Goodbye, Ashley Cole? If it is, don't let your personal opinion cloud judgement of how good he really was

Ashley Cole Derby

It had the feel of a pointless postscript to Leeds’s heartbreak. Scott Malone slid into an injury-time challenge with Pablo Hernandez, collected his second yellow card and duly departed. And yet it may have facilitated Wembley’s second golden goodbye in the space of 10 days. Enter Ashley Cole for a cameo at Elland Road and, minus the banned Malone, surely a start in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

If Vincent Kompany scripted his departure from Manchester City, perhaps Cole will get the fairytale farewell from English football he long seemed denied. Certainly, there would be no more appropriate venue for the man who has won more FA Cups than anyone else in history.  

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