THE TOP 10 SPORTING MUSIC STARS
Tomlinson, whose previous football experience had been running a pub team, played in a charity game in his hometown of Doncaster last year. After impressing in that game, he was offered a deal to join League One team Doncaster Rovers on non-contract terms working around his music commitments with the boy band One Direction. He was given the squad number 28 and generally plays as a defender. His debut for Doncaster's reserve side in the Central League came in February, as a 65th minute substitute in a match against Rotherham United, which ended 0-0.
Because of his Scottish ancestry, North London-born Stewart has always been a Scotland fan and sang their World Cup anthem of 1978, Ole Ola (Mulher Brasileira). He was a fine footballer in his youth, being taken on as an apprentice at Brentford, but fled after a few weeks, finding the going too hard. Once he relocated to Hollywood, he started playing regularly for an expat football team.
Sir Elton’s cousin, Roy Dwight, was carried off with a broken leg in the 1959 FA Cup final when playing for Nottingham Forest against Luton. Reginald (as Elton was known as a child) followed Luton’s bitter rivals Watford. He became chairman in 1976 and took over for a time again in 1998.
In 1989 Iron Maiden vocalist (and part-time pilot) Bruce Dickinson represented Britain in fencing’s European championships. At one point he was ranked no. 7 in Britain.
In 2013, rap star (and Mrs Beyonce) Jay-Z launched his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, a sport management group that has started signing major American sports stars. The artist also owns a stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team.
Mick Hucknall went to Old Trafford for the first time as a wide-eyed seven-year-old. He became such a United fan that he named his band Simply Red. The band was a regualr performer at club events and the singer allegedly became a good friend of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Spanish crooner and father to Enrique, played in goal for Real Madrid for a short while in the 1960s. He was also studying law at the time. A car accident in 1963 left him injured and unable to play so he turned to music instead, going on to become a housewives' favourite over the next two decades.
Robbie Williams is well known for his love of Port Vale FC. His mother owned the pub next to their training ground when he was a child. “I would dream of running down the wing and putting the goal in the net at Vale Park,” he says. He became the club’s majority stakeholder when he bought club shares worth £249,000 in 2006, but he gave the supporters' club permission to cast his share votes at club meetings in 2011.
In 1985, the Duran Duran singer decided he was an international class sailor. He bought a yacht, called it Drum and raced it. In that year’s Fastnet race, the capsized off Britain’s south coast. They were rescued and Drum and Le Bon eventually finished third in the Whitbread Round the World Race.
In 1997 Marylebone Cricket Club member Jagger, upset that TV companies had not bid to screen the Sharjah Trophy, a small cricket tournament in the UAE, bought the rights for it. He formed a company and had it shown on the (then new) Internet. The estimated viewing figures were one: himself.