Friday 10 January 2014
Manchester United smashed the British transfer record when they signed Newcastle United's prolific striker Andy Cole in a £7m deal.
The fee, £6m and Northern Ireland international winger Keith Gillespie, beat the previous highest amount of £5.5m which was the fee for Paul Gascoigne's move from Tottenham Hotspur to Lazio in 1992. That fee matched David Platt's transfer from Aston Villa to Bari the previous year.
It was the biggest payment between two English clubs since Man Utd paid West Bromwich Albion £1.5m for Bryan Robson in October 1981.
Cole had scored 14 goals in 17 matches for the Magpies during the season although he had been goalless in nine fixtures before his surprise move. The season before, he netted 34 times for the Magpies in a sensational debut campaign in the Barclays Premier League.
The Red Devils' first match after signing Cole was almost inevitably at Newcastle and there was an agreement that the striker, as well as Gillespie, would not play.
So instead Cole made his debut in the following match in a 1-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers.
He scored his first goal against Aston Villa a fortnight later and went on to score 12 times in his 17 matches with five of those goals coming in the 9-0 rout of Ipswich Town, which is still the record win in the Barclays Premier League.
Cole stayed at Old Trafford for nearly seven years and in that time scored 93 League goals in 162 full and 34 substitute appearances - helping them to finish as Barclays Premier League champions five times.
He also won the UEFA Champions League once and FA Cup twice while at the club.
Cole left Man Utd for Blackburn Rovers in December 2001 and went on to play for Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland in the top-flight.
The former England striker is the second highest scorer in Barclays Premier League history, netting 187 times in 414 appearances during an illustrious top-flight career.