|Lance Todd Trophy|
|Awarded for|| Challenge Cup |
Final man of the match
|Presented by||Reds Devils Association|
The Lance Todd Trophy is a trophy in rugby league, awarded to the annual Challenge Cup Final's man of the match.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. After Todd's death a fund, the Lance Todd memorial Trophy Fund, was established by Australian journalist and rugby league official Harry Sunderland. 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. 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. 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.
The first winner of the trophy was Wakefield Trinity Centre, Billy Stott in 1945–46.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, Kevin Sinfield and Niall Evalds 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.
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.
|2021||Niall Evalds †||St Helens||Castleford Tigers||Fullback|
|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 |
|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|
|1992–93||Dean Bell||Wigan||Widnes||Loose forward|
|1990–91||Denis Betts||Wigan||St Helens||Second-row|
|1988–89||Ellery Hanley||Wigan||St Helens||Loose forward|
|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|
|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|
|1975–76||Geoff Pimblett||St Helens||Widnes||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|
|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|
|1955–56||Alan Prescott||St Helens||Halifax||Prop|
|1954–55||Jack Grundy||Barrow||Workington Town||Second-row|
|1952–53||Peter Ramsden||Huddersfield||St Helens||Stand-off|
|1951–52||Billy Ivison||Workington Town||Featherstone Rovers||Loose forward|
|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
|Club||Number of winners|
|Hull Kingston Rovers||1|
|Position||Number of winners|
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