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Craig Rocastle
Personal information
Full name Craig Aaron Rocastle
Date of birth 17 August 1981 (1981-08-17) (age 28)
Place of birth Lewisham, London, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Kansas City Wizards
Number -
Youth career
Queens Park Rangers
Gravesend and Northfleet
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Kingstonian 28 (0)
2003–2005 Chelsea 0 (0)
2004 Barnsley (loan) 5 (0)
2004 Lincoln City (loan) 2 (0)
2004–2005 Hibernian (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2006 Sheffield Wednesday 28 (1)
2006 Yeovil Town (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Oldham Athletic 35 (2)
2007–2008 Port Vale 23 (1)
2008 Gillingham (loan) 2 (0)
2008–2009 Thrasivoulos Filis[1] 13 (0)
2009 Welling United
2009 Dover Athletic 2 (0)
2009–2010 Forest Green Rovers 15 (0)
2010– Kansas City Wizards 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:20, 29 October 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Aaron Rocastle (born 17 August 1981) is a football player of Grenadian and Trinidadian descent who plays for Kansas City Wizards.[citation needed] He plays primarily as a midfielder and is a cousin of the late England and Arsenal midfielder David Rocastle.

He played for Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham Athletic and Port Vale, also enjoying loan spells with numerous clubs.

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Playing career

After Queens Park Rangers went into administration in 2001, Rocastle dropped out of the professional game, joining up with Gravesend and Northfleet.

Rocastle gained extensive experience in the Chelsea reserve side, following his transfer from Kingstonian in the summer of 2003. However he never made a first team appearance for the Pensioners, though made the substitutes bench on one occasion.

Rocastle made his debut in the Football League on 14 February 2004, at the age of 22, playing for Barnsley in a 1-0 defeat at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground. He had joined the Yorkshiremen on loan and made another four appearances before leaving the next month. In late-March he joined League Two Lincoln City on loan,[2][3] but only made two substitute appearances before returning to Stamford Bridge before the end of the season.[4]

He spent the 2004 half of the 2004-05 season at Hibernian,[5] playing thirteen league games in a very successful season for the SPL club.[6] The club had kept faith with the midfielder as he damaged a thigh muscle in September[7] and was feared to have damaged knee ligaments in December[8] and were hopeful of acquiring him on a permanent basis. With no future with Chelsea,[9] he joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer in February 2005, signing a two-and-a-half year deal.[10] His first senior goal came in a League One 3-2 win over Blackpool at Hillsborough on 12 March.[11] He played in the play-off final 4-2 victory over Hartlepool United at the Millennium Stadium in front of close to 60,000 spectators.

Rocastle played seventeen games of the club's 2005-06 Championship season, before going out on loan to Yeovil Town in late-March. At the end of the season Rocastle's contract at Wednesday was terminated by mutual consent. He quickly signed for Oldham Athletic.

He played 35 league games in 2006-07, helping Oldham to a play-off place, though most of these appearances were as a substitute. However they were defeated by eventual promotion winners Blackpool in the semi-finals.

In June 2007, he signed a two year deal to join Port Vale.[12] He was not a first team favourite in 2007-08, but did manage 21 starts and a goal against Cheltenham.[13] He spent two weeks in January on loan with League One rivals Gillingham.[14] His contract was terminated by mutual consent in April 2008.[15]

Rocastle had a trial with Hibernian in May 2008, having impressed on loan there previously,[16] but manager Mixu Paatelainen did not offer him a contract.[17] Rocastle instead joined Thrasivoulos Filis in the Super League Greece. He made thirteen appearances for the club in 2008–09, though they finished bottom with a mere 14 points from 30 games and were relegated to the Beta Ethniki.

Rocastle then joined Crewe Alexandra for a trial,[18] but he failed to win a contract after playing 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly with Nantwich Town.[19] The Aberdeen official website reported on 6 August 2009 that the club would play him as a trialist in the Dean Windass testimonial match against Hull City,[20] however he was not offered a contract by the club. In August 2009, he signed for Welling United,[21] but left almost immediately and joined Dover Athletic on a non-contract basis.[22] He made his debut for Dover as a substitute in an 8–0 win over East Preston in the FA Cup. However, his stay at the Kent club was short, and in October 2009 he joined Forest Green Rovers on a non-contract basis. Rocastle impressed on his Forest Green debut, winning the man of the match award in Rovers 1-1 draw with Eastbourne Borough. He went on to make 15 appearences for Forest Green before interest was shown in him by Swedish and American clubs. Following a short trial in March 2010 Rocastle departed Forest Green to sign for the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer.[citation needed]

Honours

Sheffield Wednesday

References

  1. ^ "Thrasivoulos Filis Stats". soccerway.com. http://www.soccerway.com/players/craig-rocastle/59147/. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Glovers seal Rocastle loan deal". BBC Sport. 23 March 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/y/yeovil/4828436.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Lincoln sign loan duo". BBC Sport. 25 March 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/lincoln_city/3567997.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Rocastle leaves Lincoln". BBC Sport. 28 April 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/lincoln_city/3666157.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Rocastle joins Hibs on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/3614734.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea's Rocastle ends Hibs stay". BBC Sport. 4 January 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/4145307.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Rocastle blow for Hibs". BBC Sport. 15 September 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/3660314.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Injury worries ease for Rocastle". BBC Sport. 7 December 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/4075891.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Chelsea tell Rocastle he can go". BBC Sport. 14 January 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/4173977.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  10. ^ "Owls snap up midfielder Rocastle". BBC Sport. 3 February 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_wed/4233493.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  11. ^ "Sheff Wed 3-2 Blackpool". BBC. 12 March 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/4321519.stm. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Port Vale pull off triple swoop". BBC Sport. 8 June 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/6734245.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  13. ^ "Port Vale 3-0 Cheltenham". BBC. 2 October 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/7019591.stm. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Gillingham sign Vale's Rocastle". BBC Sport. 10 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/g/gillingham/7180777.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  15. ^ "First summer signings for Sinnott". BBC Sport. 29 April 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/7373498.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  16. ^ "Rocastle gets second Hibs chance". BBC Sport. 9 May 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/7393140.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  17. ^ "Paatelainen wants to trim squad". BBC Sport. 20 May 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/7411750.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  18. ^ "Thordarson to assess trialist". BBC Sport. 20 July 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/crewe_alexandra/8159251.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  19. ^ "Spurs keeper Button joins Crewe". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/crewe_alexandra/8162739.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  20. ^ Trialists set to face Hull, Aberdeen FC official website
  21. ^ "Wings ponce for Rocastle". NonLeagueDaily.com. 27 August 2009. http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=60288. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  22. ^ Howard, Tom (23 September 2009). "Dover set to complete Rocastle swoop". Kent News. http://www.kentnews.co.uk/kent-news/Dover-set-to-complete-Rocastle-swoop-newsinkent28339.aspx?news=sport. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 

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