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Louis Tomlinson Buys British Soccer Team Doncaster Rovers

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Louis Tomlinson is now a co-owner of his hometown soccer team, the Doncaster Rovers. The One Direction boybander purchased the soccer club with John Ryan, who had been the chairman of the team for more than 15 years.

“For me, this is all about the football, the community and restoring the excitement and desire to making Doncaster Rovers the most exciting club to play for in Yorkshire,” Tomlinson said in a statement (quotes via BBC).

“I want to see the Doncaster Rovers supporters get the club the success it deserves,” he continued. “I grew up in Doncaster and have felt the love for football run through the town, it’s for that reason that I have a real personal passion to make Doncaster Rovers a success story.”

1D fans will remember that Tomlinson played for the team’s reserve side earlier this year in a charity match (but fortunately, he didn’t toss his cookies that time.)

The Doncaster Rovers play in League One, two levels under the top-tier English Premier League. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tomlinson and Ryan’s takeover was slightly delayed by Tomlinson’s management team, who wanted to get a cut of the revenue because his name and image would be used.

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