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Monday 14 October 2013

On this day in 2006: Joy of six for Andrew Cole

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Andrew Cole scoring for a sixth top-flight club

  • Cole scored for his sixth Premier League club in Portsmouth's 2-0 win over West Ham

  • Cole made his name at Newcastle, where he scored 43 goals in 58 Premier League outings

  • A glittering eight years at Manchester United and 93 top-flight strikes followed

  • Cole and Yorke were reunited at Blackburn, for whom the former produced 27 goals

  • Cole scored 12 goals for Fulham in the 2005/05 Barclays Premier League season

  • The former England forward next played for Manchester City, scoring nine goals

  • At Sunderland Cole fell short of becoming the sole scorer for seven different clubs

  • Cole re-appeared for Newcastle last month in Steve Harper's testimonial rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

14 October 2006 - Joy of six for Cole

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"
Andy Cole

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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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Andrew Cole became only the second player to score for six different Barclays Premier League clubs