Then Stacey became pregnant, and Caroline was history.
One patch of the city – off Peter Street – became known as Giggsy’s Corner in honour of the rumours that this was where he liked to bring girls when they were courting.
His children are still young – Liberty is eight and Zach just four.
While there might be a melancholy atmosphere behind doors at their mansion in Worsley, which features a glass tower and an indoor pool, complete with a Welsh Dragon design on the tiles, perhaps it’s not the end for Ryan and Stacey.
He started his career as a lothario with an intense spell squiring singer Dani Behr, then at the peak of her fame.
But Dani dumped him for fellow footballer Les Ferdinand, and Giggs consoled himself with models, strippers and an air hostess.
Indeed the Imogen Thomas brouhaha is by no means the first time that she has had cause to believe her husband has not been faithful.
Their daughter Liberty was born later that year – seven weeks premature and weighing only 3lb.
Giggs was said to be so bowled over by the emotions of fatherhood that he proposed marriage to her in the delivery room. She even went so far as to kick him out in 2005 – he was sent to live with his mother after an indiscretion reached her ears.
Instead, that person must show they have the 'X Factor' to persuade judge to avoid simply splitting the pot in two, they said.
Lawyers told Mr Justice Cobb that Mrs Giggs would call witnesses in 'reply'.