The RFL is delighted that both Tim Adams and Mike Stephenson have been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list announced today.
Tim Adams, who was awarded an MBE for services to Rugby League and Horseracing, was a Director of Rugby League’s Super League Competition following the restructuring of the game in the late nineties and was Chairman of Sheffield Eagles when they won the Challenge Cup in 1998. More recently he has worked tirelessly as Chairman of the RFL’s Benevolent Fund since its inception and has helped to raise millions for both Rugby League and Horse Racing charities.
Mike ‘Stevo’ Stephenson, who was awarded an MBE for services to Rugby League and Sports Broadcasting, represented his home town club Dewsbury over 250 times and scored a try in the World Cup Final as Great Britain beat Australia to become World Champions in 1972. Following his retirement from playing he went on to spearhead Sky Sports Rugby League commentary alongside friend and colleague Eddie Hemmings for 26 years, retiring in October this year.
Chief Executive of the RFL, Nigel Wood, said: “I am incredibly pleased to have heard the news that Tim Adams and Mike Stephenson have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.
“Tim’s business acumen, enthusiasm and drive made him an integral member of a Board that worked hard to establish Super League as one of the top sporting competitions in the country. Through his substantial charitable work and his personal support for injured players and jockeys, Tim has improved the lives of hundreds of people. His unselfish attitude to life and his proven track record of achievement marks him out as a truly inspirational man.
“Mike Stephenson was a world class Rugby League player and an integral part of the last British team to win the Rugby League World Cup. His reputation as a ‘straight talking’ commentator who pulls no punches have made him the voice of Rugby League broadcasting. He is well-respected and great company and it was a sad day for Rugby League when he retired from broadcasting in October.”