Key former player Wed 5 Nov 2014
Ashley Cole signed for the Blues from Arsenal in the summer of 2006 and went on to become an integral member of the squad during the most successful period in the club’s history.
During his time at Stamford Bridge the left-back won the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, four FA Cups and the League Cup, making 338 appearances along the way.
Following his switch across the capital, defensive duties were initially shared with Wayne Bridge, before Cole established himself as first choice.
He scored his first Chelsea goal in a 4-0 away win at West Ham and ended the 2007/08 campaign as a beaten Champions League finalist having overcome an injury scare on the eve of the game. Cole scored his kick but it was Manchester United who came out on top in the Moscow shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.
He ended the following campaign with another FA Cup winners’ medal, impressing in our 2-1 final win over Everton at Wembley, as well as being named the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year.
One of Cole’s biggest strengths was his consistency and ability to produce the goods when it really mattered, and in 2009/10 he was a key member of Carlo Ancelotti’s side as we won the Premier League title and FA Cup.
Cole played every league game the following season and was a regular once more during 2011/12, a season that ended in unbelievable fashion.
He collected his seventh FA Cup winners’ medal – a record that still stands – as we beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley, while a couple of weeks later he became a Champions League winner in Munich.
Cole had been absolutely outstanding across both legs in the semi-final against Barcelona, and he shone once again as we defended heroically in the final against Bayern Munich, with his experience vital in helping youngster Ryan Bertrand who was deployed in front of him.
As was the case in Moscow, Cole scored from the spot in the decisive penalty shoot-out, but this time it ended in glory as Petr Cech made two saves, leaving Didier Drogba to secure the trophy for the Blues.
In 2012/13 he played 51 of our 69 matches, including the Europa League final victory over Benfica, as well as reaching the 100-cap mark for England.
His final season at the club saw his involvement limited, but Cole was part of the side which beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield in April, as well as starting both legs of the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
His final game as a Chelsea player came away at Cardiff City on the final day of the 2013/14 season.