The Arsenal hero taken too soon

The Arsenal hero taken too soon

first_img 5 5 David Rocastle with the 1987 Littlewoods Cup he won with Arsenal Referee Paul Durkin was told to blow his whistle as soon as the crowd began making noise, but the silence was impeccably observed by all sides, such was the feeling for Rocastle.David Rocastle’s football achievementsArsenal career: 1982-1992Starts: 260Goals: 34Honours: League titles in 1989 and 1991, plus the 1987 League Cup.International England caps: 14 Other clubs: Leeds United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Norwich City, Hull City, Sabah FA (Malaysia)David Rocastle stuns Peter Schmeichel and Manchester United at Old Trafford… 5 5 A true Arsenal great, David Rocastle is remembered today on the 14th anniversary of his passing. 5 Shortly after his death in 2001, a minute’s silence was held before Arsenal played Tottenham and officials were understandably nervous that the tribute would be disrupted. After graduating from Arsenal’s youth academy in the late 80s, Rocastle – or ‘Rocky’ as he was affectionately known – went on to become a double league winner with the Gunners and a fan favourite for his crucial goals. It was a shock to everyone when this extremely talented midfielder passed away at the age of just 33 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer.Loved at Highbury, Rocky also inspired real respect from opposing football fans, going on to play for Leeds, Manchester City and Chelsea.last_img

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