Lampard – Chelsea vs Everton – 2009

22 01 2011

Josh Liptak is a football fan from the USA. You can follow his tweets @lipmak and hopefully he’ll be blogging soon.  Here’s Josh’s favourite goal … 

The goal that Frank Lampard scored in the 72nd minute of the 2009 FA Cup final for Chelsea against Everton isn’t my favourite goal because it’s beautiful, although it is; a left foot screamer from outside of the box that brushed away Tim Howard’s hand with contempt as it sought the top corner, it is a goal to be watched again and again. The fact that Super Frank had dummied, lost his marker, and nearly fallen on his face before striking the ball with his weaker foot made it all the more special, but again, that isn’t why I love it.

Nor do I love this goal because of it’s significance, though it was hugely important.  Chelsea (Drogba after 21 minutes) and Everton (Saha after 25 seconds!) were tied, 1-1, and Lampard’s strike broke the deadlock and won the West London club their fifth FA Cup, setting down a perfect foundation for the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti and their historic double winning season the following year. It was a perfect end to the 2008/09 season, but again, this is not the reason why I love this goal.
The reason that this goal is so special to me is because of the celebration that followed, but to understand the celebration, we must first look back 19 years to an FA cup semi-final between West Ham United and the aforementioned Everton, where a certain bearded left-back scored a diving header for West Ham, putting the Hammers 2-1 up over Everton and sending them through to the the final, which they eventually won. The left-back was none other than Frank Lampard Sr, the father of the Chelsea hero, and he celebrated his special moment by running to the corner flag, gripping it with his left hand, and dancing around it (think maypole rather than stripper pole).
After he put his team ahead, Frank Jr took the time when all eyes were on him to pay tribute to his dad. He ran to the corner flag and repeated the celebration from that historic night two decades before, and turned an already great occasion into an unforgettable one. He did what I can only ever dream about doing, not just scoring an amazing goal, but celebrating his dad, his hero, while the world looked on.
My dad, Robert Liptak (junior), is my hero, Frank Lampard (junior) is my favourite footballer, and this is my favourite goal.  
The FA don’t seem to like the idea of embedding this video into the blog piece. But you can watch Frank Lampard’s winning goal here.



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27 01 2011
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