Born to a family of footballers, Frank is considered to be one of the greatest midfield players of all time.
Starting his career with West Ham United FC, he later moved to Chelsea FC in 2001 where his career went from strength-to-strength.
With his father playing for the England national team as a midfielder who twice won the FA Cup, and an uncle who managed Tottenham Hotspur FC, it is clear to see where Frank inherited his skill, skill that eventually led him to become Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer; an achievement all the more incredible as a midfield player.
Joining West Ham United in July 1994, Frank signed his first professional contract in 1995 and had a spell at Swansea City football club on loan, where he played nine matches and scored his first career goal.
Following his success with West Ham, Frank joined Chelsea in 2001, and by the end of 2005 he had established a record of 164 consecutive games for one club, becoming one of the top ten Chelsea goalscorers ever. Frank was a key player in Chelsea’s back-to-back title wins in 2004/05 and 2005/06, was chosen as Player of the Year according to British journalists in 2006/07, and scored the winning goal in the 2009 FA Cup.
In January 2009, Frank made his 400th appearance for Chelsea in the club’s match against Stoke City, an achievement only nine others had managed before him, and from 2001 to 2014, he made 648 appearances for Chelsea, during which time he scored a record-breaking 211 goals for his team, which earned him the title of the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Testament to his skill, dedication and loyalty to his team, Frank has won a number of awards, including Barclays Player the Season (2004/05, 2005/06) and UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (2008), and was awarded an OBE this year in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
In addition to his stellar career with Chelsea, Frank earned 106 England caps and was vice captain of the England team at the World Cup in Brazil (2014). Most recently, following his retirement from Chelsea, Frank signed with New York City FC in the MLS after concluding a stint with its sister club Manchester City during the 2014/15 Premier League season. Before recently announcing his retirement from football, the renowned British player made New York City FC history when he scored three goals for the team against Colorado Rapids: the first hat-trick in New York City FC history.
Outside of his football career, Frank has already successfully published a number of children’s books under the series title ‘Frankie’s Magic Football’, and is a team captain on ITV’s comedy sports-based quiz show, Play to the Whistle.
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