Monday 14 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Andrew Cole became only the second person in the history of the Barclays Premier League to score for six different clubs in the competition, when he produced Portsmouth's second strike in a 2-0 victory over West Ham United.
"If I get 200 goals it will be etched in history"
The forward, who had been picked up by Harry Redknapp in the summer, had come on as a 77th-minute substitute for Benjamin Mwaruwari, and wasted no time in finding the net, turning Jonathan Spector within five minutes of his arrival, to rifle in his first goal for the South Coast club, to complement Kanu’s first-half effort.
It was the sixth Barclays Premier League club for whom the former England forward had scored, after finding the target for Newcastle United, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, and Manchester City. It made him the only player other than Les Ferdinand achieve the feat. Ferdinand had reached the landmark the previous season after scoring for Bolton Wanderers to add to goals registered for Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Leicester City.
Coming a day shy of his 35th birthday it was also Cole's 185th top-flight goal and the veteran still harboured ambitions of becoming the second striker to reach the milestone of 200 Barclays Premier League goals.
"Only Alan Shearer has ever done that," said Cole. "If I get 200 goals it will be etched in history. It will be there in black and white and nobody could take that away from me."
But Cole found a regular place hard to come by under Redknapp and would only add two more goals to his tally in a season during which he was farmed out on loan to Birmingham City in the division below.
The five-time Barclays Premier League title-winner did have one last moment in the big time, when Roy Keane signed him for Sunderland on a free transfer the next summer in a bid to revive a strike partnership with Dwight Yorke that had proved so successful at Manchester United and which had also been reunited at Blackburn.
However, in seven appearances Cole was unable to find the target for the Black Cats and, after a loan spell at Burnley, finished his career on loan at his hometown club Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
Cole remains the second-most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Barclays Premier League with 187 goals.
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