Martin Offiah

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Martin Nwokocha Offiah
Born
Wednesday, 29th December, 1965
Current Age
58 years and 149 days

Awards & Accolades

Man Of Steel Award
1988
Lance Todd Trophy
1992, 1994
English Hall Of Fame
2013

Biography

Exciting Great Britain flankman, originally from the Roslyn Park RU club, joined Widnes in 1987 and broke Frank Myler’s try-scoring record in his first season. Offiah made his Test debut against France in 1988, playing in all three Tests on the Lions Tour of Australia in 1988, and won a match race at Wentworth Park (defeating Dale Shearer and John Ferguson after Greg Alexander withdrew from the event). In 1992 Offiah scored 4 tries for Wigan in the final of the World Sevens competition and was rated one of the success stories of the Lions’ tour later that year. (However, Offiah’s standing as the fastest man in rugby league received a huge dent when he was beaten in a match race by P’matta’s Lee Oudenryn at P’matta Stadium). Offiah gave good value in the first two ‘guest’ spots with Easts and St George but lasted just half a match with the Roosters in 1993 before dislocating his shoulder in the match against Penrith. Offiah’s major defensive weakness was often exposed in top-class competition and his efforts in the final two Tests of the 1994 Ashes series were not his best.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
English Championship 184 227 1   2 912 148 34 2 80.43% List
Lancashire Cup 14 17 -   - 68 11 3 0 78.57% List
Regal Trophy 28 34 -   - 136 23 5 0 82.14% List
Challenge Cup 50 51 -   1 205 40 9 1 80.00% List
Premiership Trophy 24 41 -   - 164 21 3 0 87.50% List
Tour Matches Great Britain 27 17 -   - 68 13 14 0 48.15% List
Test Series 22 13 -   - 32 11 11 0 50.00% List
The Ashes 12 5 -   - 40 4 8 0 33.33% List
World Cup 11 8 -   - 32 5 6 0 45.45% List
NSWRL Premiership (NRL) 27 20 -   - 80 14 10 3 51.85% List
Charity Shield - UK 2 1 -   - 4 2 0 0 100.00% List
World Club Challenge 3 2 -   - 8 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches Widnes Vikings 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tour Matches Wigan Warriors 1 1 -   - 4 0 1 0 0.00% List
Super League 81 48 -   2 194 40 38 3 49.38% List
European Championship 1 4 -   1 17 1 0 0 100.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Great Britain 1988-94 33 26 -   - 104 19 14 0 57.58% List
England 1992, 1995-96 5 8 -   1 33 4 1 0 80.00% List
Overall1988-1996 38 34 0   1 137 23 15 0 60.53% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Great Britain 1988 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Great Britain 1988-92 8 6 -   - 24 3 5 0 37.50% List
England 1992-1995 3 2 -   - 8 2 1 0 66.67% List
Overall1988-1995 11 8 0   0 32 5 6 0 45.45% List


Club Career

NSWRL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1989 12 9 -   - 36 5 6 1 41.67% List
St George NSWRL 1991 14 11 -   - 44 8 4 2 57.14% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1993 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List

NSWRL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1989, 1993 13 9 -   - 36 6 6 1 46.15% List
St George 1991 14 11 -   - 44 8 4 2 57.14% List
Overall1989-1993 27 20 0   0 80 14 10 3 51.85% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes 1987/88 35 42 -   - 168 26 9 0 74.29% List
Widnes 1988/89 40 57 -   - 228 31 8 1 77.50% List
Widnes 1989/90 29 37 -   - 148 20 9 0 68.97% List
Widnes 1989/90 1 2 -   - 8 1 0 0 100.00% List
Widnes 1990/91 36 40 -   - 160 28 8 0 77.78% List
Wigan 1991/92 16 30 -   - 120 16 0 0 100.00% List
Wigan 1992/93 36 30 1   2 124 30 5 1 83.33% List
Wigan 1992/93 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Wigan 1993/94 32 35 -   1 141 26 6 0 81.25% List
Wigan 1994/95 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Wigan 1994/95 37 52 -   - 208 35 1 1 94.59% List
Wigan 1995/96 23 26 -   - 104 21 2 0 91.30% List
Wigan 1996 10 12 -   - 48 7 2 1 70.00% List
London 1996 4 3 -   - 12 3 1 0 75.00% List
London 1997 10 11 -   - 44 7 2 1 70.00% List
London 1998 11 7 -   - 28 6 5 0 54.55% List
London 1999 17 13 -   - 52 9 7 1 52.94% List
Salford 2000 25 16 -   2 66 10 15 0 40.00% List
Salford 2001 20 7 -   - 28 8 12 0 40.00% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes 1987-90 141 178 -   - 712 106 34 1 75.18% List
Wigan 1991-96 156 185 1   3 745 136 17 3 87.18% List
London 1996-99 42 34 -   - 136 25 15 2 59.52% List
Salford 2000-01 45 23 -   2 94 18 27 0 40.00% List
Overall1987-2001 384 420 1   5 1,687 285 93 6 74.22% List

Your Say

  • David
    23/04/2022

    The numbers for Offiah's club career in 94-95 and 95-96 are a bit off, e.g. 1 game and 52 tries for Wigan one year.

  • Nathan knox
    21/10/2023

    Most exciting player I've ever seen. There are very few players evern now who r faster and can score fantastic tries, but no one looked as good doin it ???? thanks for all the brilliant moments

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Contributions: Alan Katzmann, Shawn Dollin, AJ Lucantonio, Paul Carter, Rugby League Tables, Andrew Ferguson, Terry Liberopoulos, Bill Bates, Greg Fiveash, Max Turner, Cymru RL

Sources: Richard Bailey's Rugby League World, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook (1981-82 to 1999), David Middleton's Rugby League Yearbook (1987-88 to present), Irvin Saxton's Record Keepers' Club, Match Video