Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole, scored his first ever FA Cup goal, leaving The Blues – calling for his return.
Despite his impressive record of triumphs, this was Cole’s first ever FA Cup goal, while it was his first in English football since 2012.
Substitute Cole, who had not scored in English football since 2012, struck late on after Premier League Brighton had moved in to a two-goal lead thanks to first-half goals by Anthony Knockaert and Juergen Locadia.
The 38-year-old Ashley Cole today scored for Derby County, and his manager is former teammate, Frank Lampard, who is 40-years-old. What a wonderful world we live in.
After the game, Frank Lampard described Ashley Cole as a “machine”, and said they will need the defender for their Championship promotion push. He said;
“He has been working hard. He wasn’t quite ready for 90 minutes today but that’s a great exercise he has given 45 minutes. I thought he was calm and assured on the ball. He has all the experience from his career and got his goal. It’s really good for us and we will need him.”
The veteran left back, a seven-times FA Cup winner, joined Derby, managed by his former Chelsea team mate Frank Lampard, in January having left LA Galaxy last year.
Cole played 107 times for England between 2001 and 2014 and won a combined 13 trophies during his time in the Premier League, including three titles, the Champions League and Europa League.