One Direction star Louis Tomlinson swapped pop for soccer on Wednesday when he made his debut for his home-town club Doncaster Rovers, who play in the second-tier of English football, in front of 5,000 screaming fans.
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The 1D phenomenon —
Tomlinson is one fifth of the biggest boy band on the planet -- One Direction. Formed out of talent show The X-Factor, and managed by music mogul Simon Cowell, they are the only UK band to have had their first two albums reach No.1 in the U.S and have a combined 98 million followers on Twitter.
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Fortress Keepmoat —
Tomlinson signed a deal with Doncaster last August but due to his One Direction commitments, had to wait to make his debut. Around 5,000 fans packed the Keepmoat Stadium for the reserve team match, while regular reserve team matches only attract a handful of diehard supporters.
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Famous alumni —
Perhaps Doncaster's most famous former employee is Scot Billy Bremner, who both played and managed the club over a seven-year spell. Bremner's heyday came at Leeds, where he won the league title twice and one FA Cup crown.
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Going for a song —
Tomlinson got 25 minutes of action as Doncaster drew 0-0 with local rivals Rotherham, in a match that was in aid of a local children's hospice. He told the club's official website: "Just pulling on the shirt is a boyhood dream."
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Tomlinson's new Direction —
Tomlinson isn't the only entertainer to have played for Doncaster Rovers. Charlie Williams, who was one of the first black players in Britain after WWII played for Donny before going on to become one of the UK's first well-known black stand-up comedian.
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