On This Day: Rocky’s Sensational Start

11 October 2018
David Rocastle made a sensational start to his Hull City career with a debut goal to help the Tigers register a 3-0 home win against Scarborough on this day in 1997.

An England international with league and cup honours on his impressive footballing CV, Rocastle was languishing in Chelsea’s reserves when Mark Hateley managed to persuade him to join the Tigers on loan.

His signature did not come on the cheap when compared to the average Division Three wage at the time – but the cost seemed more than justified when ‘Rocky’ made an impressive start to life in black and amber.

He ran the show in midfield and topped off his exquisite performance with a fine goal, making it 2-0 with 20 minutes played after Richard Peacock’s seventh-minute opener had put the home side ahead.

Mike Quigley completed the scoring 25 minutes from time, although the Tigers’ first league win over Scarborough was tougher than the scoreline suggested.

Rocastle went on to make 11 appearances for the Club in what proved to be his last taste of English football as his life was sadly cut short at the age of just 33 after losing his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March 2001.

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