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Rocky Baptiste

Born 1972
Rocky began his playing career as a junior at Chelsea and moved to various non-league clubs including Wealdstone and Hayes, before finding a professional contract at Luton Town.

He joined the Hatters in October 2000, having impressed during trials with the side’s reserves, but fell from favour shortly after a management change. Having made only three substitute appearances through the rest of the season he was loaned back to Hayes, where he again found form with five goals in seven games.

Rocky was quickly signed by Farnborough Town on a free transfer during the summer of 2001 and stayed with the then Conference side until June 2003, scoring 19 times in 48 appearances – including the memorable single goal in Boro’s 5-1 FA Cup third round defeat at the hands of Arsenal. He followed manager Graham Westley to Stevenage in July 2003, where he made nine starting appearances and scored four goals before moving again on a free transfer to Margate in February 2004.

Rocky joined the Hawks in August 2005 as a replacement for Dean Holdsworth, quickly surpassing the outgoing striker’s reputation, and won the league’s golden boot and supporters’ player of the season award twice in succession. His return of 85 goals in 139 appearances over three seasons made him the envy of many other clubs in the league, especially after his part in the Liverpool FA Cup run, where his goal at Swansea made the replay that followed possible.

Rocky left the Hawks for Maidenhead United in September 2008 to play closer to his London home.

Picture Dave Haines