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Celebrity signings: Doncaster Rovers Football Club sign One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson   


The 21-year-old, who was born in Doncaster but has never played higher than Sunday league football, has signed for the English Championship side as a non-contract player in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Sheffield. Tomlinson told the Doncasters's website: "This has always been a childhood dream for me."


The signing of Tomlinson in this manor may not have come as a massive shock to all as he previously appeared for the club in a charity game in aid of Bluebell Wood Hospice. He 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 is what it's all about."


Louis may not be the signing of the season in terms of on the pitch ability but in terms of PR Doncaster Rovers will be more than pleased with this signing. The club has a proud history and a loyal following but with the signing of a global star this could see the Yorkshire club become the most popular football clubs amongst teenage girls and will no doubt see a serge in club activities such as club shirt sales and ticket sales for games with fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the Louis.  


With regards to social media Doncaster are dealing with a big player when it comes to followers on twitter with One Direction has over 13.8million followers on twitter (29th overall), more than CNN News, whilst Louis himself has a staggering 11.7million followers (41st overall) which tops football clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.


Doncaster maybe starting a new trend of signings within English football and we could be talking in future about Brighton Hove Albion signing Justin Beiber or Macclesfield Town signing Harry Styles…watch this space.

by Kalu Uka


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