Louis Tomlinson and the singing soccer stars

As One Direction's Louis Tomlinson makes his footballing debut for Doncaster Rovers' reserves, we look at some other 'pitch perfect' singing stars.
 
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    Last updated: 26 February 2014, 16:05 GMT

    One Direction superstar Louis Tomlinson will swap his usual sold-out arenas for an evening at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster on Wednesday night.

    His appearance for Doncaster Rovers reserves is unlikely to see him trade pop for football in the long term, but he would not be the only famous musician to have tried their luck at the beautiful game.

    Here, Press Association Sport's Rory Dollard selects a six-a-side team of the very best:

    Julio Iglesias (Real Madrid)

    The Spanish crooner was a promising goalkeeper and represented Real Madrid's reserve side before a car accident ended his soccer dreams. His ‘fallback’ career saw him become the biggest-selling Latin artist ever.

    Nicky Byrne (Leeds Utd)

    Nicky Byrne of Westlife playing in the Hillsbrough Disaster Memorial match at Anfield in 2009.

    The Westlife favourite has almost as many number one jerseys as number one singles having showcased his shot-stopping talents with the likes of Scarborough, Shelbourne, Cobh Ramblers and St Francis FC after a two-year deal at Leeds expired.

    Johnny Marr (Manchester City/Nottingham Forest)

    A youthful Marr played football for Manchester City juniors and went on to turn down an apprenticeship at Nottingham Forest. Instead the guitarist swapped flicks for licks, forming The Smiths with Morrissey and revolutionising British pop music.

    MC Harvey (AFC Wimbledon)

    So Solid Crew's MC Harvey at the "Help Harry Help Others" Charity Match at Birmingham City Football Club.

    The former So Solid Crew rapper, real name Michael Harvey Jr, swapped UK garage for non-league dressing rooms when he signed to play as a full-back for AFC Wimbledon. The entertainment industry won him back with an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.

    Nicky Wire (Wales Schoolboys)

    The Manic Street Preachers bassist made his name as a hyper-literate socialist lyricist. But he might have plied his trade on a different type of left wing had knee problems not scuppered a promising career that saw him captain his country at youth level.

    Craig David (Sunday League)

    The two-step poster boy was an avid recreational footballer in Hampshire before his team, African and Caribbean, withdrew from competition midway through a season. He went on to form a potent partnership with Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham in the 2008 Soccer Aid charity match.

    Team manager: Terry Venables

    Terry Venables rehearses with band leader Joe Loss at the Hammersmith Palais, London, 1960.

    El Tel turned down the chance to pursue a recording career as a 17-year-old when Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty advised him against it. He returned to his first love after his coaching career ended, releasing a cover of Elvis Presley’s "If I Can Dream" in 2010.

    Team owner: Elton John

    The world famous piano man has been associated with Watford since becoming chairman in 1976 and was famously moved to tears when they made the FA Cup Final in 1984. He remains an honorary life president at the club.

     

    Last updated: 26 February 2014, 16:05 GMT

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