One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson ‘will only play one game’ for Doncaster Rovers

The football club explain that the pop star will only play in a fund-raising match

One Direction‘s Louis Tomlinson is unlikely to ever play for Doncaster Rovers football club, despite signing for the team yesterday (August 1).

Tomlinson signed up for the club where he once worked as a match-day waiter, in one of the most unexpected transfers of the football pre-season yesterday, with the club securing the boyband member on a non-contract basis. However, the club sought to clarify the precise purpose of Tomlinson’s deal and posted two tweets explaining the deal to fans.

Sent from Doncaster Rovers official Twitter account, they read: “Just to confirm Louis will only play one game for the develop squad to raise funds and awareness for Bluebell Wood & DRFC,” and “Louis will not be making any money from this, his sole aim is to raise funds and awareness for this charity for which he is a patron.”

Tweeting about the signing, Tomlinson wrote: “Amazing day for me, such an honour to be part of @drfc_official ! Who’s gonna come to a game?”

Meanwhile, Doncaster manager Paul Dickov said: “He’d better get himself back over here. If he’s signed a contract he’s missed pre-season training already and he’s having a holiday in America so we’d better get him over pretty soon. It’s fantastic he’s a Doncaster supporter because first and foremost it raises the profile of the club. We can get him in September time to do a bit of training, get him involved in a reserve game and the proceeds of that will go to charity.”

The club have handed Tomlinson the number 28 shirt with the pop star set to raise money for Bluebell Wood, a Yorkshire children’s hospice, in the process. Tomlinson turned out for the Championship side in 2012 when he played in a pre-season friendly at the club’s Keapmoat Stadium.