Lee Radford (born 26 March 1979) is an English professional rugby union coach. He previously worked in rugby league as the head coach of Hull F.C., in the Super League, from 2013–2020. He is also a former professional rugby league footballer.
|Born||26 March 1979|
Kingston upon Hull, Humberside, England
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||16 st 1 lb (102 kg)|
|Position||Second-row, Loose forward, Prop|
As of 27 November 2019
Radford made his professional début for hometown club Hull Sharks before moving to Bradford in 1998. Radford played for the Bradford Bulls from the interchange bench in their 2003 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors. Having won Super League VIII, Bradford played against 2003 NRL Premiers, the Penrith Panthers in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Radford played at second-row in the Bulls' 22–4 victory. He also played for Bradford at loose forward in their 2004 Super League Grand Final loss against the Leeds Rhinos. Radford played for the Bradford Bulls at loose forward in their 2005 Super League Grand Final victory against the Leeds Rhinos.
Radford later returned to his hometown club of Hull FC, who he joined for the start of 2006's Super League XI. Hull reached the 2006 Super League Grand final to be contested against St. Helens, playing at second-row in his side's 4–26 loss. Radford would also play in Hull's 28-16 2008 Challenge Cup final loss to St Helens.
Lee Radford took part in a boxing match, the Rumble in the Humber, against fellow rugby league player, Stuart Fielden which raised £50,000 for Steve Prescott. He won the fight, stopping Fielden in the second round. He was appointed Hull's captain for 2007.
On 6 October 2011 Lee Radford announced his retirement from the game, to take up a 3-year deal as an assistant coach at Hull F.C.
The table below shows a cumulative points and scoring records for Radford at the end of the 2012 Super League season.
Radford won a cap for England against Wales while at Bradford Bulls in 2001. He played for England again in 2005 against, France and New Zealand. Radford again played for England while at Hull in 2006 against France, Tonga, and Samoa.
On 18 September 2013, Radford was unveiled as the new head coach at Hull FC, where he had been the assistant coach under Peter Gentle. His first game in charge was a pre-season friendly against Doncaster, and his first competitive game was against the Catalans Dragons in Super League XIX.
After a shaky start to his coaching career he found success in 2016 becoming the first Hull F.C. coach to lead the team to a challenge cup victory at Wembley Stadium, the victory coming in the 2016 Challenge Cup final. The win came against Warrington Wolves with a score of 12-10. Hull F.C. had previously lost 8 finals at the national stadium (despite having won the cup on 3 previous occasions at other venues).
Radford's coaching success would continue the following year when he once against led Hull F.C. to victory in the 2017 Challenge Cup final with an 18-14 win over the Wigan Warriors, having now led Hull F.C. to two Challenge Cup victories in a row.
- Super League: (2) 2003, 2005
- Runner-up: (1) 2004
- Challenge Cup: (1) 2003
- World Club Challenge: (1) 2004
- Challenge Cup: (2) 2016, 2017
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- "Former Hull player and coach Lee Radford joins American rugby union side Dallas Jackals". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
- "St Helens 26–4 Hull FC". BBC News. 14 October 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Radford wins £50,000 charity bout". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 February 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- "Lee Radford retires for Hull FC assistant job". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- "Hull FC's Jamie Shaul's late try takes Challenge Cup away from Warrington". Guardian. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- "Challenge Cup final: Hull FC 12-10 Warrington Wolves". BBC. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- "Hull FC 18-14 Wigan recap as the Black and Whites claim back-to-back Challenge Cup triumphs". Mirror. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.