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


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.

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5 Responses

  1. Al says:

    Mungo would be proud.

  2. skif says:

    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:

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

  4. Richard Garcia says:

    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.

  5. Tim says:

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

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