West Ham fans aren’t that keen on Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
Not only did Lampard make a habit of chipping in with a fair few goals against the Hammers, but he also came through their youth ranks, before leaving east London for Stamford Bridge.
Lampard told BT Sport just how difficult it was for him to return to West Ham in Chelsea blue, and admitted he underperformed in the first couple of encounters against his old club. Until he started scoring.
He said: “My first years going back there, I wanted to do so well to prove them wrong because they were giving me so much stick that I didn’t produce. And then I scored a few years in and then I lost the shackles and scored pretty regularly.
The Lampard was asked about the abuse he’d received from West Ham fans. He responded by saying that it was worse when he’d get abuse from his own fans while still wearing claret and blue.
He added: “It hurt me more when I played there and they used to give me stick. When I went back I didn’t mind because it was then seen as a compliment in a way.”
Host Jake Humphrey asked whether Lampard could understand the fact that some supporters weren’t too keen on him when he was breaking into the first team as a teenager.
“I understand it retrospectively. My dad was there and maybe they thought it was some nepotism but I was a West Ham boy and my dream was to play for West Ham and then I used to get told to sit down when I was warming up. ‘Go and sit down, fat boy!’ And I’d just trundle back to the bench.
Lampard, who was 17 at the time, described it as “character building”.
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