Photos: Manchester United Museum
David Beckham started his football career at the tender age of 14 when he signed a Youth Training Scheme with Manchester United. After several years of training, he played briefly with Preston North End to gain some experience, before returning to Man U to launch his professional career.
A new exhibition at the Manchester United Museum records his early beginnings, from the training kit he wore as a teenager to the first team shirts he used during big matches, including the ‘99 Champion’s League Final.
Beckham’s history is remarkable. In 1992, at age 17, he began his professional career with Manchester United, and he made his international debut at age 21. During his career, he has been team captain for six years and made 115 career appearances.
In addition to the many honours he received, Beckham was twice runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year, and was the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches.
Some of his medals and commemorative shirts from these events feature prominently in the exhibition, and an interactive component highlights Beckham’s precision kicks. Fans can predict exactly where the ball will cross the goal posts during one of his famously accurate strikes.
Beckham is just as well known for his changing hair style as he is for his consistent athletics. An interchangeable portrait allows visitors to relive the past as they view his many hairstyles in rapid succession on that famous face.
In May 2013, Beckham announced his retirement from professional football. He continues his career as a fashion icon, spokesperson and endorsement personality, and he remains one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. He also supports several charities and is a public advocate for Major League Soccer in the U.S.
The David Beckham Exhibition is one of the many well-done and successful displays of Manchester United’s greatest players. Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton and the Class of ’92 – which featured Beckham – have all been on display at the museum. The exhibitions are constantly changing, and the Beckham exhibition will only be available for 12 months.
The museum blends historical exhibitions with interactive experiences to provide fans with the most satisfying experience possible. Get up close to trophies, have your photo taken with the FA shield, learn the history of Manchester United and finish your visit with a tour of the stadium.
This 70-minute tour takes you from the players’ dressing rooms to the sky-high Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. This year’s tour also offers a rare chance to see the behind-the-scenes work of replacing the pitch, which is undertaken once each decade.