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Has singer Eoghan Quigg got the X Factor on the pitch?

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 12/08/2015

Former X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg playing for Coagh United
Former X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg playing for Coagh United
Eoghan on show with Ronan Keating
Eoghan Quigg

He found fame as a 16-year-old singer on The X Factor.

Now Eoghan Quigg has swapped his microphone for a pair of football boots after signing for Coagh United.

The Co Tyrone club pulled off one of the summer's most eye-catching transfers by swooping for the talented Dungiven man.

It is a relatively humble start to Quigg's football career. He will be playing in Championship Two, in football's third tier.

Coagh manager Ian Todd explained how a tip-off from his assistant led to the surprise signing.

"My assistant manager said there was a young lad I might want to take a look at," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Every time his previous team came up against Dungiven, Eoghan had stood out. He was always a handful.

"We invited him to the club, got him doing a bit of training, and I was suitably impressed by him.

"He's a smashing lad. A really nice kid."

Quigg made his debut on Friday night in a 1-0 defeat against Mid-Ulster rivals Tobermore United.

Before the match the 23-year-old posted a message on Instagram.

"First game of the new season tonight, looking forward to this new opportunity that I've been given.

"Not used to wearing a shirt and tie to football matches though," he wrote.

Quigg previously played GAA, but has now opted to focus on his burgeoning football career.

"We played him on Friday night and he was very good," Ian added.

"He played on the left and right wing, but he can also play as a striker.

"He may have a chance of playing up front this Saturday or next Tuesday night.

"We have a couple of cup games coming up and we'll try a few things."

According to Ian, they are still waiting to hear if Quigg's abilities as a singer match his smart footwork on the pitch.

"He likes to think he's a singer," he joked.

"But we tell him he's not the best singer in the team. We've threatened him that come the first away trip he will have to get up in the team bus and sing for us.

"It's an interesting one and we've got a lot of interest because of it. None of which I ever really thought about. When we signed him it was a bit of a joke - the lad from X Factor and so on - but now everybody seems to be interested in it."

Quigg isn't the first singer to try his luck on the pitch.

Another X Factor product, One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, was offered a non-contract deal by Doncaster Rovers after impressing in a charity game.

In September 2013 Tomlinson played for Celtic in another charity match, but was injured by Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor during the match.

It led to Agbonlahor being inundated with abusive Tweets from One Direction fans.

Singer Rod Stewart's early ambition was to become a professional footballer and he went for trials at Brentford in 1960.

But nothing came of it and Stewart later admitted being a musician was much easier.

Nicky Byrne also spent a couple of years in Leeds United's academy as a goalkeeper before finding fame with Westlife.

Occasionally footballers have tried their hand at singing - with mixed success.

In 1988 The Anfield Rap was released by Liverpool ahead of the FA Cup Final against Wimbledon.

Co-written by Liverpool midfielder Craig Johnston, rapper Derek B and Mary Byker, it reached number three in the UK singles chart.

Belfast Telegraph

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