Meet Jimmy Rooney

Posted by - October 6, 2009 - Manchester United, Oddballs

The name’s not Wayne

Wayne Rooney has revealed that he’s actually known as Jimmy to his close family and friends. The Manchester United and England star has revealed he has been known by the nickname since his childhood after adopting Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s cartwheel goal celebration.

He told The Sun: “When I’m back home with my family and friends I’m just Jimmy. I’ve been called it since I was about ten and still do to this day. It’s rarely Wayne.”

And Wayne, erm, Jimmy prefers his adopted name.

He continued: “It’s after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. He used to do a cartwheel when he scored. I did it once when I was a kid and since then I’ve always been Jimmy. It’s just stuck.”

To complicate matters, Jimmy Rooney is also a retired Australia international (and Mickey Mouse’s voice).

  • LocoDice

    I think it’s spelled… he’s.