David Rocastle announced on February 2001 that he was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer which attacks the immune system. He underwent a course of chemotherapy and was hopeful of a recovery but unfortunately in the early hours of 31 March 2001 at the age of 33 he passed away. Five years and a day after his death, 1 April 2006 was designated “David Rocastle Day”.
David Rocastle joined Arsenal as an apprentice and spent two years in the youth team before signing a professional contract in the 1985–86 season. He made his debut against Newcastle United and made 26 league appearances that season, scoring once as Arsenal finished seventh in the league. Rocastle played 254 times for Arsenal and scored 34 goals winning a League Cup and two First Division Championships, the first in the 1988-89 season and the second in the 1990-91 season. A great dribbler and hard working athlete. A player that if he was around today would be a first team player at Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Visit here for a full player profile on him from Arsenal’s official website David Rocastle
Though he left Arsenal and had stints at Leeds, Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as loan spells at Norwich and Hull City, Arsenal still had Rocky in their hearts and paid tribute to him opening up a youth team indoor training facility named after him as well as being one of Arsenal’s 32 legends honored by having their images painted on the side of the Emirates stadium. There has also been a 1-minute applause before a match for him on the remembrance of his life on a multitude of occasions.
A real fan favorite where ever he went he will be forever remembered and forever missed.