THE Rugby League World Cup, unearthed on a rubbish dump 20 years after
it was stolen, was returned on Friday to the game's headquarters at Leeds.
"It is like the return of the Holy Grail. No-one knows what its value is,
but in rugby league terms it is priceless," spokesman David Howes said.
The trophy was stolen from the Midland Hotel, Bradford, in 1970 when it
was put on display by the holders, Australia.
There was no trace of it until an unemployed father-of-four, Stephen
Uttley(40) stumbled on it in a ditch just a few yards from the Bradford and
Bingley Rugby League Club, Bingley, six weeks ago.
Uttley, of Highthorne Avenue, Bradford, handed over the 61cm high
silver-plated and tarnished trophy to officials of the English Rugby League in
They were willing to offer him a reward.
"He can have anything except a place in the team," Howes said.
But all he wanted was a few tickets to some games.