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A Million Reasons To Cheer
Friday 18th March 2016 @ 13:46 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Haughton Green Juniors Football Club have millions of reasons to cheer at the moment.

And it’s all because a picture went viral on Facebook last week, attracting in excess of three million views.

The club posted the following image to its Facebook page:

football pic

Since its upload on Monday, March 14, the picture has gained worldwide attraction, accumulating 23,154 shares and 40 thousand likes in the process.

Such is the power of social media that parents and coaches from as far as Australia have backed the pictures content.

Haughton Green’s Facebook page has been swamped with comments following the upload.

Jan Thomas stated: “Cheers from Perth, Western Australia”, while Kelly O’Hara commented from Feltham, Middlesex.

Despite enjoying global recognition, the club have made a huge impact on the pitch a little closer to home.

During their first season in existence, the Under 7’s have progressed to the Paul Hett final, which is taking place at the Tameside Stadium on Sunday, May 1.

Likewise, the Under 8’s Under 9’s have secured their places in the EMJFL and JFC Cup finals respectively.

Both ties are also being held at the home of Curzon Ashton.

Club Spokesperson, Vicki Williams, reflected on what has been a hugely successful period for everyone involved with the club. She said: “We’re absolutely delighted that two of our teams have made it through to their respected finals during our first season as an established club.

“We feel that the club is moving in the right direction, and long may that continue.”

Questioned on the importance of the Facebook post, Vicki said: “It’s crazy to see people across the world agreeing with the principles of the picture.

“Football should be enjoyable for children, and the picture serves to highlight this issue.

“Within a few hours, our Facebook likes had increased from 200 to well over a thousand.

“Hopefully the numbers will grow, providing us with even more publicity.”