|| Providing a link between the Newcastle
United's of England and Australia is Chris Zorocich, a 32 year old New
Zealand International defender.
Now firmly part of the Australian soccer scene, having previously been at
the Brisbane Strikers and Sydney Olympic, "Zoro" has had two spells in
He made one appearance for Newcastle on trial in December 1990 during
the Jim Smith era, when
Newcastle reserves beat Leicester 2-0.
Although the Magpies elected not to pursue their interest, Zoro did
play league football during a spell with Leyton Orient and latterly
turned out for Doncaster Rovers before leaving England in the mid
90's. He did return briefly in 1998, for an unsuccessful trial at
Chelsea, then managed by a certain Ruud Gullit.
His career began with New Zealand side
Central United in Auckland, and he also studied for and gained a degree in
Economics and Accounting at the local university before packing his
He's also captained the New Zealand
all-whites national team, and an injury he suffered last year saw current
Newcastle Under 19 player David Rayner drafted into the senior squad
for the first time for a tournament held in Malaysia.
Zoro turned down approaches from an un-named Japanese club and also the
Auckland Kingz (New Zealand pro club who now participate in the Australian
NSL alongside Newcastle) to sign for the Newcastle Breakers for the 2000/01
season. The Breakers then collapsed with financial problems, only to be
re-christened Newcastle United and take the Breaker's place in the NSL.