Challenge Cup World Club

Sean Long

Sean Long was gifted with electric speed off the mark and a well developed game strategist. His cool head inspired the Saints to snatch victories towards the ends of contests when all had seemed lost. By 1999 then he had established a fabulous rapport with half back partner Tommy Martyn which formed the basis of the golden era in the early days of Super League. The Grand Final victory over Bradford in 1999 was the start of his considerable honours collection.

In the millennium season of 2000 Sean Long was at the pinnacle of his form and at the end the season collected the "Man of Steel" award. Who will ever forget his contributions to the Wide to west try that launched the assault to retain the Champions tag?

In January 2001 Seanís vital drop goal, solo try and three conversions helped Saints defeat Brisbane Broncos by 20 points to 18 and so become World Club Champions for the first time. Three months later as the rain poured down in Twickenham town, the Saints benefited from Seanís astute kicking to lift the Challenge Cup. In a hard game in which the Saints defence was impregnable, Seanís tactical awareness won him the Lance Todd trophy.

With two minutes to go in the 2002 Grand Final against Bradford Bulls, the scores were locked at 18 points apiece the ball came back to Sean on the sixth tackle and he made no mistake as he calmly dropped a crisp goal to seal Saints third Grand Final win in four years.
When Saints met Wigan in the 2004 Challenge Cup Final, Sean punished Wigan with beautifully weighted kicks and neat ball distribution. The victory witnessed Sean collecting a precious Challenge Cup winnerís medal and his second Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.
The 2006 season witnessed Saints remained at the head of the league ladder. The Saints stormed to the Challenge Cup Final victory over Huddersfield with Sean making history by becoming the first player ever to win the Lance Todd Trophy for a third time. Sean and the Saints completed the double with a Grand Final win over Hull FC.
The 2007 and 2008 season saw Sean on the top of his game as the Saints netted two more Challenge Cup victories. In 2009 Sean still demonstrated in his last campaign how vital he was in the success of the club. He was instrumental in driving the pack forward and taking on defences. Sean left the club in second place on the club all time scorers 788 points behind the legendary Kel Coslett.

He played for Great Britain on seven occasions and represented England in the 2000 World Cup. Sean Long was the quintessential man for all seasons!















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