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Remembering when David Beckham and David Moyes were team-mates

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away also known as Preston, Becks and Moyseh joined forces for one month only...

Two Davids; a Beckham and a Moyes.

One of them is an extremely popular international sex symbol and arguably the most famous footballer to ever play the game.

The other is David Beckham.

It remains to be seen if Moyes will pursue Carvalho in January

Moyes is a brand

Back in 1994/95, Golden Balls was still a couple of years away from becoming one of Europe’s best midfielders and Sir Alex Ferguson thought the curtain-haired East Londoner would benefit from a few games down in the depths of the old third division.

And so he was loaned to Preston North End and, rather frustratingly for all the traditionalists out there, was given the No4 shirt.

Beckham a hundred hairstyles ago

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Beckham a hundred hairstyles ago

Beckham inadvertently ruffled a few feathers when he was introduced to the squad, which included a grizzled Scottish centre-half at the back end of his career who went by the name of David Moyes.

Gary Peters, Preston manager at the time, introduced Beckham to the squad by announcing that the scrawny, fresh-faced teenager who was only on loan at Deepdale for a month would be taking all corners and free-kicks while he was at the club.

Naturally, this didn’t go down too well with the senior players, particularly Paul Raynor, who had been on set-piece duty for some time.

But few were complaining when Beckham scored on his debut… direct from a corner.


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The future treble-winner somewhat alienated himself from his team-mates after the final whistle however, when he tossed his dirty shirt on the floor, unaware that he was responsible for washing his own kit.

Despite the differences between an old-school squad very much in the Moyes mould, Beckham soon endeared himself to the fans and his team-mates.

He scored a trademark free-kick in his second game to silence any remaining murmurings about set-piece responsibility and the ever graceful Moyes nearly flattened skinny little Becks during the celebrations.

The England Under-21 star also worked hard off the ball as proof he wasn’t treating the loan as a holiday.

He stayed behind after training to practise his free-kicks; a skill he would go on to perfect.

Future multi-millionaire Beckham earned £400 a week while at Preston — picking up an extra £50 for each of his five appearances and £200 in goal bonuses.

He also registered an assist with a glorious left-footed cross.

Though the loan lasted just a month it is considered as a significant bridge between Preston and Man United, with both clubs having enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for years.

Bobby Charlton moved to Preston after 17 years at Old Trafford and Ferguson junior was manager at Deepdale for a spell in 2010.

Old football > new football

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Old football > new football

To this day some of the more brazen Preston fans claim that Beckham learned all he knows from his month at Deepdale.

The Man United legend would go on to win six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League as well as trophies in Spain, France and USA.

As for Moyes, he won the third division with Preston the following season and then won the second division as manager in 1999/00.

This success prompted a switch to Everton before he eventually took over from Beckham’s old boss at Man United.

Though it’s fair to say Moyseh’s legacy at Old Trafford is rather different to Beckham’s…

This photo better be on the Beckham mantelpiece

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This photo better be on the Beckham mantelpiece

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