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The Steve Prescott Man of Steel Awards is an end-of-season awards dinner for the Super League rugby league competition. The event's name is taken from the main award presented, the Man of Steel award for the rugby league footballer of the year. In 2014, it was renamed after Steve Prescott.

Steve Prescott Man Of Steel
Man of Steel Award logo.jpg
Given forBest player of the Super League season
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byRugby Football League
History
First award1977
First winnerEngland David Ward
Most winsEngland Ellery Hanley (3)
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (11)
Most recentAustralia Jackson Hastings

The Steve Prescott Man of Steel awardEdit

OriginsEdit

The awards were started in 1977 when David Howes, the Rugby League's public relations officer, organised sponsorship worth £3,000 from Trumanns Steel Limited for awards in six different categories; Trumanns Man of Steel, Division One Player of the Year, Division Two Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Referee of the Year. The awards were voted on by the members of the rugby league press.[1] The first awards were made at the end of the 1976–77 season with the inaugural award winners being:[1]

In 2008, the voting for the award was changed, with the winner being chosen by the players of the Super League instead.[2] In 2019, in response to criticism that some players were not taking the voting seriously,[3] a panel of former rugby league players was chosen to determine the winner of the award. The voting was changed to a system similar to the Australian Dally M Medal, with points being awarded to the best performing players after each game (three points for the man of the match, two points for the runner-up, and one point for the third best player).[4]

Name changeEdit

Former England player Steve Prescott died of cancer in 2013, aged 39.[5] Following a short campaign, a petition with over 12,000 signatures was sent to the Rugby Football League, calling for the Man of Steel award to be renamed in Prescott's honour.[6] In March 2014, the RFL officially announced that the award would be called the "Steve Prescott Man of Steel" from the 2014 season onwards.[7]

Men of SteelEdit

Year Nat Winner Club Position
1977   David Ward   Leeds Hooker
1978   George Nicholls   St. Helens Prop
1979   Doug Laughton   Widnes Loose forward
1980   George Fairbairn   Wigan Fullback
1981   Ken Kelly   Warrington Scrum-half
1982   Mick Morgan Carlisle Second-row
1983   Allan Agar   Featherstone Rovers Scrum-half
1984   Joe Lydon   Widnes Wing, Fullback
1985   Ellery Hanley   Bradford Northern Loose forward
1986   Gavin Miller  Hull Kingston Rovers Prop
1987   Ellery Hanley   Wigan Loose forward
1988   Martin Offiah   Widnes Wing
1989   Ellery Hanley   Wigan Loose forward
1990   Shaun Edwards   Wigan Stand-off
1991   Garry Schofield   Leeds Stand-off
1992   Dean Bell   Wigan Centre
1993   Andy Platt   Wigan Prop
1994   Jonathan Davies   Warrington Centre
1995   Denis Betts   Wigan Second-row
1996   Andy Farrell   Wigan Loose forward
1997   James Lowes   Bradford Hooker
1998   Iestyn Harris   Leeds Stand-off
1999   Adrian Vowles   Castleford Loose forward
2000   Sean Long   St. Helens Scrum-half
2001   Paul Sculthorpe   St. Helens Stand-off
2002   Paul Sculthorpe   St. Helens Loose forward
2003   Jamie Peacock   Bradford Second-row
2004   Andy Farrell   Wigan Loose forward
2005   Jamie Lyon   St. Helens Centre
2006   Paul Wellens   St. Helens Fullback
2007   James Roby   St. Helens Hooker
2008   James Graham   St. Helens Prop
2009   Brett Hodgson[8]   Huddersfield Fullback
2010   Pat Richards   Wigan Wing
2011   Rangi Chase   Castleford Stand-off
2012   Sam Tomkins   Wigan Fullback
2013   Danny Brough   Huddersfield Scrum-half
2014   Daryl Clark   Castleford hooker
2015   Zak Hardaker   Leeds Fullback
2016   Danny Houghton   Hull Hooker
2017   Luke Gale   Castleford Scrum-half
2018   Ben Barba   St. Helens Fullback
2019   Jackson Hastings   Salford scrum-half, stand-off

Multiple winnersEdit

Player Wins Winning Years
1   Ellery Hanley 3 1985, 1987, 1989
2   Paul Sculthorpe 2 2001, 2002
3   Andy Farrell 2 1996, 2004

Winners by clubEdit

Club Wins
1   Wigan Warriors 11
2   St. Helens 9
3   Leeds Rhinos 4
  Castleford Tigers
5   Widnes Vikings 3
  Bradford Bulls
7   Warrington Wolves 2
  Huddersfield Giants
9 Carlisle 1
  Featherstone Rovers
  Hull F.C.
  Hull Kingston Rovers
  Salford Red Devils

Winners by countryEdit

Nationality Wins
1   England 30
2   Australia 6
3   Scotland 2
4   Wales 2
5   New Zealand 2

Woman of SteelEdit

In 2018 an additional category for the Woman of Steel from the Women's Super League was inaugurated.[9]

Year Winner Club
2018   Georgia Roche   Castleford Tigers
2019   Courtney Hill   Leeds Rhinos

Other AwardsEdit

Young Player of the YearEdit

Year Winner Club
1996   Keiron Cunningham   St. Helens
1997   Lee Briers   Warrington Wolves
1998   Lee Gilmour   Wigan Warriors
1999   Leon Pryce   Bradford Bulls
2000   Stuart Fielden   Bradford Bulls
2001   Rob Burrow   Leeds Rhinos
2002   Richard Horne   Hull F.C.
2003   Gareth Hock   Wigan Warriors
2004   Shaun Briscoe   Hull F.C.
2005   Richard Whiting   Hull F.C.
2006   James Graham   St. Helens
2007   Sam Burgess   Bradford Bulls
2008   Joe Westerman   Castleford Tigers
2009   Sam Tomkins   Wigan Warriors
2010   Sam Tomkins   Wigan Warriors
2011   Jonny Lomax   St. Helens
2012   Zak Hardaker   Leeds Rhinos
2013   Ben Crooks   Hull F.C.
2014   Daryl Clark   Castleford Tigers
2015   George Williams   Wigan Warriors
2016   Tom Johnstone   Wakefield Trinity
2017   Oliver Gildart   Wigan Warriors
2018   Jake Trueman   Castleford Tigers
2019   Matty Lees   St. Helens

Coach of the YearEdit

Year Nat Winner Club
2009   Australia Nathan Brown   Huddersfield Giants
2010   Australia Michael Maguire   Wigan Warriors
2011   Australia Trent Robinson   Catalans Dragons
2012   Australia Mick Potter   Bradford Bulls
2013   England Paul Anderson   Huddersfield Giants
2014   England Daryl Powell   Castleford Tigers
2015   England Brian McDermott   Leeds Rhinos
2016   England Lee Radford   Hull F.C.
2017   England Daryl Powell   Castleford Tigers
2018   England Shaun Wane   Wigan Warriors
2019   Australia Justin Holbrook   St. Helens

Top Try ScorerEdit

Year Winner Club Tries
1996   Paul Newlove   St. Helens 28
1997   Nigel Vagana   Warrington Wolves 17
1998   Anthony Sullivan   St. Helens 20
1999   Toa Kohe-Love   Warrington Wolves 25
2000   Sean Long
  Tommy Martyn
  St. Helens 22
2001   Kris Radlinski   Wigan Warriors 27
2002   Dennis Moran   London Broncos 22
2003   Dennis Moran   London Broncos 24
2004   Lesley Vainikolo   Bradford Bulls 36
2005   Mark Calderwood   Leeds Rhinos 27
2006   Justin Murphy   Catalans Dragons 25
2007   Henry Fa'afili   Warrington Wolves 21
2008   Ade Gardner   St. Helens 26
2009   Ryan Hall   Leeds Rhinos 29
2010   Pat Richards   Wigan Warriors 29
2011   Ryan Hall
  Sam Tomkins
  Leeds Rhinos
  Wigan Warriors
28
2012   Josh Charnley   Wigan Warriors 31
2013   Josh Charnley   Wigan Warriors 33
2014   Joel Monaghan   Warrington Wolves 28
2015   Jermaine McGillvary   Huddersfield Giants 27
2016   Denny Solomona   Castleford Tigers 40
2017   Greg Eden   Castleford Tigers 38
2018   Ben Barba   St Helens 28
2019   Tommy Makinson   St. Helens 23

Top Points ScorerEdit

Year Winner Club Points
1996   Bobbie Goulding   St. Helens 257
1997   Andrew Farrell   Wigan Warriors 243
1998   Iestyn Harris   Leeds Rhinos 255
1999   Iestyn Harris   Leeds Rhinos 325
2000   Sean Long   St. Helens 390
2001   Andrew Farrell   Wigan Warriors 388
2002   Paul Deacon   Bradford Bulls 301
2003   Paul Deacon   Bradford Bulls 286
2004   Kevin Sinfield   Leeds Rhinos 277
2005   Paul Deacon   Bradford Bulls 322
2006   Jamie Lyon   St. Helens 316
2007   Pat Richards   Wigan Warriors 248
2008   Pat Richards   Wigan Warriors 269
2009   Pat Richards   Wigan Warriors 252
2010   Pat Richards   Wigan Warriors 288
2011   Jamie Foster   St. Helens 330
2012   Scott Dureau   Catalans Dragons 281
2013   Danny Brough   Huddersfield Giants 281
2014   Marc Sneyd   Castleford Tigers 224
2015   Josh Mantellato   Hull Kingston Rovers 196
2016   Marc Sneyd   Hull F.C. 110
2017   Marc Sneyd   Hull F.C. 103
2018   Luke Gale   Castleford Tigers 104

Top Metre MakerEdit

Year Winner Club Metres
2003   Craig Greenhill   Hull F.C. 3,594
2004   Michael Korkidas   Wakefield Trinity 4,084
2005   Terry O'Connor   Widnes Vikings 4,104
2006   Danny Nutley   Castleford Tigers 3,372
2007   James Roby   St. Helens 3,303
2008   James Graham   St. Helens 3,774
2009   James Graham   St. Helens 4,752
2010   James Graham   St. Helens 4,036
2011   James Roby   St. Helens 5,000
2012   James Roby   St. Helens 3,971
2013   Jamie Peacock   Leeds Rhinos 4,040
2014   Matty Russell   Warrington Wolves 3,546
2015   Alex Walmsley   St. Helens 4,092
2016   Chris Hill   Warrington Wolves 3,983
2017   Alex Walmsley   St. Helens 4,256
2018   Bill Tupou   Wakefield Trinity 4,114
2019   Tommy Makinson   St. Helens 3,803

Hit ManEdit

The player making most tackles in the regular season.

Year Winner Club Tackles
2009   Malcolm Alker   Salford Red Devils 981
2010   Dallas Johnson   Catalans Dragons 1,106
2011   Danny Houghton   Hull F.C. 1,060
2012   Danny Washbrook   Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 991
2013   Danny Houghton   Hull F.C. 1,179
2015   James Roby   St. Helens 1,054
2016   Danny Houghton   Hull F.C. 1,359
2017   Danny Houghton   Hull F.C. 1,123
2018   Paul McShane   Castleford Tigers 1,160
2019   Danny Houghton   Hull F.C. 1,259

Club of the YearEdit

Year Club
2009   Huddersfield Giants
2010   Wigan Warriors
2011   Huddersfield Giants
2012   Wigan Warriors
2013   St. Helens
2014   Widnes Vikings
2015   Leeds Rhinos
2016   Hull F.C.
2017   Castleford Tigers
2018   Warrington Wolves
  • The Mike Gregory Spirit of Rugby League Award - Both players and non-players are eligible to receive the award, which will be judged by a panel from the governing body.
  • Fairplay Index Award for Super League
  • The Community Player of the year

Special awardsEdit

  • The ‘200 Club’ - retiring players who have played in over 200 games.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The birth of Rugby League's 'Man of Steel'". Rugby League Journal (62). Spring 2018. p. 7.
  2. ^ Wilson, Andy (8 August 2008). "Players not necessarily best judge of Steel". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Some players mock of Man of Steel voting with bizarre votes". Total Rugby League. League Publications. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Man of Steel Panel Announced". Rugby Football League. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  5. ^ BBC Sport, "Rugby League star Steve Prescott dies of stomach cancer, aged 39", 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013
  6. ^ Campbell, James (19 February 2014). "'Man of Steel Steve Prescott Award' petition handed into Rugby League HQ in honour of Hull FC legend". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Man of Steel award to be re-named in memory of the late Steve Prescott". Sky Sports. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Man of Steel on SLTV". Super League. 2009-10-06. Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  9. ^ "Woman of Steel: Lois Forsell, Tara-Jane Stanley and Georgia Roche on shortlist". BBC Sport. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.

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