Former Liverpool defender Ruddock admits he ‘loved’ kicking Cole
‘I didn’t mean to break both of his legs… I only meant to break one’: Former Liverpool defender Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock admits he ‘loved’ kicking Andy Cole
- Andy Cole broke both of his legs following challenge by Neil Ruddock in 1996
Former Liverpool defender Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has sensationally revealed he went out to break one of Andy Cole’s legs as he disliked the then Manchester United forward.
Cole broke both of his legs during a reserve game back in 1996 after a horror challenge by Ruddock which restricted the Manchester United striker’s game-time.
Ruddock originally put Cole’s injury down to how he landed but he has now said he went out to hurt his rival as they didn’t see eye to eye.
Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has revealed the truth behind his horror challenge on Andy Cole (left)
Cole was sent flying after Ruddock deliberately tried to hurt the Manchester United forward
One of the reasons for their friction was because Cole did not get on with team-mate Teddy Sheringham during their time together at Manchester United.
Cole took exception to Sheringham failing to shake his hand when making his England debut against Uruguay at Wembley in 1995.
‘Basically, I loved kicking Andrew Cole,’ Ruddock told talkSPORT.
‘I know this is not big and it’s not clever, but in one tackle I did break both of his legs,’ ‘Razor’ said in reference to the United versus Liverpool reserve match in 1996.
‘I didn’t mean to break both of his legs if I’m honest,’ Ruddock continued. ‘I only meant to break one… it wasn’t even a free-kick, it was ‘play on’.
‘It was excellent because he let the ball run past him and I absolutely destroyed him. Again, I know it’s not big and it’s not clever, but it was great.’
‘I’m great friends with Teddy Sheringham and if Teddy Sheringham didn’t like him, then I don’t like him.’
Ruddock said he did not get on with Cole due to his poor relationship with Teddy Sheringham
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