Rocky Baptiste Shows Us Both Sides Of A Footballer’s Life

5 By Ian  |   The Ball  |   November 30, 2009  |     18

We don’t usually post up videos like this on here, but sometimes they’re too good to pass up. Rocky Baptiste has had a long and varied in football career, including scoring for Farnborough Town at Arsenal and Havant & Waterlooville at Swansea City in the FA Cup and a handful of appearances as a substitute in the Football League for Luton Town. Now, at thirty-seven years old, he is plying his trade at Harrow Borough in the Ryman League Premier Division. Finally, fame has caught up with him through the medium of YouTube.

On Saturday, their home league match against Waltham Abbey had been a rambunctious affair. In the closing minutes of the game, Harrow were leading 5-3 when a poor header back to the goalkeeper allowed Baptiste, who rounded the goalkeeper and… well… you can see from the video what happened next. Fortunately, Baptiste has taken the miss with good humour (he claimed to be aiming for a linesman that had called him offside in an interview on BBC London’s “Non-League Show earlier this evening), and if Harrow can find a way to make a couple of shillings out of it, then good luck to them. If this video is worth watching for no other reason, it’s worth watching for the howls of disbelieving laughter as the ball squirts just wide of the corner flag.

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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

Comments
  • December 1, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Al

    Mungo would be proud.

  • December 1, 2009 at 11:44 am

    skif

    Rocky was an absolute hero for us (Havant & Waterlooville) for three years despite the fact a lot of people (mainly his former managers) thought he was too old and shot even before he turned up at the age of 33.

    Despite all his goals though (85 in 145 appearancs), he was capable of the occasional brainfart and bursts of limp lackadaisicality, and so the above doesn’t come as the biggest surprise.

    In fact we’ve been debating on our forum whether it was better or worse than that by our former midfield legend Tim Hambley (aka The Cockney Midfield Genius) when as the ball was trickling towards an empty goal away at Ilkeston 9 years ago, he larrupped it against the post from two inches out when leaving it alone was surely the better option.

    I think the general view is that as Tim was actually still playing for us at the time, his mental breakdown was far far worse.

    Words and pictures from scenes of Rocky’s slightly more laudable contributions to lower-league football (specifically my club) can be found at:
    http://dubsteps.blogspot.com/2006/11/havant-waterlooville-1-millwall-2.html
    http://dubsteps.blogspot.com/2008/01/swansea-city-1-havant-waterlooville-1.html
    http://dubsteps.blogspot.com/2008/01/h-v-swansea-forthcoming.html

  • December 5, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Jeremy Jacobs

    He was a bit of a “god” for Margate FC over a couple of seasons.

  • November 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Richard Garcia

    Rocky Baptiste was a real legend at Harrow Borough, despite that almighty miss he scored a corker at the other end and many more. He was the most prolific striker in our division 3 years running, a true gentleman around the club and fans and a hero to my 5 year old son who still shouts the name Rocky Baptiste when he scores in his little league matches.

  • October 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Tim

    Did what I intended to do- Hit it off the post-shot off in the wrong direction thou. Haha :)))))

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