Craig Rocastle

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Craig Rocastle
Personal information
Full name Craig Aaron Rocastle
Date of birth (1981-08-17) 17 August 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Lewisham, London, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Queens Park Rangers
2001 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 Thrasyvoulos 14 (0)
2009 Welling United 2 (0)
2009 Dover Athletic 2 (0)
2009–2010 Forest Green Rovers 15 (0)
2010–2011 Sporting Kansas City[note 1] 29 (0)
2012 Thrasyvoulos 15 (0)
2012 Missouri Comets (indoor) 7 (0)
National team
2010–201? Grenada 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Aaron Rocastle (born 17 August 1981) is an English-born former Grenadian international footballer. He is a cousin of the late England and Arsenal midfielder David Rocastle.

A former youth team player at Queens Park Rangers, he joined Kingstonian from Gravesend and Northfleet in 2001. He signed with Chelsea in 2003, and was loaned out to Barnsley, Lincoln City, and Hibernian. He joined Sheffield Wednesday in February 2005, helping the "Owls" to promotion out of League One via the play-offs in 2005. Loaned out to Yeovil Town, he switched to Oldham Athletic in 2006, before moving on to Port Vale in June 2007. He was loaned out to Gillingham, before joining Greek side Thrasyvoulos in 2008. He returned to England the following year with Welling United, later playing for Dover Athletic and Forest Green Rovers. He joined American club Sporting Kansas City in March 2010, and briefly played for the Missouri Comets in January 2012, before he returned to Thrasyvoulos.

Club career[edit]

After Queens Park Rangers went into administration in 2001, Rocastle dropped out of the professional game, joining up with Isthmian League side Kingstonian via Gravesend and Northfleet. He then signed with Premier League club Chelsea in 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 Second Division appearances before leaving Oakwell the next month. In late-March he joined Third Division side Lincoln City on loan,[1][2] but only made two substitute appearances before returning to Stamford Bridge before the end of the season.[3]

He spent the first half of the 2004–05 season at Hibernian,[4] playing thirteen league games in a very successful season for the SPL club.[5] He later said that Tony Mowbray was the best coach he ever played for.[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 instead 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 3–2 win over Blackpool at Hillsborough on 12 March.[11] He played for the "Owls" in the League One play-off final, which finished as a 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 League One side Yeovil Town in late-March. At the end of the season Rocastle's contract at Wednesday was terminated by mutual consent, and he quickly signed for Oldham Athletic.[12] He played 35 league games in 2006–07, helping Oldham to a play-off place, though most of these appearances were as a substitute. In the play-offs 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.[13] He was not a first team favourite in 2007–08, but did manage 21 starts and a goal against Cheltenham Town at Vale Park.[14] He spent two weeks in January on loan with League One rivals Gillingham,[15] playing two games for the "Gills". After talks with manager Lee Sinnott, his contract was terminated by mutual consent in April 2008.[16]

Rocastle had a trial with Hibernian in May 2008, having impressed on loan there previously,[17] but manager Mixu Paatelainen did not offer him a contract.[18] Rocastle instead joined Thrasyvoulos Filis in the Superleague Greece.[19] 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 Football League.

Rocastle then joined Crewe Alexandra for a trial,[20] but he failed to win a contract after playing 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly with Nantwich Town.[21] He played for Aberdeen as a trialist in the Dean Windass testimonial match against Hull City,[22] however he was not offered a contract by the club. In August 2009, he signed for Welling United,[23] but left almost immediately after two Conference South appearances and joined Dover Athletic on a non-contract basis.[24] 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 appearances in the Conference National 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 Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer.[25] He played 12 matches in 2010, however he was waived by Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes following the 2011 season on 23 November 2011.[26] Six weeks later, on 4 January 2012, Rocastle signed with the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[27] Ten days later he returned to Thrasyvoulos.[28]

International career[edit]

Rocastle was eligible to play for both Grenada or Jamaica as his father was from Grenada and his mother was from Jamaica.[6] He made his Grenada international debut on 26 November 2010, in a 2010 Caribbean Cup match against Martinique at the Stade d'Honneur de Dillon in Fort-de-France.[29] He was named by coach Mike Adams in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup at the United States, and played the first half of the 4–0 defeat to Jamaica at The Home Depot Center, before being taken off for Lancaster Joseph.[30] Grenada exited the competition after finishing bottom of their group. On 15 November 2012, Rocastle scored from an indirect free-kick from 22 yards out in a 1–1 draw with French Guiana.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Rocastle had a daughter with his partner Mikala in 2011,[6] and a second daughter on 14 April 2014.

Honours[edit]

with Sheffield Wednesday

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sporting Kansas City was known as Kansas City Wizards during the 2010 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glovers seal Rocastle loan deal". BBC Sport. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lincoln sign loan duo". BBC Sport. 25 March 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rocastle leaves Lincoln". BBC Sport. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rocastle joins Hibs on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea's Rocastle ends Hibs stay". BBC Sport. 4 January 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d "There's a lot of expectation when you have my surname.. but now I'm trying to make a name for myself in the indoor league in America (as soon as I learn the rules)". Daily Mail. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rocastle blow for Hibs". BBC Sport. 15 September 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Injury worries ease for Rocastle". BBC Sport. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Chelsea tell Rocastle he can go". BBC Sport. 14 January 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Owls snap up midfielder Rocastle". BBC Sport. 3 February 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Sheff Wed 3-2 Blackpool". BBC. 12 March 2005. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ex-Red Linked with Oldham". barnsleyfc.co.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Port Vale pull off triple swoop". BBC Sport. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Port Vale 3-0 Cheltenham". BBC. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Gillingham sign Vale's Rocastle". BBC Sport. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "First summer signings for Sinnott". BBC Sport. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Rocastle gets second Hibs chance". BBC Sport. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "Paatelainen wants to trim squad". BBC Sport. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  19. ^ "Thrasivoulos Filis Stats". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  20. ^ "Thordarson to assess trialist". BBC Sport. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  21. ^ "Spurs keeper Button joins Crewe". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  22. ^ Trialists set to face Hull, Aberdeen FC official website
  23. ^ "Wings pounce for Rocastle". NonLeagueDaily.com. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  24. ^ Howard, Tom (23 September 2009). "Dover set to complete Rocastle swoop". Kent News. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  25. ^ "From Nailsworth to Kansas". Sport Glos. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  26. ^ Whisenhunt, Josh. "Sporting Kansas City waives four players". sportingkc.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Comets Sign Rocastle". Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Missouri Comets. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  28. ^ "Craig Rocastle Signs With Greek Side Thrasyvoulos". thedailywiz.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  29. ^ "Digicel Cup Opening day proves to be a football fest". digicelfootball.com. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  30. ^ "Gold Cup 2011". globalsportsmedia.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

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