Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants and Tom Lineham of Hull FC were the gold and silver medallist respectively at the 2013 Albert Goldthorpe Awards Ceremony.
In front of a specially invited audience at the Taverners Lounge, Headingley, Brough was presented with the solid gold Albert Goldthorpe Medal and a cheque for £2,000, while Lineham received the solid silver Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year Medal and a cheque for £500.
It is the second time that Danny Brough has won the Albert Goldthorpe Medal. He was the inaugural winner in 2008, when he played with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, while Lineham follows in the footsteps of his Hull FC team-mate Liam Watts, who was the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year in 2010, when he played with Hull Kingston Rovers.
Martyn Sadler, the Chairman of League Publications Limited, and the Managing Editor of Rugby League Express, presented the Albert Goldthorpe Medal, and said: “Danny Brough has had an outstanding season in leading the Giants to the League Leaders’ Shield, and the award of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal recognises his consistent form throughout the 27 rounds of Super League.
“Danny earned the maximum three points in nine of the Giants’ 27 matches in the Super League season, which demonstrates his contribution to their season.
“Similarly, Tom Lineham has had an outstanding season for Hull FC.
“He made just five appearances in 2012, and was given squad number 25 at the start of the season. Yet in a very short space of time he cemented a place on the wing and scored 17 tries in 25 appearances, before injury curtailed his season.”
Other awards presented at the ceremony were:
- The Albert Goldthorpe Team Award was presented to Huddersfield Giants by Rugby League Hall of Fame member Alex Murphy.
- The Albert Goldthorpe Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to veteran administrator Harry Jepson by Rugby Football League President David Oxley.
- Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington presented the Albert Goldthorpe Career Award to former Leeds Rhinos, Sheffield Eagles and Great Britain centre Keith Senior.
- Steve Menzies of the Catalan Dragons also received an Albert Goldthorpe Career award.
- The Albert Goldthorpe Pen was presented to Phil Caplan for his outstanding contribution to Rugby League journalism.
Brough’s accolades keep on coming
By Lorraine Marsden
Huddersfield Giants stand-off Danny Brough became the first player to pick up the Albert Goldthorpe medal for the second time.
Brough won the inaugural award in 2008 whilst with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, having picked up 26 points that season, all of which came in the first half of the year. This year, however, Brough picked up 39 points, scoring points in 16 of the 25 Super League matches he featured in, and picking up the maximum three points on nine occasions.
As the award rewards performances in early season rounds as much as key games at the back end of the season, it is a true measure of consistency throughout the season, a fact that is not lost on Brough, who has already set his sights on adding another medal to his collection.
“It is a great achievement to get this award,” said Brough, who swept the board at the Giants’ own end-of-season awards night.
“It’s a good feeling to win it once, but to then get it a second time makes me over the moon. I just hope I can have another consistent season and put myself up there in contention again.
“This year I have probably been playing the best rugby of my life, and I have really enjoyed it. We have had a great team spirit around the club this year, which has helped a lot of the guys perform really well.
“People say that I have stood out in a few games, but I have been able to do that on the back of a lot good work by team-mates. They have all knuckled down, allowing us to concentrate on own roles, and that has allowed me reap a lot of rewards this season.”
Within hours of picking up his solid gold medal and £2,000 prize money, Brough was announced as one of the three shortlisted players for the 2013 Super League Man of Steel award. He will be up against Leeds Rhinos’ Jamie Peacock and Sean O’Loughlin of Wigan.
All three would be worthy candidates and Brough would be delighted to add the Man of Steel award to his growing list of personal accolades.
“It is a huge achievement to make the top three,” added Brough.
“We will have to see what happens. Great if I win it, but if not at least I made the top three, which is huge achievement in itself.”
Lineham honoured by Medal award
By Lorraine Marsden
Hull FC winger Tom Lineham capped a fantastic 2013 by being named the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year by League Express.
Lineham, who turned 22 on Saturday, beat off a host of rising stars to take home the solid silver medal and a £500 cash prize.
This year’s medal was the closest fought contest since the concept was born in 2008, with Saints’ Alex Walmsley, Ben Currie of Warrington, Iain Thornley of Wigan, Hull KR’s Adam Walker, Leeds’ Liam Sutcliffe and Catalans’ Morgan Escaré joining Lineham on the final shortlist, with several other home-grown stars close to joining them.
Having so many future stars being given their chance in Super League is a real shot in the arm for British Rugby League, and Lineham is well aware of the challenges he faced for the award.
“This year has been a very successful year for young players breaking into Super League, so I am delighted to have won this award,” Lineham told League Express shortly after Leeds legend Barrie McDermott presented him with his medal.
“When I found out I had won I couldn’t believe it, and I am very grateful to everyone at League Express.
“Every club has seen youngsters breaking through and performing out of their skins every week, so to receive this ahead of some of those players is a real boost to my confidence.
“The previous Rookie winners have all gone on to be successful, and are still going well, so hopefully I can build on this and have another good season next year.”
Having been named in this year’s Super League Dream Team, Lineham can’t believe how far he has come this year, given that he had only played five first-team games with Hull FC in 2012.
His season was ended by an ankle injury sustained in the derby game against Hull KR in August. While disappointed to miss out on the Challenge Cup Final and the play-offs, which ended in a 76-18 defeat to Huddersfield last Thursday, he knows there is still plenty of time ahead for him to experience these big games in the future.
“This year’s priority was just to make the Hull team on a regular basis and develop from there,” added Lineham, who has recently undergone surgery on both his ankle and wrist.
“So to get this award and make the Dream Team has been pretty unexpected. If someone had told me at the start of season I’d get that sort of recognition I wouldn’t have believed them.
“I feel very lucky, and now hopefully I can build on it for next year. I will keep working hard, and will try to get some consistency behind me.
“Missing the Challenge Cup Final and the play-offs has been disappointing, but I still have a long career in front of me, so there will be more chances to do well in both competitions again.”
Danny strikes gold again
Martyn Sadler, the Chairman of League Publications Limited, and the Managing Editor of Rugby League Express, discusses the success of Danny Brough in winning this year’s Albert Goldthorpe Medal.
Danny Brough has had an outstanding season in leading the Giants to the League Leaders’ Shield, and the award of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal recognises his consistent form throughout the 27 rounds of Super League.
It was my great privilege to be able to present him with the Albert Goldthorpe Medal last Wednesday (18 Sept).
I firmly believe that he has been the outstanding player in Super League this season, and he is a very worthy winner of an award that commemorates one of the early superstars of Rugby League.
Danny has had an outstanding season in leading the Giants to the League Leaders’ Shield, and now his club is only one game away from Old Trafford.
I was particularly pleased to present the solid gold medal to him in a week that has seen him enter the record books so resoundingly for the Giants, breaking two longstanding individual season records at the club. He has broken the record for the number of goals in a season, which had been held by Ben Gronow since the 1919/20 season, and for points in a season, which had been held by Pat Devery since the 1952/3 season.
When we created the Albert Goldthorpe Medal we tried to introduce an award that explicitly recognises a player’s consistent form throughout the 27 rounds of Super League, with a maximum of three points being awarded to the outstanding player in every Super League match by our reporters covering the game.
Danny earned the maximum three points in nine of the Giants’ 27 matches in the Super League season, which demonstrates his outstanding contribution to their success.
He was the very first winner of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal in 2008, when he played for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Danny had an outstanding season that year, but some people at that time doubted whether a player with one of the so-called smaller clubs in Super League really deserved to win such an award.
Today, however, I am certain that no one will doubt that he is a deserved winner of the Goldthorpe Medal, and he would also be a very worthy winner of the Super League Man of Steel award, for which he has been shortlisted.
I’m sure that one of the major factors in his success has been the influence of Giants coach Paul Anderson, whose masterstroke was to appoint Danny as the club captain towards the end of the 2012 season. To say that he has shone in that role is almost an understatement.
Since then Danny has proved himself to be a natural leader and organiser on the pitch, and has shown a tremendous maturity in that role.
My only regret is that we won’t see him playing for England in the World Cup later this year, although I’m sure that Scotland will benefit enormously from his presence for them, and who knows what they may also achieve with Danny at the helm.
Similarly, Tom Lineham has had an outstanding season for Hull FC.
He made just five appearances in 2012, and was given squad number 25 at the start of the season. Yet in a very short space of time he cemented a place on the wing and scored 17 tries in 25 appearances, before injury curtailed his season.
In a season characterised by some tremendous newcomers to Super League, Tom has taken the competition by storm, and is a worthy winner.