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Championship: Doncaster set to give One Direction Star Loius Tomlinson debut in reserve match against Rotherham

 

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Pop star Louis Tomlinson will make his Doncaster Rovers debut in a reserve team fixture on Wednesday against local rivals Rotherham.

 Tomlinson, who is a member of hit boy band One Direction agreed a non-contract deal last summer as part of an ongoing association with the club in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

The 22-year-old originally planned to play in September but had to drop out after being injured in a charity fixture. However he will finally get the chance to play for his boyhood club when Doncaster reserves take on Rotherham in their last Final Third Development League game of the season.

The club is expecting thousands of One Direction's  adoring fans to descend on the Keepmoat Stadium to see one of their idols play, with 4,000 expected, with fans from all over Europe making the trip.

Doncaster spokesman Shaun Lockwood told Press Association: "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."

Given that the band's worth is reported to be in the hundreds of millions collectively due to record sales and merchandising, the idea of Loius putting money into the Championship strugglers is something that according to Lockwood has not been discussed.

"There's not been a conversation about investing in the club as far as I'm aware," he said.

"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!"

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