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Andy Cole Biography


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Biography, Man Utd Legend, Andy Cole - Andrew Alexander Cole, born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Cole is a retired English footballer. He is most well known by the name Andy Cole, but in 2000, he asked to be known as Andrew Cole. He currently works as a forwards coach at Huddersfield Town under his former Newcastle 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. He announced his retirement from football on 11 November 2008.

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.

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

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