The Real Footie Analyst

Frank for Five hundred

19.08.2001 – 06.04.2011

The man who has been an absolute constant in the heart of the Chelsea-midfield over the past decade, celebrated his 500th match for the club on Wednesday night, when they hosted Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final – and Lampard would certainly have felt that the script had something different in store for him on this momentous occasion, but it wasn’t to be as the Red Devils ran out 1-0 victors.

A look-back at his career at Chelsea Football Club…  so far.

Frank Lampard joined Chelsea in the summer of 2001 from West Ham for an astounding £11m, which at the time was quite a big number, but the London based club will feel that they have bought one of the bargains of the century.

Since he made his debut for the club on the 19th of August 2001 in a home fixture against Newcastle United, he has gone on to represent the club in a further 499 matches in all competitions.  He boasts a goal-scoring record that many-a-striker will envy, with his tally currently on 166 (including 4 hat-tricks), third on the all-time list for Chelsea and only behind Kerry Dixon (193) and Bobby Tambling (202).  You won’t find an awful lot of central-midfielders with a one-in-three scoring record at any level, let alone the stages on which he has consistently found the back of the net over the past ten years.  His neck of scoring, together with his high work-rate and excellent ball distribution have become the hallmarks of his game during his time as a Blue.

Lampard’s 500 appearances in Chelsea-blue are made up from 336 in the League (111 goals), 48 in the FA Cup (22 goals), 83 in Europe (21 goals), 28 in the League Cup (11 goals) and five in the Community Shield (1 goal), which places him fourth on the club’s all time appearance list.  It also includes his 47 matches as captain and the impressive 164 consecutive League appearances he racked up between the 13th of October 2001 and the 26th of December 2005.

The Chelsea number eight has played under the management of Claudio Ranieri (2000-2004), Jose Mourinho (2004-2007), Avram Grant (2007-2008), Luiz Felipe Scolari (2008-2009), Guus Hiddink (2009) and now Carlo Ancelotti – and the England International has been one of the few constants at the club during this time.

His winner’s medals include:

2005 – Premier League, League Cup & Community Shield

2006 – Premier League

2007 – FA Cup & League Cup

2009 – FA Cup & Community Shield

2010 – Premier League & FA Cup

His major personal honours include:

2004 – Chelsea Player of the Year

2005 – Chelsea Player of the Year, Chelsea Golden Boot, FWA Footballer of the Year, Premier League Player of the Year, FIFPro World Team of the Year, Ballon D’Or European Player of the Year runner up 2005 & FIFA World Player of the Year runner-up

2006 – Chelsea Golden Boot

2008 – Uefa’s Most Valuable Midfielder 2008 & Chelsea Golden Boot

2009 – Chelsea Player of the Year

He rates the loss in the final of the 2008 Champions League as the most disappointing moment in his professional career and the stint under “The Special One” as his most memorable time at Stamford Bridge.

Respect to a true gentleman of the modern game who goes about his business quietly, yet very efficiently and rarely if ever catches the headlines for the wrong reasons – long may he continue.

I’m a football fanatic. I love playing, watching and studying the game. A little Italian called Gianfranco Zola is my all-time favourite player which obviously means that I’m a Chelsea man.

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