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David Rocastle: Gone But Not Forgotten

David Rocastle: Gone But Not Forgotten

Football isn`t simply about what`s going on on the pitch, it`s about the game, the players, the singing, the fans, the history, the experience, the entire package.

If I had to guess I`d wager fans spend as much time talking about the past as they do talking about present proceedings at their favoured club. Walk into any pub on match-day and at any point you`ll be able to hear at least one group of people reminiscing about a former player, be he one of the greats or not so great.

Today is one day that Gooners spend some time in quiet reflection or deep discussion about one of the all time greats as we celebrate the life of Arsenal legend, David Rocastle on this the 11th anniversary of his death.

Taken from us at the tender age of 33, Rocky was simply an amazing footballer and by all accounts, a gentleman and all round good egg.

There are few players from the 80s and 90s with adequate enough swashbuckling abilities to be able to perform at the highest level in both the grimy, bumpy pitched, cloggers football of the pre-Premier League era and the slick and smooth style of Arsene Wenger`s Arsenal. Rocky was "that" good he could have performed at any level in any league.

Many opinions of a person increase exponentially once they pass away simply as a matter of respect and remembrance, but David Rocastle has always commanded the same quantity of respect and goodwill in life as he does in death because of his work ethic and silky abilities on the football pitch and also because he`s genuinely on of life`s good guys.

So as the Mighty Arsenal take on QPR today in a quest for an 8th consecutive league victory take some time to reflect on your favourite Rocky moments, and if you`re going to the game, a vociferous chorus of "Oh Rocky, Rocky ….." would do just nicely.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday March 31 2012
Time: 9:50AM


Fantastic guy and true Arsenal legend.
31/03/2012 10:06:00
Great player, great miss to the game. Loved your style David, even though you were a Gooner, RIP mate.

31/03/2012 14:33:00
Cheers Spuds. I loved Rocky's style (which should be somewhat obvious judging by my username), and I say it every year but I loved his goal against Man United where did a few step overs, chipped it from 25 yards off the bar and in off the top of Schmicheal's barnet.
31/03/2012 14:55:00
0 - It's ropey video quality, but the majesty of the goal makes you forget about that :)
31/03/2012 14:56:00
Even as spurs fan I still remember what am exciting player he was. RIP Rocky.
31/03/2012 17:17:00
he played for us as well and it only seems like yesterday, sadly missed but never forgotten
31/03/2012 19:58:00
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