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Steve Prescott honoured in Saints’ hall of fame
It’s an honour: The club’s chairman Eamonn McManus welcomes Steve Prescott into Saints’ Hall of Fame
AN emotional Steve Prescott reflected on some of his proudest moments in the red vee as he was inducted into the Saints’ Hall of Fame during a special presentation at Langtree Park.
The 39-year-old former full back, a two-time Wembley winner with Saints, was honoured before an audience that included past and present players, his family, friends and club officials.
The cancer battler had been taken by surprise after being hoodwinked into attending Monday evening’s ceremony by his charitable foundation’s secretary Martin Blondel.
Speaking after receiving the award from Ray French, chairman of the Saints Past Players Association, he said: “I was told by Martin that I was coming to an event to mark the sponsorship of the stand here.
“Then obviously when I got here I saw my wife, two kids, father, my brother, my friends and some of the young players who I have had the pleasure to work with last year and taken to Rochdale this year.
“It is a brilliant occasion to be part of with so many older players here too. I am just moved by it all.”
Steve is continuing his fight against the rare abdominal cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei after enduring one of his most difficult bouts of poor health since being diagnosed in 2006.
The father-of-two, who has earned widespread admiration for his charity work and incredible endurance challenges, said: “I have been through a lot over the past seven years, but over the last eight weeks I have slowed down quite a lot as you can see.”
“I only got back from Oxford hospital on Saturday and I have still got a long way ahead and a long battle that is not finished.
“The last seven years have been difficult.”
Prescott scored 52 times in 117 appearances for Saints between 1993 and 1997 before leaving for Hull.
He spoke about some of his highlights as a player, when, as Saints’ pacy attacking full back he helped the club to back-to-back Challenge Cup wins in 1996 and 1997.
Steve added: “Going back to 1996 – I had so many great memories of that occasion. I thought we were dead and buried and to come back.
“I scored the first two tries and was on for three that day.
“We just wanted to win that day. We were desperate to bring some silverware back at Saints back then and it was a great occasion and I have some great memories as a player.
“This club has got great history over the years. And looking at what the chairman Eamonn McManus and coach Nathan Brown are doing, this club is going places and that is where it should be.”
The celebrations took place as the players’ lounge at Langtree Park was named the Ty-phoo Hall Of Fame as part of a sponsorship agreement.
Ex-Samoan prop Apollo Perelini, 44, who played alongside Prescott, was also inducted.
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