Scots young football team stunned after David Beckham joins Zoom appeal


A Scottish youth football team were left shocked after David Beckham surprised them with a brilliant video message during their virtual end-of-season dinner.Edinburgh team Spartans 08, made up of 12-year-old players, were on a zoom call from the team when the former England captain appeared on the screen.

About 50 stunned players and parents watched the former Manchester United ace flash his famous smile and vowed to try to watch them play on his next visit to the capital.

Becks sent his congratulations to the Spartans 08 players

In a video message David Beckham said: “Hi Reds Spartans, this is David Beckham here, I just wanted to say that I hope you enjoy your player of the year dinner tonight.”

He added: “Maybe one day, when I am in Edinburgh, I will be able to come and see you all play. In the meantime, keep working hard guys, have a good night.

12-year-old Spartans 08 player Ollie Turley reacts to Becks’ message

A-Lister Beckham, 45, has ties to the Scottish town after being spotted at pal and michelin chef Tom Kitchin Leith restaurant.

In response to the video Tom tweeted: “Top man David Beckham.”

In recent months, the footballer has been seen checking barrels at the Haig Club whisky distillery in Leven after signing as a partner of the brand.

Celtic captain Scott Brown and Hearts star Jamie Macdonald also sent their own congratulations to the young players.

Celtic skipper Brown said: “Here’s hoping you’ve had a fantastic player of the year do, a little different from normal, you usually run on wild in a room, but now you have to do it on a Zoom cat.

“Here’s hoping you have a fantastic day and a fantastic night – make sure you’re good at all your coaches as well and applaud every award as well.

Scott Brown also joined the virtual prices

“You take care and have fantastic night guys and here’s hoping I get to see you all soon.”

Macdonald, winner of the Scottish Hearts Cup, joked: “I hope you all have a good night and stick to soft drinks.

“E just wanted to congratulate you all for continuing to work hard during the lockdown, so well done for all of you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your night and hope to see you soon.

The awards were sent to the players’ homes before the event and presented, remotely, by radio star Mark Martin – with tuxedo.

Head coach Kenny Cameron and other parents used personal contacts to register the stars for the evening.

Coach Marc Turley, 42, said: “The boys were absolutely buzzing – they will remember for the rest of their lives – it was a huge moment for them. They were sitting there with their mouths open – the parents as well.

“It’s different level, Beckham, and it’s a good way to inspire the boys because he worked so hard for the career he had.”

And about the prospect of Becks playing a game at Ainslie Park, Marc added, “If we can do it, it would be fantastic.”


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