David Beckham revealed to have played a key role in The Stone Roses reunion

The former England captain apparently helped persuade Ian Brown and Mani to get on board

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Former Manchester United midfielder and ex-England captain David Beckham played a key role in making The Stone Roses reunion happen, according to tabloid reports today (November 7).

According to The Sun, the footballer is a huge fan of The Stone Roses and apparently repeatedly attempted to persuade bassist Mani and frontman Ian Brown to make a reunion happen.

An anonymous source told the paper: "David has always been a huge Stone Roses fan. You've got to remember he was a young lad in Manchester when The Roses were a big deal. It was impossible to live there without being into the band. Ian and Mani are Reds through and through so they all knew each other a bit back in the day."

It continued: "David heard there was a chance the ice was thawing between Ian and guitarist John Squire and he got involved. He told Mani in no uncertain terms he simply had to get the band back together. He said he would be willing to ring all the boys and beg them to crack on."

It continued further: "And when he saw Ian at Old Trafford a month later, he really laid it on thick and said that he would be willing to do anything to make it happen. David was one of the first people to know it was going ahead when the boys finally got together for rehearsals again."

The Manchester band reunited last month and announced that they will be playing homecoming gigs at Heaton Park on June 29, 30 and July 1 2012, with festival dates and an arena tour strongly rumoured to follow.

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