Cole began his career with Arsenal and it was very short lived. After playing just one game for the Gunners and spending most of his time there on loan to Fulham, he moved to Bristol City where he found his goal scoring touch. 20 goals in 41 games for the Robins grabbed the attention of then Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan.
In 1993, Cole signed for the Magpies and it would be the start of an illustrious career and the making of a legend in the Premier League.
However, before his Premier League story began, Cole’s partnership with fellow Newcastle United idol Peter Beardsley led the team to the First Division championship in 1992/93. He scored an incredible 55 goals in 70 games and after only two seasons on Tyneside, he was dramatically sold to Manchester United for a then British record transfer fee, plus Keith Gillespie!
It would prove to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most fruitful investments ever. He formed a lethal partnership up front with Dwight Yorke and was instrumental in Manchester United’s treble winning 1998/99 season. Cole and York drummed up 53 goals between them and Cole ended up being the top scorer in Europe that year. They will go down as the best attacking duo to ever team up for Manchester United.
His glory with Manchester United made up for his mishaps with England. Although his club form did not translate to international level, some will say Cole should have been given more of a chance to prove himself within the England camp. He garnered only 15 caps for his country and missed out on being selected for the World Cup and European Championships in 1998 and 2002.
In 6 storybook seasons with the Red Devils, Andrew Cole scored 93 goals in 195 appearances, has 5 Premier League winners medals, 1 Champions League winners medal and 2 F.A. Cup winners medals. He was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 1994 and won the Premier League Golden Boot for the 1993/94 season. He scored an incredible 187 Premier League goals and is second only to Alan Shearer on the all time list. Cole went on to play for Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Sunderland, Burnley and Nottingham Forest, but he never experienced or replicated the stunning success he cultivated at Manchester United.
Andrew Cole scored 229 goals in 509 games. Nobody will remember what he did post Manchester United career. And it really doesn’t matter. Cole left fans with everlasting memories from his career in the Premier League and he will definitely go down as a legend. Welcome to the list…