Revealed: David Beckham's £400-a-week contract playing for Preston
Long before one of the world's most famous sportsmen earned millions, David Beckham used to pocket an extra £50 playing for Preston
David Beckham earned £400 a week, with a £50 bonus for being named in the first-team squad, during his month-long loan from Manchester United to Preston North End in 1995.
United face Preston for the first time since 1972 in Monday night’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Deepdale.
The two clubs have shared many former players and managers, with the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, David Moyes, Tommy Docherty, Brian Kidd and Darren Ferguson – son of Sir Alex – alongside Beckham as having represented both clubs.
And Paul Bradley, Preston’s stadium manager, has revealed that Beckham’s loan contract takes pride of place on the wall of his office at the ground.
“David Beckham played down here on loan and I have his contract on my office wall,” Bradley said. “I was told to get rid of it by a former chairman, but I was sensible enough to keep it.”
Beckham scored two goals in five appearances for Preston during the 1994-95 season before becoming a global star with United and England, as well as representing Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
And Bradley, who watched Preston lose 2-0 to United in their last meeting 43 years ago, admits that Beckham is part of the bond between the two clubs.
“We have quite an affinity with United,” Bradley said. “Bobby Charlton also had a spell down here, we have had a few players moving here from United and we also had Fergie junior in charge, although that went a bit sour in the end.
“I remember the last time United played here. I came with my dad and my brother and it was in the days when all the children would be passed down to the front, so I sat on the grass at the side of the pitch.
“I went home crying, though, because they beat us 2-0.
“I just hope we don’t have to wait another 43 years before we play them down here again.”