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Rolando Aarons Nicknamed ‘Big Time Charlie’ In Bristol

7 years ago

The man who oversaw Rolando Aarons’ development in Bristol, has revealed that his nickname for the Newcastle winger was ‘Big Time Charlie’.

Dave McGibbon was a PE teacher at Aarons’ school as well as being involved at Bristol City where he oversaw the player’s development.

As McGibbon explained though, the nickname was an ironic one.

“I used to call him ‘Big Time Charlie’ because he wasn’t like that at all, he has his feet very much on the ground.

“Some of the lads have stayed in touch with him and he is a grounded individual.

“I watched [intlink id=”45715″ type=”post”]the goal he scored against Schalke[/intlink] in a pre-season friendly and while it looked like a cross but it wasn’t, he did the same thing in school games and knew exactly what he was doing.

“He was outstanding here as a schoolboy. He was very much a local boy and he was very humble.

“He worked hard at his trade and his attitude to practise was first rate, a nice lad and a joy to teach.

“We knew he was good enough to play in the Premier League, you could see that in him.

“He is a bright lad as well and would have done A-level or BTEC. “

The secondary school that Rolando Aarons attended has been described as a ‘football goldmine’ by the FA, with 27 students from the school going on to represent professional club academies.

Always good to see a player getting such a good reference from those who knew him best before making it to the ‘Big Time’.

Plus all of his quotes since getting involved in the first team squad have seen Rolando Aarons saying exactly what you’d hope to hear – hard work and keeping his head down.

Here’s hoping he can be one that can make it.


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