Throwback Thursday: When rugby league players were Superstars

The status of rugby league players is a far cry from its heyday of the 1980s and 1990s when some players were household names.

One of those was Great Britain winger Des Drummond, who rose to stardom on the BBC television programme Superstars, after clocking a world competition record of 10.85 seconds for the 100 metres.

Drummond, now 61, played much of his career with Leigh and Warrington and played alongside Garry Schofield for Great Britain – despite being born in Jamaica.

The TV show ran from 1973 to 1985 and featured some of the biggest names in sport. It briefly returned for a one-off in 2002 which led to a final series in 2003.

Drummond wasn’t the only rugby league player to feature, Salford legend Keith Fielding won the competition in 1981 and then went on to win the “Challenge of Champions” event in the same year.

In 1985, Joe Lydon – who won six Challenge Cups, two World Club Challenges, the Man of Steel, Lance Todd Trophy and Harry Sunderland Trophy in a decorated career – also participated, finishing second ahead of legendary British Olympian Steve Redgrave.

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Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.

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