1D star makes Doncaster debut

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson made his professional football debut for Doncaster last night, delighting 5,000 fans with his cameo.

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Vow over 1D Doncaster cash pledge

One Direction fans who pledged to pay into Louis Tomlinson's failed crowd-funding attempt to take over Doncaster Rovers football club will not lose any money, according to the website.

John Ryan who is Louis' business partner, told Calendar this evening that the attempted takeover of the League One football club is now "off."

Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson Credit: PA

The pair failed to reach a £2 million target on Crowdfunder.co.uk by today's deadline.

But in line with the website's investor rules, people who pledge money to a scheme that does not reach its target do not part with their cash.

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No Rovers takeover announcement today

Doncaster's scheduled press conference to announce the proposed takeover of the club by Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan has been cancelled.

Louis Tomlinson linked with takeover at Doncaster Rovers
Louis Tomlinson linked with takeover at Doncaster Rovers Credit: Press Association

The club and One Direction band member Tomlinson had been hoping to make a formal announcement on Wednesday after a press conference planned for last Friday at Wembley was postponed.

A deal has yet to be concluded, Press Association Sport understands, and talks are ongoing regarding issues connected with Tomlinson's image rights.

The club made no comment on the matter, but a further statement is expected later this week.

Tomlinson is scheduled to perform with his One Direction bandmates in Sweden on Friday night as the next leg of their World Tour gets under way and both parties are hoping to conclude a deal before then.

Doncaster confirmed at the end of last month that they were in talks with Tomlinson's representatives about a possible takeover.

The club made no comment on the matter, but a further statement is expected later this week.

Tomlinson is scheduled to perform with his One Direction bandmates in Sweden on Friday night as the next leg of their World Tour gets under way and both parties are hoping to conclude a deal before then.

The Doncaster-born singer and lifelong fan is registered as a player for Rovers and played for their reserve team in February.

He has linked up with former chairman Ryan to launch a buy-out of the club, who were relegated to Sky Bet League One last season.

Tomlinson's Rovers takeover stalls as 1D management intervene

The proposed takeover of Doncaster Rovers by One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and the club's former chairman, John Ryan, will not be going ahead today.

Louis Tomlinson Credit: Press Association

There were hopes that the deal would be concluded by this evening.

ITV Calendar understands that the current board have agreed to sell, but a last minute intervention by Louis' management team has led to what is hoped will just be a brief postponement.

Doncaster-born Louis is a lifelong Rovers fan, and played for the reserves earlier this year.

Talks "ongoing" over One Direction star's Doncaster Rovers bid

ITV Calendar understand talks are "ongoing" over a deal for One Direction's Louis Tomlinson to buy Doncaster Rovers football club.

Louis Tomlinson Credit: Press Association

The singer was first linked with a bid to buy the club at the end of May.

Doncaster born Tomlinson had previously played for Rovers in a friendly match and has close links with the club.

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Doncaster Rovers confirm takeover interest after Louis Tomlinson bid speculation

Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that the club has been approached regarding a takeover.

Newspaper reports this morning suggested One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was interested in making a bid.

Louis Tomlinson linked with takeover at Doncaster Rovers
Louis Tomlinson linked with takeover at Doncaster Rovers Credit: Press Association

The full statement says: "Following reports in the media, the owners of Doncaster Rovers can confirm that they have been approached and dialogue has taken place with external parties about a proposed takeover.

"At this stage the club is not in a position to comment further about the level and detail of those discussions, but will do so as soon as it is legally possible.

"The owners are looking to ensure a swift resolution to the discussions to ensure that this does not impact adversely on the summer transfer activity.

"Any decision made by the current owners will focus on for what is best for Doncaster Rovers in both the short and long term."

Supporters' trust tight-lipped on takeover talk

The independent Doncaster Rovers supporters' group the Viking Supporters Co-operative have followed the club in neither confirming nor denying rumours linking One Direction star Louis Tomlinson with a bid to buy the club.

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@joshsteaditv We will make an official statement once we have any information and after informing our membership

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@joshsteaditv having seen the headlines the VSC as a trust are in contact with the Club and will report to its members in due course

Representatives for 22-year-old Tomlinson also refused to comment.

Doncaster Rovers neither confirm nor deny Tomlinson takeover talk

Doncaster Rovers FC say they will not comment on speculation linking One Direction star Louis Tomlinson with a bid to buy the club.

Tomlinson played for Rovers reserves this season
Tomlinson played for Rovers reserves this season Credit: @louis_tomlinson

The Rovers fan played for the team's reserves this season and his celebrity status has helped raise the profile of the South Yorkshire Club.

Reports today linked the 22-year-old with a bid to buy the Championship club, but Rovers say they will not comment on the speculation.

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