Andy Cole has picked the best ever 11 players that he appeared alongside.

Appearing on Sky Sports Fantasy Football show, the former striker chose players from his Newcastle United, Manchester United and Portsmouth days.

Anybody who was around at the time, will tell you just how exhilarating that period was when Andy Cole was at St James Park.

Less than two years but Andy Cole scored a remarkable 55 goals in 70 games, as he helped United confirm promotion and then led the charge as Newcastle took the Premier League by storm and finished third in their very first season.

That 1993/94 season saw Andy Cole score an astonishing 41 goals, including 36 (our current lot have scored 29 in 30 matches between them all!) in the league, breaking all records including Hughie Gallacher’s league goals in a season.

Cole chooses Sol Campbell as one of his 11 but this is more of a sentimental choice and due to his longstanding friendship with the defender, plus the fact they were together at England. The only time they came together in club football was when Andy Cole was at the very end of his career and played 18 times for Portsmouth.

The other 10 places in the team are ‘shared’ by Newcastle United and Manchester United, although that is on a ratio of 9:1!!

No surprises to see the one Newcastle player is Peter Beardsley, somebody who Andy Cole acknowledges did so much for his career.

Their partnership in that 1993/94 season was just something else.

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It was a quality team in that era for Newcastle and the likes of Robert Lee, Philippe Albert and others would have been worthy inclusions.

However, considering the trophies that Cole went on to win at Manchester United, you can’t really blame him for his choices.

Here is the Andy Cole best 11, followed by his write-up on Peter Beardsley:

Peter Schmeichel

Gary Neville

Denis Irwin

Jaap Stam

Sol Campbell

David Beckham

Roy Keane

Paul Scholes

Ryan Giggs

Peter Beardsley

Dwight Yorke

Andy Cole on Peter Beardsley:


“Unbelievable player.

“I learned so much off him at Newcastle, the way he played, gaining space by standing still, and he made my game so easy.

“All he wanted for me was to go to the next level, because he believed I could become a star. Fantastic.”