Nobody personified the excitement of Newcastle United’s rise under Kevin Keegan better than Andy Cole.

Signed by Kevin Keegan for a club record fee in March 1993, Cole scored 12 goals to help confirm Newcastle’s promotion and then hit a blistering 41 goals in 45 games the next season, including 34 in 40 Premier League games.

To put it into perspective, the top scorers last season in the Premier League were Aguero with 26 and Harry Kane scoring 21.

Sadly, news has broken that Andy Cole suffered kidney failure earlier this year and has been receiving treatment since June as he deals with the condition, though happily the diagnosis is that by spring 2016 he should be fully recovered.

He let himself down by showing disrespect to Newcastle and the fans when at Manchester United but that doesn’t spoil what he achieved at St James Park and the pure excitement he helped deliver under Kevin Keegan.

So we wish Andy Cole all the best on his recovery.

Andy Cole’s press release:

“In June of this year I suffered kidney failure, caused as a result of contracting an airborne virus and I have been under medical care ever since.

“I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.

“I spent close to three weeks in hospital under expert medical care, undergoing a kidney biopsy, temporary haemodialysis (dialysis) as well as plasmapheresis treatment.

“During this time 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.

“I am on a course of medication including some very strong steroids which has led to the change in my appearance.

“I would like to thank Dr Mike Picton and his team at Manchester Royal Infirmary who have done a brilliant job in caring for me and who continue to aid my recovery.

“The good news is that I am feeling better as each day passes and the consultant is hopeful that I will make a full recovery by next spring.”