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Friday 14 June 2013

On this day: Frank Lampard begins Chelsea adventure

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Chelsea signed a star midfielder

  • Frank Lampard is unveiled as a Chelsea player after completing his move

  • The midfielder made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in August 2001

  • Lampard scored twice against Bolton as Chelsea secured the Premier League title in 2005

  • The England international has won three league titles with Chelsea, the last coming in 2010

  • Lampard helped Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 2012

  • In the 2012/13 campaign, Lampard became Chelsea's all-time top scorer with 203 goals

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 14 June 2001 - Frank Lampard joins Chelsea

England midfielder Frank Lampard completed his move to Chelsea from fellow Barclays Premier League Londoners West Ham United and went on to fulfil an ambition to win trophies in a record-breaking spell with the club.

Lampard, at the age of 22, joined Claudio Ranieri's Chelsea side as they looked to build on a sixth-place finish in the 2000/01 Barclays Premier League campaign.

"Hopefully I can test myself against the best players in Europe and we can contest for trophies"
Frank Lampard

Upon moving to Stamford Bridge, Lampard said: "It's always been my ambition from day one to play European football.

"Hopefully I can test myself against the best players in Europe and we can contest for trophies.

"The chance of European football and working with a well-respected coach (Claudio Ranieri) will bring my game on."

Lampard had impressed after breaking in to the West Ham first team during the 1996/97 season and he went on to score 24 goals in 147 top flight appearances for the Hammers, but he has since enjoyed unprecedented success with Chelsea.

Following his arrival, the Blues won their first league title for 50 years in 2004/05, then under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, and Chelsea have since won another two Premier League trophies, with the most recent coming in 2009/10.

With Lampard in midfield, the Blues have also won the League Cup twice and the FA Cup on four occasions. Last summer Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League for the first time with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich in the final.

In the season that has just finished, Lampard scored over 10 Premier League goals for the 10th consecutive season as Chelsea came third in the table. The Blues also enjoyed European success once more as they triumphed in the UEFA Europa League final, this time beating Benfica.

Lampard's fine form was rewarded with a new contract and, in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in May, the long-serving midfielder became the club's all-time top scorer with 203 goals in all competitions - breaking Bobby Tambling's record.

Overall, Lampard is the fourth highest scorer in the history of the Premier League, with 165 goals so far.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the day Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer Frank Lampard first joined the Blues