Arsenal’s Midfielder David “Rocky” Rocastle Remembered On Twitter

In this day and age, many people are now turning to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They can be used to find out events, follow friends or celebrity figures, upload photos, change status updates, post wall messages or tweets and so on. Today Twitter, has been a hive of activity with many of you paying tribute to the late Arsenal midfielder David Rocastle.

Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the brilliant Gunner’s player died on
March 31 2001 at the young age of 33, therefore making today, the 10th anniversary of his death. Nicknamed “Rocky,” the star played for the reds between 1984 and 1992 playing as Metro reported, a total of 277 times and scoring 34 times.

As well as serving the North London team between these times, he was also awarded the old First Division trophy in 1989 and 1991 and the League Cup in 1987, as well as playing for England 14 times.

After much of his football career with the reds, Rocastle went to Leeds for a transfer fee of £2 million before then moving onto Man City and Chelsea, and on loan at Hull and Norwich. Rocastle was open about his illness when in February 2001, he announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer that spreads to the immune system. Even though he battled through chemotherapy treatment with the hope of a recovery, he passed away in March 2001.

Many of you have been paying homage to the player today by tweeting your own tributes and prayers, along with former Arsenal player Lee Dixon saying, “David Rocastle. What a player. What a man. Peace my friend.”

Current captain Cesc Fabregas tweeted, “#RIPROCKY Arsenal legend.”

Are you an avid Gooner? Give us your comments and tribute messages to the former David “Rocky” Rocastle.