Posted on Thursday, 31st March 2011 by Tony Merakli
It has been 10 years to the day that Arsenal legend David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle sadly passed away.
To be honest with you, due to my age at the time, I can’t recall many memories of Rocastle at Arsenal…I know its criminal isn’t it?
However, thanks to my dad, uncles and one of my eldest cousins, who simply loved the man, I was able to paint a picture of how great Rocky really was…and of course I looked up some clips of the midfielder in action on the net…just for confirmation.
Rocastle started his football career at Arsenal, after he joined them as an apprentice in 1983. He spent two years in the youth system before signing his first professional contract for the club in 1985.
The tenacious midfielder managed to make 277 appearances (260 starts, 17 from the bench) for Arsenal and bagged 34 goals along the way. During his 9 years at the club, Rocastle managed to lift two First Division titles, a Football League Cup and a F.A Charity Shield with Arsenal.
I think it’s fair to say that every Arsenal fan was deeply upset to see Rocastle sold to league champions Leeds United for £2 million at the end of the 1991-92 season, as he clearly captured the hearts of every Gooner.
Although he played for Leeds United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Norwich, Hull City and Sabah (a Malaysian team), David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle once said – ‘Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent’ – well Rocky, you will always be remembered as an Arsenal Legend and one of the finest professionals the game has ever seen.
Gone but never forgotten.
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