Frank Lampard reveals his two favourite ever Chelsea goals


Lampard won Player of the Year in 2005 (Picture: Getty Images)

Frank Lampard says watching back his brace against Bolton Wanderers in 2005 to clinch Chelsea’s first top-flight title in 50 years still sends chills down his spine.

The dawn of the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge brought a new set of lofty ambitions for the west London club, who had been waiting for half a century to regain the feeling of being crowned champions of England.

That day finally came on April 30, 2005, as Jose Mourinho’s side won away at Bolton to build an unassailable 12-point lead over second-placed side Arsenal.

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Lampard played in all 38 games that season, picking up the 2005 Footballer of the Year award, and as he rounded goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to seal the 2-0 victory and the title, time just stood still.

He told the club’s official website: ‘It was something that gives you goosebumps when you look back.

‘My parents were there on the day behind the goal which was different for me. They would normally sit in the hospitality or the directors’ box. That was great fate really because that is exactly where you would want to be with the way it developed.

‘It was just madness in there. Fifty years of pent-up excitement from our fans, you could feel it with the players. When the first one went in, I know Bolton had a chance after that, but you felt like that was it and it was just a party atmosphere.

‘It is something I will always treasure. They are not my best technical goals but emotionally it is right up there at the top.

Mourinho won the title in his first season at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Celebrating as a group, you see the subs jumping on and Jose Mourinho running down the line. The Chelsea away fans are incredible.

‘The Chelsea fans are generally but the away fans that travel, I had them there when I broke the goalscoring record and sometimes you want to do those things at the Bridge but to do them away.

‘You get those fans who go through the years travelling and spend their money and support Chelsea when we go up north on a Monday night mid-season, and then they come to games like that which are memories for a life-time.’

Lampard says the star-studded Chelsea squad including himself, John Terry and Didier Drogba gave an empowering team talk before the game to ensure they would end their title drought that day.

He added: ‘We were a very strong group but even at that point, which is quite early in our time together for that group that went on through the years, we had personalities and we certainly weren’t short on knowing what it would have meant, that history was in the making potentially.

‘We had good speakers before the game, whether it was John, Didier, myself, the core group who would normally speak.

‘We would have built ourselves up into a bit of a frenzy to get ourselves into the right mindset to go and do it on the day.’

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