He may want to be known as Andrew these days but he will always be Andy Cole to the thousands of Newcastle fans that were lucky enough to watch him play.

One of the countless inspirational Kevin Keegan signings, £1.75m brought the relative unknown to St James Park in February 1993.

His 12 goals in 12 games helped ensure Newcastle’s promotion but the next season was something else.

Kevin Keegan played another blinder, paying £1.5m for a 32 year old Peter Beardsley as Newcastle returned to the Premier League.

What a combination.

This Newcastle team was very good but Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley made them brilliant.

First season up they finished third but the way they did it was something really special.

It was exhilarating football and all routes led to Andy Cole, the team constructed to get the ball in the right places to the centre forward and he would do the rest.

Andy Cole scored an incredible 41 goals that season, including 34 in 40 Premier League matches.

In his partnership with Peter Beardsley in 1993/94 they scored a remarkable 65 goals between them, 55 of those in the league.

You don’t really want to go there when thinking about the striking options Newcastle United have now, compared to back then.

The following season Andy Cole scored another 15 goals before Kevin Keegan shocked everybody by selling the striker mid-season.

As ever though, Kevin Keegan was the man with the plan, using the Cole money at the end of the season to buy Les Ferdinand and Newcastle United improved yet again, just not quite having a strong enough squad to get over the finishing line and win the Premier League in 1995/96.

As for Andy Cole he had a final Newcastle United record of 68 goals in 85 NUFC appearances.

At Tuesday night’s awards dinner, the Newcastle United Foundation inducted both Andy Cole and Fairs Cup winning Frank Clark into their Hall of Fame, two very worthy players who did Newcastle United proud.

  • Kenny

    Rightly so, one of Newcastle`s greatest strikers.

  • Leicester Mag

    Never forget the Andy Cole song, whrn he gets the ball he scores a goal Andy Andy Cole…especially in the game v Leicester where 6-0 up at half time. Always nice to batter Leicester sadly a distant memory now.

    The Hoss version of the song .. when he gets the ball he tw$ts someone in row Z hasn’t the same ring to it

    • Peaky


    • Leazes.

      Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday was the song tune by Boney M

  • Themoscow72

    Shame he spoilt it by calling us all sad Geordie B’s

  • Paul Patterson

    Just think KK’s original plan was to pair up Cole with Ferdinand. Now that would have been special.
    Now we have a Stoke City reserve and an on loan West Brom striker who were both relegated with their previous clubs . .

  • Mrkgw

    Cole was an outstanding player for us and an integral part of memories during the magical KK years. Unforgettable with similar unlikely to ever be repeated in our lifetimes.

    • Leazes.

      don’t say things like that.

      • Mrkgw

        Sorry Leazes. 🙄

  • Steven05

    I’ve always thought he would have had a lot more appreciation up here if had have left (at a different time) to play for someone other than Man Utd

    … MAN UTD were the only team between us and the title! Good win against Watford tho, I do hope we can beat Bournemouth 👍

    • Leazes.

      I wouldn’t have sold a player of his quality to a club competing with us…. but hey Leeds did it with Cantona and they never looked back, so there must be something in it helping Man United to cups, glory and fame.

      It is OUR hall of fame isn’t it? I didn’t know we had one, I do hope Al and Kev are already in there because I can’t see an invite from this regime.

      Wonder if this hall has nice furniture and fittings or is it a figment of the imagination like the fabled ‘trophy room’…

      • Steven05

        I never knew we had one either!

        • Leazes.

          Quite odd really, as Andy Cole was inducted into the HOF (that’s Hall of Fame not House of Fraser) on its inception in 2013 as part of the ‘Entertainers’….

          …..Shola Ameobi is in there as well so we can’t be that fussy really…..

          Love to know why he’s been induced twice.

          • Steven05

            Another PR stunt to make us all feel happy and loved?

          • Leazes.

            Just looked and Steve Harper is in there…… I mean c’mon whats that all about.

          • Steven05

            Maybe the postcode you were born in helps

          • Leazes.

            He’s from Sunderland isn’t he?

          • Paul Patterson


          • Leazes.

            Seaham it says on his wiki page…. I believe that is Sunderland.

          • Rich Lawson

            Didn’t they use to train on the beach there ?

          • Steven05

            Put anyone from up here in there for all it matters – but I have to draw the line at Steven Taylor!!

      • Paul Patterson

        I’ve heard there’s a framed photo of this year’s balance sheet..

  • Rich Lawson

    KK made the right decision and backed it up on the steps (not many managers would do that now) I just think it is a shame no one picked up on the Frank Clark mention.He always looks miserable in media but what a great servant he was to this club,rmbr ”Frank Clark new my father etc” being sung many times in my early St James’ days.