David ROCASTLE

David Rocastle - Chelsea FC - Football career at Chelsea.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 March 1995

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 02 May 1967
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Lewisham, London. Died 31st.March 2001 (Aged 33)
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
  • CLUBS
  • Arsenal FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1984-1992
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 28th September 1985 in a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle United (Aged: 18)
    • Club Career
      204 League apps (+14 as sub), 24 goals
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1994-1998
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 20th August 1994 in a 2-0 win at home to Norwich City (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      27 League apps (+2 as sub), 0 goals
  • Leeds United FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1992 - 1993
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      25 League games 2 goals.
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David ROCASTLE - Chelsea FC - Football career at Chelsea.

 

 Arsenal manager George Graham's decision to sell David Rocastle to Leeds in the summer of 1992 was met with shock by the Highbury faithful but it had begun to look like an inspired piece of judgement by the time the stylish right-midfielder joined Chelsea. A disappointing 16 months at Elland Road was followed by half a season with Manchester City before Glenn Hoddle swooped to take Rocastle back to his native London for a fee of £1, 250, 000 just prior to the start of the 1994/95 season. His debut came in a 2-0 victory over Norwich City on the opening day of the campaign and as he settled into a fine rhythm on Chelsea's right-flank, it appeared that he was finding the form which had so patently eluded him at his two previous clubs. He opened his goalscoring account with a superb strike in a 4-2 European Cup Winners Cup victory over Czech side Viktoria Zizkov, chipping the ball over the Zizkov keeper who had left himself stranded with a poor clearance. Another fine strike followed to clinch a 1-0 League Cup win over Bournemouth but it became noticeable that David was struggling to maintain the required pace throughout a full ninety minutes and although he made a perfectly acceptable 36 starts in all competitions for Chelsea throughout the campaign, he was staggeringly substituted in two thirds of those games.

 

His experience did, however, prove invaluable throughout a ECWC run which ended for the Blues at the semi-final stage, and David's performance on the left of midfield on a memorable night when a 1-0 deficit against FC Bruges was overturned to send Chelsea through to the final four was probably his finest hour and a bit (he was inevitably substituted late on) for the club. Sadly, the decline in the former England man's career gathered pace and despite spending a further three seasons at Stamford Bridge, he would only figure in one more game for the club, a 3-0 defeat at Blackburn in October 1995. Loan spells with Norwich and Hull City followed before he eventually left Chelsea to ply his trade in Malaysia in May 1998. From his position on the sidelines he had witnessed the transformation of a club battling against relegation to one that had lifted three trophies in his last two seasons with them.

 

However, there was devastating news around the corner. In January 2001 it was announced that David was battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. As his many admirers around the country digested the news and came to terms with the reasons behind his fitness difficulties in recent seasons, a further announcement came just two months later that the 33-year-old married father of three had passed away. Many tributes followed from football insiders for the amiable, ever-smiling Rocastle and on the day that his passing was announced, Gianfranco Zola dedicated a goal to the memory of a man who, despite no longer being actively involved in the Chelsea first-team, had gone out of his way to help the little Sardinian settle into London life. (Kelvin Barker).

 

1984–1992    Arsenal    228    (23)
1992–1993    Leeds United    25    (2)
1993–1994    Manchester City    21    (2)
1994–1998    Chelsea    29    (0)
1997              Norwich City (loan)    11    (0)
1997              Hull City (loan)    11    (1)
1999              Sabah    13    (8)


National team.


1986–1988    England U21    14    (2)
1988–1992    England    14    (0