David Beckham watches Salford City for the first time since becoming a co-owner of the National League club along with his Class of 92 team-mates
- David Beckham watched Salford City for the first time since becoming an owner
- The Class of 92 star travelled to the Peninsula Stadium for the match with Dover
- Former England captain was naturally the centre of attention as he arrived
- Beckham was accompanied by son Romeo as he walked around the pitch
- Fellow club co-owner Phil Neville was also in attendance with his son Harvey
David Beckham is watching Salford City for the first time since becoming a co-owner of the National League club.
The former England captain is in the stands at Salford’s Peninsula Stadium for their match against Dover Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
He was naturally the centre of attention as he arrived at the stadium, with fans clamouring for autographs and selfies.
Beckham was accompanied by his son Romeo and close friend Dave Gardner and met up with Phil Neville, who was with his son Harvey.
New Salford City co-owner David Beckham arrives to watch their match against Dover
The former England captain has become a director of the National League club
Beckham was the centre of attention as he made his way into the Peninsula Stadium
Fans scrambled for an autograph or a selfie with Beckham as he made his way into the ground
Beckham took time to pose for a photograph with Babs, the Salford City mascot
A crowd clamours for pictures of Beckham as he arrives for the National League fixture
Beckham was approved as a co-owner and director of Salford by the FA on January 31
Beckham, 43, took a 10 per cent stake in the club last month and was appointed as a director along with his former Manchester United team-mates Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville.
These ‘Class of 92’ graduates now own 60 per cent of the fifth-tier club, with Singapore businessman Peter Lim owning the other 40 per cent.
Beckham’s appointment as a club director was formally approved by the Football Association on January 31 and it had been planned that he would be introduced to fans at the FA Trophy match against Maidstone United two days later.
The visit was then postponed, with the fixture having been rearranged because of the weather.
Salford said in a post on their official Twitter feed on Friday: ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming a new face to The Peninsula Stadium tomorrow.
Beckham takes a look around the Peninsula Stadium having taken a 10 per cent stake in Salford
(Left to right) Fellow owner Phil Neville takes a selfie with his son Harvey Neville, Beckham’s close friend Dave Gardner, Beckham and his son Romeo on the pitch
Phil Neville is one of six Class of 92 members who have a 10 per cent stake in the club
Romeo Beckham and his dad smile for the cameras as they inspect the playing surface
Beckham will be hoping his presence as a club director will deliver more success to the club
Beckham spent the lead-up to kick-off posing for photographs as he walked through the stands
‘New co-owner David Beckham will be in attendance at our game against Dover Athletic! #WelcomeBecks’.
It was a stark change of scenery from the last game Beckham attended, which was the Champions League match between Man United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The Ammies, who have risen from the eighth-tier Northern Premier League Division One North to the fifth level since the Class of 92 takeover in 2014, are now pushing for promotion to the Football League.
Beckham will be hoping his presence inspires Salford to promotion into the Football League
The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star was only too happy to pose for pictures
Beckham speaks with his son Romeo, Phil Neville and his son Harvey as they walk on the pitch
This lucky Salford fan was able to get a selfie with Beckham as he walked around the ground
This Salford supporter was keen to get Beckham’s autograph in the countdown to kick-off
The high-profile directors have also overseen extensive redevelopment work to their stadium at Moor Lane, which now has a capacity of 5,106, and have taken the club full-time.
They are currently fifth in the National League, on course for the end of season play-offs.
Beckham is also the owner of the American club Inter Miami, who are due to join Major League Soccer in 2020 as an expansion franchise.