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Andy Cole lifted the League Cup with Rovers for the first time in his career

24 February 2019

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Andy Cole admits winning the Worthington Cup with Rovers on this day in 2002 was a champagne moment in his glittering football career.

Cole scored the winning goal at the Millennium Stadium - hooking the ball home midway through the second half - as Graeme Souness' side defied the odds to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.

It was a special moment for the former Manchester United man, who had won every major trophy except for the League Cup during his time at Old Trafford.

"The highlight of my time at Rovers ... the League Cup final all day long!", said Cole, who won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League as a Manchester United player.

"To have the opportunity to win the League Cup - because that was the only thing I hadn't won in the domestic game - so when I did that and the way we did it, it was fantastic and it was a great honour to be involved in.

"It's always nice to get a goal, but to do it in a cup final makes it that little bit extra special.

"It was extra special to win it because I don't think there were many people who gave Blackburn Rovers a chance that day against Tottenham, but we played some good football and fortunately we came out on top."

Cole scored 37 goals in exactly 100 appearances for Rovers between December 2001 and July 2004, and thoroughly enjoyed his time at Ewood Park.

"It was a really good set of lads," he added. "I enjoyed their company, there was loads of banter, they all worked their socks off and there was a great team spirit there, which I really enjoyed.

"It was a massive decision to leave Manchester United, but I wanted to try and force myself into the World Cup squad.

"Given that I was going to get more game time, I thought why not?

"I knew that Blackburn Rovers were a very good club, they'd obviously won the league as well, but I knew I was going to a family club, with passionate supporters.

"So when I went there, I really enjoyed it and the only reason I left was because I couldn't get on with the manager. It was as simple as that.

"But otherwise I really enjoyed my time there."

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