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Andrew Cole: A prolific striker who has scored 220 goals in his career, playing for Arsenal, Fulham, Bristol City, Newcastle, Manchester United, Manchester City, and is currently playing for Premiership side Portsmouth.
Name: Andrew Alexander Cole
Date of Birth: 15.10.1971
Place of Birth: Nottingham
Position: Forward (Striker)
Andrew, otherwise known as Andy started out as a trainee at Arsenal football club (The Gunners), playing only once and scoring. But he made his name in the lower leagues for Bristol City, where he scored 20 times from 40 outings. This alerted Newcastle, who then signed him for a past record of 1.75 million pounds. He proved his worth by scoring 55 goals in a mere 70 appearances for the club. In January 1995, Manchester United made a shock move for Andy Cole, splashing out 7 million pounds for his services! He went on to score 93 goals from 195 appearances for United.
Many United fans were against the move of Andrew Cole, as at the end of his first season, he missed two vital chances against West Ham, which cost Man United their title. He also proved part of United's downfall in the F.A cup, as he was ineligible and Man United lost to Everton. Even though he proved to be a successful goal scorer, he was being slated for not scoring every single goal, and although he had stiff competition with strikers Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he was vital to United's Premiership and European campaign.
He then moved on to Blackburn Rovers, mainly due to the arrivals of Ruud Van Nistlerooy and Juan Sebastian Veron, in a 7million pound deal.
He currently plays at Portsmouth football club under Harry Redknapp, who is well known for getting the best out of players who would be said to be past their sell by date. He now has competition with in-form striker Nwanko Kanu, Tresor Lomano Lualua and Benjamin Mwaruwari. In his 2 substitute appearances so far for the club, he has scored once in Portsmouth's 2-0 win over West Ham.
Andrew Cole has always been one of my favourite players, as I support Man United and Portsmouth, I was delighted to see him come to us after his superb performances for United, though I currently have doubts that his fitness will prove over the entire season, as he is currently 35 years of age. After seeing how well Redknapp dealt with Teddy Sheringham at our club, I have no doubts he will be able to reciprocate this again.
You can see from his honours that he is truly one of the greatest footballers of all time. Being one of the few players to have been awarded with every English Football title. His overall honours are:
-F.A cup (2)
-European Cup (1)
-League Cup (1)
-Division one championship (1)
-Charity Shield (2)
-League Championship (5)
-PFA young player of the year (1)
-Intercontinental Cup (1)
All of these honours made Cole an obvious selection for his national team, England, though he only made 15 appearances for England, he scored an out-of-character 1 goal in total.
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Andy Cole, Fulham?s new signing has had a Fascinating career, playing for 7 different clubs. And would you believe me if I said he started his career off at Arsenal. Arsenal (England) Andrew Cole had came up the ranks of the Arsenal youth team and during his 2 year spell of Professional football, he only managed to play 1 game. That game turned out to be His only for Arsenal so Far. His first professional goal would come next season in the white shirt of Fulham. Fulham (England) (Loan) Technically, Andy Cole was still an Arsenal player when he scored his first professional goal. The England centre-forward went on to score 2 more goals that season in 13 games. It wasn?t a bad record, but Fulham Didn?t want to keep him. He ended up having a great season with Bristol City the following season. Bristol City (England) The 1992/1993 season was when Andrew Cole introduced himself to the footballing world. Scoring 20 goals in 41 appearances made him to good for a team like Bristol City to keep. The following season he moved up north to Newcastle United, the club where the whole world would here of his name. Newcastle United (England) During a 2 year spell with Newcastle United he scored 55 goals in 70 games. These goals he scored didn?t help Newcastle to the Premiership title, but it helped Andrew Cole to become a fans favourite around the club. That was until he accepted a move to Premiership Rivals Manchester United. The Newcastle fans hated him. Andy Cole had left from their club to Deadly rivals Manchester United. Manchester United (England) During his first two seasons at Old Trafford Andy Cole wasn?t as prolific in front of goal as the United fans expected. In his first two seasons Andrew Cole played 72 games and scored 29 goals. During the course of the 1997/1998m season Andy Cle netted 15 goals in 33 games. By the next season his tally had risen to 17 goals playing 32 times that season. But Andrew
Cole?s best season of his life was the 1999/2000 season. The goals weren?t what was good about it, the fact that they completed the treble was. Andy?s 19 goals in 28 games helped them win the Premier league; he also scored important goals in Europe. The next season though Ruud Van Nistelrooy Joined the club, forcing Andy Cole out of United?s starting 11. In his last 3 seasons at United Andy Cole only played 45 games, scoring 22 goals in them. He had left United on a bad note, his move to Blackburn Helped him Though. Blackburn Rovers (England) His first season at Blackburn couldn?t have been much better, he scored 9 goals in 15 appearances. At the end of the season the news got better, his goal-scoring partner at United had Joined Blackburn. Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke were up front together for the 2002/2003 season but it didn?t do any good scoring just 15 goals between them in a combined 67 games. It was a major disappointment for Andy and Blackburn, the following season he hardly touched a ball in Competitive Football. Fulham (England) After being released by Blackburn, Andy Cole moved back to the club where he scored his first professional goal. He will be there during the 2004/2005 season hoping to make the Londoners move up the league table and finish in a high position.
Andy Cole Andy Cole Andy Andy Cole He gets the ball He scores a goal Andy Andy Cole True, you know. Goal King Cole really does get the ball and score a goal [Andy Andy Cole]. Sensational! He does sometimes, anyway. Usually having wasted three or four good chances beforehand, but that's surely beside the point... Okay, okay, let's get things straight here. Facts about Andy Cole: 1) He is the world's most popular footballer. 2) He is the world's best footballer. 3) He is the world's nicest footballer. 4) He is the world's sexiest footballer. 5) He is the world's kindest footballer. Not to mention the fact that he's possibly the world's finest hip-hop superstar, as I'm sure anybody to have heard his cracking song "Outstanding" will justify. From failure at Arsenal as a youngster, to failure at Bristol City and failure (albeit a 30+ goals per season failure) at Newcastle United and Manchester United, Andy Cole is now commonly seen as the nation's most successful footballer, playing for the nation's most successful club, Blackburn Rovers (who else?). Andy Cole's overwhelming success, some may say, is all down to his trademark hunky good looks and outrageous sense of humour. I, on the other hand, believe it to be for the fact that Andy Cole is by far the world's most talented goal-grabber, leaving such contenders as Michael Owen, Ronaldo, Gabriel Batistuta and Egil Ostenstad trailing in his wake. 26th December 2001: The day the world came crashing down for many a Manchester United fan. It'd been on the cards for some time, but this was the day Andy Cole recognised his full potential and made the step up the final rung of the football ladder, signing for the club generally regarded as the pinnacle of football excellence, Blackburn Rovers. Forming a lethal striking partnership with Matt Jansen
at his new club, and with Italian mega man Corrado Grabbi waiting in the wings, the Premiership was set alight by Andy Cole's silky skills and wacky goal celebrations, as Blackburn powered home to the coveted 12th place finish, having playfully flirted with relegation earlier in the season - y'know, for a laugh. Of course when playing for such giants on the football stage as the mighty Rovers, international ambitions always come second, which is why, in reserving all his best efforts for the Blackburn cause, Andy Cole's career as an England international sadly came to an end only weeks before World Cup 2002. Despite Sven Goran Eriksson's desperate attempts to make Cole reconsider, his mind was made up, leaving England without the powerhouse striker they would have needed to finally regain the World Cup. Things could have been so, so different if only Goal King Cole had been about... So then, I'm sure by now you get the impression that Andy Cole's actually quite good; magnificent even. But surely there must be something he's not good at? And yes, my friend, there is: Andy Cole's not really much good at being bad at anything - that's how awesome he is. In fact, one of Cole's many amazing talents happens to be the art of wrestling, WWF-stylee, as displayed so wonderfully last season in a crucial match against Bolton Wanderers, whereby Cole was disgracefully hacked down by Bolton's Mike Whitlow. Now then, a hard man like Cole is a no-nonsense chap when it comes to this kind of situation, so he duly stamped on Whitlow in a way 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin would surely have been proud of himself. Obviously Cole was consequently sent off, suspended, fined 'n all that, but nobody really minds too much. Those who dare, now affectionately know Andy Cole as Angry Cole. I don't dare though - maybe he'll stamp on me one day. It'd be easy, really, to go on about Andy Cole's numerous ac
ts of magic in front of the Ewood Park (Blackburn's fortress) faithful over the past seven months or so, but we'd be here all day. The moment held deepest within the nation's heart during that time, however, is undoubtedly when Cole drove home his fantastic belter in the League Cup final in March against Tottenham Hotspur. With the scores locked at 1-1, and 'Big' Brad Friedel's heroics in the Blackburn goal keeping Les Ferdinand at bay, the ball fell to Andy Cole on the edge of the Tottenham area. A quick flick and dribble past fourteen Tottenham defenders later, and the ball was in the back of the net, having been drilled furiously past Neil Sullivan from what must have been about 60 or 70 yards from the Tottenham goal. Incredible stuff indeed, matched only by Cole's earlier effort, which unfortunately fizzed narrowly over the stadium roof, with Sullivan again well beaten. Okay, okay, I admit there was life before Blackburn for the Cole Machine [Goal Machine]. Yeah, I said he was a failure at all his previous clubs. I lied. True, things weren't too rosy as a youngster at Arsenal, but life at Bristol City improved somewhat. A £1,750,000 transfer to Newcastle United later, and Andy Cole really was Eurpope's most prolific striker, hitting 34 goals in the 94-95 season and taking the European Golden Boot (top goal scorer) award. A record £8million + Keith Gillespie part-exchange transfer to Manchester United beckoned, and League Cup succes at Blackburn aside, the highlight of Cole's career came in 1999, as he helped spearhead Man Utd's strike force with Dwight Yorke (now at Blackburn too) to claim the European Cup. Yorke 'n Cole - Rock 'n Roll. Or something. So with Dwight Yorke once again at his side, following a £2.6million transfer to the Rovers from Man Utd, surely there's nothing to stop them once again becoming Europe's deadliest strike pairing? Nothing, that is, but th
e fact that they won't be a strike pairing. No, insiders tell me one particular card Graeme Souness has up his sleeve for the coming season is a unique 5-pronged attack-based formation. With Matt Jansen, Corrado Grabbi and Egil Ostenstad all offering expert assistance to Yorke and Cole up front, 'Big' Brad Friedel keeping things tight at the back and Garry Flitcroft providing the necessary tenacity in the middle of the park, not only will Blackburn have the world's deadliest strike force, but also the world's most solid defence, combining to enforce what is already the general assumption amongst football followers that Blackburn Rovers are most certainly top trump in the football pack, so to speak. Andy Cole then, the legend that he is - what lies ahead for a man who's done all there is to do (and done it all pretty darn well)? Well, as mentioned earlier, a rather special hip-hop career lies ahead on the evidence of his debut single, entitled "Outstanding": a smooth blend of RnB, hip-hop and UK garage ingeniously produced in a style that only Andy Cole can do, containing such sweet lyrical moments as "I've scored the goals, now I'll talk the talk". No mention of his fiery temper though, I'm afraid. Andy Cole: Outstanding.
Andy Cole Signed For United 0n 12th January 1995 which came as a big shock to the footballing world with him having been a fan faviorite at newcastle since his move there he had been there top goalscorer one numourus awards for newcastle including the goldenboot award, so it was obvius why Alex Fergusen had opted for Andy! The big question was could Cole life upto expectations?The answer to this being yes he could, scoring an average of 20 goals a season this was what a top club like united had needed, these goals not just flying in the league but other major competitions such as Europe, he was known world wide at this point. Andy Cole's international career has never been a real strong one as he has never had a real chance to show what he is really cpable of, that is ofcourse until Sven Goran Erickson came in he has now made a number of apperances and also managed to get a goal for England is this a sign of a bright future ahead for Andy Cole? Ever since Andy Cole signed for United he has been a big favirite with the fans with rumours recently circulating that he was leaving the club, this was where the fans love for Andy was shown with them refusing to let him go and he is now staying at united alough rumour has it he is set to return to newcastle or Fulham! Profile on Andy Cole: Full Name: Andrew Alexander Cole Position: Centre Forward Date of Birth: 15th Oct 1971 Squad Number:9 Place of Birth:Nottingham United Debut:22/1/1995 (H) Blackburn Height:1.78m Transfer Fee:£6.25 million Weight:78kg Andy Cole is one of those players who will allways be remembered at united not just for his goals but the ability he has to turn a game!
Unfortunately I feel that Andy Cole can no longer produce the goods that Manchester United deserve as one of the best clubs in Europe. The player used to be the talk of the English football games when he moved from Newcastle United to rivals Manchester United in January 1995, for a then British record fee of £6.5 million. Unfortunately after nearly six seasons for the red devils things have turned sour for him, and with the signing of Dutchman Ruud Van Nistelrooy, for close to £19 million and is another striker, like Andy it may spell the end of a career at Old Trafford. Andy Cole was born in Nottingham, England on the 15th October 1971. He is 5’10” tall, so not the tallest, and like some small players he is fast, but not in the same league of Michael Owen. Instead his main attributes are being a typical goal poacher, scoring most of his goals in or around the box, but also having a decent amount of skill on him enough to beat a few defenders. He is not the greatest player for physical height, but is technically good in the air, scoring a few headers, mostly from well-timed jumps. He is also a very hard worker and covers a lot of ground, despite being a bit of a goal poacher. He began his career as a schoolboy at Arsenal, after attending the FA school of excellence at Lilleshall. He did not get much of a look in at Arsenal, so after reasonably successful loan spells at both Bristol City and Fulham, before signing full time with Bristol City for a fee of £500,000. At Bristol he caught the eye of Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, so much so that he was snapped up for £1.75 million by the Magpies in March 1993. Cole enjoyed a lot of success at Newcastle, and was part of the team that got them into the Premiership. The next season (1993/94)he netted a total of 34 goals, which was enough to win him the Golden boot award for the top scorer in Europe as well as the young player of the year award. Andy Cole’s scoring exploits
had not gone unnoticed and midway through the 1994/95 season Cole secured a big move to Manchester United for what was then a British record fee of £6.25 million. For the rest of the season he scored 12 times in just 18 games, including 5 in United’s record 9-0 win over Ipswich town, but failed in winning the Premiership title, losing to Blackburn Rovers for the big prize. Under the expert coaching staff at United and the ever-watchful eye of Alex Ferguson Cole developed as a player, improving all the time. However he was still overshadowed by Eric Cantona as the red devils main striker up until the Frenchman’s retirement in 1997. 1995/96 saw Cole’s first championship medal with united as he scored in the win over Middlesborough that confirmed them as champions, and went on to win the double with the FA cup being won 1-0 against Liverpool. Ole Gunner Solskjaer was a new edition to the United strike force in 1996, and Cole was disappointed in that he missed half the season with a broken leg. Meanwhile new boy Solskjaer got off to a flyer to further pile on the misery for Andy. 1997/98 was the first season without Eric Cantona, and as a replacement Teddy Sheringham was signed from Spurs. With Teddy Cole forged a great partnership that did great for United up until Xmas, before a combination of bad injuries to key players and loss of form meant the title went to Arsenal. Still, Cole finished the season with his best ever personal haul of 25 goals In the summer of 1998 Cole was rumoured to be going to another club after missing chances, but instead Alex Ferguson kept with him, and added to a front line already containing Cole, Sheringham and Solskjaer by signing Trinidad and Tobago striker Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa for £12.5 million. Yorke and Cole instantly clicked and formed a partnership that was never there between Cantona and Cole. It was one of the best partnerships around, and Cole’s best since he linked up with Peter Beard
sley at Newcastle. Relations between the two also were great off the pitch, and Cole was having a great time, and playing some of the best football of his career. 1998/99 was the year the Manchester United achieved their historic treble of League, FA Cup and the European Cup. Their dramatic comeback in the final seconds of the European Cup final against Bayer Munich are still vivid, with United scoring twice in the last minute to win 2-1, with help from Sheringham and Solskjaer. Cole personally finished with 24 goals, one off his best ever season at United. 1999/00 was an interesting year for Cole he continued to play well alongside Dwight Yorke, and scored and amazing 45 goals between them as United won the championship again. Cole scored a total of 22 goals and amongst them, his 100th goal for United. The 200/01 season saw Cole play more alongside Teddy Sheringham and scored a hat-trick in the European Cup against Anderlecht to overtake Dennis Law as United’s top scorer in the European Cup. United also ran away with the Premiership title again, but failed in the European cup, with Bayer Munich getting their revenge by dumping them out. Andy Cole has never really been a huge success at international level for England. Some may say he is unlucky and has never been given a chance, others say he is being carried in a good team, and anyone could score 20 goals a season with Beckham, Giggs and Scholes behind them. Personally I’m sitting on the fence here, Someone that can score that frequently in top competitions cannot be all that bad, and most of his England appearances have been as a substitute, but Cole does have a problem at converting chances. He does miss a lot, especially at crucial times, and has had chances to be a hero and has buckled. Cole statistically is a wasteful striker by his shots to goals ratio, but he is undeniably a talent. Cole has a total of 13 England caps, and scored his first and only goal against Albania in a
recent world cup qualifier. Andy Cole has been a bit unlucky when it comes to picking squads for major international tournaments, he been overlooked for both the 1998 World Cup under Glenn Hoddle , but did get into contention under Kevin Keegan. New England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has also been regularly picking Andy and it was under him that he made it 13th time lucky and scored his first international goal. Overall Andy Cole has had a great career and yet is only 29 years old. He was rejected by Arsenal, resumed his career at Bristol City and moved onto big things at both Newcastle and Manchester United. He is a great player but, is still wasteful of chances. He has come in for a lot of stick about this, and I feel that may have a point, but you still can’t argue with his record. 116 goals in 260 matches is not bad, and by beating the great Dennis Laws scoring record in Europe he must be a bit special. To look to the future things do not look great. Both Cole and Yorke did not have their best seasons last year, and now that Ferguson has brought two quality players in Juan Sebastian Veron and Ruud Van Nistelrooy Cole will have to look over his shoulder next season. He will have to re-find some of the form he showed three to four years ago to show he is still worth his place. Who knows if he has a great season he may be an unlikely star for the World Cup 2002………
Andy Cole - Andrew Cole is in my opinion, a fantastic player at club level. Some people have doubted him though at International level but I feel that having had a few consecutive games in the England squad, he will go on to score many goals for his country. At club level, you can not really fault him although he should really have scored more goals than what he has actually got his season. Cole is a great finisher and passer of the ball but I reckon he should have scored around 25 goals this season if he took a little more time on the ball. Since becoming a footballer, Andy Cole has scored many goals for clubs and he has won quite a few trophies, mainly with Man United. In fact, I think he has won all of his trophies with Man United. He is a great player and he has still got a few more years left of top football as he is only about 27.
Andy Cole has come in for much criticism this year (eg for failing to hit the proverbial barn door), yet those in the positions of power (ferguson and erikson) have continued to support him as the other aspects of his game improve. It has to be remembered that his previous seasons performance have had much to do with the support he has received from others, mainly Yorke and Beckham, who have had less than great seasons themselves this year. Andy Cole has developed even further this year and his temperament and attitude is improving. His current run in the England side will only help both him and united. Next season there will be even more competition for Andy Cole, but there will also be much more opportunity. With Van Nistelroy already joining and other players on the way there will be even more support than ever for the United strikers. With the added pressure of trying to succeed in Ferguson's last year (and trying to impress before a new manager comes in), all the players will have to pick up their game and I believe it will be Cole's best year yet possibly even beating Van Nistelroy to the Premiership Golden Boot and Cole will lead the England strike force into the next World cup. Although I'm going with the bookies on Van Nistelroy for the preiership top scorer I'll be betting on Cole for the champions league top scorer.
A short Account of Andy Coles career: Played for Bristol City, where he was a pure class player (no biost there, giving that I live in Bristol!) Moved to Newcastle where he became the best player in the Premiership Moved to Man Utd, Oh dear it all went pear shaped Ok so I am a Manunitedism person (someone that hates Man Utd, because they cheat, take drugs, bribe to win). So perhaps this opinion on this interesting striker is slightly one sided. It seemed to me that when he played for the mighty Newcastle he was amazing. He scored from everywhere, with both left and right feet, never missed a chance on goal. All this without the great midfield that Manchester United possess. And then in one of the biggest signings ever... He moved to Man Utd. Something changed. He seemed to lose it, he seemed to lose his youthful ability. He became what is known in football speech "a donkey". Yes, ok so he scores goals, but then with the superb midfield of Manchester United, even a Antartic Penguin with flu could become record goalscorer. There are some that agree with me, and many that do not. Andy Cole just is not in my mind a International player any more, he lost it when he realised that he was playing for Man Utd! His form in the recent Finland match proved this, he missed chance after change, miss controled ball after ball. He was useless to put it simply. Even the goal he set up for Owen, was actually a bad miscontrol that then he luckily managed to give to Owen. That is all I am really saying: What happened to the amazing Cole of old? He has lost it now, and yet some people still believe him to be top class. Why???
The story of Andy Cole is a very interesting one. He was a prlific striker for Newcastle and scored over 40 goals in one season I believe and he worked well with strike partner Les Ferdinand. A few seasons ago he moved from Newcastle to Man U and he seemed to be in good form when he got there. Since then though, his form has had more up and downs then a mountain range, as one moment he is red hot and everything he toucjes turns to gold, the next he can't hit a barn door from five paces! He has been given a few chances with the England team, all of which he has failed to take, under-performing in each. Andy is now being used in the 'swuad rotation system' that was made famous by Chelsea ex-boss, Gianluca Vialli. There are so many strikers of top quality at Man U at the moment, (and no, I am not a fan but you must admire the quality there). So as a result of this, Andy is struggling to hold down a regular first team place, are indeed all the strikers. The iminent signing of Van Nistlerooy from PSV may not help his cause, and Andy will have to choose to either stay and fight for his place or move on to pastures new. An interesting decision will be given shortly!
The fact is Andy Cole is the hottest striker around (no pun intended). He has a better strike rate than any of the other England hopefuls...Heskey, Owen, Fowler, Smith, Philips and everyone else (including former "great" Shearer). Still he is accused of missing far too many chances. You don't get as many goals as he does in the Premiership if you squander opportunities, let alone in Europe with the best defences around. He and Teddy are doing a fantastic job with united this season and there is no reason why they shouldn't play together for the nation. Coley has developed into a creator of chances while being at united, thanks to Ferguson and Yorke, rather than just an out-and-out scorer. This ability is very valuable, something I don't think many strikers possess. He has proved himself to be one of the Premiership's best, and ranks up with the leading European players. Surely under the new manager of England he should be given the chance he deserves to prove himself at international level. He merits the chance more than the strikers named above because they don't play against the best in the world every fortnight, Coley does, and damn well.
That's what we need to see. After watching Andy Cole play last night against Sunderland I must admit he's more or less on form. He scored, but he needs to control his temper. Most people expect Roy Keane to be the main 'temper' of Manchester United, but infact his temper's very small. Andy Cole played his first 'starting line up' match and he already got in a 'tiff' because of a riffle with Alex Rea. Grahem Poll, who was the referee, was right to send Andy off as he was causing to much trouble. I think Cole is right to be facing a two month FA ban. So, when he's back, you players better watch out, you might end up with a punch in the mouth. Stephanie Hedge.
When Andy Cole signed for Newcastle for 1.75 million in the season 1992/93, to be honest I had not heard much about him, but when he scored on him home debut against Notts County it was clear to everyone that The Messiah Kevin Keegan had bought a special player. He finished our promotion season with 12 goals from 11 league games, quite a record and was a crowd favourite overnight, during the final game of the season he and David Kelly both grabbed hat-trick’s during the 7-1 victory over promotion hopefuls Leicester City, and thus came the birth of a Tyneside legend, and that afternoon came the birth of a rather appropriate song which I’m sure you all know by now ‘He gets the ball, scores a goal, Andy, Andy Cole. Andy Cole’s first season in the premier league was nothing short of incredible, he finished the season with 41 goals,the Golden Boot Award and The Young Player Of The Year Award. I’m quite sure that no one will ever get that amount of goals in the top flight in one season for a long time. His partnership with Peter Beardsley was a joy to watch, they complemented each other perfectly and with the service coming in from the likes of Clark, Sellers and Lee he couldn’t help but find the net. Andy got a quite brilliant 30 minute hat-trick against Liverpool, which saw us destroy them in the first half. Unfortunately Andy wasn’t really given a chance for England that season, which was a tad unfair as he was by far and away the best striker in the premier league that year, but can understand that the then England manager Graham Taylor obviously thought he wasn’t proven enough, which at the time you could not argue with. In my opinion, if you have scored goals consistently for about 2 to 3 seasons then you deserve your chance, I think go with the tried and trusted method most of the time you see. Andy Cole’s 41 goals helped Newcastle into Europe, due to a very respectable 3rd place finish, and al
ong with that United were branded ‘The Entertainers’ due to our flamboyant attacking style. The next season he continued where he left off, scoring on a regular basis, both spectacular and not so spectacular goals, both in the league and in Europe, but Andy hit a barren spell in front of goal and didn’t score for about 12 games, but nobody on Tyneside could have expected what was about to follow, Andy Cole left Newcastle for 6 million plus Keith Gillsepie and moved to our bitter rivals Manchester United, Kevin Keegan explained his reasons for selling Andy, but it was still a bitter pill to swallow, and really the rest of that season was none event, however we did still finish 6th. The nest season Newcastle bought Andy Cole’s replacement, Les Fredinand was brought from Q.P.R for 6 million and nobody could have wished for a better successor, well Alan Shearer would have been nice, but he was soon to follow. Andy Cole struggled during his early years at Man Utd, but it was all for a good course as Alex Ferguson was moulding him into more of a team player. Some people up and down the country were branding Andy a waste of money, well as usual Mr Ferguson had the last laugh. Although he will never as prolific in the goal scoring charts as he was at Newcastle, he is a better team player now, and that has showed with the trophy’s he has won. Dispite him playing for the best team in the country Andy Cole was never guaranteed a place in the England squad, quite rightly in my view, as I stated before he doesn’t get the same amount of goals now as the did then at Newcastle, and stupidly went running to the press complaining about his lack of England opportunities due to Alan Shearer being England number one striker. But what Andy should have said is, ‘I would like to partner Alan’ but what he said was more or less that he wanted Alan out then team. This of course was complete garbage due to Alan
being the most consistent and best all round striker in the league since it started, and that is why Alan was always picked for England and if you look at his International record, Andy was way out of line with what he said. Although Andy will always remain a legend on Tyneside due to the amount of gaols he scored, there will always be that bitter taste in many Newcastle fan’s mouths due to the way he left and the way he has conducted himself since leaving Gallowgate. Like the time Man U won the league and he was supposedly singing anti Kevin Keegan songs, and what the said about Alan Shearer was way out of line. That is why he often gets a rough ride when he plays against Newcastle these days, it is entirely Andy’s fault he gets the reception at Newcastle, I mean I don’t want to boo Andy Cole, but every time I picture him smashing in a goal for Newcastle I also see the bad side of him. You have to ask your self would Andy Cole have scored all the goals and be he is has the likes of Beardsley, Lee, Sellars, Beckham, Giggs, Cantona, if you ask me he’s been spoon fed his entire career, and if it was not for Kevin Keegan he would not have achieved anything like he has, and I would like to see Andy give Kevin and Newcastle a bit more respect in the future.
Andy Cole is as near to a complete striker as you are going to get in todays game. In the prem he has been good but at times in Europe in the last few seasons he has been outstanding. Critics say that he can not perform on the international stage. That can not be true as the same players that he scores against in Europe are the ones he would be meeting whilst playing for England. Lately Cole has been given more of a chance on the international stage but for him to show his true class he is going to need a long run in the team and the confidence of the manager. My argument maybe isn't very logical but is true non the less. I believe that if Ferguson thinks he is good enough to start for United week in and week out then he is good enough for England. Ferguson is in my opinion the best manager around and he certainly knows his team better than any other manager knows their (if only because he has been with them far longer), and he believes that Cole is good enough. This is all the proof I need.
Every conversation I have about Andy Cole ends up with people saying he is a good Premiership player who will isn't and never will be international class. When he signed for United back in January 1995 he was the hottest young striker in English football and he scored well over 10 goals for United in the last half of that season, including the record setting 5 in a game against Ipswich. Much of Cole's criticism stems from the fact that he then had a relatively lean period during the 1995/6 season. A lot of United fans had begun to become unsure of Cole after the end of season 1994/95 when United were denied the double by Ludek Miklosko and Everton in the League and F.A.Cup respectively. It is fair to say that Cole struggled during the 'double double' season but it was the beginning of the transition from a good goalscorer to a great footballer - and at United you have to do more than just score goals. By the end of the season Cole was displaced finally by Paul Scholes and it looked as though he would miss out on the cup final until he came on as a substitute on the deciding day and scored the second in a 3-0 win over Middelsbrough which brought him back from the dark. In the summer of 1996 a certain Norwegian was bought although the pressure on Cole did not grow as, at the time, no one had heard of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Although an improvement on his previous season, Cole again only enjoyed a modest season. Still under the shadow of King Eric (although the two were not enemies it cannot be doubted that Cole struggled to create his own image when playing up with Eric) Cole's campaign was hindered further by a broken leg which kept him out until christmas. The highlight for Cole that season had to be, as it was for everyone, the 4-0 drubbing of FC Porto at Old Trafford. Cole was on the scoresheet and played one of his best United games to date. However, Cole suffered a further setback in his push for publi
c recognition in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final with Borussia Dortmund at Old Trafford. Although Cole was one of United's best performers that night, far better than bothe Cantona and Beckham, he was still roundly criticised for not taking one of his chances. It was in the season 1997/98 where Cole finally became United's number one striker. With Cantona's retirement, Ferguson brought in Teddy Sheringham, and these two sent United storming clear in the League by Christmas. Ironically, Cole and Sheringham would fall out and not speak to each other but, whereas with Cantona the partnership never looked right, Cole and Sheringham gelled for about half a season which led to Cole claiming hat-tricks against both Barnsley and Feyenoord. The second half of the season saw United go into free fall as Giggs, Schmeichel and Pallister joined Keane on the long term injury list. For the fourth consecutive summer Cole was rumoured to be on the move with Villa and Everton the likely buyers. When United went in for both Patrick Kluivert and Dwight Yorke this seemed possible. However, Kluivert headed for the Nou Camp and United eventually snapped up Dwight Yorke for £12.6 million. That Ferguson was prepared to pay cash rather than use Cole as a bargaining tool demonstrated that the United manager knew the worth of his number nine. Season 1998/99 was destined to be the year of the treble but Cole had to wait until October before he finally broke into the team and formed his calypso partnership with his new friend and colleague Dwight Yorke. The pair were to become as irresistable on the pitch as they were inseparable off it as they demolished both Southampton and Wimbledon in the Premiership before destroying Brondby (twice) and Barcelona in European nights United fans will never forget. The 3-3 draw in the Nou Camp saw one of United's truly great goals with Cole and Yorke telepathically understanding where the oth
er would be in a series of dummies before Cole finished the move off. At the end of the season Cole would finish with 24 goals including strikes in Turin against Juventus to confirm United's first European Cup final appearance in 31 years, at Elland Road in a crucial 1-1 draw and on the last day of the season in a 2-1 win over Spurs which sealed United's first trophy. Coming on as a sub against Spurs and scoring with his first touch underlined Cole's ability and makes a mockery of opposition fans' belief that he needs at least four chances to score (although statistically every striker does need this number of chances and Cole's is higher than any other English striker over the last 3 seasons). However, although the season was fruitful Cole's success was largely attributed to the arrival of Dwight Yorke and he still couldnt displace England lovechild Alan Shearer from the international side. By the end of last season many United fans, especially the match going ones, began to recognise that Cole was United's most gifted striker. With Yorke's form poor at times Cole scored fantastic goals (eg. an overhead kick from the edge of the box against Leicester and a Cantonaesque chip against Coventry) as well as crucial goals (such as the winner in the title battle against Leeds and an equaliser in the 3-1 win over Fiorentina). The game aginst Fiorentina demonstrated how gifted and clever Cole is with his interchanging with Giggs on the left wing causing the Italian defence endless problems. The transformation from goalscorer to footballer was complete. This season Cole has been playing with Sheringham again and has disproved the theory that he can only work with Yorke. With Shearer now retired from international football Cole should surely get his chance now. Approaching 120 goals for United underlines his worth and he is rumoured to have been offered a 5 year deal on a par with Roy Keane's by Alex
Ferguson. Even if the public and critics don't, the United fans and manager clearly know that Andy Cole is red hot.
Andy Cole over the years has averaged more than one goal every two games. He has been a great goalscorer throughout his entire career and it seems strange that he has been relatively ignored by England. When Cole was at Newcastle he was a goal machine, and after his move to Man United he established a great partnership with team-mate Dwight Yorke that easily bettered any other strike force in the country. Cole can score all types of goals, from tap-ins to headers to those amazing bicycle kicks. People always say quality rather than quantity, but when talking about goals they say quantity rather than quality. They all count. But Andy Cole has quality and quantity which is why even I, and Arsenal fan, hink he should get International recognition. The only problem for Cole at the moment is that Teddy Sheringham is on top form and he too deserves an England place. The Cole and Yorke [artnership has been broken up by Sheringham who is in great form at the moment. I definitely think one of these should partner Michael Owen in the England side, and sometime soon I hope to see three Coles in the England team: Andy, Ashley and Joe. Cole is a great striker and I give him five out of five.
Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Premiership side Portsmouth, and is one of the highest scoring players in the game's history. He is most well known by the name Andy Cole (which he was universally known as in the '90s) but in 2000 he asked to be known as Andrew Cole. Currently ranked second in the all time scoring charts of the FA Premier League, in his career Cole has scored a total of 188 Premier League goals, 2nd behind Alan Shearer who has 260 goals. Cole currently plays for Portsmouth F.C. having joined them from Manchester City on transfer deadline day at the start of the 2006-07 season. 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.