Totally Frank: My Autobiography

Totally Frank: My Autobiography

Frank Lampard, Ian McGarry

Language: English

Pages: 299

ISBN: 2:00195364

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Chelsea and England footballer Frank Lampard charts his life story from childhood to young West Ham apprentice to multi-millionaire world footballing celebrity and lynchpin of the national team. Includes a full account of the 2005/06 season and the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. One of the best footballers in Britain today, and the 2005 Footballer of the Year, Lampard has been lauded by fans, managers and fellow players alike. A vital cog in the midfield engine room for Chelsea and England, he is poised to become one of the true legends of the game. The young lad from Romford was born into a football family. His father, a former West Ham star, saw the raw talent in his boy at an early age and was unstinting in his determination for him to succeed. The hard work paid off and Frank Jr kept it in the family by signing to West Ham in 1995, then managed by his uncle Harry Redknapp. Since transferring to Chelsea in a blaze of controversy, he silenced any critics and proved himself indispensable to his club. No-one his age has played more Premiership football than Lampard, and no-one played more at Chelsea ? in fact, he has broken the record for number of consecutive appearances for the Blues. He also holds the record for most goals scored in a season by a Premiership midfielder. In his book, Lampard opens up on his early years, how he dealt with the fame and fortune that has come his way since becoming a key member of the England side, his frank opinions on former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and his manager at Chelsea Jose Mourinho, fascinating insights into Roman Abramovich and revealing tales on his current team-mates. He reveals both the privileges and the pressures of being one of the 'golden generation' of England players. He gives a fascinating inside account of World Cup 2006 in Germany, and describes the disappointment of not fulfilling the dream of bringing the biggest prize in football back to England.

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sight of goal. I looked up for options but no one was in space. To hell with it, I’ll have a go. I dropped my shoulder and got the half yard I needed for the angle to drive my shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen. Goal. Goal. Goal. Goal. Gooooaaaaaalllllll!!!!!!!!! I spun away and ran shouting with every pace. I made a bolt for our fans at the other side of the box. Mum and Dad couldn’t get tickets for the directors’ area and somewhere in the blue bedlam they were celebrating the same as me. The lads

other’s nerves at times my childhood was quite ordinary but also idyllic. We did everything together. Christmas is a very special time for everyone and in our house we always had my grandparents round and it just felt right. Actually, it felt like that on any given Sunday when Mum had all of us for dinner. That was part of her secret. No matter the arguments or fall-outs, and no matter who they were between, Mum knew the importance of bringing us all together. Every night the Lampards would sit

be denied. We won 5-2 in normal time and the game went to extra-time and then to penalties. We held our nerve and scored our kicks. We won – a bunch of young lads who were left to do whatever we could in the name of the club after they opted to take the majority of the regular players away. It was my first taste of glory and it was special. That it came at the home of Chelsea made it even more so. Rio was ecstatic. So was I. It was an incredible experience, one of those which can really only

set in its ways. They started each season expecting to battle relegation. We were different. We had aspirations to do better and if we were honest, perhaps we already had an idea that ultimately that would mean leaving Upton Park. We would talk about it and it’s a natural progression for any young player who comes through at a club like West Ham. Loyalty in football has changed a lot since the Sixties and Seventies when it was likely that you could spend your whole career at one club. Look at

nervousness about playing: what the result would be and whether I would play well, badly or even at all. It was only when I left the stadium after a match and was still carrying the same dull ache in the pit of my stomach that I realized something more was going on. Years later Mum brought the subject up. She told me that she had been very worried about me. I looked pale and pensive on Saturday mornings and would withdraw into myself as time wore on and the game got nearer. She put it down to

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