IT was quite fitting that Wembley Stadium, the scene of Steve Prescott’s biggest triumph as a player, gave the former Saints full back’s autobiography One in a Million a fitting launch.
The cover of the book was the first thing fans saw walking up Wembley Way because it was emblazoned on massive screens outside the stadium.
Wife Linzi, Foundation chairman Mike Denning, co-writer Mike Critchley and Paul Sculthorpe, who accompanied Steve in many of his challenges, were among the launch party at the Challenge Cup final.
Fans, past players and other guests gave the book a good response — but for Linzi there were understandably mixed emotions.
She said: “I was blown away when I saw the tributes to Stephen on the Wembley entrance. Walking up Wembley Way and seeing Stephen’s face from the front of the book cover at the entrance and it sinking in that the book has finally been published was just amazing.
“I felt really proud of what we had achieved and it had actually come to fruition and that the book was now out.
“I don’t think the RFL could have done any more with the way they looked after us on the day to make it really special.”
Steve was twice a winner at Wembley, scoring two tries in the final of 1996 and returning with Saints the following year.
After he began fighting back against cancer with a series of gruelling challenges, Wembley was again the destination when he cycled from Perpignan to deliver the match ball to the 2009 Challenge Cup final.
So maybe there was only one place to announce the arrival of the 288-page volume.
“Wembley was quite a fitting venue for the launch,” Linzi said.
“Stephen always felt at home and relaxed at Wembley and probably played his best rugby there, so for the book launch to be there was wonderful. I feel a little bit emotional about it now finally being out, with it being so long in the making and knowing how passionate he was about it.
“When I saw the lorry last week with all the pallets on it was an emotional time for me but I was really proud and pleased.
“It is sad that Stephen’s not here to see it but it meant a lot to him, so to know that we have done it and followed it through means a lot to me.”