Louis Tomlinson

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

One Direction have sold more than 28 million records, scooped two BRIT Awards and had massive hits in the UK and America.

But when Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew singled Louis Tomlinson out for his performance in a match against Magpies backroom staff on Wednesday, the 21-year-old star was thrilled.

The five-piece band visited the Club's training ground to meet the players and have a kick-around, and Louis showed that he had skills on the pitch as well as on stage.

Pardew chose him as the man of the match and the singer told nufc.co.uk: "It was absolutely one of the biggest things ever for me.

"As a football fan, to be recognised like that was huge. It's been great today - I've really enjoyed it.

"I don't really get that much chance to play anymore but I play a bit. I played in a charity game a few months ago up in Doncaster, where I'm from, and I'm hoping to go and train with Doncaster Rovers one night so it's all cool."

Louis is so passionate about the beautiful game, in fact, that he recently stepped in to help his old Sunday League team after they hit hard times.

"The team that I used to play with ran out of money," he said. "They couldn't even afford to pay the referee costs.

"So I kind of took over there - and since then we've actually managed to get promotion, which is huge. I'm a massive fan of football.

"And I'm actually a big fan of Newcastle, the way they play their football.

"They're a great side and after meeting the players I think I will definitely be watching out for them on Match of the Day."

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