The day David Beckham came to Lancaster

David Beckham hugs Lancaster City goalkeeper Mark Thornley during a pre-season friendly at Giant Axe in 1997.
David Beckham hugs Lancaster City goalkeeper Mark Thornley during a pre-season friendly at Giant Axe in 1997.
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Former England captain David Beckham has announced his retirement from football.

The 38-year-old will call it a day at the end of the season having won a Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain.

Beckham won 115 caps for his country and won six Premier League titles and a Champions League with Manchester United.

During a glittering career he also played for Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan.

The midfielder famously wowed crowds at Lancaster City’s Giant Axe in July 1997 when a United side that also included a young Gary Neville visited the city for a pre-season friendly.

He also spent a spell on loan at Preston North End in the 1994-1995 season.