Sport as entertainment was his kind of sport. He declined an offer to join the Manchester United board and became a director at the Broncos instead.
Maranta was woken in the early hours of August 31, 1997, by his wife, Lyn, who was calling from Australia with the news of Diana’s death.
Sports immediately started to cancel their fixtures as the nation, indeed the world, struggled to make sense of it all.
By lunchtime, the Premier League had cancelled the only match scheduled that day between Liverpool and Newcastle at Anfield.
The problem for the Super League was its competition was about to play its final round of the home-and-away season, including first-placed Bradford meeting the…