LETTERS handwritten by a teenage David Beckham, savouring his first pay packet of £120 and telling of his early success with girls, go under the hammer in Chester next week.
The letters - which reveal a somewhat shy 16-year-old coming to terms with being a minor celebrity - give a fascinating insight into the development of the England captain.
They are expected to fetch £1,000-£1,500 in an auction of sporting memorabilia at the Bonhams saleroom in Chester on Monday.
Although enjoying his new lifestyle as a trainee at Manchester United, the young Beckham admitted pre-season training was 'quite hard' due to the 'eight miles sprinting every day'.
Beckham, now a multi-millionaire Real Madrid 'galactico', wrote: 'I got my first wage packet the other day and a bonus which came to £120 so that went into the bank and I have got about £250 in there now.'
In the second letter, also written to his friend Lee, he said: 'I've been playing in the A-team instead of the B-team which is brilliant.
'I've been doing really well with my football as well as with girls...'
Also included in the sale is a Beckham drawing of a greyhound called Rosie Red, depicted on the track at Walthamstow.
The Beckham letters go under the hammer along with sets of Liverpool and Everton programmes from the early 1930s and a George Best blazer from Manchester United's European Cup-winning year of 1968.
Following Best's death in November last year, the former Red Devil's memorabilia is inevitably more sought-after than ever and the blazer he gave to the landlord of Manchester's Trafford Hotel
is expected to make £10,000-£15,000.
The Liverpool FC items are from a one-man collection of Reds-related ephemera assembled over 30 years by superfan Mark Golledge.
The 47-year-old financial director lives in Berkshire but has followed the Reds since he was a boy. He said: 'I will miss the collection - I still don't know if I've
done the right thing in selling it. I feel I've achieved something just by cataloguing it all and bringing it all together.'
The collection centres on an almost complete run of Liverpool programmes dating back to the mid-1950s and also features publications from the 1930-31 and 1931-32 campaigns, when the Red and Blue sides of Merseyside produced joint programmes.
Everton were then the dominant force and bound volumes from the seasons they won promotion from the old Second Division and then the League cham-
pionship are estimated at £4,500 to £6,000 each.
Other lots include a wide range of tickets, cigarette and trade cards, team and players' photographs and autographs - mostly from the 1960s to mid-80s.
Special menus, rosettes, club letters and other items such as badges make up more than 230 lots of special interest to Liverpool supporters. nThe sale, at Bonhams New House saleroom on Christleton Road, starts at 10am on Monday. There is viewing available today (10am-4pm) and on Sunday (1am-2pm).