|Date of birth||18 September 1936|
|Place of birth||Gweedore, Republic of Ireland|
|Date of death||1982 (aged 46)|
|Place of death||Gweedore, Republic of Ireland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|–1956||Vale of Leven|
|1961||New York Americans|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Gweedore, Republic of Ireland but raised in Glasgow, Scotland, McCole began his career with Vale of Leven before signing a professional contract with Falkirk in 1956. McCole moved to England in 1958 to play with Bradford City, Leeds United (where he scored 45 goals in 78 league appearances, but was unable to prevent Leeds from being relegated from the First Division; McCole also set a club record by scoring four goals in the League Cup match against Brentford before returning to Bradford in October 1961) and Rotherham United, before spending a year in Ireland with Shelbourne. McCole returned to Britain to play for Newport County – a Welsh team playing in the English league – before returning to Ireland to play with Cork Hibernians and Dundalk.