South Yorkshire boy band sensation Louis Tomlinson is all set to make his Doncaster Rovers’ debut – his first match after signing for his hometown team last month.
The One Direction heart-throb will swap the glitz and glamour for the mud, sweat and tears of a reserve game against Scunthorpe United at the Keepmoat Stadium – and thousands of fans are expected to turn out to see him pull on the red and white hoops.
The Bessacarr star joined Rovers as a non-contract player last month to help raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and made headlines around the globe after being handed the number 28 shirt.
And, while he is unlikely to feature for Paul Dickov’s side in any of Rovers’ Championship fixtures this season, the reserves game on Wednesday, September 18, will prove a stern test for the 21-year-old as he goes head to head in a competitive game in the Central League.
It is also likely to be an unsettling experience for both Rovers’ and United’s young players, normally used to playing in front of just a handful of supporters rather than thousands of young girls.
Screaming fans are expected to snap up tickets for the clash, which will be played under official Football League rules with the result counting towards official records.
On his signing for Rovers, the singer tweeted: “Amazing day for me, such an honour to be part of Doncaster Rovers! Who’s gonna come to a game?”
The singer, who has never played higher than Sunday League, but has had three number one hits with One Direction, added: “I feel very honoured to have been asked to sign for Rovers and being able to help both the club and the amazing charity Bluebell Wood.”
The match will help raise money for Rovers’ official charity partner, of which Louis is a patron and to which he has made several visits.
Last year, the singer was involved in a game at the Keepmoat when his Three Horsehoes pub side took on a Rovers XI, with fellow One Direction bandmates Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne coming along to cheer him on.
A kickabout with friends, in which the singer sported a Manchester United shirt on the Keepmoat’s five-a-side pitches, also attracted hordes of frenzied fans from across the country.
Tickets for the 7pm game are now on sale, priced at £7 on 0844 3245590. Doncaster Rovers season ticket holders will be admitted for free – but tickets must be requested from the ticket office .
Rovers fans with a ticket purchasing history for the 2013/14 season will be able to purchase tickets for £1 for adults and 50p for concessions.