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When Beckham had the wrong name on his shirt

In the 1997 Charity Shield, Manchester United faced Chelsea in a clash to determine which club collected the first silverware of the new season.

United won 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw, with Ronny Johnsen equalising a strike by former Reds favourite Mark Hughes with his first competitive goal for the club.

David Beckham was one of the substitutes introduced that day at Wembley, along with Jordi Cruyff, and it was his arrival that sparked a great deal of mirth, as his name was misspelt 'Beckam' on the back of his white shirt.

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Former United kit-man Albert Morgan is this week's guest on UTD Podcast and he was asked to explain what went wrong.

“That was a bit of hard luck that,” admitted Albert. “I have four Beckham shirts in my bag, because I used to take two long and two short with me. And, obviously, you get word blind and you don’t see the spelling mistakes, well I didn’t anyway. 

“I put his shirt on the peg, he put the shirt on and he was on the bench. The game was going on and, all of a sudden, the gaffer turned round and said: ‘Becks, get ready’. He whipped his shirt off and right away I thought: ‘Ohh, Jesus'.

“That was the people that printed the shirts at the time. We didn’t do them in-house at the time.

Mark Bosnich.
Mark Bosnich's yellow keeper jersey clashed with Arsenal's away shirt.

There was also an issue with Mark Bosnich's goalkeeper jersey when the Reds were due to face Arsenal at Old Trafford. Due to a colour clash, Albert had to make a dash for the Megastore to buy an alternative top.

“All the boys were going out on to the pitch,“ Morgan recalled. ”Tony Coton shouts: ‘Where’s Albert?’ Bossie’s shirt!’ And I look round and I say: ‘He’s got it on!’ Then the penny drops because I see Arsenal coming out of the away dressing-room dressed in yellow and I thought ‘oh sugar!’

“I walked out while the game was going on and all the Stretford End shouted: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing!’

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