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Celebrity Fan Club; #5 Lily Allen

Lily Allen sports the hoops

When we began unveiling Rovers’ celebrity fans it seemed a good idea for a regular feature. Red and white hoops are quite popular these days, as are the Rovers; we were bound to be able to track down loads of celebrities wearing red and white hoops. Five week’s on its already a struggle, but thankfully we’ve not collapsed in tears over an internet image search engine just yet, and are able to bring you arguably the biggest celebrity Rover to date. Seen here displaying her red and white hoops proudly to the paparazzi is none other than sensational solo-artist Lily Allen.

Having waxed lyrical of her love for cricket in the summer during an episode of Test Match Special which left Aggers in a spent mess on the BBC studio floor it can only be a matter of time before LilyA llen proclaims her second sporting love to the waiting world. Yep. thats right, Lily Allen is a Rovers fan. Having inherited her football interests from father Keith Allen, who of course was involved in Englnadneworder‘s 1990 World in Motion single, Lily attended her first football match in her native London on a summery August day in 2003. Her father having bowed to pressure to take Allen to a game took her to Brisbane Road on the opening day of the 2003-04 season and having Leo Fortune-West and Greg Blundell dismantle Orient on Rovers’ first game back in the Football League Lily was hooked.

Though she may not have been able to attend many matches during her rise to global fame Allen has made regular references to the Rovers in her song titles and lyrics to this point. Her 2007 single Alfie is actually a disguised tribute to former Doncaster Rovers and Republic of Ireland player Alfie Hale and originally included the lyric “Ooh Alfie he was on fire today, Scored four against Darlington as it all went his way”. Also referencing the Rovers was Allen’s single The Fear, released in January 2009 and pointing to Allen’s concerns that Rovers could be relegated from the Championship at the end of the season. Her follow-up single Fuck You is believed to be a response to all those who had tipped Rovers for a swift return to League One. Her next single ‘Who’d Have Known’ is expected to recount Rovers 1985 FA Cup victory over QPR.


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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