The original wags: These footballers relationships will bring back some memories

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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In the glitz and glamour of the ’90s/2000s, there were some dazzling WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) who commanded as much attention as their footballing partners. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit the original queens of the pitch-side!

Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) and David Beckham:

Queen of the WAGs and before the boob job and (alleged) rhinoplasty, Victoria Adams, better known as Posh Spice, became Mrs. Beckham in 1999. She was one-fifth of the biggest girl band of the ’90s, the Spice Girls, and he was Manchester United’s golden boy. The ‘Posh and Becks’ combo was a match made in tabloid heaven. From their ostentatious wedding to their trend-setting fashion choices, they were the most famous couple in the UK.

Sheryl Gascoigne and Paul Gascoigne:

Sheryl was the long-suffering wife of football’s enfant terrible, Paul Gascoigne. A stalwart WAG of the ’90s, Sheryl was often seen supporting Paul from the stands. Their turbulent relationship was frequently splashed across the tabloids.

Dani Behr and Les Ferdinand:

TV presenter Dani Behr was a leading ’90s WAG. She was frequently spotted on the arm of the then QPR striker Les Ferdinand. Their high-profile relationship captured the attention of the media bur she also dated Ryan Giggs too (see header of article).

Louise Nurding and Jamie Redknapp:

Louise was one of the ’90s most successful pop stars and when she married Liverpool’s midfield maestro Jamie Redknapp, it was the perfect coupling of pop and football royalty. Their relationship was the subject of many a heartthrob’s envy and they quickly became one of the most photographed couples of the decade.

Elen Rives and Frank Lampard:

Elen Rives was the Spanish beauty who caught the eye of West Ham’s young talent, Frank Lampard. Their relationship quickly caught fire and they were a regular fixture in the glitzy London party scene.

Lizzie and Jason Cundy:

The glamorous Lizzie was married to footballer Jason Cundy in the mid-90s. She became a well known socialite and TV personality. Oh, and more recently for getting a designer v.. well you know what rhymes with “designer.”

This was a time when WAGs held sway, setting trends, and making headlines. From Posh Spice’s LBDs (Little Black Dresses) to Sheryl’s brave face amid marital strife, these WAGs were as compelling off the pitch as their partners were on it. They were the original footballing queens who paved the way for a new era of WAG-dom. Ah, those were the days!

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