Man of Steel Awards

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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 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.

The Steve Prescott Man of Steel award[edit]

Origins[edit]

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 change[edit]

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 Steel[edit]

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

Multiple winners[edit]

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

Winners by club[edit]

Club Wins
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 11
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 9
3 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 4
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
5 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 3
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
7 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 2
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
9 Carlisle 1
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils

Winners by country[edit]

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

Woman of Steel[edit]

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

Year Winner Club
2018 England Georgia Roche Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2019 Australia Courtney Hill Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos

Other Awards[edit]

Young Player of the Year[edit]

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

Coach of the Year[edit]

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

Top Try Scorer[edit]

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

Top Points Scorer[edit]

Year Winner Club Points
1996 England Bobbie Goulding Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 257
1997 England Andrew Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 243
1998 Wales Iestyn Harris Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 255
1999 Wales Iestyn Harris Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 325
2000 England Sean Long Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 390
2001 England Andrew Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 388
2002 England Paul Deacon Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 301
2003 England Paul Deacon Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 286
2004 England Kevin Sinfield Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 277
2005 England Paul Deacon Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 322
2006 England Jamie Lyon Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 316
2007 Republic of Ireland Pat Richards Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 248
2008 Republic of Ireland Pat Richards Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 269
2009 Republic of Ireland Pat Richards Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 252
2010 Republic of Ireland Pat Richards Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 288
2011 England Jamie Foster Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 330
2012 Australia Scott Dureau Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 281
2013 Scotland Danny Brough Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 208
2014 England Marc Sneyd Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 224
2015 England Luke Gale Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 247
2016 England Luke Gale Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 262
2017 England Luke Gale Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 317
2018 England Danny Richardson Saintscolours.svg St Helens 296

Top Metre Maker[edit]

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

Hit Man[edit]

The player making most tackles in the regular season.

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

Club of the Year[edit]

Year Club
2009 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
2010 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2011 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
2012 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2013 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2014 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
2015 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2016 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
2017 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2018 Wolvescolours.svg 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 awards[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. Archived from the original on 29 September 2014. 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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