Brian Noble, the Toronto Wolfpack, Director of Football has today received one of the highest accolades in British sport through being awarded in the Queen’s Birthday honours list an MBE for his services to sport
Brian’s outstanding achievements on and off the field within the sport of Rugby League have been second to none in one of the toughest sporting environments in British sport and a delighted Brian Noble expressed his huge pleasure at receiving such a prestigious award
“I’m deeply touched and proud to receive the MBE and extremely humbled to be recognised by my country for my services to this great game of Rugby League which I have lived and breathed throughout my life. Having represented, captained and coached my country at all levels of the game, this has got to rank right up there with the sporting pinnacles of my career whether winning Grand Finals or World Club Challenge Cup finals.
I would like to pay tribute to the Rugby League family who have always supported me greatly on this incredible journey and the communities that I have served within my public life where I have always felt great personal self fulfillment.
But most of all my I would like to thank my family for all the personal sacrifices they have made for me, it’s been quite a ride for this scruffy kid from Manningham and without their help I simply couldn’t have achieved these heights”
“I know this recognition also acknowledges the work I have done with two fantastic Bradford based charities, the children’s charity One in a Million and the homelessness project the Immanuel project. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work alongside some unsung heroes working very hard day in day out for the people of Bradford and I would like to truly thank both charities for the opportunity”
Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby Football League, Nigel Wood, said: “It is fantastic news that Brian has been awarded an MBE.
“Brian has gone from being a top performer on the field for club and country to remaining focused and transferring that winning attitude to his coaching career with a number of Super League clubs and Great Britain.
“He’s a well-respected figure in the game who has won the top awards in this country and is still doing his best to develop and promote Rugby League around the world, with the newest team to join the league, Toronto Wolfpack.”
Within the game Brian’s outstanding achievements include;
- Played over 400 games at the highest levels of Rugby league for Bradford Northern, Wakefield Trinity and for the Australian Club, Cronulla Sharks
- Represented Great Britain at every level from under 19’s, under 24’s and full international including in 1984 becoming the youngest ever tour captain leading Great Britain on a 13 week tour to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
- Still one of only a handful of people in 125 year history of game to play, captain and coach Great Britain
- Brian Noble is the most successful British coach in Super League history. These exploits include at Bradford Bulls (5 grand finals, 3 wins, 2 losses, 3 World Club Challenge wins, 1 challenge cup win and 2 challenge cup final losses, his record also includes a unique Middlesex 7s win competing against the leading Rugby Union Clubs.