Three years ago today, Frank Lampard had a very bittersweet moment in what was a very eventful year at Manchester City in the 2014-15 season.
Many were shocked when Lampard, who was signed up to join City Football Group club New York City FC, decided to spend the entire campaign at City, but 8 goals in 38 appearances showed he still had something to offer in his swansong year in English football.
The most noteworthy moment of Frank’s stay came at the Etihad Stadium on 21 September 2014, when City hosted his beloved Chelsea. Named among the subs by Manuel Pellegrini, it wasn’t even a sure thing that he’d appear against Chelsea, but when City were both 1-0 down, courtesy of an André Schürrle goal, and also reduced to ten men with Pablo Zabaleta sent off, Lampard made his entrance.
And what an impact he had, sliding home a strike with just five minutes left to earn City a point. Lampard refused to celebrate his goal and Chelsea fans continued to sing his name even as he deprived the eventual champions of points.
“I had 13 amazing years with Chelsea fans,” Lampard told Sky Sports after the game. “I’m obviously pleased the team I played for got a draw. I’m professional. I’m playing at this club now. I came on and Chelsea fans were singing [his name] and that was emotional.”
Lampard would go on to spend a couple of years in New York before hanging up the boots and ending a glorious career as one of the finest English midfielders.