Carlton Cole
Carlton Cole
Carlton Michael Cole Okirie is an English footballer who plays as a striker for West Ham United. Cole began his career at Chelsea in 2001, spending spells out on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa before being transferred to West Ham United in 2006. He made 19 England U21 appearances (scoring six goals), and made his full international debut for the England national football team on 11 February 2009 in a friendly match against Spain.
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SHOWCASE-Soccer-Five memorable Middlesbrough v West Ham matches
Yahoo News - about 1 month
LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Middlesbrough host West Ham United in the Premier League at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. We look back at five memorable clashes between the sides (Premier League unless stated). - - - - May 24, 2009 WEST HAM 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 1 Middlesbrough, under current England manager Gareth Southgate, had to win the last game of the season to have a hope of staying up after an 11 year run in the Premier League. Instead, Gianfranco Zola's West Ham sent them down. Carlton Cole put the Hammers ahead in the first half before Gary O'Neil equalised after the break. ...
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Carlton Cole: I have not spoken to Sam Allardyce about a new contract... he doesn't know if he will be at West Ham next season
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
West Ham striker Carlton Cole says he can't approach Sam Allardyce about a new contract - because the manager doesn't know whether he's even staying at Upton Park.
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Soccer-English premier league summaries
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Nov 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the English premier league matches on Saturday Newcastle United 2 Yoan Gouffran 36, Moussa Sissoko 57 West Bromwich Albion 1 Chris Brunt 53 Halftime: 1-0; Attendance: 49,298- - -Norwich City 1 Gary Hooper 30 Crystal Palace 0 Halftime: 1-0; Attendance: 26,851- - -West Ham United 3 Mohamed Diame 47, Carlton Cole 82, Joe Cole 88 Fulham 0 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 34,946- - -Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 33,036- - -Everton 4 Gerard Deulofeu 45, Seamus Coleman 49, Bryan Oviedo 58, Romelu Lukaku 79 Stoke City 0 Halftime: 1-0; ...
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Does This Car Come in My Size?
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Tall drivers hope not to bonk their heads or bruise their knees. Short ones crane their necks for better sight lines. How cars today are being designed to better fit more people.
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West Ham to Re-Sign Carlton Cole
NYTimes - over 3 years
Injury-hit West Ham United will offer former England striker Carlton Cole a short-term contract after releasing him at the end of last season, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday.
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Football transfer gossip (June 20): Leicester City, Everton, QPR
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
Check out latest football transfer gossip around the leagues. Is your favourite player tipped for a move? Napoli’s former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is planning to move for the Reds’ Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, 26, as a replacement for Edinson Cavani, also 26. Full story: Daily Mirror Juventus are interested in signing Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 27, as well as striker Carlos Tevez, 29, who has already held talks with the Italian side. Full story: Daily Mail But Tevez is moving closer to a £10m move to Juve’s Italian rivals AC Milan. Full story: Daily Star Hulk’s agent has hinted the striker could leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer, with Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and Monaco all keen on the 26-year-old Brazilian. Full story: talkSPORT Steve Bruce has agreed a £2.25m deal to take Birmingham defender Curtis Davies, 28, to Hull City. He is also interested in signing Leicester’s 26-year-old goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Full story: Telegraph ...
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Kick Off: Carlton Cole attracting interest from at least three MLS sides
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Soccer-Former England striker Cole to leave West Ham
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - Former England striker Carlton Cole is leaving West Ham United after seven seasons at the club. Cole, 29, played 237 times and scored 57 goals for the Hammers but netted only two goals in 29 appearances in the 2012-13 season. He was overshadowed by on-loan striker Andy Carroll who West Ham are hoping to sign from Liverpool on a permanent basis for a club record fee of around 15 million pounds ($22.71 million). West Ham manager Sam Allardyce told the club's website ( "Carlton's need at his age is to be playing football as often as he can. ...
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Reds Rescinded for West Ham's Cole and Everton's Gibson
NYTimes - about 4 years
Red cards for West Ham striker Carlton Cole and Everton midfielder Darron Gibson from last Saturday's Premier League clash have been rescinded, the English FA said on Thursday.
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West Ham 3 Chelsea 1 match report: Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga heap pressure on Rafa Benitez
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
This is a protest movement that will not be going away for some time, as Chelsea fans showed during their team's defeat to West Ham.
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Carlton Cole denies West Ham January exit
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Carlton Cole has ruled out leaving West Ham in January and has insisted he will stay and fight for his place.
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Queens Park Rangers v West Ham Highlights: QPR Mistakes Prove Too Costly [VIDEO]
BostInnovation - over 4 years
QPR and West Ham faced off at Loftus Road Monday afternoon in a match that featured level play, but multiple defensive gaffes that greatly changed the outcome. West Ham went ahead early in the match on one such mistake by QPR, then doubled their lead on another. QPR recovered one mistake with a sublime strike from Taarabt, but could not pull back the second. Take a look at the QPR v West Ham highlights in the photos below and keep reading for more information on the match. QPR v West Ham Highlights in Photos Queens Park Rangers handed West Ham two goals in the first half with poor defending and goaltending. The first came in just the third minute when Carlton Cole attempts to head clear a free kick but hit it to Vaz Te, who then connects with Nolan down the right side. Nolan misfires his shot but it deflects to Jarvis, who was woefully unmarked on the back stick. Jarvis only had to nod it past Cesar to open the scoring. West Ham are gifted a second goal at the 35 mark — this error e ...
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West Ham United v Sunderland: Latest team news UPDATED
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is likely to miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash against West Ham as he struggles to shake off a thigh injury. The 25-year-old sat out England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with the problem and was also absent for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Defender Carlos Cuellar (hamstring) is out while Phil Bardsley (ankle) and Wes Brown (knee) are making good progress but are still short of match fitness. Provisional squad: Westwood, Mignolet, Cuellar, O’Shea, Bramble, Kilgallon, Rose, Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Johnson, Meyler, Campbell, Saha, Fletcher, Wickham, Ji *** West Ham’s on-loan striker Andy Carroll has returned to light training after a hamstring injury, but will not be in contention for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland. Carlton Cole and Mali forward Modibo Maiga will be looking to lead the attack for the Hammers, who have no fresh injury conce ...
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Carlton Cole racist Twitter abuse: Police investigating
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Racist Twitter messages aimed at West Ham striker Carlton Cole are being investigated by police. The footballer highlighted the messages on the social networking site.
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Man arrested over tweets to West Ham's Cole
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
A man has been arrested in connection with racist Twitter messages sent to West Ham United footballer Carlton Cole, Essex Police confirmed on Sunday.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carlton Cole
  • 2016
    Age 32
    On 9 August 2016, Cole signed for United Soccer League club Sacramento Republic.
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    On 16 June 2016, Celtic confirmed that Cole had been released by the club after just eight months.
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    On 10 January 2016, he scored his first goal for Celtic in a 3–0 win over Stranraer at Stair Park, in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
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  • 2015
    Age 31
    On 22 October 2015, Cole signed for Scottish champions Celtic on a two-year deal lasting until 2017.
    More Details Hide Details He said of the move "When Celtic called and said they wanted me, I just ran over. Being at Celtic is not about the money, it's about wearing the shirt with pride. Celtic are in a great position to win trophies and I want to add that to my career". He made his debut for Celtic on 29 November in a 1–3 victory away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle; coming on as a 61st-minute substitute for Tom Rogic, Cole provided the assist for Celtic's third goal, an own goal by Danny Devine.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    He was released by West Ham at the end of the 2014–15 season.
    More Details Hide Details Following his release, after nine years with West Ham, Cole stated his intention to seek at least three more seasons playing at the top-level of football.
    Cole made 23 league appearances in the 2014–15 season, 15 after coming on as a substitute.
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    His only other goals of the season came in a 3–1 away win at Burnley on 10 October 2014 and in a 2–2 home FA Cup draw against Everton on 13 January 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Cole had equalized in the 113th minute to make the game 2–2. West Ham won the game 9–8 on penalties with Cole taking and scoring one scoring for West Ham. In January 2015, Cole was set to join West Bromwich Albion. The deal fell through, near to the transfer deadline for football transfers, after West Ham refused to sanction the move after attempts to sign Tottenham Hotspur player Emmanuel Adebayor as a replacement striker were blocked by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
    Cole started West Ham's first game of the season, against Tottenham Hotspur. His first goal came in the following game, on 23 August 2014, in a 3–1 away win against Crystal Palace.
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    On 15 January 2014, Cole signed an 18-month contract keeping him at the club to the end of the 2014–15 season.
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  • 2013
    Age 29
    His first goal in his second spell came on 30 November 2013 in his fourth game: coming on as an 81st-minute substitute for Modibo Maïga, Cole scored the second West Ham goal, barely a minute later, and another in the 88th minute, in a 3–0 win against Fulham.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to score four more goals, against Manchester United, Arsenal, Cardiff City and Newcastle United.
    After training at the club to regain his fitness, on 14 October 2013, Cole signed a short-term contract with West Ham, keeping him at the club until January 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Cole made 6 starts and 8 appearances as a substitute for West Ham during this short-term contract.
    On 3 September 2013, after West Ham failed with a number of bids for strikers at the end of the transfer window, they approached Cole about returning to the club.
    More Details Hide Details The move did not take place however, due to concerns over Cole's fitness.
    On 21 May 2013, West Ham announced that Cole would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Cole had been at West Ham for seven seasons.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    Cole's first goal of the 2012–13 season came in a 3–1 victory against London rivals Chelsea on 1 December 2012, with a header inside the six-yard box to the near post.
    More Details Hide Details Cole scored again on 23 December, putting West Ham in the lead in the 14th minute against Everton. In the same game he was sent off for a dangerous tackle against Leighton Baines. West Ham appealed against the red card and it was overturned by The Football Association on 27 December 2012. For the remainder of the season he was mostly used as a substitute or kept out of the team by Andy Carroll.
    On 19 May 2012, Cole scored the first goal, his fifteenth of the season, in West Ham's 2–1 win over Blackpool in the play-off final, ensuring an immediate return to the Premier League.
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  • 2011
    Age 27
    He scored his 50th goal for West Ham in the 1–1 draw with Birmingham City on 26 December 2011.
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    On 19 November 2011, Cole scored West Ham's 2000th away League goal in a 2–1 away win against Coventry City.
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    On 27 February 2011, Cole scored the final goal in West Ham's 3–1 victory against Liverpool within two minutes of coming on as a substitute at Upton Park.
    More Details Hide Details After failed bids from both Turkish club Galatasaray and Premier League team Stoke City, Cole confirmed he would be staying to help the Hammers fight for promotion back to the top flight. Cole came on as a 75th minute and 62nd substitute for Frédéric Piquionne in the two opening games of the Championship season against Cardiff City and Doncaster Rovers without scoring. He started the next four games, scoring four goals; a crucial goal coming in the game at home against Portsmouth on 10 September when in the 76th minute he scored the winner in a 4–3 thriller, latching onto a Matthew Taylor cross before heading into the top corner.
    On 12 February 2011, Cole scored in a 3–3 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
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  • 2010
    Age 26
    He also got a brace in the 4–0 League Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester United on 30 November 2010.
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    On 26 December 2010, he scored two goals in one match in the Premier League for a first time in his career in a 3–1 away win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
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    He was linked with a transfer to Liverpool in August 2010 for a fee reported to be £20m which consisted of £15m including £5m in performance related add-ons.
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    He was then linked with a £20 million January 2010 transfer to Manchester United.
    More Details Hide Details After netting six goals in his first ten Premier League matches, he missed the period between 28 November and 26 February with a knee injury. He also made two League Cup appearances, starting the home second-round win over Millwall. He was booked four times over the course of the season.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    He made his debut for the England national team on 11 February 2009 in a friendly match against Spain, where after latching onto a David Beckham pass, rounded the goalkeeper before his effort was cleared off the line.
    More Details Hide Details He has made seven appearances for England, all from the substitutes' bench. He holds the record for the most appearances as a substitute without ever starting a game. In April 2011, Cole was fined £20,000 by The Football Association for comments he made on Twitter regarding England's friendly against Ghana, at Wembley Stadium the previous month, joking that the game was being used as a sting operation by immigration authorities. He requested that the fine be donated to a Ghanaian charity of his choice. Cole was again charged by The Football Association in March 2015, when in response to a Tottenham fan taunting him on Twitter by asking whether he would consider retirement, he replied "Fuck off you cunt". After admitting the offence, he was fined £20,000. Cole is also known on Twitter due to a controversial parody account in his name, for whom he has been mistaken many times.
    He continued the good form in 2009–10 season, made 30 Premier League appearances, starting 26 of them.
    More Details Hide Details He scored ten Premier League goals, including one penalty in the 5–3 home win over Burnley on 28 November.
    He made 19 England under-21 appearances (scoring six goals), and made his debut for the England national team on 11 February 2009 in a friendly match against Spain.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    Cole's form earned him a new five-year contract, which he signed in November 2008.
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    On 26 October 2008, Cole received his first red card of his West Ham career against Arsenal, with a foul on Alex Song at Upton Park.
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    It was the 2008–09 season, however, that saw Cole finally come of age.
    More Details Hide Details He scored twelve goals in all competitions, as well as picking up a further four assists. He started the season in good form, scoring four goals in his first eight games.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    Into 2007–08 and Cole began to repay the faith shown in him by the Hammers, scoring six goals and making an important contribution in the absence of the injured Dean Ashton.
    More Details Hide Details Cole also ended the Premier League season with nine assists, illustrating his influential role in the side.
  • 2006
    Age 22
    He scored seconds into his competitive debut for West Ham United after coming on as a substitute in injury time to seal a 3–1 home win against Charlton in August 2006.
    More Details Hide Details However, in a season of turmoil at West Ham in which the club only secured their place in the Premier League on the final day of the season, Cole was unable to establish himself in the first team, making 23 league and cup appearances, 15 of which were as substitute, and scoring three goals.
    Cole joined West Ham United in July 2006 for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract.
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    He joined West Ham United in July 2006, having made a total of 31 league and cup appearances for Chelsea, scoring eight goals.
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  • 2005
    Age 21
    However, first team opportunities were limited by the presence of Didier Drogba and Hernán Crespo, and Cole made only 12 league and cup appearances for Chelsea in the 2005–06 season, scoring one goal in an FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town.
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    He returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2005 where he appeared in pre-season friendlies.
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  • 2004
    Age 20
    Cole scored three goals in 30 league and cup appearances for Villa, including a goal on his debut in a 2–0 win over Southampton in August 2004, in a season which was interrupted by a knee injury picked up in an England under-21 match against the Netherlands in February 2005.
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    Despite Charlton being keen to retain Cole's services for the 2004–05 season, he joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan in July 2004.
    More Details Hide Details This move sparked off a dispute as Charlton were expecting Cole to return to the club as part of the deal that took Scott Parker from Charlton to Chelsea. The dispute was later resolved when the two clubs reached a settlement.
  • 2003
    Age 19
    He joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan in August 2003, where he scored five goals in 22 league and cup appearances, helping Charlton to finish the 2003–04 season in seventh place in the Premier League.
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    Cole signed a new six-year contract with Chelsea in the summer of 2003, but faced competition from Adrian Mutu, Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink and Mikael Forssell for a place in the starting line-up for Chelsea.
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    He scored six goals in all for Chelsea that season, including a spectacular, long-range left-footed strike against Sunderland, and the winner against Bolton Wanderers in April 2003 as Chelsea pressed for a place in the UEFA Champions League.
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  • 2002
    Age 18
    Cole made a further 12 league and cup appearances for Chelsea in the 2002–03 season, in addition to the four that he made before going on loan to Wolves.
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    However, with Eiður Guðjohnsen, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Gianfranco Zola available for selection, Cole's first team opportunities were limited and he was loaned to Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2002 for one month, later extended to two months.
    More Details Hide Details Having made seven appearances for Wolves, scoring one goal against Norwich City, his loan spell was cut short as Chelsea, needing cover, recalled him early in January 2003.
    Cole started the 2002–03 season in the Chelsea first-team squad, scoring a goal and making another in the opening game of the season in a 3–2 win over Charlton Athletic after coming on as a substitute for Gianfranco Zola.
    More Details Hide Details He suffered a hairline fracture in his leg in August but returned to action in a League Cup tie against Gillingham in November, scoring two goals. Claudio Ranieri, the then manager of Chelsea, described Cole as being the best young player that he had ever coached, saying, "I've never coached a young player like Carlton. He's fantastic even though he hasn't really started his career yet. He has a very long contract, and, in my opinion, a very big future at Chelsea."
    He made his first-team debut in April 2002 as a substitute for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in a 3–0 victory against Everton.
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  • 2001
    Age 17
    He made one more appearance for Chelsea in the 2001–02 season, in a 3–1 home defeat against Aston Villa in May 2002.
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  • 2000
    Age 16
    Cole was born in Croydon, London to a Sierra Leonean mother. He began his career as a trainee with Chelsea, before signing his first professional contract with the club in October 2000.
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  • 1983
    Born on October 12, 1983.
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