90s rock legend accuses David Beckham of stealing iconic hairstyle after Toys R Us run in

David Beckham’s 2002 World Cup hair was actually inspired by Travis rocker Fran Healy (Picture Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

David Beckham’s various hairstyles offer a beautiful journey through pop culture history, but one of his most famous barnets was actually inspired by Travis singer Fran Healy. (This story also involves Toys R Us, of course.)

Hark your minds back to 2002 and the now 48-year-old midfielder was putting his best foot forward for the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Becks had already made a mohawk debut – in its most extreme version – the year before, but his no-nonsense Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made him shave it off.

But for the World Cup in 2002, the football fans and showbiz fanatics will likely remember his more subdued (but no less culturally shifting) mohawk which turned into a staple noughties trend: the Hoxton Fin.

This shabby look resembles a fish’s fin, and has the edgy spirit of the full mohawk while toeing the mainstream line, leading to a whole load of copycats dotted around the UK.

We all thought Beckham had set this particular trend, but it turns out the football superstar got the look directly from Travis rocker Fran, 50, after a chance meeting.

Fran has revealed how he met David in the Toys R Us carpark with the Hoxton Fin hair cut (Picture: John Gunion/Redferns)
Two weeks later David had the exact same hair do (Picture: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The singer told quite the story on a recent episode of the Restless Natives podcast as he described the moment he met David in a Toys R Us car park with the Hoxton Fin, and just weeks later the footballer was sporting the same look in the World Cup.

‘The mohawk one that Beckham took and ran off with. Do you know how that happened? he began.

‘I met Beckham when I had that and he had the big stookie on his leg. He and Posh Spice were coming out of Toys R Us, and I met him in the car park,’ Fran explained, referring to David’s nail-biting leg injury just before the World Cup.

And we thought Beckham started this! (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

‘Swear to god. They came out of that Toys R Us like they’d won the jackpot in Crackerjack. Honest to god. I’ve never seen so many toys in my life and I had just had that cut and he’s like, “Hello, mate!” I’ve never met him before and I’m like “Oh my god, how’s your foot?” And you know, we chatted for a minute,’ he continued.

‘Two weeks later, he had the cut and that was before the World Cup. Yet he then went off and this haircut became – everyone had it.’

And just like that, nothing makes sense anymore.

But there we have it: all those lads with their fresh new cuts were unknowingly copying Travis, not their football hero Becks. Brilliant.

At that time Travis were dominating the music scene with their third album released in 2001, The Invisible Band, which included hits like Sing.

Now, the band are back and set to release their 10th studio album L.A. Times, and they will be supporting The Killers across their 16 UK and Ireland arena tour dates later this year.

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