Andy Cole was breathtakingly prolific in 22 remarkable months at Newcastle United, plundering 68 goals in 83 games. His transfer to Manchester United in January 1995 for a £7 million cash-plus player deal that saw Keith Gillespie arrive at St. James’ Park left Geordie fans shell-shocked. At Old Trafford, goal king Cole won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and, of course, the Champions League in United’s treble-winning season that eneded in 1999. But he will long be remembered as one of the most lethal strikers in Newcastle’s history. Cole started his career with Arsenal who sent him out on loan to Fulham before selling him to Bristol City. He also played for Blackburn Rovers, Fulham (for a second time), Manchester City, Portsmouth, Birmingham City (on loan), Sunderland, Burneley (on loan) and Nottingham Forest. Surprisingly capped just 15 times by England, his only international goal came in a World Cup qualifier against Albania.

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