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Niall Horan, One Direction’s Irish Lad, Raises $500,000 in Charity Football Match

niall horan liam payne charity matchNiall Horan of One Direction, the world’s biggest boy band, raised over 300,000 pounds (500,000 dollars!) by putting together a ‘celebrity’ football match.

The football (or Soccer) game was played merely to give back. The proceeds from the 10,000 plus tickets sold were given to the charities Irish Autism Action in Mullingar (Horan’s Irish Hometown), the UK based Heart and Minds Challenge, and the Leicester Foxes Foundation.

The game took place on Sunday, May 26th, just one day after One Direction spent playing three sold out shows at Croke Park in Ireland. The football match was played at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, home of the Leicester City Football Club.

Niall Horan was manager of the team that was mostly rooted for. Perhaps since it was made up of fellow One Direction member’s Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne. Unfortunately, Niall couldn’t play due to recent knee surgery. Also on Horan’s team was former pro football player Robbie Fowler, comedian Jack Whitehall, TV personality James Corden, and several others.

Piers Morgan was manager of the rival team. Morgan’s team consisted of former pro football player Jason McAteer, Robbie Savage, singer Shayne Ward, and more.

Before penalties were added, the score was tied at 1 with Harry Styles scoring the only goal for Horan’s team. The end result of the game was 4-2 with Morgan’s team for the win, leaving millions of One Direction fans upset. (All they have to do is go to online to see the pictures of the boy’s in their football uniform and they will no longer be upset!)

However, Harry Styles couldn’t end the game without giving the crowd something to laugh about. Styles decides to run up to Morgan from behind and pull his shorts down. (When you’re done reading this you got to check out the hilarious vines people have made!)

The very humble Niall Horan has said, “Although my team didn’t win, I still enjoyed every minute of this game. I would like to thank all the players who donated their time free of charge to support this event. I’m looking forward to making this even bigger and better next year.”

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