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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Victoria Beckham's new goal after shock loss

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David Beckham and Victoria Beckham

20th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards VIP Reception, Los Angeles, America - 20 Mar 2012

Marc Anthony won the ASCAP Founder's Award and brought along his pals the Beckhams as guests, as well as his new girlfriend Shannon De Lima
David and Victoria Beckham
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Spice Girls - Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham

'Viva Forever!' musical press night at The Piccadilly Theatre, London, Britain - 11 Dec 2012
The Spice Girls
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Victoria Beckham and Harper Beckham
Victoria Beckham out and about, Mayfair, London, Britain - 24 Apr 2013
Victoria Beckham, Harper Beckham

As the man world pauses this week, either to mourn the end of the greatest reign in football history or to declare that Alex Ferguson was never as good as Bill Shankly anyway, spare a thought for the nation's Fergie widows.

Victoria Beckham for instance. David Beckham has never been shy of declaring his love for the stone-faced Glaswegian who became his surrogate father.

It's a devotion which has survived its object's withering disdain and even having a shoe thrown at its face. Mere hours after The Announcement, Beckham again expressed his passion for the gum-chewing granite one. No one, he said, 'has had an impact like that in football, ever'. You could tell that when he said 'football', he meant 'me'.

Like so many of Sir Alex's adoring sons, Beckham will be in bits tonight and it'll be his wife, who knows deep down she can never be his dad, his gaffer or his hairdryer, who'll have to pick up the pieces.

Ditto ex-goalie Peter Schmeichel's better half, left to deal with a shattered husband who picked himself up off the floor today just long enough to tweet 'Disappointed, shocked, sad. Didn't think THAT day would be today.' As for Rio Ferdinand's spouse, I shudder for her. His twitter feed, usually a constant, happy flow, has simply gone dead.

I feel for these women, because I too am a Fergie widow. He's being brave, but I can see it in his eyes. They've gone from Jimmy Nesbitt to Samuel Beckett overnight. Tough times ahead.

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