Arsenal Football Club has announced that its home game against Aston Villa on Saturday, April 1 will be dedicated to its Charity of the Season, the David Rocastle Trust.

The charity, founded in memory of Arsenal legend, David Rocastle, will benefit from awareness raising and charitable giving on the day.

The Club appealed to supporters to send their memories of 'Rocky' for inclusion in a tribute book to be presented to David's family before kick-off on Saturday. Fifty pence from each matchday programme sold will also go to the David Rocastle Trust.

Helium balloons will be on sale outside the ground to which supporters can attach and release a tribute to the midfielder. Among other activities coordinated by the Club, supporters will be invited to participate in a period of applause to honour the midfield hero who lost his battle to cancer in March 2001.

Music chosen by his family will be played on the day, a tribute to the legend will be played out on the stadium's giant screens pre-match and a close friend of the Club's former No 7 will be the Club's mystery guest for the day.

Arsenal's Vice-Chairman David Dein said: "As Arsenal approaches its final months here at Highbury, it is a chance to remember 'Rocky' and his contribution to the Club's history. I hope that all Arsenal supporters will enter into the spirit of the day and give generously as they honour and remember this midfield star and courageous man."

Following consultation with Arsenal supporters and overwhelming support for the initiative, The David Rocastle Trust was founded in August 2005.  The charity was established to assist David's family, support community projects in 'Rocky's' name and assist other registered charities to help support causes closely linked to David Rocastle and his family.

For further information and to donate to the Trust please visit: or call 020 7704 3636


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31 Mar 2006