Wooden Spoon Award

A wooden spoon is a spoon made from wood, usually given to an individual or team which has come last in a competition, but sometimes also to runners-up. Examples range from the academic to sporting and more frivolous events.

The term is commonly used in Australian and New Zealand sporting competitions, most notably in the major Australian rules, soccer and rugby football leagues (such as the AFL, the A-League, NRL, Super Rugby) and refer to the club positioned last on the league table at the end of the season. The Australian rugby league wooden spooners are the teams which finished last in the premier top-grade rugby league competition.

The wooden spoon is an unofficial award, however, fans often bring “real” wooden spoons to taunt opposition sides who are struggling on the bottom of the ladder.