Red Patch Boys set to bait Becks

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Many people are working overtime to ensure David Beckham has a memorable visit this weekend, including Toronto FC's mischievous Red Patch Boys.

The group won't miss this chance to lampoon England's famous soccer export. Stationed at the south end of BMO Field, the 1,575-strong club has chants, songs and some creative visuals especially prepared for Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy, including balloons, women's underwear and pink steamers.

They've rented two London-style double decker buses for a special motorcade to the 7:30 p.m. game.

"He'll certainly see us and hear us, even if he doesn't play," Red Patch Boys president Michael Dubrick yesterday said. "I'm not sure how much of it will catch on with the other fans on Sunday (BMO will have a record crowd of around 20,500), but I think everyone is going to have fun."

Opponents waiting to take a corner kick have found themselves tangled in red TFC streamers, but pink is tomorrow's colour in honour of Beckham.

"We have miles of it, just because he's such a fancy boy," Dubrick said with a laugh. "If he takes a kick, we're going to really let him have it." The gesture is good natured as some of the ribbons are to be sold with proceeds going to a breast cancer charity.

"We've also been going to the dollar store to buy lots of women's underwear, because there was a story that he liked to wear Posh's," Dubrick said

Beckham's Spice Girl wife isn't coming to town until January with her re-united group, but she hasn't been forgotten by the Red Patch Boys.

"She's the real legend of the two," Dubrick said. "We've created a song along the lines of she really wants to marry (FC striker) Danny Dichio."

Beckham was to arrive late last night on a charter flight from L.A. During the course of a special Air Canada Centre press conference today and for tomorrow's game, he'll be facing close to 200 accredited media and photographers from North America and the U.K., everything from Sports Illustrated to entertainment magazines to a Toronto gay publication.

Some TFC concession booths are adding a No. 23 Beckham replica Galaxy sweater for the game for about $70 and a souvenir T-shirt is in the works.


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