Andy Cole signs for Burnley

Last updated : 29 January 2008 By Tony Scholes
Cole has had a glittering career that started at Arsenal. He never made it there in George Graham's team and after a loan at Fulham he moved on to Bristol City where he started to score goals. That alerted Kevin Keegan and he became the darling of Tyneside as Newcastle won promotion and began to establish themselves in the Premiership.

The Geordie fans were shocked in January 1995 when Keegan suddenly sold him to Manchester United. He had to speak to fans outside St. James' Park and ask them to trust him in what he was doing after he'd sold their favourite player.

If the career had really got underway at Bristol City, and took off at Newcastle, then it certainly blossomed at Manchester United as he went on to win a whole collection of trophies for the top club in the country.

He moved to our close rivals Blackburn Rovers and then moved to Fulham before returning to Manchester to play for City. From there it was off to Portsmouth at the beginning of last season. He was never a regular at Fratton Park and ended last season at Birmingham as they won promotion and his one goal for them, an important one in a win against Wolves, is the last one he scored.

He joined Roy Keane on Wearside this season but has played only a small part in their return to Premier League football and has now opted to join his fourth North West club and will be with the Clarets on loan until the end of the season. He will wear squad number 27.

Owen Coyle said of the signing: "I am absolutely delighted to bring a player of Andy Cole's stature and quality to the football club. I have been working on signing him for a while now and I am thrilled to have him. He will be a tremendous addition for Burnley and gives us a big, big boost."