I was not around to see the best of David Rocastle, but ten years on the tributes still flow like they did on that tragic day, in another ten years that will still be the case. Rocky was proper Arsenal, a fan, player and legend. They are hard to come by and generation after generation of Gooners will ensure his memory goes on and on and on – it is the least we can do.
Thirty-three is no age to go, and just looking around at the tributes on various blogs it is clear just how in touch he was with the fans – many got to meet him, if only briefly, and that is something that isn’t around these days. He is from another era with the skill to play in any, and that is something you really can’t say of many other players.
There will be many people at the Emirates at the weekend remembering him, many of those will have been there at Highbury for that derby game ten years ago, some of those may even shed a tear just like ten years ago.
I have had a look around the blogs and nothing I could write could stand up to some of these people, so I urge you to read these tributes:
John Cross reflects on Rocky’s early days in his MirrorFootball column.
The Goonerholic’ is at his very best here…
There is a fantastic video on Arsenal.com
Visit any Arsenal blog today and you will see the tributes flowing.