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Tomlinson's crowd sourcing fundraiser failure throws takeover into 'serious doubt'

Doncaster Rovers co-owner Louis Tomlinson's crowd sourcing fundraiser has missed its £2million after raising less than half the money.

Tomlinson's crowd sourcing fundraiser misses target Credit: Press Association

Fans were asked to pledge money to the club in exchange for membership, branded clothes and collectors' items.

The campaign was led with the slogan, "I need your help to get Doncaster Rovers to the Premier League."

Reacting to the failure in a statement, the Tomlinson Ryan Trust said. "The consequence of this is that the deal to takeover the club is now in serious doubt."

Tomlinson joins Rovers' pre-season camp

1Direction star and Doncaster Rovers co-owner Louis Tomlinson has met up with the squad at their pre-season training camp in Portugal.

Although Paul Dickov's men lost 3-1 to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield, Tomlinson said he was impressed with the players' work-rate and commitment.

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Dickov plots move for Turnbull

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov has refused to rule out a move for former keeper Ross Turnbull.

Dickov wants Turnbull to return to the club Credit: Press Association

Turnbull, 29, left the club this summer following an injury hit season but Dickov sees a future at the club for the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough man.

"Hopefully Ross might come out to Portugal with us,” said Dickov

“It’s a case of ‘watch this space’ after the 18th, who takes his side to Portugal next week in an effort to step up preparations for the forthcoming League 1 season."

One D's Louis to charge Doncaster Rovers fans £250 for selfie to fundraise

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is to charge Doncaster Rovers fans £250 for a selfie in a bid to raise funds for the club.

The 22-year-old, who completed a takeover deal of the League One club with cosmetic surgery boss John Ryan last week, said the pair are hoping to attract £2 million from supporters as part of their crowd funding project.

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1D's Louis to charge £250 per selfie in fundraising bid

Tomlinson pictured at Doncaster's Keepmoat stadium. Credit: PA

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is to charge Doncaster Rovers fans £250 per selfie in a bid to raise funds for the club.

The 22-year-old, who completed a takeover deal of the League One club with cosmetic surgery magnate John Ryan last week, said the pair are hoping to attract £2 million from supporters as part of their crowdfunding project.

The Tomlinson Ryan Trust has announced a series of ideas designed to boost club coffers.

According to the Trust's page, fans who bid £250 or more can "grab a selfie with Louis" before a home game. The price also includes a match ticket.

So far 32 people have taken up the offer, the website said.

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The Tomlinson Ryan Trust objectives:

The Tomlinson Ryan Trust's objectives for the club include:

  • Achieving Premier League status "by careful promotion, support, finance, and investment via its holding company"
  • Building a "high quality" playing squad
  • Expanding the club's supporter base in the UK and internationally
  • Growing the Doncaster Rovers brand
  • Embracing and supporting youth development

In return for pledges of cash, those who give to the crowdfunding campaign will be offered rewards including a place on a new "Club 28" which gives them the chance to have a say in the future of the club.

Other incentives include a range of Club 28 merchandise.

Crowdfunding rules mean money will be returned to donors if the £2 million target is not reached, while rewards are only released if the goal is achieved.

Many of One Direction's teenage fans will not be able to offer their support - donations are only accepted from people who are aged over 18.

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