Once Beckham was seen with a beard I noticed that they gradually started to sprout everywhere, until, now, particularly among footballers, it is almost odd to see a beardless face. And not just in this country, but throughout the world.
I wonder how far each bearded person thinks his type of beard suits him. To my eyes some definitely do whilst others definitely do not. I think here of Gary Lineker on BBC TV, whose face appears to have shrunk behind his rather wispy beard, whilst others’ beards suit them better.
I wonder, too, how far the women in these bearded men’s lives like this new fashion. I know of one young man whose relationship has foundered on his girlfriend’s insistence that he shave off his beard, and a wife who hated her husband’s. They are, after all, really prickly!
And there is also the case of Beckham's tattoos, another fashion many footballers have followed!
I am now waiting for Beckham to shave off his beard to see whether the fashion will change again. I think the tattoos are here to stay.