I was in the crowd on 19th August 2001 when Chelsea took on Newcastle in the first game of the Premier League season. That year Chelsea made 4 high profile signings. One of them was a certain Frank Lampard, signed from West Ham United for a mere £11 million. Little did the world of football know that it would be one of the best and most significant signings Chelsea would ever make.
Lampard scored his first Chelsea goal in the UEFA Cup against Levski Sofia in September 2001. His first league goal came three months later in a 5-1 victory against Bolton at Stamford Bridge. He has also scored three hat-tricks in the Premier League, scoring 3 against Bolton in 2011 and scoring 4 against both Derby County and Aston Villa in 2008 and 2010 respectively. As well as three against Leicester City in the FA Cup. He has also amounted 25 braces.The club’s vice captain is a club legend and a fan favourite.
There is still hope that he will be offered a new contract at the end of the season with rumours that Jose Mourinho will be returning.
Today Lampard has become Chelsea’s all time highest goalscorer, surpassing Bobby Tambling by scoring both goals in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa. The win all but assures Chelsea Champions League football next season. After the game he rang Tambling in what was an emotional day for the midfielder, who pointed up to the skies in remembrance of his Mother, and biggest supporter when he broke the record.
He has gone on to make 606 appearances for the blues in all competitions, becoming Chelsea’s most decorated midfield player, winning 12 trophies during his time at The Bridge.
FA Premier League (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10
FA Cup (4): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Football League Cup (2): 2004–05, 2006–07
FA Community Shield (2): 2005, 2009
UEFA Champions League (1): 2011–12
Fellow footballers reaction on Twitter…
Congratulations to Frank Lampard on becoming Chelsea’s highest ever goal scorer. One of the best midfielders I have ever played with
Congrats to Frank Lampard on breaking the Chelsea all time goal scoring record. Ruthless finisher! All them days we done extra paid off!
Well done Frank, what an unbelievable record.
Congratulations to Frank Lampard on breaking the record. I’m pretty sure The Special One will offer him a contract once he takes the reigns.
Here I will look back at some of his best and most important goals in the 12 years he has played for the club, providing a long line of trophies and memorable moments.
Chelsea v Aston Villa (2-1) (Villa Park) 2 goals (2013)
Breaks the record previously held by Bobby Tambling to become Chelsea’s all time highest goalscorer, scoring the second in the 88th minute to give Chelsea all three points and all but assuring their participation in next years Champions League with a man of the match performance.
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers 2-0 (Reebok Stadium) Both goals- (2005)
Frank Lampard scores two goals in the second half to make Chelsea Premier League Champions, winning their first league title since 1955.
Chelsea v Bayern Munich 4-2 (Stamford Bridge) 2 goals (2005)
Scores two outrageous goals as Chelsea take a commanding lead into the second leg of the Champions League Quarter Final tie.
Chelsea v Barcelona 2-2 (Nou Camp) (2006)
Frank scores from a near impossible angle to get Chelsea back into the Champions League group stage tie.
Chelsea v Liverpool 3-1 (Stamford Bridge) 2006
Champions League Semi Final Penalty to help deliver Chelsea to their first final in their history just days after the death of his mother.
Chelsea v Everton 2-1 FA Cup Final (Wembley) (2006)
Frank Lampard scores the winning goal with 20 minutes to play in Guus Hiddinks last game in charge after Didier Drogba levelled in the first half.
Chelsea v Napoli 4-1 (Stamford Bridge) (2012)
Lampard scores an important late penalty to make it 3-1 and send the Round of 16 tie into extra time, where Branislav Ivanovic would score the winner, on the way to Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in Munich.
Chelsea v Tottenham 5-1 (Wembley) (2012)
A long range free-kick beat former team-mate Carlo Cudicini to take the FA Cup Semi final out of the reach of Spurs in one of the most one entertaining semi-finals in recent times. Chelsea went on to win the cup.
Chelsea v Everton 3-2 (Goodison Park) (2006)
Another screamer as Lampard brings Chelsea level later on in a memorable match, Didier Drogba would go on to score an amazing long range winner in the last minute of the game.