ON THIS DAY: David Beckham scores on his Preston debut

David Beckham is congratulated after scoring on his Preston debut.

David Beckham is congratulated after scoring on his Preston debut.

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It wasn’t a debut that made many headlines at the time.

But few would have imagined that the Manchester United loanee, one David Beckham, who netted for Preston North End in their 2-2 draw with Doncaster 22 years ago today would go on to be the player and household name he became.

It was the then 19-year-old’s first league goal, coming after arriving off the bench at half-time in the Division Three clash in front of 9,624 fans at Deepdale.

He scored direct from a corner and the gifted set piece taker who would go onto star for England, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris St Germain and LA Galaxy followed it up with a fine free-kick in a 3-2 win over Fulham.

In total Beckham made just the five appearances for the Lilywhites, David Moyes amongst his team mates, with Sir Alex Ferguson bringing him back to Old Trafford after a month despite Gary Peters hoping his stay could be extended.

He could have been the difference in PNE’s promotion bid, the Lilywhites missing out in the play-off semi-finals to Bury.

David Beckham poses for the cameras after signing on loan from Manchester United.

David Beckham poses for the cameras after signing on loan from Manchester United.

The rest though, as they say, is history.