One Direction star Louis Tomlinson to make Doncaster debut
Louis Tomlinson, the heart-throb of British boy-band One Direction will make his debut for the Doncaster team on Wednesday in a reserve fixture, with fans upto 4,000 expected to be present to cheer him.
Tomlinson, who is a Rovers fan had agreed a non-contract deal with the club last summer, in a bid to aide the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice through this association.
In the reserves match between Doncaster and Yorkshire’s rivals Rotherham, in their last Final Third Developmental League game of the season, the 22-year old will don the red and white jersey, after having missed out on a planned appearance in September due to an injury sustained in a charity fixture.
Directioners, as the fans of One Direction are commonly referred, will be coming from Denmark, France, Italy etal, to watch their star, as an influx of visitors is expected. Although, at this stage it’s still unknown whether he will start the game or not, but he is guaranteed to make an appearance to showcase his footballing talents.
Shaun Lockwood, the Doncaster spokesman said: “We’ve built a relationship with Louis over the last two years and last summer we announced he had signed for us and would play in a development game.
“He played in a celebrity match here in 2012 which was successful in raising funds for Bluebell Wood and this was a case of “can we do something different?”
“When his schedule allows he comes to watch us, because he supports the team, and he’s been here a few times for training sessions ahead of the game.
“He’s met all the players, but I should probably say they’ve met him because there are certainly a few wives, girlfriends and daughters glad that he’s been around.”
The club intends to keep a tab on the on-field performance of the 22-year-old, but the club is yet to approach their famous fan as a potential investor.
“There’s not been a conversation about investing in the club as far as I’m aware,” added Lockwood.
“I suspect he’s probably more focused on his own career for the time being. But the manager (Paul Dickov) has told Louis he’ll be keeping an eye on him though, so we’ll have to see how he plays!”