Cole training with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
|Full name||Shannon Cole|
|Date of birth||4 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Sydney, Australia|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Defender / Midfielder|
|Rockdale City Suns|
|2012–2017||Western Sydney Wanderers||53||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 September 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 March 2010
Cole attended St Ambrose primary school, Concord West, and St Patrick's College, Strathfield. In 2003, he studied drama at the University of Western Sydney for 1.5 years before putting the degree on hold to pursue a football career.
Cole's early football career saw a series of stints with NSW state league clubs, in particular APIA Leichhardt, Dulwich Hill, Rockdale City Suns and Parramatta Eagles. He also left Australia for spells in US college football in the tiny Michigan town of Northville and semi-professional football with Waitakere United in New Zealand. Following this, Cole spent a month trialling with ambitious English Championship side Doncaster Rovers, before spending a stint with Israeli side Maccabi Netanya.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in July 2008, Cole reflected on these early globetrotting stages of his career: "With the college football, I had a friend over there already, so I went over for the year when I was 19 and it was just something I wanted to try, living away from home and live as a footballer. I kind of saw it as a personal challenge. Going to Europe was also great, but I don't have an EU passport at the moment and it made it difficult to get a deal. Being full-time with Doncaster, even for a month, was a great experience. The standard in Israel was also really high and there were a lot of really good, strong African boys there, but Netanya were looking for a senior player to come in and run the midfield, and I was just 22, so it didn't work out."
Cole signed with NSW Premier League club Sydney Olympic in 2007. During his time there, Cole was a member of the Sydney Olympic team that lifted the 2008 NSW Premier League Johnny Warren Cup, after a 2–1 extra time win in the final against the Sutherland Sharks. Cole provided the assist from a free kick for Olympic's first goal in this game, scored by Emmanuel Giannaros in the 52nd minute.
On 15 August 2008 he was signed by Sydney FC on a two-year contract from Sydney Olympic. Chosen mainly because of his ability to play at left and right back or midfield. On 23 August 2008, Cole scored a free kick against Central Coast Mariners that curled over the wall into the bottom corner to put Sydney in the lead 3–2. This proved to be the winning goal. Another goal the next week against Perth Glory cemented his position in the team.
In December he scored his third goal for Sydney in their 3–2 loss to Melbourne Victory. His goal was the first of the match, just less than 30 seconds into the game.
In 2010–11 A-League, Cole scored a spectacular free-kick goal against Melbourne Victory at Sydney Football Stadium in Round 1 of Grand Final Replay on 7 August 2010. He scored again in Round 8 Mid-Week Fixture with a spectacular goal outside from penalty box against North Queensland Fury. Cole scored again, this time he ran past the defenders of Perth Glory to slide the ball past Tando Velaphi in Round 15 then later did a spectacular acrobatic jump.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
After being at the club since it was formed, Cole announced that he would leave after 5 years.
On 1 October 2008 was called up from Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek for the Australia national football team for a training camp, he was not promoted for the 22 squad against Qatar. His second call was on 19 January 2009 against Indonesia and played 73 minutes in his debut.
- Cole takes scenic route to the top flight
- Sydney Olympic lift the Johnny Warren Cup
- Olympic star completes Sydney FC squad Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Shannon Cole in Socceroos Squad
- Shannon Cole Delighted With Australia Call-Up
- Shannon makes Australian debut – Sydney Olympic FC Archived 13 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine