It is 25 years since David Beckham made his Preston North debut when on loan from Manchester United

It is 25 years ago today that David Beckham made his Preston North End debut.

Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 5:02 pm
David Beckham in action on his Preston debut against Doncaster Rovers at Deepdale in March 1995

Beckham had come to Deepdale on loan from Manchester United as a 19-year-old with just one appearance for United under his belt.

His debut came on March 4, 1995, Beckham having been named on the bench for the Third Division clash with Doncaster Rovers at Deepdale.

The teenager was introduced to the action at the start of the second half replacing Graham Lancashire and went on to find the net, scoring direct from a corner.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

David Beckham after signing on loan for Preston North End from Manchester United

In front of a crowd of 9,624, the game finished 2-2 with Simon Davey getting the other PNE goal.

The following week in a 3-2 victory over Fulham at Deepdale, Beckham was in from the start and scored what became a trademark free-kick, curling it round the wall to find the net.

Beckham went on to feature in a 5-0 win over Bury, a 1-0 victory at Exeter City and a 1-1 draw with Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Although North End had hoped to keep him for the rest of the season, United recalled Beckham after a month.

The rest is history, Beckham going on to star for United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Millan (loan) and Paris St Germain (loan).

He won 115 England caps, captaining his country 59 times.

Beckham, 44, is now the owner of Inter Miami who made their MLS debut last Sunday.