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Teenager meets hero Ings again as Burnley promoted to Premier League
5:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014 in News
CLARETS star Danny Ings was reunited with his biggest fan after the final whistle on Monday.
Teenager Joseph Skinner was among the thousands of Burnley fans who celebrated on the Turf Moor pitch with their heroes after the 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic which sealed promotion back to the Premier League.
Joseph, 14, became a worldwide internet sensation last May after a picture of Ings donating his boots to the Padiham youngster was shared thousands of times on social media.
The season-ticket holder, a student at Blessed Trinity RC College, was in his usual spot to watch Sean Dyche’s side secure an historic win and was accompanied in the celebrations by his mum, Bernadette Nuttall.
Ms Nuttall said: “It was a great day out. There was a really good atmosphere. Joseph was really happy about it and he’s gone back to school on a high.
“Danny came over to him and said: ‘Make sure you come on every game next year’.
“He seems to be very popular with the players and all the other fans.”
Earlier this month Joseph, who has cerebral palsy, was the victim of online abuse from Blackburn Rovers fan Sam Braysford, although Mr Braysford later apologised.
England under-21 international Ings, 21, said earlier this season that his friendship with Joseph had inspired him to get involved with more charity work.
He said: “It’s something that I really want to do. It’s nice to help out. I’ve got a lot of spare time up here on my own.
“The photo with Joseph kicked off the charity work that I want to get involved in. It meant a lot to me, having a shot of that, which I knew nothing about.
“It obviously went viral and that was a really nice thing. It’s nice to know that fans really appreciate stuff like that.”
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