One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is clattered in tackle at Stiliyan Petrov charity match
The boyband heart-throb ran on to the field in a special 1D shirt in front of a sell-out crowd on an emotionally-charged day at Parkhead.
He left it minutes later after getting clattered by Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor, prompting an chorus of outrage from his fans on Twitter and social networking sites.
Other celebrities taking part for Petrov, who battled acute leukaemia which is now in remission, included comedian John Bishop and Westlife singer Nicky Byrne.
But the day was all about Petrov, nicknamed Stan, a man so lonely when he first moved to Glasgow that he worked in a burger van for company.
Yesterday, as 60,000 people sang You’ll Never Walk Alone, tears poured down his face as he said: “I’ve had the darkest moment of my life in the last year. A day like this is incredible.”
The match was held in aid of the Stiliyan Petrov Cancer Foundation but What Makes You Beautiful singer Tomlinson, 21, will probably remember it for being upended by Agbonlahor.
The challenge was so fierce that the singer, a semi-pro footballer who has signed for his hometown club Doncaster Rovers, vomited at the side of the pitch.
But last night Agbonlahor, who picked him up after the tackle and dusted him down, told how the pair hadn’t fallen out about it.
He said: “I know he enjoyed playing in the game and it’s fantastic that he took time out to be here, and the same with everyone else who played.”
Former Celtic gaffer Martin O’Neill, managing the Celtic XI the boyband favourite was playing for, said: “Agbonlahor smashed into him. Louis is fine.
“He was sitting up afterwards and is perfectly all right.”
It sparked an over-the-top reaction from 1D fans on Twitter.
One, called Ella, posted: “This guy hurt Louis’s knee. I shall hurt your face. I better hear that you apologised or I will find you and I will kill you.”
Another crazed fan wrote: “I will chop you.”
But back at Parkhead, it was all about 34-year-old Petrov and his courageous health battle.
Actor and former Morton footballer Martin Compston arrived home from his cousin’s stag weekend in Ibiza hours before lining up with his heroes on the Celtic XI, including Henrik Larsson.
He said: “They were my heroes growing up. I was starstruck, Henrik was genuinely my all-time hero.
“I came in a bit rough but I ended up feeling better than the boy from One Direction.
“I was chuffed to bits to be involved. I always wanted to be a footballer as a boy and I would never have got to my level if I’d still been playing.
“It will rank as one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
Glasvegas lead singer James Allan, who once played for Cowdenbeath, Queen’s Park, Stirling Albion and Dumbarton, was also delighted to play – and nearly scored twice.
He said: “It’s a honour to be asked to be part of the 11 for Stiliyan Petrov, one of the best players to grace the Hoops.”
Nicky from Westlife did manage to hit the net to complete the 5-3 victory for the Stiliyan XI.
Comedian Bishop came on as a substitute for the team, who were managed by Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish and included Jamie Redknapp, John Terry and Chris Kamara.
Bishop had a penalty saved and later tweeted: “Another penalty miss, a terrible header and a shower next to @chris_kammy. Carlsberg don’t make bad days at Celtic but if they did …”
Former Celtic captain Alan Stubbs, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999 while playing at Celtic but returned to the squad after a life-saving operation, was there to watch the game.
He said: “He is a credit not just to himself, but is an inspiration to everyone suffering from an illness, and shows there is light at the end of the tunnel on some occasions.”
Petrov himself put on a fantastic performance, staying on for his side well beyond his intended 19 minutes.
Later, he played the last few minutes for the Celtic XI, who included actors Stephen Graham and Warren Brown as well as Hoops legends Lubo Moravcik, Pierre van Hooijdonk and boss Neil Lennon.
Lennon said: “It was just a wonderful moment.
“He has had a personal battle that he has overcome. He is just a great individual, a great player.
“He’s been really tested in his life and he’s come through it with flying colours.”
Louis & Eleanor at the Topshop Fashion Show
Louis is clearly desperate to spend all the time he can with his girlfriend Eleanor Calder this week and he has been meeting with her as much as possible since Valentine’s Day as their world tour is going to start real soon which means days and months apart.
After he whisked her out for a posh meal on Thursday night in Manchester, yesterday the pair headed back down to London and he took Eleanor to a fashion show in the Tate Modern, hosted by Topshop.
Topshop revealed on their website that there was pandemonium amongst fans when Louis and Eleanor arrived at the event. They wrote:
“One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and girlfriend Eleanor Calder nearly caused a crush when they arrived!”
They later tweeted the pair saying:
“@Louis_Tomlinson Great to see you at the #Topshop Unique show today! Did you and Eleanor enjoy? We loved Eleanor’s outfit!”
“@Topshop I absolutely loved it! Thankyou for having me. Xxx”
I personally have to say this, I am in LOVE with Eleanor’s outfit. She has such an amazing style, I’m a fan! She looked beyond gorgeous, oh my god. Both of them look so amazing together. God bless them <3 I've added totally 100 HQ photos to the gallery, of them outside the venue and also attending the show. I'll be adding more HQ photos from the event soon, so make sure you check back. In the mean while, check out the photos in the gallery by clicking the thumbnails below! :
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The fans at the event braved and brightened an otherwise cold, wet and foggy evening to help pin-up Louis raise much needed cash for the charity close to his heart. And the football fanatic achieved a lifetime goal that didn’t include another record-breaking number one or picking up more BRIT Awards.
He was left pinching himself after he got to play on the hallowed turf of his beloved home team Doncaster Rovers.
The heartthrob took along his local Three Horse Shoes team who beat a Rovers XI all-stars side 2-1.
Doncaster born Louis, who was man of the match, even scored a penalty, at the second attempt, in a mini shoot out at the end of the match. He was cheered on from the sidelines by his 1D band mates Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles.
He sent fans into a frenzy before he even arrived on his pub team’s bus by tweeting about the game and asking fans to meet him at the players entrance to say hello.
In a video chat with The Star he revealed he still gets “absolutely terrified” before every gig and was even more nervous about putting his football skills on show. “I’m potentially more nervous than I would be at a gig,’’ said the chart-topper.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m still absolutely terrifying every time I go out to do a gig, but I kind of know what to expect now. I’ve not played competitive football in two years. I was worried what if I played terribly and these people have come to watch me.”
He needn’t have worried. Every time the defender touched the ball the crowd screamed and cameras flashed around the ground.
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