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Andrew Cole
Personal information
Full name Andrew Alexander Cole
Date of birth 15 October 1971 (1971-10-15) (age 38)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Huddersfield Town (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Arsenal 1 (0)
1991 Fulham (loan) 13 (3)
1992–1993 Bristol City 41 (20)
1993–1995 Newcastle United 70 (55)
1995–2001 Manchester United 195 (93)
2001–2004 Blackburn Rovers 83 (27)
2004–2005 Fulham 31 (12)
2005–2006 Manchester City 22 (9)
2006–2007 Portsmouth 18 (3)
2007 Birmingham City (loan) 5 (1)
2007–2008 Sunderland 7 (0)
2008 Burnley (loan) 13 (6)
2008 Nottingham Forest 10 (0)
Total 509 (229)
National team
1992–1993 England U21 8 (4)
1994 England B 1 (1)
1995–2002 England 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) is a retired English footballer. He is most well known by the name Andy Cole (by which he was universally known in the 1990s), but in 2000, he asked to be known as Andrew Cole.[1] He currently works as a forwards coach at Huddersfield Town under his former Newcastle United and Fulham team-mate Lee Clark.

A former England international, Cole is the second-highest goalscorer in Premier League history; in his career, Cole has scored a total of 187 Premier League goals, placing him behind Alan Shearer who has 260 goals. Cole has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honours in the English game, including the PFA Young Player of the Year award, as well as the coveted UEFA Champions League title. Cole was also capped fifteen times for England between 1995 and 2001, scoring once, against Albania in a World Cup Qualifier.[2] He announced his retirement from football on 11 November 2008.


Playing career


Club career

Early career

Cole started his career as a youth player for Arsenal on leaving school in 1988, signing professional in 1989. He made his only league appearance for Arsenal, aged 19, as a substitute against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane during a First Division game on 29 December 1990; Arsenal won 4–1 but Cole did not score. He also made a substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur in the Charity Shield in 1991 and almost made an immediate impact, hitting the side netting from outside the area.

The following season he was loaned to Fulham in the Third Division, where he scored three goals in 13 games, before being sold to Second Division Bristol City in a £500,000 deal – at the time he was the Ashton Gate club's most expensively signed player.

Having proved himself as a competent young goalscorer with Bristol City (who began the 1992–93 in the new Football League Division One following the creation of the Premier League), Cole was quickly one of the hottest prospects in England and his name was regularly linked with Premier League clubs throughout the 1992–93 season.

Newcastle United

In February 1993, Division One leaders Newcastle United splashed out a then club record £1.75 million for his services. He then scored 12 goals in as many league games.

After David Kelly was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers, manager Kevin Keegan brought in Peter Beardsley as Cole's strike partner for the 1993–94 Premier League campaign. Cole scored 34 goals in 40 games during Newcastle's first Premier League season as they finished third and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Cole scored a total of 41 goals in all competitions – breaking the club's goalscoring record which had been set by Hughie Gallacher nearly 70 years earlier (Gallacher still holds the record for the highest number of league goals in a season with 36). 22-year-old Cole was subsequently voted PFA Young Player of the Year for that season.

Cole then scored nine Premier League goals in 18 games for Newcastle after the start of the 1994–95 season, and also scored a hat-trick against Royal Antwerp in the UEFA Cup.[3]

In all, Cole hit 68 goals in 84 games for Newcastle giving him a strike rate of 81%. In terms of goals per game for Newcastle, only Hughie Gallacher has a better record.

Manchester United

On 10 January 1995, Cole was suddenly sold in a shock deal to Manchester United for a deal worth £7 million – £6 million cash plus £1 million-rated Keith Gillespie going in the opposite direction, setting a new record for most expensive British transfer at the time. This record was broken five months later by Arsenal's £7.5 million acquisition of Dennis Bergkamp from Internazionale.

Despite joining halfway through the 1994–95 season, Cole still managed to score 12 goals in just first 18 Premier League games for United. This included his first, the winner in a 1–0 victory over Aston Villa on 4 February at Old Trafford and five in the 9–0 rout of Ipswich Town, a Premier League record. However, he missed two simple chances against West Ham United on the final day of the season as they could only manage a 1–1 draw and the league title went to Blackburn Rovers instead. He was cup-tied for the FA Cup final a week later. Without him, United lost to Everton 1–0. United were also without the banned Eric Cantona and the injured Andrei Kanchelskis, the club's next two highest scorers that season after Cole.

His first full season in 1995–96 with Manchester United proved to be difficult, as Cole struggled to find his trademark form in a side now built around the much heralded return of Eric Cantona. Though Cole scored in four successive games during the winter, including an important opening goal in United's 2–0 defeat of title rivals Newcastle United on 27 December, Cole was badgered by fans and critics alike across much of the season for only scoring 14 times and missing many chances. However, Cole picked up his form in the business end of the season and scored critical goals including the winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea to send United to Wembley again. He then collected his first Premier League title winners medal and scored the second goal in United's 3–0 defeat of Middlesbrough on the final day of the season to help United win the Premier League title for the third time in four years. He also played in their FA Cup final victory to become part of England's first ever side to win the double twice.

Before the 1996–97 season began, Cole had to deal with being offered to Blackburn Rovers as part-exchange in a £12 million deal that would have brought Alan Shearer to Old Trafford but the offer was turned down and Shearer opted for Newcastle instead. Despite Alex Ferguson's clear indication to Cole that he was looking for another striker, after the Shearer deal fell through, Cole fought to stay at the club and was handed the number 9 shirt (having previously worn 17). The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjær – and being the victim of two broken legs suffered after a tackle by Neil Ruddock in a reserve game against Liverpool – restricted Cole's first-team chances further, but he managed to still play in 20 Premier League games (10 as a substitute) for the season, ending the season strongly with several crucial goals in both the league and UEFA Champions League (where he scored a goal voted the season's best European goal against Porto) to complete his comeback from injury. He then scored the title sealing goal away at Anfield – the scene of his broken legs just half a season earlier – against Roy Evans' "Spice Boys" Liverpool team and thereby aided United in winning their fourth title in five years, with Cole qualifying for another Premier League title medal.

For the 1997–98 season, the retirement of Eric Cantona saw Cole emerge as first choice striker once again, and he discovered his best form ever for the club, becoming the joint top goalscorer in the Premier League during the course of the season with 18 goals, including a slew of spectacular goals – one of which, a chip against Everton, had the fans' vote as the Manchester United goal of the season. Cole also developed a strong partnership with Teddy Sheringham but United finished trophyless for only the second time in 9 seasons as they lost to Arsenal in the end. Cole achieved several personal landmarks in this campaign, scoring his first European hat-trick for the club in an away match at Feyenoord, as well as ending the season as runner-up in the PFA Players' Player of the Year award to Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp. Despite this accreditation, and being the leading goalscorer in all competitions that season with 25, Cole was omitted from England's 1998 World Cup squad by then-manager Glenn Hoddle.[3] Cole remained upbeat when interviewed and when asked about his new found return to success, Cole claimed that he had found freedom in his life after the injuries of the previous season, saying he had great joy with his newborn son, and lived for him and his family in his faith as a Born again Christian.[citation needed] He also claimed the friendship of Ryan Giggs, his room-mate on away games, was a major motivating factor through the tough times when fans doubted him at United.[citation needed]

Cole faced competition from new signing Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær during the 1998–99 season but ended up developing an immensely successful partnership with Yorke both on and off the pitch that season, the year in which his striking partnership with Yorke contributed 53 goals between them and was rated as one of the most feared attacking partnerships not just in the Premier League, but in all of Europe as well, with the pair scoring against sides like Barcelona away at the Nou Camp, and repeating the form all season with incredible one touch passes and assists that at times seemed to demonstrate a telepathic understanding between the pair. Cole played a key role in the side's unique treble of the Premier League title, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. Cole scored the winning goal in United's final Premier League game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur, a result which meant United finished one point ahead of rivals Arsenal to win the Premier League title. He also scored United's third and winning goal in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus, sealing their place in the final for the first time in over 30 years. Also in this season, Cole scored his 100th Premier League goal in a top of the table clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford on 17 February; the match ended 1–1.

Cole was United's top scorer again in 1999–2000 with 19 goals in 28 Premier League games. He collected his fourth Premier League title medal in five seasons, and scored over 20 goals in all competitions for the third successive season. Cole scored many goals for United including the only goal of the game in their top of the table clash against their closest rivals Leeds United. He also joined an elite group during this season by scoring his 100th goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Wimbledon. Injury just prior to Euro 2000 led to Cole missing out on another major competition for his country.

Another title followed in 2000–01 when, despite suffering from an injury that restricted his appearances, Cole scored 13 goals in all competitions, including four in the European Cup allowing him at the time to become Manchester United's record goal scorer in European competition of all time.

Cole made one last appearance for Manchester United in the UEFA Celebration Match six years later, on 13 March 2007, coming on at half time for a friendly game between Manchester United and European XI in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the European Community and 50 years of Manchester United in the European Cup.

Blackburn Rovers

The arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Juan Sebastián Verón counted against Cole's first-team chances in the 2001–02 season, and on 29 December 2001 he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £8 million.[2] Within two months of arriving he had collected a League Cup winners medal, scoring the winning goal for Blackburn in the final against Tottenham Hotspur who were managed by the former England manager and open critic of Cole, Glenn Hoddle. This victory meant that, in the space of seven seasons, Cole had won all three domestic trophies plus a European trophy. Cole ended the season with a total of 18 goals in all competitions, 5 for Manchester United and 13 in just 20 games for Blackburn.

Rovers finished sixth the following season and qualified for the UEFA Cup. That campaign saw Cole reform the striker partnership with Dwight Yorke, who had signed for Blackburn from Manchester United for £2 million in July 2002.

Cole had a frustrating season in 2003–04 as Rovers slid into the bottom half of the Premier League. Cole scored 11 goals but his relationship with his boss Graeme Souness hit rock bottom after Cole reported him to the PFA accusing him of unfair treatment.[citation needed]

Later career and retirement

13 years after spending one month on loan at Fulham, Cole returned to Craven Cottage for the 2004–05 season joining them on a one-year contract.[4] He was the club's top scorer and scored one of the goals of the season against Liverpool. Despite this successful period at Fulham he decided to leave the club after only one season as his family wanted to return to the North West.[citation needed]

Cole signed for Manchester City on a free transfer at the beginning of the 2005–06 season,[5] and enjoyed a good start to his career at Eastlands. Stuart Pearce's side's spent most of the season in the top half of the table but Cole's season was ended by injury in March.

Despite signing a new contract with Manchester City only months earlier[6] and leaving Fulham in 2005 to return to the north, Cole signed for south coast club Portsmouth on transfer deadline day (31 August 2006) for an undisclosed fee expected to rise to £1 million depending on appearances.[7] He scored his first league goal for his new club in the 2–0 win at home to West Ham on 14 October 2006.[8] However, Cole struggled to break into Harry Redknapp's side and in March 2007 he signed on loan for Birmingham City of the Championship until the end of the season.[9] Cole returned to Portsmouth after five appearances and one goal (against Wolverhampton Wanderers)[10] for Birmingham. He was released on 3 August 2007.[11]

After being released by Portsmouth at the end of the 2006–07 season, Cole signed a one year contract with Sunderland on a free transfer, reuniting him with former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers strike partner Dwight Yorke, and under the management of former United team-mate Roy Keane. After seven games for the club he was loaned out to Burnley and was released at the end of the 2007–08 Premier League season.

On 4 July 2008, Cole signed a 12-month deal with Nottingham Forest, his 12th club, and hometown club from childhood. However, on 31 October 2008, Forest confirmed that Cole's contract had been cancelled by mutual consent, after eleven appearances and no goals.

On 11 November 2008, Cole announced his retirement from football, bringing an end to a 19-year career.[12]

International career

Despite first being capped for England in 1995, he had earned only 15 caps by the time he announced his retirement from international football after failing to be selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad. He scored one goal for England, in a World Cup qualifying match against Albania in March 2001. He also scored in his single appearance for the England B team.

Glenn Hoddle, in defence of his decision not to select Cole for the World Cup in 1998, accused Cole of needing 6 or 7 chances to score one goal.[13]

Cole earned his first four caps under four different managers. He made his debut against Uruguay under Terry Venables in 1995, appeared next against Italy under Glenn Hoddle at the Tournoi de France in 1997, made his third appearance against France under caretaker Howard Wilkinson in 1999 and finally earned his fourth cap against Poland under new manager Kevin Keegan in his first starting appearance a few weeks later.

Coaching career

In August 2009, Cole was hired by his former Manchester United and England team-mate, Milton Keynes Dons manager Paul Ince, to coach the club's forwards on an initially temporary basis.[14] However, a week later, Cole agreed to spend at least two days a week working on finishing with the forwards at Huddersfield Town, under his former Newcastle United and Fulham team-mate Lee Clark.[15]

Personal life

In 1999, Cole released the unsuccessful single "Outstanding", a cover of the 1982 song of the same name, which peaked below the UK Top 40.

Cole married his long time girlfriend Shirley Dewar in July 2002 on the same day that Steve McManaman got married.[16] They have a son called Devante,[17] who is currently attached to Manchester City,[18] and they presently live in the North West, as neighbours of Rio Ferdinand.

In 2008, Cole was quizzed by Police after an alleged assault on his wife in their Alderley Edge home in Cheshire before being released on bail.[19] Six months later, Cole, through his representative law firm, Schillings, won damages in an action against media giants Express Newspapers, which owns the Daily Star for defamation regarding the publication of material concerning the assault allegations and for harms caused against his family by sensationalist reports.[20]

Charity work

In 2000, Cole visited Zimbabwe and returned to set up his own charity foundation called the "Andy Cole Children's Foundation" which helped aid orphans in Zimbabwe.[citation needed] The charity was registered with the Charity Commission in the United Kingdom under number 1079911. The charity has since been rebranded as All Star Kids, as Cole is no longer involved.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1989–90 Arsenal First Division 0 0 0 0
1990–91 1 0 1 0
1991–92 Fulham Third Division 13 3 13 3
1991–92 Bristol City Second Division 12 8 12 8
1992–93 First Division 29 12 29 12
1992–93 Newcastle United First Division 12 12
1993–94 Premier League 40 34
1994–95 18 9
1994–95 Manchester United Premier League 18 12 18 12
1995–96 34 11 7 2 1 0 1 0 43 13
1996–97 20 6 3 0 0 0 5 1 28 7
1997–98 33 15 3 5 1 0 7 5 44 25
1998–99 32 17 7 2 0 0 10 5 49 24
1999–2000 28 19 0 0 13 3 43 22
2000–01 19 9 1 0 0 0 10 4 30 13
2001–02 11 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 14 5
2001–02 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 15 9 0 0 15 9
2002–03 34 7 2 1 34
2003–04 34 11 1 0 34 11
2004–05 Fulham Premier League 31 12 0 0 31 12
2005–06 Manchester City Premier League 22 9 0 0 22 9
2006–07 Portsmouth Premier League 18 3 0 0 18 3
2006–07 Birmingham City Championship 5 1 0 0 5 1
2007–08 Sunderland Premier League 7 0 0 0 7 0
2007–08 Burnley Championship 13 6 0 0 13 6
2008–09 Nottingham Forest Championship 10 0 0 0 10 0
Total England 509 229
Career Total 509 229



Newcastle United
Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers


In popular culture

Welsh band Catatonia name-checked Cole on their 1996 B-side "Do You Believe In Me?". The lyrics include the line "I'm Andy Cole's tortured soul, missed out again in front of goal."


  1. ^ "Cole's name-change gamble". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 August 2000. Retrieved 3 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Bruce-Ball, Jim (29 December 2001). "Blackburn sign Cole for £8m". (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Euro goal king Cole". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 October 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Cole moves to Fulham". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 July 2004. Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Cole completes Man City signing". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 July 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Cole signs Citizens deal". 8 June 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "Portsmouth wrap up Cole signing". 31 August 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  8. ^ Tongue, Steve (15 October 2006). "Portsmouth 2 West Ham Utd 0: Harry casts Hammers further into the Cole furnace". (Independent News and Media). Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Birmingham sign Cole in loan deal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 21 March 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  10. ^ "Wolves 2-3 Birmingham". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 April 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Cole secures Pompey exit". (BSkyB). 3 August 2007.,19528,11661_2639845,00.html. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  12. ^ "Striker Cole retires from playing". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  13. ^ On second thoughts ... Andy Cole, 1 February 2007
  14. ^ "Cole To Fuel Dons Firepower". (Milton Keynes Dons FC). 13 August 2009.,,10420~1753400,00.html. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Huddersfield Town boss: We can get better!". Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Trinity Mirror). 19 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  16. ^ Andy Cole Arrested for Alleged Assult on his WAG WAGS Blog, 26 February 2008
  17. ^ Andy Cole: The Autobiography (Paperback)
  18. ^ "Andy Cole: How my son ended up at City's academy". (Independent News and Media). 19 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  19. ^ Cole questioned by police over wife 'assault', 26 February 2008
  20. ^ Footballer Andy Cole Wins Damages From Daily Star, 31 July 2008

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Simple English

Andrew Cole
Personal information
Full name Andrew Alexander Cole
Date of birth 15 October 1971 (1971-10-15) (age 39)
Place of birth    Nottingham, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Fulham (loan)
Bristol City
Newcastle United
Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers
Manchester City
Birmingham City (loan)
Burnley (loan)
Nottingham Forest
National team
1995-2001 England

Andrew Cole (born 15 October 1971) is a former English football player. He has played for England national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1989/90ArsenalFirst Division000000-00
1991/92FulhamThird Division1330000-133
1991/92Bristol CitySecond Division1280000-128
1992/93First Division29120000-2912
1992/93Newcastle UnitedFirst Division12120000-1212
1993/94Premier League40340000-4034
1994/95Manchester UnitedPremier League18120000-1812
2001/02Blackburn RoversPremier League1592133-2013
2004/05FulhamPremier League31125031-3913
2005/06Manchester CityPremier League2291100-2310
2006/07PortsmouthPremier League1832120-224
2006/07Birmingham CityLeague Championship510000-51
2007/08SunderlandPremier League701000-80
2007/08BurnleyLeague Championship1360000-136
2008/09Nottingham ForestLeague Championship1000010-110
CountryEngland 50923035141685519615271
Total 50923035141685519615271

International career statistics


England national team



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