David Rocastle made
a name for himself at Arsenal and took a central role in the Championship
winning sides of 1989 and 1991. He gained international recognition
for England gaining 14 caps. After 218 league games for Arsenal,
he was surprisingly transferred to Leeds in July 1992 for £2million.
Injuries affected his spell in Yorkshire and he made just 25 league
appearances for Leeds. He was exchanged for David White of Manchester
City but quickly returned (after 21 matches) to London with a transfer
to Chelsea. Injuries limited his opportunities at Stamford Bridge
and at the end of the 1996/97 season, he had made only 29 games
for the Blues.
He came to Norwich on loan in January 1997 in an attempt to resurrect
his career. He made his City debut against Grimsby Town on 18th
January 1997 in a Norwich midfield bereft of Andy Johnson
and Mike Milligan
Rocastle impressed the Norwich fans with his intelligent passing
and commitment and Mike Walker
his loan spell for a second month. However Norwich were unable to
meet his wage demands and Rocastle returned to Chelsea after 11
games in yellow and green. He has been linked with a move to Italian
side Fiorentina but spent August 1997 on trial at Aberdeen. In early
October 1997, Rocastle joined Division Three side Hull City on a
three month loan period and he scored on his debut in a 3-0 victory
over Scarborough. One cannot wonder if Norwich's bid for a play-off
place last season would have improved if Rocastle had stayed in
Norfolk. A further question arises as to whether Hull have more
financial resources than Norwich to attract players like Rocastle.
New football magazine Football World
reported in April
1998 that Rocastle joined Malaysian side Sabah following a brief
trial for them.
In February 2001, it was announced that David is suffering from
non-Hodgkins lymphona. He passed away on the night of 30th March
2001. Our sympathies go to his family, especially wife Janet and
his three children.