Mixed emotions for Lampard (September 2014)

Frank Lampard is a living legend with all supporters of Chelsea Football Club. Joining the Blues from West Ham United in the summer of 2001, Lampard enjoyed 13 fantastic seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012 among his honours. He also is Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, surpassing Bobby Tambling’s mark in May 2013.

Lampard’s contract wasn’t renewed at the end of 2013-2014 and he decided to embark on a new adventure in the United States with New York City FC. However, this was a new club in the MLS and as they needed time to set-up, Lampard was loaned out to one of New York’s partner clubs – Manchester City.

In September 2014, Lampard came off the bench at The Etihad Stadium to play against Chelsea for the first time in 13 years. Moments later, he had scored the equaliser. David Silva’s chipped ball found James Milner and he squared an opportunity to Lampard, who had made a late run into the box. He found the back of the net to fairly mixed emotions.

He understandably didn’t celebrate. The Chelsea fans looked stunned. Even Jose Mourinho looked slightly lost for words. The game ended 1-1 and both sets of supporters gave Lampard a round of applause at the end. Now manager for Derby County, he remains one of the perfect gentleman of ‘The Beautiful Game.’

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