Thousands raised as One Direction star Louis Tomlinson makes his Doncaster Rovers debut

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson warming up with his Doncaster Rovers team mates.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson warming up with his Doncaster Rovers team mates.

From the Brits to the beautiful game – it is all in a week’s work for One Direction sensation Louis Tomlinson.

The 22-year-old star last night made his professional football debut for Doncaster Rovers, just a week after picking up a pair of awards alongside his bandmates.

More than 5,000 fanatics descended on the Keepmoat to see Louis turn out for his hometown club in a development squad match with Rotherham United, all in the aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

He played the final 25 minutes of the game at right back after being named among the substitutes.

And the only thing missing was a win for his Rovers as the game finished 0-0.

Louis spoke to the Star before the game and admitted the nerves had set in before his big appearance.

“I’ve not felt this nervous for a while,” the 22-year-old said.

“It’s a different kind of nerves than what I’m used to.

“When we do a gig, we’ve had it rehearsed, rehearsed, rehearsed.

“This is something that you just can’t rehearse.

“I’ve just done a bit of training for this and I’m playing alongside people who do this for a career.

“There’s that added pressure of not standing out for the wrong reasons.

“I’m definitely out of my comfort zone but I’m sure it’s going to be fun.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for someone who loves football.

“I spent all my childhood years coming to watch Doncaster Rovers so the whole opportunity it a real honour.”

Every touch he made after came off the bench was greeted with a chorus of screams by passionate fans who had travelled from across the globe to see Louis in action.

A party of 14 from Barcelona were in attendance along with fanatics from as far away as Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

Ashley Naubert from Michegan in the US opted to make the trip at a cost of around £1,000 as part of her spring break from college studies.

The 22-year-old said: “It’s an amazing opportunity that I just couldn’t miss out on.

“You get to see them in concert with thousands of other people so to get to experience seeing Louis in another field that he loves is incredible.”

Though an exact figure was not revealed but it is expected the event raised thousands of pounds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Charity representative Rebecca Stoddard said: “To get a global superstar like Louis to back Bluebell Wood with an event like this is absolutely amazing for us.

“We need to raise so much money each year so this is a massive thing.

“He met one of our little boys, Harrison, and he was so sweet with him.”

Louis is set for some well-earned rest over the next few weeks before embarking on the band’s first stadium tour.

He said: “I’ve got a couple of weeks off and then back to work with rehearsals for the tour before we go to South America.”