Peter Beardsley returned to Newcastle United in 1993 to form a dynamic duo with strike-partner Andy Cole.
We continue our look at some of the notable duos for Newcastle United. It was not a lengthy partnership, but the tandem of Peter Beardsley and Andy Cole shined brightly for the Magpies and holds a position on the all-time list for the Premier League.
Back from 1983 to 1987, Peter Beardsley was a star for Newcastle. Then, he left to play for Liverpool and Everton before making a triumphant return in the summer of 1993. When he came back to the Magpies, he teamed up in the attack with the club’s new star, Andy Cole, who had arrived in January of the same year.
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The 1993-94 Premier League season saw Kevin Keegan’s side finish third on the table. A large reason for that was the prolific scoring of Beardsley and Cole. The duo combined for 55 goals, still a record in the EPL, with Cole scoring 34 goals and Beardsley added 21 goals. Cole had two hat tricks on the year, against Coventry City and Liverpool, and earned the PFA Young Player of the Year.
During the next season, the strikers got to feature in the EPL and the UEFA Cup. They would combine for six goals in the European competition. Cole scored nine goals in 18 league matches for Newcastle before departing in January to join Manchester United. Beardsley scored 13 throughout the entire season for the Magpies.