A Wigan family has been overwhelmed by messages of support for their brave little battler who is seriously ill in hospital. Well-wishers including some of the borough’s best-known sports stars have taken to social media in force to rally round young Archie Musgrave. The campaign on Facebook and Twitter has reached far beyond Wigan as supporters back his battle using the hashtag Pray4Archie. The under-sevens team Hindley ARLFC Rugby Bucks where the St Peter’s CE Primary School pupil plays has shared its hopes for a speedy recovery and spoken of his popularity at the club.
The Hindley youngster’s parents Kate and Joe Musgrave, meanwhile, gave a statement expressing how much the outpouring of public backing means to them and how well Archie is fighting through his horrendous situation. They said: “Archie is fighting like a trooper with all his might and he is doing very well. We are just overwhelmed with all the support.”
Wigan Warriors full back and England international Sam Tomkins said: “All the Wigan Warriors boys are supporting you Archie”, finishing his tweet with a thumbs-up image. Messages of “get well soon Archie” were also posted on Twitter by Warriors back Dom Manfredi and forward Ryan Sutton. Amateur clubs have also rallied to the family’s aid with messages from dozens of sides from around Wigan and Leigh as well as from rugby league hotbeds including St Helens and Cumbria. Hindley ARLFC’s official Twitter account posted a picture of Archie with the message: “You can do this young man our Bucks are tough!”