British-Irish boyband’s oldest member, Louis Tomlinson, made his professional football debut with the Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday evening. The 22-year-old pop star took the field with his hometown teammates in a charity match played against Rotherdam Utd, fulfilling a childhood dream of playing on the team he grew up supporting.
The Doncaster native took to the field at the 65-minute mark as substitute for Jordan Binns. Though he had limited chances to show off his footballing talent, Tomlinson was greeted with uproarious applause and support from the crowd of over 5,000 fans, a sizable amount of whom traveled from as far as America to be present for his debut.
Tomlinson took to Twitter after the match to express his excitement and gratitude to the team and staff saying, “Wow what an incredible experience . Can’t put into words how I feel 🙂 I will never forget pulling on my own Doncaster Rovers shirt !! Really can’t thank the team, the gaffer and every single person involved at Doncaster Rovers enough ! I feel like a 10 year old again ! And obviously a huge huge thank you to everyone who came down 🙂 a real credit to our fans 🙂 hope it was a good day out !”
He also took the opportunity to thank Rovers teammates Liam Wakefield, Josh Meade, and Alex Peterson for their support and encouragement before and during the match.
When asked which of his two jobs–performing or playing football–was more difficult, Tomlinson replied, “Yeah, football’s harder.”
Watch his full post-game interview here: