One Direction visit the Toon

Pop and soccer stars rubbed shoulders today when One Direction visited Newcastle United’s training ground.

One Direction visit the Toon

Pop and soccer stars rubbed shoulders today when One Direction visited Newcastle United’s training ground.

The boyband made a low-key visit to the Premier League side’s base in the Benton area of the city ahead of their final night of a series of concerts at Newcastle’s Metro Arena.

Newcastle United players met the group ahead of a training session in what will be a busy week for the club.

They play Benfica in the Europa Cup tomorrow night, then face local rivals Sunderland on Sunday.

The club and the band have a tenuous link through the TV show 'X Factor'.

One Direction were finalists on the programme, while United right back Danny Simpson is dating judge Tulisa Contostavlos.

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