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Last Updated: Friday, 12 March, 2004, 16:50 GMT
Beckham backs Hibs star
Real Madrid's David Beckham
David Beckham was a youth team-mate of Colin Murdock
Real Madrid star David Beckham has sent a motivational message to Hibernian's Colin Murdock wishing him well in Sunday's CIS Cup final.

Beckham, a former youth team-mate of Murdock, has appeared in a fans' video sent ahead of the game with Livingston.

It shows Murdock taking the winning penalty kick in the semi-final against Rangers, with a Beckham voice-over.

The England captain also wishes Murdock and his team-mates luck and says he will be watching from Madrid.

A Hibs-supporting friend, who runs a production company in Manchester, had persuaded Beckham to take part.

He will not have taken much persuading, "PC" Murdock having featured heavily in Beckham's account of their youth days with Manchester United in the England captain's autobiography.

Hibs' Stephen Dobie said: "Colin is always telling us how he taught Beckham how to bend his free-kicks."

Strike partner Garry O'Connor added: "I didn't think Becks would know who Hibs are, but it is great that he has taken time to wish Colin well."

England defender Phil Neville has also passed on his best wishes to Hibs midfielder Grant Brebner, the two being friends from their days in the Manchester United youth team.

Hibs can already boast a host of celebrity fans, including film star Robert De Niro, actor Dougray Scott, TV presenter John Leslie and rockers The Proclaimers and Fish.






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