The King of King's Road and a vital player in England's bid for victory at the 2010 World Cup, Frank Lampard is a footballer of genuine, dynamic majesty. The East End boy who's become a West End star, he's hailed by fans, critics, players and managers worldwide as a goal-scoring genius. His tireless achievements from West Ham, Chelsea and England have established him as a bona fide legend in the game and confirmed that 'Lamps' is the perfect, highly-tuned, magnificent midfield machine. This upbeat and authoritative book chronicles his inspiring journey from apprentice schoolboy to worldwide fame. His footballer father, the former West Ham and England player Frank Lampard Senior, believed in his son's talent from the off. He taught him the work ethic learned from Bobby Moore and other heroes of England's 1966 World Cup Squad. He was unstinting in his determination for young Frank to be a winner in the family business. In this fascinating biography, acclaimed author Douglas Thompson examines Lampard's inspiring, triumphant journey to the top, from his early days of enduring chants on the pitch at Upton Park to his current, glorious reign at Stanford Bridge.
He also looks at the impact of how recent events have affected the midfielder: his joy at the birth of his second daughter, Isla; his pain at the separation from Elen Rives and his grief over the death of his beloved mum, Pat, to whom he pays tribute every time he scores one of his breathtaking goals.
Douglas Thompson is the author of more than twenty books. A biographer, broadcaster and international journalist, he is a regular contributor to major newspapers and magazines worldwide. His books, published in a dozen languages, include the television-based anthology Hollywood People and a series of bestselling biographies. He divides his time between London and Los Angeles.