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Friday, 31 March 2017

Never forgotten - David Rocastle

David Rocastle

As ever on 31st March this post is dedicated to David Rocastle. You won't find any survey results from cretins like Tim Payton and his AST cohorts on this site as their self-promotion reaches a fairly sickening level today. 
Rocky had skill, power, toughness and class. Quite simply he was the complete player. The fact that David won so few England caps is an indictment on the way things were at that time. Here was a player who was on a different level to other English midfielders of that, or almost any other, era. He would have been so good in Arsene Wenger's early teams. This is a really excellent video with voiceovers from Ian Wright, Michael Thomas and Nigel Winterburn.
I can forgive George Graham going to manage Tottenham. I can forgive him for the bungs scandal that finished him as the Arsenal Manager. I can never forgive him, however, for selling David Rocastle to Leeds. I don't much care that he had a chronic knee problem that would afflict him at times from then on. Rocky was the best English footballer of his generation, and he was a proper Arsenal man. Quite simply he was a hero to Arsenal fans.
Tomorrow night at 9pm there is a special documentary on BT Sport about David Rocastle and Ian Wright. It promises to be a must-watch television event and, no doubt, will see a number of us getting quite emotional. RIP Rocky, I'll never forget you. 



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