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David Rocastle

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David Rocastle (18.7K)

Position Right midfielder
Born 02 May 1967, Lewisham (England)
Height 175 cm
Weight 80 kg
International Caps England: 14 full, ? B, 14 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Arsenal 01 Dec 1984 01 Aug 1992 218 24 £2000000
Leeds United 01 Aug 1992 20 Dec 1993 34 2 £2000000
Manchester City 20 Dec 1993 01 Aug 1994 21 2 £1250000
Chelsea 01 Aug 1994   29 0  
Norwich City 01 Jan 1997   11 0 on loan
Hull City 01 Oct 1997   10 1 on loan

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1992 - 1993 11(7) 1 0(3)   0(2)   2(1)   0  
1993 - 1994 6(1) 1 0   0(1)   0   0  
Total 17(8) 2 0(3)   0(3)   2(1)   0  

Jabba's Comments

David Rocastle made his name at Arsenal, coming through the youth team and making himself a first team regular in the side that won the Milk Cup in 1987 (where Rocky's goal against Spurs in the semi proved crucial), and then the League Championship in 1989. With 14 caps for England under his belt, he had a slight blip in form in 1990, but was back in the side by the time George Graham's squad won their second title in 1991, but his talent and ability did not always seem to be enough for the dour Graham.

When Howard Wilkinson brought him to Leeds in the close season after Leeds had won the Championship in 1992, he was at first seen as a replacement for veteran Gordon Strachan. Unfortunately for Rocastle, Strachan's days at Leeds were far from over, and a large number of his appearances for Leeds were as a substitute. Rocastle joined at a strange time for Leeds: the team were Champions, but never quite got into gear the following season, and were permanently struggling. Rocky only made 34 appearances for Leeds, with 2 goals - against Chelsea and Manchester City, 2 clubs he would subsequently play for.

His final appearance for Leeds was a sub against his beloved Arsenal in December 1993 - he moved on for a brief spell at Maine Road before returning to the capital with Chelsea. Beset by injuries, and as a result struggling for form, he had loan spells with Norwich, Hull and also played out in Malaysia before being diagnosed with cancer in February 2001. He died on March 31 2001 at the age of 33.

Asa Hjelm says: I met Dave in Enkping, Sweden, 1988. That day I found a real friend! He always had a big smile and could always make ME smile when things were rough... We stayed in contact for four years. Whenever I came to London or he to Sweden we met to catch up the latest... I cannot express my feelings when I read my newspaper that morning in March. I feel sorry for his wife and especially his children. Dave often told me about his own father who passed away when Dave was young. I am glad that I met him and really got to know him. He was a true friend and I will never forget him!

Alex Wilkes says: I just remember his playing days and it was a real shock when I found out that he had died. I feel really sorry for his family and friends.

Mansi says: his daughter was my best frenz friend in malaysia.

Dean Barrett says: first time i met rocky was at arsenal JVC training ground with all the other players on a friday morning.Then every friday onwards became autograph days where i used to go to the ground religiously,and rocky would talk to you and he would mainly be with paul davis chris being 32 myself it was a shock to see him fall ill.his shirt is hanging on my wall autograohed and framed so he will always be remembered.

D Saunders says: I met David back in 1990 at a fellow Arsenal player's wedding reception and we became really special friends - he is never far from my thoughts to this day. The pain has gone now D. Your smile was everlasting and I know you are smiling down at everyone even now. God bless.

Neil Spofforth says: RIP Rocky

anon says: i really love rocky he was and still is my role model since the day he died i never wanted to play football but i knew he would of never wanted that so r.i.p peace david rocastle love u always uncle

Lionel John says: May god bless Rocastle Rest In Peace!

Ashley Hyne says: David Rocastle will always be a true hero in South London. Here's a story about him that I'll never forget. Rocastle went to Roger Manwood secondary school and they played Malory school (who had a fairly decent football team at that stage) one Saturday. Manwood evidently won 7-0 with Rocastle scoring all the goals, and it was explained to me that at the end of the match he was beating players and then dragging the ball back to take them on again. I went to see his first game for the Arsenal against Newcastle (0-0) with Carl Leaburn's (Charlton's enigmatic striker) brother. Afterwards Don Howe said 'David passed when he should have shot, and shot when he should have passed, but he's a going to be a great player'. And he was.

Mr X says: David Rocastle was probably one of the best players Arsenal ever had. He joined them on leaving school in 1983, and three years later was a regular first team player. He won a league cup and two league championships before joining Leeds for £2million in 1992. He was at Elland road for 18 months before another £2million fee took him to Manchester City. He there for less than a year before Chelsea signed him in a £1.25million deal. Although he played 28 games in 1994/95 and one game in 1995/96, he remained on the club's playing staff until June 1998. During the two seasons before he was on loan at Norwich and later at Hull. He played in Malaysia for a year before retiring. At international level, he played 14 times for England and although he never scored a goal he was never on the losing side.
David Rocastle (1967-2001)

jake says: met rocky a few times and he was a true gent!

Derek Lo says: David ROCKY rocastle FANTASTIC FOOTBALLER with great vison and skill david had the lot and he should have had more caps a really great arsenal player wonderful talent sadly missed god bless THERES ONLY ONE ROCKY

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