifax   St Helens Fullback
1985–86 Bob Beardmore   Castleford   Hull Kingston Rovers Scrum-half
1984–85 Brett Kenny   Wigan   Hull F.C. Stand-off
1983–84 Joe Lydon   Widnes   Wigan Centre
1982–83 David Hobbs   Featherstone Rovers   Hull F.C. Second-row
1981–82 Eddie Cunningham   Hull F.C.   Widnes Centre
1980–81 Mick Burke   Widnes   Hull Kingston Rovers Fullback
1979–80 Brian Lockwood   Hull Kingston Rovers   Hull F.C. Prop
1978–79 David Topliss   Widnes   Wakefield Trinity Stand-off
1977–78 George Nicholls   Leeds   St Helens Prop
1976–77 Steve Pitchford   Leeds   Widnes Prop
1975–76 Geoff Pimblett   St Helens   Widnes Fullback
1974–75 Ray Dutton   Widnes   Warrington Fullback
1973–74 Derek Whitehead   Warrington   Featherstone Rovers Fullback
1972–73 Steve Nash   Featherstone Rovers   Bradford Northern Scrum-half
1971–72 Kel Coslett   St Helens   Leeds Loose forward
1970–71 Alex Murphy   Leigh   Leeds Scrum-half
1969–70 Bill Kirkbride   Castleford   Wigan Second-row
1968–69 Mal Reilly   Castleford   Salford Loose forward
1967–68 Don Fox   Leeds   Wakefield Trinity Prop
1966–67 Carl Dooler   Featherstone Rovers   Barrow Scrum-half
1965–66 Len Killeen   St Helens   Wigan Wing
1964–65 Ray Ashby
Brian Gabbitas
  Wigan   Hunslet Fullback
1963–64 Frank Collier   Widnes   Hull Kingston Rovers Prop
1962–63 Harold Poynton   Wakefield Trinity   Wigan Stand-off
1961–62 Neil Fox   Wakefield Trinity   Huddersfield Centre
1960–61 Dick Huddart   St Helens   Wigan Second-row
1959–60 Tommy Harris   Wakefield Trinity   Hull F.C. Hooker
1958–59 Brian McTigue   Wigan   Hull F.C. Second-row
1957–58 Rees Thomas   Wigan   Workington Town Scrum-half
1956–57 Jeff Stevenson   Leeds   Barrow Scrum-half
1955–56 Alan Prescott   St Helens   Halifax Prop
1954–55 Jack Grundy   Barrow   Workington Town Second-row
1953–54 Gerry Helme   Warrington   Halifax Scrum-half
1952–53 Peter Ramsden   Huddersfield   St Helens Stand-off
1951–52 Billy Ivison   Workington Town   Featherstone Rovers Loose forward
1950–51 Cec Mountford   Wigan   Barrow Stand-off
1949–50 Gerry Helme   Warrington   Widnes Scrum-half
1948–49 Ernest Ward   Bradford Northern   Halifax Centre
1947–48 Frank Whitcombe   Wigan   Bradford Northern Prop
1946–47 Willie Davies   Bradford Northern   Leeds Stand-off
1945–46 Billy Stott   Wakefield Trinity   Wigan Centre

† = Won Lance Todd Trophy whilst on losing team

Awards by clubEdit

Club Number of winners
  Barrow Raiders 1
  Bradford Bulls 4
  Castleford Tigers 3
  Catalans Dragons 1
  Featherstone Rovers 3
  Halifax 1
  Hull F.C. 3
  Hull Kingston Rovers 1
  Huddersfield Giants 3
  Leeds Rhinos 8
  Leigh Centurions 1
  Sheffield Eagles 1
  St Helens 12[a]
  Wakefield Trinity 4
  Warrington Wolves 7
  Widnes Vikings 5
  Wigan Warriors 17[b]
  Workington Town 1
  1. ^ includes joint award in 2007
  2. ^ includes joint award in 1965

Winners by playing positionEdit

Position Number of winners
Centre 5
Fullback 13[a]
Hooker 3
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 alsoEdit


  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. ^ a b c Morris, Graham (Autumn 2019). "Lance Todd Trophy; the first decade of awards: 1946-1956". Rugby League Journal (68): 24.
  4. ^ BBC Sport (2008-08-26). "Lance Todd Trophy winners". BBC. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  5. ^ (11 May 2004). "Cup final facts". BBC Sport. UK: BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2011.