Beckham's loyal fans see double

Beckham replaces Beckham - David is replaced by his son Brooklyn, 16, while playing for a combined Britain-Ireland side that defeated a Rest of the World team 3-1 in a Unicef charity match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Beckham replaces Beckham - David is replaced by his son Brooklyn, 16, while playing for a combined Britain-Ireland side that defeated a Rest of the World team 3-1 in a Unicef charity match at Old Trafford on Saturday. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • David Beckham was replaced by his 16-year-old son Brooklyn in his charity match for Unicef on Saturday.

But seven minutes later, the former Manchester United star returned to the Old Trafford pitch in place of Sol Campbell, and the 75,000-strong crowd witnessed two generations of the Beckham family playing together for the first time.

The combined Britain-Ireland side captained by Beckham and coached by former United manager Alex Ferguson, defeated the Rest of the World XI 3-1 in the Match for Children.

"One of my lasting memories of playing here was winning the Premiership and walking round with Brooklyn at 18 months old," Beckham, 40, said. "It is difficult for him to get on my shoulders now but it was a special moment to play with him."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2015, with the headline 'Beckham's loyal fans see double'. Print Edition | Subscribe