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Name Andy Cole
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Never the most talented Cole earned every one of his 187 Premier League goals with a relentless will to win. A journeyman career spanning 13 clubs it is his time at Manchester United alongside favourite running mate Dwight Yorke that he is remembered for. A five-time champion only two players in history have scored more


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Club as Player Manchester United

1999 12 13 Retrieve

[Andy `Andrew’ Cole objecting to the six-month ban from driving he received last week for speeding] I am a high-profile person and my privacy should be down to me, Andrew Cole, and not to taxi drivers or anyone else who drives me about

2015 11 04 Retrieve

[Andy Cole recovering after kidney failure following airborne virus] I am on medication including some very strong steroids which has led to the change in my appearance. The consultant is hopeful that I will make a full recovery by next spring

[He has been diagnosed with a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, which causes scarring of the kidney] I have been unable to work or to carry out my normal day-to-day activities and I am under close supervision from the renal team at the Manchester Royal Infirmary

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He’s a very special man. [. . .] Given the length of time he’s been at the club, I don’t think any manager’s going to be able to (replicate his success over so many years). When you join a club like Manchester United, you’ve got to bring success, and he’s brought that in abundance. He’s just different. He’s got the character. When people talk about the hairdryer, there’s a lot more to it than that, he’s got the character to bring the best out of his players

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Andy Cole cannot see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer entering the race for Koulibaly having already spent big on Harry Maguire and prioritised other areas] I would be surprised if Manchester United spend that on another centre-half - £85million. Everyone knows we need creativity. Another centre-forward and creativity in the wide areas. I would be surprised £85m or £90m on another centre-half when you’ve spent £80m on one centre half but nothing says he’s going to be better than what you’ve already got. All I want for Manchester United is to finish in the top four. Then we can really go for it and bring in some real, real quality players

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Dwight Yorke says scoring a hat-trick during our 6-1 demolition of Arsenal in February 2001 ranks as one of his fondest memories in a Manchester United shirt] Out of Yorkie’s hat-tricks it was one of his easiest ones. If you look at all the goals as well, you’d take those any day of the week! […] Beckham’s crosses were so quick and accurate, I stopped dribbling past people. I used to go past people and stuff but in this team you didn’t need to do all that because the quality was so good. He’s just ridiculous: [Kevin] De Bruyne has got a bit of fizz, but Becks is still the best I’ve seen

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Who was worst footballer Andy Cole played alongside with] From that moment on, I knew Sheringham was not for me. We played together for years. We scored a lot of goals. I never spoke a single word to him. I would rather sit down and have a cuppa with Neil Ruddock, who broke my leg in two places in 1996, than with Teddy Sheringham, who I’ve pretty much detested for the past 15 years

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Andy Cole says Manchester United still need four of five players to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool] It’s the million-dollar question, whatever we buy to try and close the gap Liverpool and Man City are trying to buy as well to open the gap even further. It’s like Formula 1, once one team starts to close the gap it seems another team does something to find a little bit more. Liverpool are going to win the league for the first time in 30 years, you turn around and think ‘how the hell has it taken this long’, it’s because the gap continues to grow and grow. What it will take? Four, possibly five players, then with performances the gap starts to close and the confidence grows.

I think it’s about the winning mentality, we always had that winning mentality, training was fierce but the camaraderie was fantastic, it was unbelievable. We all had the same goal come the end of the season and that was to win. Once you have things like that it’s half the battle

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Cole is among those to have been impressed by Fernandes] Mentality, that’s massive in football. Confidence as well. Once you’ve got your confidence people start believing in each other. We can talk about Fernandes coming in, he’s done extremely well and it’s looked like he’s galvanised the rest of the players as well to start playing their A-games

[Pressed further on whether one player can impact an entire squad] He’s done it, he’s started to bring the best out of a few of the other players, which is important

Ole is starting to implement his plan now, which is good. If it does get itself upright again hopefully they can finish really strongly, there’s a good possibility they can still finish in the top four and Champions League football is going to be needed for a club like Manchester United

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Andy Cole tips Man Utd to challenge for Premier League title in next few seasons] There is definite progress being made, it is all about making small steps. When you are talking about challenging for the league in the next few years, I would genuinely like to believe so. It has taken Liverpool 30 years to get themselves in this position - I never want to see Man Utd in that position, taking 30 years to possibly win the Premier League again. Man Utd will get there - with the better players that they keep and the better players they bring in - come possibly next season or the season after that

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Andy Cole believes Manchester United need to try and bring in another striker in the summer to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City] I think they do need another striker. If you look at teams at the top, Manchester City and Liverpool, if you look what they’ve got, they’ve got more than one striker. During my time at United there was more than one striker, if you want to be a team that competes at the highest level you need more than one.

Of course that partnership with him (Yorke) made me thrive and we were good friends which helped. But Ole made me thrive too, we want to get in the team but ultimately we want to learn off each other. You marry all these things in and that can only push you on as an individual and make you better and that would happen in the squad now if another striker was brought in

[Ighalo’s loan deal expires at the end of the month and his future remains up in the air] It’s not my decision whether or not they should keep him. But I have been really pleased with him and he’s done well. He has scored when he has come in to the team and he’s doing what they ask of him but ultimately it’s going to be down to what other business United want to do in the summer and how it fits in with that

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Ex-Man Utd star Andy Cole opens up on mental and physical battle of kidney failure] To say life is different now is an understatement. I was talking to some of my old team-mates the other day and I told them it’s been the toughest five years of my life. I don’t think we really consider how much our health means to us until something happens and it’s opened my eyes to a lot of things as well. You realise the people who are prepared to stay around and those who aren’t. I’ve learned a lot. xxxx

I genuinely believed I could beat it at the start. Because of my sporting background and my mentality, I thought I would be okay. My mindset was that I would take it like an injury and I’d come back stronger. I would be alright and I’d be back in six months and I shouldn’t worry about it. I was being a typical man and telling myself to man up. Once I realised I wasn’t going to beat it I had to tell myself that I was ill, very ill, but even saying that I still didn’t want to accept it

Adapting for me was always going to be difficult, I’m used to doing things, and with no half measures, so I found it hard that I couldn’t do things the way I wanted. It was the first time my body had dictated what I could and couldn’t do, rather than the other way around, so that was tough. I had to accept my body couldn’t function the way it used to. Then there’s the mental games I was playing with myself. Coming from a sporting background you always want to push yourself to the limit. I always wanted more from myself and when I realised I couldn’t give any more I found myself getting really frustrated and questioning myself

[One of the events Cole could not play a full part in was the Treble reunion game between United’s side of 1999 and their Bayern Munich counterparts at Old Trafford in May 2019] We had spoken before the game and everyone knew where I was at. Some of the boys were a bit disappointed for me because they wanted me to play a bit more, but mentally and physically I knew I couldn’t do it. It was nice for me to be able to be involved but on the flip side I’m still disappointed because I wanted to play. These are the things I have to try and accept

I know what I want for myself and I always set myself goals of where I want to be and what I’m expecting from myself. I don’t like to accept defeat and there have been times where I have thought I’ve failed mentally. But it’s not a case of failure it’s more frustration about not being able to do what I want to do

[Cole’s experiences have pushed him into setting up a fund to help others] I was inspired by the people I’ve come across and I just want to try and help anyone that’s in the position I’m in, or have been in. Naturally I want to raise as much money as possible but also to raise awareness. People don’t understand what the illness is. They think you just get better but that’s never going to be the case. All the medication messes with your system. Last year I was picking up chest infections for fun

Covid is difficult for a lot of people, but I don’t sit around rocking thinking about it. I’ve had the possibilities of illness for the last five years, so I have to work with it. Before we had to close the season down with the pandemic we were really starting to pick up and play well and look like the Manchester United of old. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] has done really well. I have spoken to him a few times and he’s really enjoying it and genuinely believes he could take United forward. There was a bit of disappointment from everyone we had to call it quits at a time when everything was going well and with the way we were playing, but saying that, there are more important issues going on in the world, and that’s what we need to appreciate

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Ighalo has received widespread praise for his performances in a United shirt] I think he has done pretty well when he has been given the opportunity, he has applied himself really well in the club and has scored four good goals, four centre-forward goals, you can’t ask for much more

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Andy Cole says Pogba is a top player & can inspire Man Utd] Before this season came to a halt, United were doing extremely well. They started to play some really nice football, win some games, and were cracking on in their bid to try to get fourth spot. I’m really happy to see Paul back, I think he’s a top, top player. Regardless of all the shenanigans around him, when he gets his head down, he constantly proves how good he is. Fernandes, what he’s done since joining in January is absolutely phenomenal. I’m looking forward to seeing him and Paul play together in midfield. This has been Marcus’s best season, playing in his preferred position, and hopefully he can come back fit and well and have no more problems with his back. So I’m looking forward to seeing all three of them play together.

Ighalo didn’t want his loan to end and go back to China. For me, he brings something different to the team. He gets hold of the ball, he runs into the box, he wants to score goals, and he can get scruffy goals, which is something United haven’t had for a while

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Andy Cole has admitted that he was left so starstruck lining up next to Ronaldo in the tunnel before Manchester United’s clash with Inter in 1999 that he almost wet himself] I remember when we played Inter Milan that same season and I lined up in the tunnel and I saw Ronaldo. I’m not gonna lie, I nearly wet myself! This is the guy I’ve watched for years. I’m talking about a baller, a straight baller. He had everything in the locker and I’m standing in the tunnel at the San Siro and I’m saying: ‘This is sick!’, but when you’re at that level and you think, ‘Man, I’m actually at this level with these guys. I’m on the same pitch as these guys, I’m on that level’, it’s surreal. I’m always honest and I’m always open when it comes to things like this. Playing against these kinds of guys. It’s something that when I do take the opportunity to look back, I say to my boys: ‘I’ve done alright. I’ve half made it!

If you speak to a lot of the kids now and you speak about Brazilian Ronaldo, they look at you like you’ve got three heads because they don’t know who he is. If we take away his injuries, he could have gone on to win Ballon d’Or after Ballon d’Or and scored a zillion goals. He was a baller! He was an absolute baller. Of course, we’re gonna talk about Cristiano Ronaldo on that level as R9 because that’s what we see now, that’s what the kids see now - but if you take away that injury, he was sick, a proper baller