Catching Offiah

We meet one of the unforgettable characters in rugby league

Last Updated: 24/08/12 8:57am

Offiah: we catch up with a legend

We have featured some real legends of rugby league past and present on this season's Super League Super Men, but we end the series with something of a Challenge Cup Special.

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As Leeds and Warrington prepare to battle it out in the 2012 final, we talk to a Wembley legend from yesteryear - Martin Offiah.

A try-scrorer extraordinaire, Offiah loved nothing more than crossing the whitewash to pick up points. With more than 500 career touchdowns, he is beaten only by Brian Bevan and Billy Boston when it comes to scoring tries.

He scored a record 10 in one game in a Premiership semi-final against Leeds, but even that feat is beaten back in the memory banks by a single four-pointer he scored at Wembley in 1994.

Again against Leeds, he scorched the length of the pitch, leaving defenders in his wake, before scoring on the wing, and sinking to his knees, providing the game with one of its most iconic images.

In this week's show, he takes us back to when it all began as a youngster at an East Anglian boarding school. Devastated that they didn't play football, he picked up a rugby ball instead.

He went from rugby union to league in the late 80s when the Widnes coach Doug Laughton spotted him playing in the Middlesex 7s. Success followed with the 13-a-side code, but he hit even greater heights once he had transferred to Wigan.

He may be one of the unforgettable characters in rugby league but he had it tough too, encountering racism and hatred as he pursued his career. That fact that he is now one of league's great names is testimony to the perseverance and endeavour he showed while plying his trade.

A league legend with his name cast in stone in the pavement at Wembley, he is a true Super League Super Man.

Watch Offiah's interview here.