In Rugby League Martin Offiah MBE played for Widnes, Wigan, London Broncos, Salford and Great Britain during a record breaking career. He had started his playing career in rugby union with Rosslyn Park and also enjoyed a spell with Bedford.
During his time with Wigan the former Great Britain winger played in four Challenge Cup Finals in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 and he became one of only four players to win the coveted Man of the Match award, the Lance Todd Trophy twice in 1992 and 1994.
He also maintained his contact with the sport’s historic trophy by playing for London Broncos in the 1999 Final, the last Challenge Cup Final staged at Wembley before the stadium was demolished prior to rebuilding.
Richard Lewis, the RFL’s Executive Chairman, said: “Martin became one of the most recogniseable names in Rugby League during his playing career and many of his feats were reserved for the Challenge Cup competition.
“We are delighted that Martin was able to accept our invitation to be the Guest of Honour at the 2006 Powergen Challenge Cup Final”.