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Andy Cole 1995-2001 231 Games 121 Goals

November 18, 2009

Written by: Adam Carpenter

Andy Cole has played for a total of 13 different clubs in his career, but I am sure he will tell you his best football and most enjoyable times were at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson managed to sign him in the January transfer window in 1995 for £7 million from Newcastle United and that worked out to be a cheap deal by the end of his time at Man United. Many times he scored at key and vital times and he had a prolific goal scoring record in England. Despite joining United in the January transfer window, he still managed to net 12 premier league goals for the rest of that season in only 18 starts. At the start o the 1996/1997 Cole was offered to Blackburn on part exchange with Alan Shearer, but Shearer turned it down and chose Newcastle instead. I am sure looking at it nowadays Sir Alex would not really be too bothered considering what Cole turned out to become for us. In this season Cole scored one simply stunning goal against Porto in the champions’ league that was voted European goal of the season.

It is the formidable partnership he built with Dwight Yorke up top that he will be remembered and loved at Old Trafford for. When Yorke signed and they started to play together in the 1998-1999 season where between them they contributed a massive 53 goals. At this time they were not only considered the most fearsome attacking pair in the Premier League but the whole world. These two legends built up a telepathic relationship between each other and also had another pairing to back them up if they were not firing, in the name of Sheringham & Solskjaer. One of my favourite games to example the linkup between Cole and Yorke was the 3-2 away win in the champions’ league semi final against Juventus in 1999. That night those two men along with Roy Keane were the ones who sent United to Barcelona to aim to complete the treble. From there on Sheringham and Solskjaer did the rest.

It was a shame Cole’s international career never took off with England. He only managed to make 15 appearances and despite making his debut in 1995 when he was still young the manager never seemed to pick him. He called time on his England days after he failed to win a place in the 2002 world cup squad.

Not only do I think Andrew Cole was a fantastic football player, but in general he is a fantastic man off the pitch, very kind and has always showed his face on many football programmes. I am not sure what other people think of Andy Cole but I have an awful lot of time for him, and a true legend of Manchester United football club. He does much charity work. In 2000, in Zimbabwe he has set up a foundation called ‘’the Andy Cole children foundation’’.

Nowadays Cole is a pundit on many football related programmes. He is also the strikers coach at Huddersfield and he also plays a part under Paul Ince at MK Dons as again a striker coach.

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