11 Facts About Ashley Cole


On 18 July 2005, Ashley Cole signed a one-year extension to his contract with Arsenal, but just a year later departed from the club in acrimonious circumstances.

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On 15 July 2006, Ashley Cole launched a verbal attack on Arsenal; in his autobiography, he claimed that the Arsenal board had treated him as a "scapegoat" and that they had "fed him to the sharks" over the tapping-up affair while Arsenal, from their part, insisted that they were legally obliged to punish Ashley Cole for his illegal contact with Chelsea.

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On 19 March 2008, Ashley Cole was involved in a controversial incident in a Premier League game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane where he performed a high tackle on Tottenham's Alan Hutton.

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On 22 January 2013, Ashley Cole signed a one-year extension to his contract with Chelsea.

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On 19 January 2016, Ashley Cole terminated his contract with Roma with one year of his contract remaining.

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On 21 January 2019, Ashley Cole joined Championship side Derby County, reuniting with manager Frank Lampard who was his teammate at Chelsea and with England.

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On 27 July 2021, Ashley Cole was named as assistant coach of the England U21s alongside head coach Lee Carsley.

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On 3 February 2022, Ashley Cole joined Everton as a First-Team Coach, again joining up with Frank Lampard who had recently been appointed as manager.

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Under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Ashley Cole's attacking threat was restrained, meaning it allowed the player to focus more on defending and marking.

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The arrival of Luiz Felipe Scolari however ensured Ashley Cole made forward runs in the opposition's half; Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill believed the liberation of Ashley Cole was a sign that he was "back playing to his very best".

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On 4 January 2010, Ashley Cole was convicted of a speeding offence committed on 17 November 2009.

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