David Beckham's romantic trinket from first meeting with Victoria

Telegraph reporters
The former England footballer has kept a humble memento from the first meeting with his future wife - REUTERS

David and Victoria Beckham have lived a life of glamour and global renown since their rise to fame in the 1990’s.

But the former England footballer has kept a humble memento from the first meeting with his future wife.

He still treasures the train ticket on which Posh Spice scrawled her phone number when they met after a match in 1997.

She had used the ticket to travel to see the young talent play, and the romantic trinket remains in his possession 23 years later. Beckham went on to marry the Spice Girls singer in 1999, and the couple now have four children together.

"She'd had a couple of drinks so I decided why not, I'll try and get her number,” he said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

"We talked for about an hour in the players' lounge. She actually got the train up that day so she wrote her number down on her train ticket, which I still have."

As a young footballer he was fully aware of his future wife, who had risen to fame with the Spice Girls.

He had spotted her at another match the week before they spoke, when she attended a charity game with bandmate Melanie Chisholm.

The former footballer said:  "She came to watch me in a game in London with her manager at the time and one of the other Spice Girls, Sporty Spice.

"We knew of them, obviously, because they were pretty big at the time. And I was just establishing myself in the Manchester United team at the time. 

“But we all had our favourite Spice Girl."

The couple went on to dominate decades of headlines, and build a global brand.

They now have four children - sons Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 15 and eight-year-old daughter Harper.