As Ni­amh Ho­ran talks to Rob­bie Brady’s part­ner, Ker­rie Har­ris (see Page 12), Pat Fitz­patrick has a look at fa­mous women with foot­balling other halves

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - FIRST PERSON -


Vic­to­ria Beck­ham re­cently wrote a let­ter to her younger self. This is a new thing now, where celebri­ties pre­tend they can write. Only mess­ing. They get some­one else to pre­tend they can write for them. Ah stop, say the lawyers. Vic­to­ria re­vealed in the let­ter that she was a lit­tle drunk the first time she met David Beck­ham. Some say it’s ter­ri­ble that peo­ple need a few bevvies be­fore they can talk to a mem­ber of the op­po­site sex. We say it’s the one thing that stands be­tween the Ir­ish race and out­right ex­tinc­tion.


She was at Rob­bie Keane’s farewell friendly of Ire­land against Oman in the Aviva last month, and she stole the show in a €1,500 blazer. This is not to con­fused with an FAI blazer, which usu­ally costs €10,000, once you’ve flown him to the match first-class and put him up in a five-star ho­tel. It’s not sur­pris­ing that Rob­bie got his fi­nal goal against Oman in that friendly. It turns out that their na­tional an­them is, “Oman, Oman, Oh man, we’re so shit at soc­cer”.


Coleen said in her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy that Wayne was earn­ing 60 quid a week when they met, so she wasn’t af­ter him for his money. That leaves his per­son­al­ity and his looks. Wayne raised the bar for all men when news broke that he spent time with an al­leged pros­ti­tute known as Auld Slap­per. Great name. Imag­ine if ev­ery­one was called af­ter their source of in­come. Wayne would be called Foot­baller. Coleen would be called Wayne Rooney.


She is mar­ried to 6-foot 7-inch, former Eng­land striker, Peter Crouch. That’s ei­ther his name, or the in­struc­tion the team pho­tog­ra­pher shouts out when try­ing to get him in a shot. (He’s very tall, you see.) A mother of two, Abbey tends to post a lot of pho­tos of her smok­ing-hot body on In­sta­gram. It’s fair to say that a lot of other mums with two kids envy her. It’s fair to say a lot of their part­ners envy Peter Crouch, says you, sail­ing dan­ger­ously close to the truth.


She is the part­ner of Barcelona and Spain star, Ger­ard Pique. We’ve seen re­cent pho­tos of Shakira, 39. Ger­ard Pique very well, says you, mad for the puns. A lot of peo­ple like to point out she is 10 years older than him. This shouldn’t mat­ter. She is nat­u­rally good-look­ing, and can af­ford to get a bit of work done if re­quired. The only worry for Shakira is that aching joints might be­tray her age in years to come. You see, her hips don’t lie.

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