After some earlier confusion the sad news has now been confirmed that Frank Lampard’s mother passed away today.
Condolences go from AnfieldRoad and I’m sure much of the LFC community as a whole to the family of Pat Lampard, who had been in hospital for ten days before passing away from pneumonia, aged 58.
As well as being Frank’s mother, she’s also former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp’s auntie, sister-in-law to Harry Redknapp, her husband is Frank Lampard Snr, of West Ham fame.
Frank Lampard had missed two league games to be with his mother from when she was first admitted to the Whipps Cross Hospital in north-east London on 14 April. But with her showing signs of improvement he took the decision to return to training, which he did on Sunday, and appear for his side at Anfield in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.
His club Chelsea said in a statement: “The club will be offering all the support it can to Frank and his family at this time. Pat was a very familiar face to many people at Chelsea FC. Her unswerving support for her son’s career was evident at virtually every game that Frank participated in regardless of where it was being played.
“She would always be there to watch him with Frank’s dad. Pat will be deeply missed by everyone at Chelsea.”
Lampard’s agent said: “Frank and his family would like to thank all the people that have inundated them with wishes of support. Frank would also like to acknowledge and say thank you for compassion shown to him by manager Avram Grant and all staff at Chelsea FC during what has been a terribly traumatic period for him and his family.”
Reds boss Rafa Benitez joined in the condolences: “It is difficult for him, especially before these important games. He has our sympathy because for him this is very, very bad news. Some of our players are mates with him from the national team, so everyone feels the same.”
Chelsea have three vital games in succession, Tuesday’s tie at Anfield was the first, with the second leg next week still to come and a clash with Manchester United in between. But Lampard felt his appearance on Tuesday would be with his mother’s blessing: “She follows me up and down the country so, knowing her, she would’ve had a right go at me for not playing this game. So that was in the back of my mind,” he said after the game.
“We’re very similar,” he said. “Quite sensitive, quite shy. Mum’s been the one who shaped me as a person — how to treat people, manners, that kind of thing.She’s brilliant and was always there for me and my two sisters, whatever we wanted to do.”
No matter what the rivalries might be between Chelsea and Liverpool, this isn’t the time to air them.
Our thoughts are with Frank and the rest of his family in what will obviously be a devastating time for them.