Football fans young and old have flocked to buy tickets to see One Direction star Louis Tomlinson play his second Doncaster Rovers game.
Tickets for the singer’s appearance at the Keepmoat Stadium as part of a charity game for long-serving Rovers midfielder James Coppinger were snapped up by eager supporters after they went on sale on Friday morning.
Hundreds of tickets were sold via the Rovers ace’s own website - the only way supporters can get their hands on a seat for the game on April 19.
It has been confirmed that the Bessacarr boy band star will captain one of the teams taking part in the game which will see a host of former Rovers stars turning out to support the 34-year-old Rovers star who is now just short of the club’s all time appearance record.
Coppinger, who joined Doncaster in 2004, stands second in the list of Rovers’ all-time appearance makers, having played in 440 games for Doncaster since joining on a free transfer from Exeter City. Only Colin Douglas (468) has made more appearances.
He said: “This is a wonderful chance for all the people who support the club to come out and show what we are about and have an amazing day that we won’t forget whilst also bringing new fans to Doncaster to showcase some of the players I have played with that have played such a big part in the amazing success this club has had over the past 10 years.”
The game will kick-off at 4pm and thousands of fans from across the country are expected to turn out for the fundraising game.
Posting on Facebook, Rovers fan Matthew Jobson, said: “Copps has been and still is an amazing player. All Doncaster fans should say a big thankyou to him for his loyalty and effort.”
Also joining the pair for the game will be a host of ex-Rovers heroes including goal ace Billy Sharp, midfielders Brian Stock and Paul Green, defenders James O’Connor, Ricky Ravenhill and Tim Ryan and striker Leo Fortune-West.
Former goalkeeper Andy Warrgton will line-up with former boss Sean O’Driscoll and assistant Richard O’Kelly returning to the Keepmoat.
It will be the singer’s second appearance for Rovers following his appearance in a reserve game against Rotherham United last year.
That brief appearance in a drab 0-0 draw drew in One Direction fans from across the globe with deafening screams everytime the star touched the ball.
Last summer Louis was involved in a failed takeover bid for the club alongside former chairman John Ryan but the deal collapsed at the eleventh hour, leaving scores of young fans disappointed.
And the singer will be hoping for more luck than when he played in a charity game at Celtic in 2013 when a challenge from Gabby Agbonlahor left him vomiting on the sidelines in the full glare of the television cameras.
Tickets are £21 for adults and £13 for under 16s with a family ticket for two adults and two under 16s priced at £60.
They are available via www.jamescoppinger.co.uk
Plans for a golf day in May and Sportsman’s Dinner in August have also been unveiled along with a testimonial game against Middlesbrough pencilled in for July.