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Rambo: Wally instilled the fighting spirit

Goalkeeper sums up his successful loan spell here

22 May 2019

Aaron Ramsdale has spoken about the ‘huge achievement’ of helping AFC Wimbledon to stay in League One - and talked affectionately about having his nickname changed here!

During an interview for the AFC Bournemouth website, Rambo said: “When I went there, a lot of people had already written us off. We were 10 points adrift in mid-February, so it was a huge achievement to stay up.

“It all went down to goal difference and that showed how tight it was and how well we did in the final few weeks of the season.

“We showed unbelievable character, passion and fight. I didn’t see much of them in the first half of the season but people said they conceded sloppy goals and were naive.

“The manager, Wally Downes, was the founder of the Crazy Gang and that helped. Although he wasn’t as crazy as he used to be, we always knew what it was like to play for Wimbledon and in one of his teams. We brought the fight to people and showed experience in a very young team.

“We performed well above our age in the last few weeks of the season and, thankfully, we came out of it the other side.”

On being referred to as ‘Rambo’ by Dons supporters, the England international youth keeper said: “My nickname used to be Rammers, but when 4,000 people are chanting ‘Rambo’ at you, that takes over so I’m going to go for Rambo now!”

On a personal level, Rambo also talked about how much it meant to him to stay up after a previous relegation with Chesterfield. Visit for the full interview.

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