Rocky enters Cup spotlight

Happy days: Craig Rocastle wears a celebration wig as he shows off the 2005 play-off final trophy
Happy days: Craig Rocastle wears a celebration wig as he shows off the 2005 play-off final trophy
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HE was the hero of Sheffield Wednesday’s last promotion feat.

Now Craig Rocastle is under the spotlight in the USA.

The midfielder who was Man of the Match in the 2005 League One play-off final has been playing for Grenada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in America.

It is the latest twist in a tale of ups and downs for a player who has had 15 clubs though he is only 29 and who made his international debut last year.

His current task is trying to overcome a knee injury that threatens to put him out of the Gold Cup, as Grenada get set to face Honduras in Miami today.

He suffered the setback in a 4-0 defeat by Jamaica in a Group B opener on Monday - with the Reggae Boyz getting along without Jermaine Johnson, who was left out of the squad named for the tournament.

Rocastle - known as Rocky during his time at Hillsborough - fears that he will miss today’s match but he hopes to play in his team’s third game, on Monday against Guatemala in New Jersey.

He excelled when Wednesday beat Hartlepool 4-2 in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - and that was by the far the high point of his Wednesday career.

The London-born midfielder made a further 15 starts and four appearances as a sub, in the 2005-06 season, but was loaned to Yeovil on deadline day in March and his Hillsborough contract was cancelled by mutual consent in the summer. He signed for Oldham.

Rocastle also went on to play for Port Vale, Gillingham (on loan), Greek club Thrasyvoulos, and non-League sides Welling United, Dover Athletic and Forest Green Rovers.

He now plays for US outfit Sporting Kansas City.

Paul Sturrock signed him for the Owls on a free from Chelsea in February, 2005, on a two-and-a-half year contract.

Chelsea had picked him up from non-League team Kingstonian and loaned him to Barnsley - for whom he made his League debut - Lincoln and Hibernian.

Apart from his storming display in Cardiff, his time with Wednesday was largely one of unfulfilled potential, hence his premature exit.

Rocastle provided one of the most memorable images of the Millennium Stadium triumph when he wore a blue-and-white wig in the post-match celebrations.