Andy Cole

Position: Striker

Newcastle United Career: 1993-1995

Height: 5ft 10ins

Born: October 15th, 1971

 

If you've ever wondered what kind of player Andy Cole was during his 22 months at Newcastle, his very own song should give you a major clue. "He gets the ball, he scores a goal, Andy Andy Cole".

At one stage during his brief stay on Tyneside, his goals ratio reached an incredible goal-per-game 100 per cent as Cole smashed a long-standing club record that stretched back to the likes of Gallacher and Robledo.

Developed by George Graham as a youngster at Arsenal, Cole moved to Bristol City in March 1992 and appeared to be flying well below many clubs' radars as he plied his trade at Ashton Gate.

That was until he was spotted by Toon manager Kevin Keegan, who saw huge potential in Cole and followed up his interest by signing the 21-year-old for a club record £1.75 million in March 1992.

From a virtual unknown, Cole became an instant hit on Tyneside, scoring 12 goals in his first 12 games as United cruised to the First Division title and promotion to the promised land of the Premier League

During the following season - United's first in the newly-formed top flight - Cole was simply unstoppable, and formed a lethal partnership with United legend Peter Beardsley and a useful understanding with the likes of Rob Lee and Lee Clark.

The goals just kept on coming, and by the time Aston Villa arrived at St. James' Park in late April during the 1993/94 season, Cole was just one strike away from registering his 40th of the season.

The goal duly arrived shortly before half-time and by reaching such an impressive total, Cole had beaten Hughie Gallacher and George Robledo's record of 39 in a single season.

He went on to register one more that season on the final day against Arsenal and ended the season on an amazing 41 goals in 45 games, with United finishing in an impressive third place. And to add to that haul, he also bagged the Premier League golden boot and the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

However, there was a shock in store the following campaign when Cole was dramatically sold to Manchester United in January 1995 for a £7 million cash-plus player deal that saw Keith Gillespie arrive at St. James' Park.

The fans, understandably, were shell-shocked, and converged on the stadium demanding answers. To his credit, Kevin Keegan famously spoke to supporters from the steps of the Milburn Stand and asked for patience - and within five months the Club had signed Les Ferdinand.

Cole went on to become an unprecedented success at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and, of course, the Champions League in 1999, but he will long be remembered as one of the most lethal strikers in Newcastle's history.

 

DEBUT: Swindon Town (a) 13/3/93

APPEARANCES:
Football/Premier League: 69; 55 goals
FA Cup: 4; 1 goal
League Cup: 7; 8 goals
Europe: 3; 4 goals
TOTAL: 83; 68 goals

HONOURS:
England caps: 15; 1 goal
England U-21 caps: 8; 4 goals
England B caps: 1; 1 goal
Football League Division One winner: 1993
Premier League winner: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
FA Cup winner: 1996, 1999
League Cup winner: 2002
Champions League winner: 1999