BT Sport will premiere the next instalment in its acclaimed BT Sport Films series, Rocky & Wrighty: From Brockley to the Big Time, on BT Sport 1 at 9pm tonight.
The film takes an in-depth look at the extraordinarily separate but intertwined stories of Arsenal legends Ian Wright and David Rocastle.
Premiering the day after the 16-year anniversary of Rocastle’s death in 2001, the film features in-depth interviews with the likes of George Graham, Steve Coppell, David Dein, the Rocastle family, Kate Hoey, Martin Keown and Tony Adams.
The film examines two of Arsenal’s most revered players, exploring both players’ different journeys from South London’s Honor Oak Estate to the top-flight of Highbury.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport said: “Rocky & Wrighty: From Brockley to the Big Time is the utterly unique story of how one young prodigy inspired a late bloomer to new heights and the ensuing tragic end to the tale.
“Our film charts a young David Rocastle’s rapid rise to stardom and its impact on helping Ian Wright to attain legendary status at Arsenal. Through BT Sport Films, BT Sport is committed to bringing sports fans the stories behind the sports, teams, athletes and events that resonate with them.”
The film opens with a look at what life was like for Ian Wright as a young man, who at that time had more or less given up hope of turning professional.
Meanwhile David Rocastle is developing into a fine young talent at Arsenal, debuting in 1985 and becoming an instant favourite with the Arsenal faithful.
However Wright, out of the blue, gets his break with Steve Coppell’s Palace after impressing while on trial at Dulwich Hamlet.
The film continues with a look at Rocastle’s career going from strength to strength, his crowning glory the 1988/89 season which culminates in the dramatic last minute First Division Title win in 1989, and winning Young Player of the Year for that season.
That same season Wright makes the most of his move into professional football with Palace firing them to promotion with 33 goals. The following season he hits the big time with his 1990 FA Cup Final exploits and then a prolific top flight campaign in 1990/91.
His reward is a move to reigning champions Arsenal, for a club record fee where he joins his childhood mate Rocastle. With Rocastle a regular and back to his best form in midfield, in their first season playing together Wright scores 29 goals.
Wright goes from strength to strength and becomes an Arsenal legend. Rocastle, with a knee injury is sold by Arsenal against his wishes to champions Leeds United for a club record transfer fee.
Spells at Manchester City, Chelsea and then overseas in Malaysia follow, but he struggles to recapture the form of his Arsenal pomp. Shortly after retirement he falls ill and he tragically passes away in 2001.