On This Day: Frank Lampard signs for Chelsea
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Born in Romford, Frank Lampard grew up playing for West Ham's youth set up, making his debut in 1995.

After switching the Irons for Chelsea, Lampard made his debut in a 1:1 draw with Newcastle in the 01/02 season.

His first goal for Chelsea came in his fifth appearance when he scored in a UEFA Cup match at home to Levski Sofia, and he didn't stop there.

  • Breaking the great Bobby Tambling's record:

On the 11th of May, 2013, the Blues faced Aston Villa in a Premier League clash. Christian Benteke gave Villa the lead. Chelsea, a man down, and a goal down, someone had to step up. 

With just under 30 minutes to play, Frank Lampard equalised for Chelsea, equalling the great Bobby Tambling's record. Chelsea pushed for a winner, and they got it in the 88th minute. Not only did Chelsea get all three points, but it was Frank Lampard who scored the winner.

His second goal at Villa made him the clubs leading goalscorer with 203. After spending 13 years at the club, Lampard left for Manchester City in 2014. Frank left the club as Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer with 211.

  • Frank's achievements with Chelsea:

Lampard won an impressive 13 trophies with Chelsea:
-UEFA Champions League: 2012
-Premier League: 2005, 2006 and 2010
-UEFA Europa League: 2013
-FA Cup: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012
-League Cup: 2005 and 2007
-FA Community Shield: 2005 and 2009

Arguably the most important trophy of them all was the Champions League. Lampard captained the Blues in 2012 as they looked to put 2008's final behind them.

With a much-changed team in the final against Bayern, Chelsea were heavy underdogs. It was not an easy ride, the Blues rode their luck, at times but they secured a historic win against Munich in Munich to become the first team in London to win a European cup.

  • Adapting to any position in midfield:

A dynamic box-to-box midfielder, Lampard could also play as a deep-lying playmaker, an advanced playmaker and even as a second-striker. Lampard was such, a versatile player, he could adapt to any formation. 

His ability on the ball was breathtaking. He could always split open any defence with his excellent passing and always had an eye for goal. Lampard is the definition of the perfect box-to-box midfielder.

Playing 648 times for the club, only bettered by Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti and John Terry, Lampard will go down in history as one as Chelsea's greatest ever players and is arguably one of the best midfielders to grace the Premier League. 
 

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