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Tony Cottee

Full name: Anthony Richard Cottee
Birthdate: 11.07.1965
Birthplace: Plaistow
Position: Striker
Joined from: Selangor
Signed by: Martin O'Neill
Nationality: England
First game: Arsenal, 27.08.1997
Last game: Bradford City, 26.08.2000
Games: 100 (78 starts + 22 subs)
Goals: 34
Player Profile

The striker was perhaps seen as being past his sell-by date when he arrived at City from Malaysian side Selangor but his £500,000 price tag proved good business when Martin O'Neill brought him back to England in August 1997.

Cottee's big chance came with West Ham United but he made his name mainly through an eight-year spell on Merseyside with Everton. A natural goalscorer with pace and power, Cottee returned to Upton Park following his successful stay with the Toffees before embarking on his career in Malaysia.

Keen to prove people wrong on his return to England with Leicester, Cottee went on to spend almost three years as a Fox, scoring 27 league goals in 66 league starts for the club. It took him some time to get up to full speed, thanks to a loan spell with Birmingham City. He'd only been at Filbert Street for three months, making just two appearances in all competitions before signing for the Blues on a temporary deal.

With his fitness up to scratch, Cottee returned to Leicester and was thrown into the starting line-up for a daunting game at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Nevertheless, he bagged what proved to be the winning goal and he went on to be a regular start that season - even scoring two goals against his former club West Ham on the final day of the season.

He was the club's Player of the Year in the 1998-98 season, forming a strong partnership with Emile Heskey in attack and earned a contract extension. Goals in both legs of the semi-final League Cup clash with Sunderland in 1999 helped City to the final, although they were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in the final. Cottee bagged his 200th league career goal with City, ironically against Spurs just two weeks after the League Cup final.

Cottee won his first, and only, cup-winning medal with the Foxes when they defeated Tranmere Rovers in the final of the League Cup but his stay at City wasn't far from the end. He went on to play for Norwich City and try his hand as player-manager of Barnet before taking up a career in the media.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1997-98Premier League194211-1---235
1997_232_
1998-99Premier League31101155----3716
1998_232_
1999-00Premier League33132-3-----3813
1999_232_
2000-01Premier League2---------2-
2000_232_
Total852752951---100 34
_232_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 27.08.1997 3 - 3 Arsenal (H) Premier League
2 30.08.1997 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
3 13.09.1997 3 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
4 24.09.1997 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
5 27.09.1997 2 - 0 Barnsley (A) Premier League
6 30.09.1997 0 - 2 Atletico Madrid (H) UEFA Cup 1 leg 2
7 06.10.1997 1 - 2 Derby County (H) Premier League
8 14.10.1997 1 - 3 Grimsby Town (A) League Cup 3
9 26.12.1997 1 - 2 Arsenal (A) Premier League
10 03.01.1998 4 - 0 Northampton Town (H) FA Cup 3 1
11 10.01.1998 1 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Premier League
12 17.01.1998 0 - 0 Liverpool (H) Premier League
13 24.01.1998 0 - 3 Crystal Palace (A) FA Cup 4
14 31.01.1998 1 - 0 Manchester United (A) Premier League 1
15 07.02.1998 1 - 0 Leeds United (H) Premier League
16 14.02.1998 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League 1
17 21.02.1998 2 - 0 Chelsea (H) Premier League
18 04.04.1998 1 - 1 Coventry City (H) Premier League
19 18.04.1998 1 - 1 Everton (A) Premier League
20 26.04.1998 4 - 0 Derby County (A) Premier League
21 29.04.1998 0 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
22 02.05.1998 1 - 0 Barnsley (H) Premier League
23 10.05.1998 3 - 4 West Ham United (A) Premier League 2
24 15.08.1998 2 - 2 Manchester United (A) Premier League 1
25 22.08.1998 2 - 0 Everton (H) Premier League 1
26 29.08.1998 0 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (A) Premier League
27 09.09.1998 0 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Premier League
28 12.09.1998 1 - 1 Arsenal (H) Premier League
29 16.09.1998 3 - 0 Chesterfield (H) League Cup 2 leg 1
30 19.09.1998 0 - 2 Derby County (A) Premier League
31 27.09.1998 1 - 1 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
32 03.10.1998 1 - 0 Leeds United (A) Premier League 1
33 19.10.1998 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
34 24.10.1998 1 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Premier League 1
35 27.10.1998 2 - 1 Charlton Athletic (A) League Cup 3 2
36 31.10.1998 1 - 0 Liverpool (H) Premier League 1
37 14.11.1998 2 - 3 West Ham United (A) Premier League
38 19.12.1998 0 - 1 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
39 26.12.1998 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League 1
40 28.12.1998 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
41 02.01.1999 4 - 2 Birmingham City (H) FA Cup 3 1
42 09.01.1999 0 - 0 Everton (A) Premier League
43 16.01.1999 2 - 6 Manchester United (H) Premier League
44 26.01.1999 2 - 1 Sunderland (A) League Cup sf leg 1 2
45 30.01.1999 0 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Premier League
46 06.02.1999 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
47 17.02.1999 1 - 1 Sunderland (H) League Cup sf leg 2 1
48 01.03.1999 1 - 2 Leeds United (H) Premier League 1
49 06.03.1999 1 - 0 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
50 21.03.1999 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (N) League Cup f
51 03.04.1999 2 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League 1
52 06.04.1999 2 - 2 Aston Villa (H) Premier League 1
53 10.04.1999 0 - 0 West Ham United (H) Premier League
54 18.04.1999 2 - 2 Chelsea (A) Premier League
55 21.04.1999 1 - 0 Liverpool (A) Premier League
56 24.04.1999 1 - 0 Coventry City (H) Premier League
57 01.05.1999 1 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League
58 05.05.1999 1 - 2 Derby County (H) Premier League
59 08.05.1999 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Premier League 1
60 16.05.1999 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Premier League
61 07.08.1999 1 - 2 Arsenal (A) Premier League 1
62 11.08.1999 1 - 0 Coventry City (H) Premier League
63 14.08.1999 2 - 2 Chelsea (H) Premier League
64 21.08.1999 1 - 2 West Ham United (A) Premier League
65 24.08.1999 3 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Premier League 1
66 30.08.1999 1 - 0 Watford (H) Premier League
67 11.09.1999 0 - 2 Sunderland (A) Premier League
68 18.09.1999 2 - 2 Liverpool (H) Premier League 1
69 25.09.1999 3 - 1 Aston Villa (H) Premier League 1
70 03.10.1999 3 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
71 13.10.1999 2 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) League Cup 3
72 16.10.1999 2 - 1 Southampton (H) Premier League 1
73 23.10.1999 1 - 3 Bradford City (A) Premier League
74 30.10.1999 3 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League 1
75 06.11.1999 0 - 2 Manchester United (A) Premier League
76 20.11.1999 2 - 1 Wimbledon (H) Premier League 2
77 27.11.1999 1 - 0 Coventry City (A) Premier League
78 04.12.1999 0 - 3 Arsenal (H) Premier League
79 11.12.1999 0 - 0 Hereford United (A) FA Cup 3
80 15.12.1999 0 - 0 Leeds United (H) League Cup 4
81 18.12.1999 0 - 1 Derby County (H) Premier League
82 22.12.1999 2 - 1 Hereford United (H) FA Cup 3 rep
83 26.12.1999 1 - 2 Leeds United (A) Premier League 1
84 28.12.1999 1 - 2 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
85 03.01.2000 2 - 2 Everton (A) Premier League
86 12.02.2000 1 - 1 Watford (A) Premier League
87 27.02.2000 2 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (N) League Cup f
88 11.03.2000 1 - 2 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
89 18.03.2000 0 - 2 Manchester United (H) Premier League
90 26.03.2000 2 - 1 Leeds United (H) Premier League
91 08.04.2000 1 - 1 Everton (H) Premier League
92 15.04.2000 2 - 0 Newcastle United (A) Premier League 1
93 19.04.2000 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
94 22.04.2000 2 - 2 Aston Villa (A) Premier League
95 29.04.2000 2 - 1 Southampton (A) Premier League 1
96 03.05.2000 2 - 0 Liverpool (A) Premier League 1
97 06.05.2000 3 - 0 Bradford City (H) Premier League 1
98 14.05.2000 0 - 4 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
99 23.08.2000 1 - 0 West Ham United (A) Premier League
100 26.08.2000 0 - 0 Bradford City (A) Premier League

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Selangor £500,000 12.08.1997
OUT  Birmingham City On loan 12.11.1997
OUT  Norwich City Free 11.09.2000
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