PICTURE GALLERY: Doncaster Rovers celebrity fans

Jeremy Clarkson at Doncaster Rovers.
Jeremy Clarkson at Doncaster Rovers.
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Doncaster Rovers might be lacking sparkle on the field this season - but they can boast some star supporters off it.

Following the news earlier this week that Jackson 5 star Jermaine Jackson is a supporter of Rovers’ South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, we’ve taken a look at some of the showbiz names with a Doncaster Rovers connection.

Everyone knows about homegrown One Direction star Louis Tomlinson and his love for the club, but what about some of the other big names linked with the men in red and white hoops?

Telly magician Paul Daniels is reputed to keep an eye out for the Rovers score - and indeed, the pint-size conjuror “bought” the centre circle at the club’s former Belle Vue ground as a publicity stunt when the club were in dire financial straits and his agent Bill Turner was on the club’s board.

Outspoken TV motormouth Jeremy Clarkson also turned the spotlight on Rovers, filming an affectionate look at the club in 1998.

Clarkson, who was born in Doncaster and brought up in Burghwallis, visited the club’s former Belle Vue ground during Rovers’ days in the Conference to film the piece which was later shown on BBC2.

Frank Skinner and Adrian Chiles meet Rovers fans Jack Hughes, 12, of Armthorpe, and Josh Illman, 12, of Askern at the Keepmoat in 2010.

Frank Skinner and Adrian Chiles meet Rovers fans Jack Hughes, 12, of Armthorpe, and Josh Illman, 12, of Askern at the Keepmoat in 2010.

In the seven minute segment, Clarkson is seen sporting a Rovers cap and scarf and mingling with supporters on the Popular Side side terrace during a 2-0 home defeat to Frickley Athletic in the FA Trophy in November 1998.

Another homegrown star with a soft spot for the club is former England captain and manager Kevin Keegan, who was famously rejected by Rovers at the start of his career.

St Elmo’s Fire hitmaker John Parr, who lives in Sykehouse, penned an anthem to the club entitled Walking Out Of The Darkness while Conisbrough-born crooner Tony Christie, best known for his hit Is This The Way To Amarillo, was presented with his own Rovers shirt when the song returned to the top spot thanks to some help from comic Peter Kay.

Singer and TV presenter Jamelia was an occasional visitor to the Keepmoat Stadium during 2008-09 when former husband Darren Byfield played for the club, but the pair are now divorced.

James Dean Bradfield of Welsh band Manic Street Preachers.

James Dean Bradfield of Welsh band Manic Street Preachers.

Spoonbender and pyschic Uri Geller was famously spurned by Rovers during the turbulent 1997-98 season when the club tumbled out of the league during the disastrous Ken Richardson era, the players staging a revolt after the TV mystic offered them ‘brain training’ in a bid to improve results on the field.

Comedian Charlie Williams found fame on the small screen on the completion of his Rovers’ playing career, playing 171 times for the club between 1948 and 1959 before becoming a household name and laughter maker on The Golden Shot and The Comedians.

And Rovers have also welcomed their fair share of celebrity supporters from other sides too.

Comedian Frank Skinner and TV presenter Adrian Chiles have cheered on their team West Brom to promotion at the Keepmoat, while Norwich City boss and celebrity chef Delia Smith, renowned for her infamous ‘let’s be ‘avin you’ rant has also visited to back the Canaries.

Singer Tony Christie proudly displays his personalised Doncaster Rovers shirt during a visit to the club's former Belle Vue home in 2005.

Singer Tony Christie proudly displays his personalised Doncaster Rovers shirt during a visit to the club's former Belle Vue home in 2005.

Manic Street Preachers lead singer James Dean Bradfield, a keen Nottingham Forest fan, also saw the very last game at Belle Vue in December 2006 - but went home unhappy as Rovers emerged 1-0 winners.

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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson at the Keepmoat Stadium.

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Former Doncaster Rovers chairman John Ryan with Kevin Keegan  and the Conference play off trophy.

Former Doncaster Rovers chairman John Ryan with Kevin Keegan and the Conference play off trophy.

Magician Paul Daniels owned the centre circle at Belle Vue.

Magician Paul Daniels owned the centre circle at Belle Vue.

John Parr recorded Doncaster Rovers' anthem Walking out of the Darkness.

John Parr recorded Doncaster Rovers' anthem Walking out of the Darkness.

Singer and TV host Jamelia was a visitor to the Keepmoat when her former husband Darren Byfield played at the club.

Singer and TV host Jamelia was a visitor to the Keepmoat when her former husband Darren Byfield played at the club.

Charlie Williams with Doncaster Rovers legend Alick Jeffrey.

Charlie Williams with Doncaster Rovers legend Alick Jeffrey.

Mystic spoonbender Uri Geller.

Mystic spoonbender Uri Geller.