Leeds United football hooligan Aaron Cawley to get job after jail
TO millions of TV viewers, he is the hooligan who brought shame on football – and his hometown of Cheltenham – when he ran onto the pitch and struck goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
But Aaron Cawley, from Hester's Way, has been told he will be guaranteed work when he finishes a four-month prison term for the assault in a match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Although the 21-year-old was described in court last week as an "unemployed labourer", the Echo understands he has worked intermittently for a well-known construction firm in the area in recent months.
And his boss has now said he would have no problem offering Cawley work in future.
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The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "Aaron is a hard worker. He is reliable, he has done a lot of good work for me in the past and I will have no hesitation in hiring him when he comes out of prison."
The man admitted he had been taken aback when he found out Cawley was responsible for the assault, which has led to calls for a review of security at stadiums across the UK.
He added: "I must admit I was surprised when I saw what happened. What he did was pretty stupid and not what I would expect of him at all.
"But I think it has been blown a bit out of proportion and some of the things which have been written about him are unfair.
"He made a mistake but he is a good lad. He has never let me down in the past so when the time comes I will be picking up the phone and offering him more work."
A court in Sheffield heard that Cawley was too drunk to remember his actions in the Yorkshire derby on October 19.
He claimed to have drunk copious amounts of lager, vodka, and cider prior to the incident.
Footage from Hillsborough, showed him run onto the pitch and deal Kirkland a two-handed blow to the face.