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Key dates in Lampard's stellar Chelsea career

Published: Wednesday 4 June 2014, 10.20CET
Following the news that Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea FC after 13 goal-filled years, selects some landmarks from the midfielder's trophy-laden spell.
by Wayne Harrison
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Published: Wednesday 4 June 2014, 10.20CET

Key dates in Lampard's stellar Chelsea career

Following the news that Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea FC after 13 goal-filled years, selects some landmarks from the midfielder's trophy-laden spell.

When Frank Lampard formally severs his Chelsea FC ties at the end of this month he will draw a line under a prolific, trophy-laden spell with the capital club.

I've been here for 11 years so I've been waiting for this baby for a long time
Frank Lampard on winning the UEFA Champions League

The Blues' 211-goal record scorer, Lampard moved from east to west London in summer 2001, leaving West Ham United FC. Under nine managers, he made 648 appearances and won 11 major trophies, among them three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League in 2012.

Supporting Chelsea's description of Lampard – who will turn 36 on 20 June while representing England at the FIFA World Cup – as "a man for the biggest occasions", selects some of the landmark dates in the career of a player who the Stamford Bridge outfit had "never seen his like in our midfield before".

First goal − 20 September 2001: Chelsea 3-0 PFC Levski Sofia, UEFA Cup first round first leg
The first of Lampard's 200-plus strikes came in the 90th minute of his fifth Chelsea outing. Claudio Ranieri's men were leading 2-0 by the time Boudewijn Zenden rolled a ball across the face of the Levski penalty area that Lampard, making one of his trademark runs from midfield, tucked away at the second attempt. Surprisingly, he would not score again for three months.

First trophy − 27 February 2005: Liverpool FC 2-3 Chelsea (aet), League Cup final
Lampard, like José Mourinho, lifted his first silverware with Chelsea at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. He had been instrumental in his side reaching this stage, registering the winner against Fulham FC in the last eight and opening the scoring at Old Trafford in the semi-final second leg. Trailing to John Arne Riise's early effort, Chelsea levelled through Steven Gerrard's 79th-minute own goal. Didier Drogba and Mateja Kežman gave Mourinho's men some breathing space in extra time, and though Antonio Núñez swiftly made it 3-2, Lampard and Co held on.

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Lampard and John Terry at Bolton in 2005

First league title − 30 April 2005: Bolton Wanderers FC 0-2 Chelsea
Two goals from Lampard wrapped up the title − Chelsea's first in the top flight for 50 years – with three matches to spare. His opener was followed by a counterattack which culminated with him waltzing around keeper Jussi Jääskeläinen and stroking the ball into the empty net. Cue scenes of mass jubilation.

FA Cup final winning goal − 30 May 2009: Chelsea 2-1 Everton FC
Lampard's second-half intervention gave interim manager Guus Hiddink, who had replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari three months earlier, the perfect sendoff. Chelsea had been rocked by Louis Saha's strike inside 25 seconds – the fastest goal in an FA Cup final – but equalised when Drogba headed in Florent Malouda's cross. Lampard landed the killer blow 18 minutes from time, cutting on to his left foot and unleashing a shot which Tim Howard could only parry into the net.

Double-winning season − 2009/10
Lampard inspired Carlo Ancelotti's squad to the league and FA Cup double, Chelsea's first, with a career-best tally of 27 goals in all competitions. Fourteen of those were in his last 15 games, including four in a 7-1 defeat of Aston Villa FC. Though not on target at Wembley − Drogba settled the final against a Portsmouth FC team managed by former Blues boss Avram Grant – Lampard had contributed to Chelsea's run to the national stadium with goals against Watford FC (5-0, third round), Stoke City FC (2-0, quarter-finals) and Villa (3-0, semi-finals).

Captains Chelsea in a UEFA Champions League final − 19 May 2012
Four years after losing on penalties in Moscow, where Lampard had equalised against Manchester United FC, Chelsea's long quest to win the UEFA Champions League finally reached a successful conclusion as they dashed FC Bayern München's hopes in their own stadium.

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Lampard with his medal in Munich

Captain in place of the suspended John Terry, Lampard scored Roberto Di Matteo's side's third spot kick in a shoot-out brought about by Drogba's 88th-minute equaliser and Petr Čech saving Arjen Robben's extra-time penalty. "It took so long. I've been here for 11 years so I've been waiting for this baby for a long time, said Lampard. "To do it the way we did, and considering the season we've had, it's amazing."

Becomes Chelsea's record goalscorer − 11 May 2013
Four days before SL Benfica were dramatically defeated in the UEFA Europa League final, a triumph he lists in an open letter to the club's fans as being among his most "special times" as a Blues player, Lampard etched his name indelibly into Chelsea's history. Having restored parity against Aston Villa with a shot from the edge of the area, Lampard turned in his 203rd Chelsea goal late on, overtaking Bobby Tambling's record. "Not much beats Munich, but personally it is another great day and I am really pleased," said Lampard.

Final goal − 5 April 2014: Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City FC
And so to the last goal in Lampard's distinguished stay at Stamford Bridge. Like his first, it was hardly a thing of beauty, but, as the saying goes, they all count. More significantly, his follow-up attempt after Asmir Begović had saved his penalty was the 250th of a club career which, after he has aided England's challenge in Brazil, will continue elsewhere, possibly in New York with David Villa.

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