Graham Steadman

Graham Steadman

Graham Steadman
Personal information
Born (1961-12-08) 8 December 1961 (age 52)
Knottingley, England
Playing information
Position Fullback, Stand-off/Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–85 York Wasps
1985–89 Featherstone Rovers
1989 Gold Coast
1989–97 Castleford 840 123 172 8 154
Total 840 123 172 8 154
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–91 Yorkshire 2 2 4 0 16
1990–94 Great Britain 10 3 6 0 21
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2001–04 Castleford Tigers 89 36 3 50 40
Source: englandrl.co.uk

Graham Steadman (born 8 December 1961 in Knottingley) is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and '90s, and coach of the 2000s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and Yorkshire, and at club level for York Wasps, Featherstone Rovers, Gold Coast-Tweed Giants, and Castleford, as a Fullback, or Stand-off/Five-eighth, and coaching at club level for Castleford Tigers.

Playing career

International honours

Graham Steadman won caps for Great Britain while at Castleford in 1990 against France, in 1992 against France, in 1992 in the 1989–1992 Rugby League World Cup against France, in 1992 against Australia (2 matches), in 1992 in the 1989–1992 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, in 1992 against New Zealand (2 matches), and in 1994 against France, and Australia.[1]

Regal Trophy Final Appearances

Graham Steadman played Fullback in Castleford Tigers' 33-2 victory over Wigan in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy final at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994.[2]

World Transfer Record

Castleford paid a then World Transfer Record of £170,000[3] for Graham Steadman when he moved from Featherstone Rovers in 1989 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £396,000 in 2009).[4]

Career records

Graham Steadman holds York's "Most points in a season" record with 318-points scored in the 1984–85 season, beating Victor Yorke's 301-points set in the 1957–58 season.[5]

Coaching career

Graham was made full-time coach of Castleford Tigers towards the end of 2001 after Stuart Raper left for Wigan. Steadman took the club to the top 6 playoffs in 2002 and then the club finished 8th in 2003. 2004 saw his worst year as coach when the club failed to win any games under Steadman. A lot of people blamed the board for not backing him with money to spend. Poor recruits such as Sean Rudder, Sean Ryan, Paul Newlove and Ryan Sheridan ended Steadman's reign as Castleford boss and he was sacked after losing to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in a home league game.

Honoured at Castleford

Graham Steadman is a Tigers Hall Of Fame Inductee.[6]

References

External links

  • International Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  • Player statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  • Coach statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  • Player profile at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk
  • Coach profile at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk
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