One Direction's Louis To Make Doncaster Debut
One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is swapping the stage for a football pitch as he makes his debut for Doncaster Rovers.
Ticket sales, unsurprisingly, have soared for the reserve team's match against Rotherham with hundreds of 1D's†fans, or "Directioners",† expected to flock to the stadium.
The club's media executive Jordan Owens told Sky News a similar game would usually sell a "couple of hundred tickets" but more than 5,000 have been snapped up already.
The 22-year-old boyband star has been training with the team for the past few days and Mr Owens said the players were getting along "great" with him.
Tomlinson fulfilled his childhood dream and signed for Doncaster Rovers in August.
The singer once worked as a waiter at the club in his hometown but he has now been issued with the number 28 shirt for the season.
Mr Owens said: "We've been told he's not a bad wing-back."
Feelings about the star's appearance in the team are said to be mixed among the fans but Mr Owens added: "There is always a chance he'll play again."
It is not known if his bandmates Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne will be in the stands.
One Direction were together in London last week where they won two Brit awards.
In September,†Tomlinson was forced to limp off the pitch after a shoulder barge from Gabriel Agbonlahor during a charity match.
One Direction fans left angry messages on social media sites after the tackle which also left the star vomiting by the touchline.
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