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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Niall Horan's benched but he's still man of the match

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 27/05/2014 | 02:30

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Niall Horan before the charity football match in Leicester
Niall Horan before the charity football match in Leicester
Niall Horan before the charity football match in Leicester
Niall Horan before the charity football match in Leicester
Niall with rugby stars Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy.

HE owned the home of GAA for three days at the weekend but it was back to soccer for Niall Horan last night.

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The One Direction singer took centre stage as he hosted a charity game. Thousands of the Mullingar man's fans travelled to Leicester City Football Club to catch a glimpse of their idol at the Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge.

The 20-year-old was not playing following a recent knee injury, but the Irish had plenty of representation from Boyzone star Keith Duffy and bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.

Niall also had football talent in Jason McAteer and former England player Robbie Fowler on his side, alongside legendary crooner Rod Stewart.

Niall's team came up against CNN's Piers Morgan, who turned out for a selection managed by former Welsh international Robbie Savage.

More than 10,000 tickets were sold for the match and the proceeds will go to Irish Autism Action, and UK charity, Heart and Minds Challenge.

The night before, Niall had celebrated the end of One Direction's Dublin leg of their tour in the city centre haunt 37 Dawson Street.

Earlier in the evening, he partied with rugby stars Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy.

Irish Independent

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