West Ham season ticket holder and talkSPORT host Mark Webster reflects on the Hammers’ clash with Everton and the return of a certain former player…
It’s very likely there will be Frank Lampards’ full compliment at the London Stadium on Sunday.
When the home side restart their campaign to finish in the top six. And travelers continue their quest to avoid the unthinkable.
If Frank Senior is indeed there, he will receive pretty much universal praise from the home contingent. After all, when it comes to being ‘one of us’, Frank Sr couldn’t do a better job if he had been built at the Thames Ironworks.
He was born in East Ham. Played over 500 games for the club. And was part of the management team.
Frank Junior, however….
It has become something of a sport in itself for West Ham fans to try to lure young Lampard. And partly, you could argue, for good reason.
After all, he wanted to leave the club, and that was scathing. Once his father and uncle Harry Redknapp were relieved of their duties in 2001. He was actually gone within a month.
And then to compound that offense he dared to go to London rivals Chelsea and be really, REALLY good for club and country. I mean, the bare CHEEK of this one!
To be fair to Frank Jr, he always took the boo boys head-on. And frequently reciprocated — by his actions, and a few words here and there — with mustard on it.
But the continued upward trajectory of his playing career has yet to be matched in his coaching days. Everton’s game against West Ham will be his 11th in charge. And so far he has lost six.
With so few games left, there are hardly any points left for either club. And for the Hammers in particular, being at home with a side (where David Moyes made his managerial name, of course!) in such poor form surely makes this a must win for West Ham.
However, for many fans, the icing on the cake will be seeing Frank Jr fail. And if he does, they’ll let him know. Likewise, if he gets a result, he will undoubtedly return the compliment.
And do you know what, why not? Yes, it’s not big, and no, it’s not smart. But what it is is football.
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