David Beckham has opened up about “loving” Newcastle United as a club for their fervent support. Throughout his Premier League career, the superstar rivalled the Magpies as a Manchester United stalwart.
His breakthrough campaign was in 1995-96 when Newcastle surrendered a 12-point lead at the top of the table – a season that still stings supporters. Beckham foiled Toon fans with another league win the following year before doing the same again in the 1999 FA Cup final.
The Red Devils were chasing a historic treble which, until then, had never been achieved in English football. A lacklustre Magpies outfit struggled to put up a fight at Wembley for the second year running as goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes secured a comfortable 2-0 win.
Reflecting to Classic Football Shirts, Beckham, viewing the iconic 1999-00 jersey, which was worn for the first time in the 1999 FA Cup final, revealed his soft spot for Newcastle. The former England captain also spoke about the two occasions he played at St James’ Park for the Three Lions.
“Newcastle always had good shirts, to be honest,” said the 48-year-old. “I’ve always loved Newcastle as a club, I love the fans, I love the way they are. We played up in Newcastle for England and they were amazing. The final (in 1999) was the easiest out of the three games (to win the treble).”
Ironically, reports in 2006 sensationally claimed Newcastle were on the brink of signing Beckham. The Daily Mail claimed ex-owner Freddy Shepherd met Beckham – as well as his wife Victoria – at Claridge’s hotel in London to discuss a £120,000-a-week move.
Any deal would have resulted in him reclaiming the No 7 jersey he wore for Man United and at international level but had to sacrifice at Real Madrid. The deal ultimately never came to fruition, with LA Galaxy offering him an exciting project across the pond the following year.
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