Wags of the 90s: Louise Redknapp, Dani Behr, Ulrika Jonsson and other glamorous stars who dated footballers

MOVE aside Coleen Rooney, Rebekah Vardy and Abbey Clancy, these ladies were the original Wags of their time. 

The term Wag was first coined in 2006 when Victoria Beckham, Louise Owen and Elen Rives strutted their stuff in Baden-Baden during England's 2006 World Cup campaign.

But, it was in the 1990s with the birth of the Premier League, that footballers in England were becoming a catch.

The likes of Ryan Giggs, Liverpool's 'Spice Boys' and many others enjoyed mixing playing on the field with playing off it with these fine beauties.

But who stepped out with who?

Join SunSport in taking a trip down memory lane to revisit the Wags that were ahead of the game… but what do they look now?

Dani Behr

Earning notoriety on 1990s show The Word put the gorgeous presenter well and truly in the spotlight.

But it's her relationships with footballers that made her a tabloid name.

Dani, now 51, was once engaged to former QPR and Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand, who she dated between 1995-98.

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Before that, she famously had a fling with Man United legend Ryan Giggs. Then, in 2001 Dani had a one-year romance with Aussie goalie Mark Bosnich.

She now works in luxury real estate in LA.

Louise Redknapp

Before Jamie, Louise, 47, was a singer in pop group Eternal, who debuted in 1993.

She was one of the hottest performers around, which saw her embark on an ill-fated solo career after leaving the group.

In 1997, she met Jamie and they married a year later following a whirlwind romance.

However, in 2017 she announced her marriage to the former Liverpool star had come to an end.

Suzi Walker

Synonymous with the term 'Footballers Wives', Suzi was believed to be one of the inspirations behind the ITV show of the same name.

She was married to Tottenham goalie Ian Walker and they regularly posed together in fancy magazine shoots at their home.

But their marriage came to a sticky end when the former England international fessed up that he had an affair.

Suzi, 49, went on to date Simon Jordan in the late 2000s and they had one child together, a girl called Cameron.

Leslie Ash

Alongside her footballing husband Lee Chapman, Leslie was the epitome of what a Wag was.

She attended all the celeb parties with her Leeds United beau and became a household name thanks to TV comedy Men Behaving Badly.

They married in 1988 and their marriage has lasted the test of time.

Both Ash, 61, and Chapman are still occasionally seen on the party scene, spotted in 2017 at an Ibiza Rocks party.

Davinia Taylor

One of the famous "It" girls of the 90s, the former Hollyoaks beauty was universally loved by the Premier League's elite.

The soap star, now 44, had flings with Robbie Fowler, Jamie Redknapp and Ryan Giggs through the 90s.

Famously, she married David Beckham's best mate Dave Gardner in 2003, but they divorced in 2009.

Part of the Primrose Hill set, with besties being Kate Moss and Sadie Frost, she returned to the Cheshire based TV show in 2016.

Davina McCall

One of the "Ladettes" of the 90s, Davina was a feisty MTV presenter back in the day.

Another one who embraced party scene, 54-year-old Davina got together with Stan Collymore shortly after he moved from Liverpool to Aston Villa in 1998.

However, their relationship didn't last, which is one of Collymore's biggest regrets, according to his book.

He believes she was the one that got away.

Ulrika Jonsson

Which moves us swiftly on to the Swedish bombshell, Ulrika.

She too had a fling with Stan the man, but there was one problem… he was said to be seeing Davina at the time.

Ulrika also reportedly had an affair with Les Ferdinand after they met at a charity event in 1998.

And who can forget when Ulrika, 54, had a romance with former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson. That's right, no one.

Mandy Smith

A former singer and model in her heyday, Mandy, 51, married former Spurs hardman Pat Van Den Hauwe in 1993.

It didn't last long, it was just two years before they parted ways.

Before that, self-confessed wild-child Mandy dated former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman when she was just 13-years-old.

She now lives in Manchester, is teetotal and is a church-goer teaching youngsters how to prepare for their first Holy Communion.

Michelle Gayle

The British singer and actress was famous for singing hits "Sweetness" and "Do You Know", as well as starring in Eastenders in the 1990s.

But the London-born Arsenal fan also married footballer Mark Bright in 1996, before they split ten years later.

Since then, Michelle, 50, has starred in US TV series Wolfblood and appeared on Loose Women as a guest.

She showed she was a true Wag in 2011 by penning a book called "Pride and Premiership" which was about two girls who aspire to get married to footballers.

Victoria Beckham

It wouldn't be a Wag round-up if we didn't mention Posh Spice.

Since marrying England legend David Beckham in 1999, it's fair to say Victoria has moved away from Wag status.

Now working in the realms of high-end fashion, Vic, 47, was dubbed "Queen of the Wags" in 2006.

She spent most of her time at the World Cup in Germany hanging out with Cheryl Cole, but she reportedly wasn't very social with the other Wags.

Emily Symons

The Aussie actress was lauded for her work on Aussie soap Home and Away playing the role of Marilyn Chambers.

After starring as Goldilocks in a panto at a Southampton theatre, she soon began dating Matt Le Tissier in 1999.

The couple got engaged after just six months, but it wasn't to be.

Le Tiss reportedly dumped Symons, now 52, in 2000 – a year before their planned wedding.

Emma Bunton

When Emma was just a 'Baby' in the Spice Girls, she was also getting notable glances from footballers on the party circuit.

Fresh from the success of Victoria dating David, Emma thought she would dip her toe into the football pool.

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She began dating Rio Ferdinand in 1999, when he was plying his trade at West Ham.

It didn't last long though and she reportedly began seeing actor John Simm soon after.


The American cover model got close to ex Arsenal captain Tony Adams after they met in 1999.

She originally burst onto the scene, rather literally, in 1996 in an infamous Wonderbra advert.

And her relationship with sports stars, or those related to sports stars, continued.

The 50-year-old also dated George Best's son Calum and was also seen on the arm of cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

Lizzie Cundy

Formerly married to TalkSport host Jason Cundy, Lizzie, 53, has taken full advantage of her WAG status since their split.

She hosts a TV show called WAGS World on Wedding TV, as well as its spin-off Sporting Icon WAGS.

The notorious socialite is also a presenter on FUBAR Radio, hosting weekly chat show Access All Areas.

In 2014, Lizzie showed she was still a catch when she was linked to Hollywood actor Gerard Butler.

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