The Spice Girls, Holborn Studios, 1996.

Monday, 12 July 2010 This shoot was for Loaded and the idea, if you could grace it with so lofty a title, was to photograph the Spice Girls, each wearing the football strip of their favourite team. Which was fine for most of them. Both Geri and Emma, for instance, were clearly football fans (Watford and Spurs respectively). Unfortunately, Victoria didn’t have a team and just wasn’t interested in football at all.  Someone involved in the shoot (I don’t know exactly who) showed her a photograph of David Beckham and she thought he looked rather nice. And so, from that moment forth, she became a David Beckham/Manchester United fan. But it wasn’t until my photos appeared in Loaded that a meeting with David Beckham was engineered. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Now this isn’t the way either of them remembered it when they came to write their autobiographies but this was honestly the sequence of events as I understood it at the time.