One Direction star Louis Tomlinson set to play for Doncaster Reserves

Louis Tomlinson turned out in Celtic colours for Stan Petrov's charity match last year. Photo: PA

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

His appearance for Doncaster 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, Rory Dollard selects six of the 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 back-up career made him the biggest-selling Latin artist ever.

Nicky Byrne (Leeds Utd)

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.

MC Harvey (AFC Wimbledon)

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.

Johnny Marr (Manchester City/Nottingham Forest)

A youthful Marr played his football for Manchester City juniors and went on to turn down an apprenticeship at Nottingham Forest. Instead he opted to form The Smiths with a teenage Morrissey and revolutionised British pop music.

Nicky Wire (Wales Schoolboys)

The Manic Street Preachers bassist made his name as a hyper-literate socialist lyricist but 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.

A car crash ended Julio Iglesias' football dream. Credit: PA
Elton John watching his beloved Watford in 1982. Credit: PA

Manager: Terry Venables

El Tel has been an avid singer all his life but 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 the Elvis cover "If I Can Dream" in 2010.

Chairman: Elton John

The world famous piano man has been associated with Watford since becoming chairman in 1976. He remains an honorary life president.

Louis (far left) with his 1D bandmates. Credit: PA
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If anyone wants to come watch me make my debut for Donny Reserves here's the link :) all for charity! http://t.co/OzDFWfS56D