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Saturday, 18 March, 2000, 17:57 GMT
Beckham crop unveiled
Giggs and Beckham v Leicester
Ryan Giggs congratulates the newly shorn Beckham
Manchester United and England footballer David Beckham has unveiled his new close-cropped haircut - and scored a goal to prove it has not hampered his on-pitch style.

The midfielder had kept his new look hidden under a woolly hat during the warm-up for United's away fixture with Leicester City.

David Beckham
The new-look Beckham
But as he ran onto the Filbert Street pitch just before the 1500 GMT kick-off, it was clear that Beckham was minus his trademark floppy blond locks.

His "buzz cut" now bears more than a passing resemblance to United captain Roy Keane's shaven-headed style.

Beckham's wife Victoria has already spiced up her hairstyle, adding highlights to her spiky cut.

Now barbers can expect an influx of young men demanding a "number one" crop with the clippers.

fans
Two fans make their own comment
The Beckhams are seen variously as trend-setters or label-slaves but their efforts never fail to arouse interest among fashion addicts.

Tabloid photographs of Becks wearing a sarong sparked a nationwide debate on whether men should wear skirts.

Eyebrows were raised when Victoria revealed her husband liked to borrow her skimpy underwear from time to time.

But even if these incidents were seen as style faux-pas, the couple have been making in-roads into the fashion elite.

victoria modelling
Victoria made her modelling debut at London Fashion Week
Victoria Beckham was the talk of London Fashion Week making her modelling debut for her favourite designer Maria Grachvogel.

While the couple's wedding - with its specially designed coat of arms and matching thrones - is unlikely to have been to everyone's taste, London's fashion museum, the Victoria and Albert, was "thrilled" just to be allowed to borrow Mrs Beckham's 60,000 gown.

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