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A Time To Remember: David Rocastle

A Time To Remember: David Rocastle

Time passes so quickly, the hustle and bustle of daily life sometimes leaves us with temporary amnesia that means we can only see the here and now, and memories of all things past are stored neatly in the confines of the minds vaults.

But every now and again you sit up and take notice of something that catches your eye, and those memories are freed from their prison and are left alone to bring a whole host of emotions flooding back.

Trawling NewsNow a some ridiculous time in the morning a few article titles caught my eye, and made me ask the question 'Has it really been 7 years since David Rocastle was taken from us?'

I don't want to dwell on the tragic circumstances in which Rocky departed this mortal plane, but rather celebrate the life of a truly brilliant footballer.

David Rocastle was a footballer playing at the wrong time, his skill, vision and technical ability belongs in the premiership of today, he wouldn't have only been able to play in this physical, high tempo and technical league .... he would have thrived in it. He could have also taught the players of today a thing or two about sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. This genius of a man had everything a top flight footballer could possibly wish for, and we as Arsenal fans were fortunate enough to have Rocky in his pomp and witness some of the silkiest football skill you could ever hope to wish for.

Anyway, when the inadequate ramblings of a blithering idiot no longer suffice, a visual montage is the only way to pay a fitting tribute to a man loved by thousands of football fans across the country.

David Rocky Rocastle 2 May 1967 - 31 March 2001

We miss you.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday March 31 2008
Time: 2:47AM

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The first goal on that video is one of my favorite goals of all time!! A proper genus.
Rocky7
31/03/2008 02:54:00
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Bloody hell! Now that man was a true LEGEND. Some of his skill was unbelievable. To believe he hailed from the Brazilian surburbs of Lewisham! RIP Mr Rocastle, a true gentleman and one heck of a player.
Keplaz
31/03/2008 04:51:00
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while i havent seen him play much, all the stuff that i've read about him and heard from my fellow gooners, there aren't many Arsenal legends who we can mention in the same breath as our Rocky. R.I.P. Mr. Rocastle, as long as we love and support this great club, you'll always be in our hearts..
luckys_10
31/03/2008 05:35:00
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just watched the video above, and it was like watching Dennis Bergkamp play especially the chip vs United. wonder how it would have been had Rocky, Dennis and Thierry played in the same team together..
luckys_10
31/03/2008 05:56:00
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hope i dun offend anyone when i say this - Rocastle is probably the most gifted (and even possibly the only one) English player of all-time, pity only gooners would truly appreciate that.
Temasek
31/03/2008 06:45:00
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watching the video reminded me of a young gazza. rocky you always played with a smile on your face n skill n grace R.I.P
dspurs64
31/03/2008 09:15:00
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Well before my time as a gooner, but the little I've seen leaves me in no doubt that he was well ahead of his time. RIP Rocky.
prits
31/03/2008 09:16:00
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An absolute legend. R.I.P. Rocky. Such a shame.
Moorish
31/03/2008 09:17:00
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Quality,Quality,Quality.A fantastic talent who was a delight to watch.Tragic end to a young mans life.Lucky;s,he would have revelled playing alongside the above players.I put it to you-how much better would they have been with Rocky in the team?
cockaduddle
31/03/2008 10:47:00
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Cockaduddle - It's something I've often thought about. I reckon he's only one of a very few who could have fitted into this Wenger side, and he had what we have been missing this season. I feel priveldged I got to watch such a fine player!!!
Rocky7
31/03/2008 12:14:00
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