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Lampard dedicates record to his mum

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May 11, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Frank Lampard broke Bobby Tambling's all-time Chelsea goalscoring record © Getty Images
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Chelsea's new record goalscorer Frank Lampard dedicated his achievement to his late mother, his team-mates and the club's fans after two strikes in the win at Aston Villa saw him overhaul Bobby Tambling's 202-goal Blues milestone.

Lampard struck twice at Villa Park to haul Chelsea back from 1-0 down and seal a 2-1 win that effectively ensures Champions League football for the Stamford Bridge club next season.

And the England international said his new 203-goal record was for all those who had inspired him since his arrival at the club in 2001.

"It means everything - it's amazing," he told Sky Sports 2. "The support I've had from team-mates, you saw that at the end, and I'm thankful to every one of them because they're the ones that put it on a plate for me sometimes.

"And the fans, they've been with me for a long time and were probably frustrated alongside me [at] not getting there, so I'm just delighted. I've been here a long time.

"I lost my mum a few years ago and she was my biggest supporter, so it's for her."

He said breaking the record had meant more to him than equalling it and praised Tambling, who had been at Stamford Bridge to see him move within one goal of the record against Swansea last month.

"Bobby Tambling is a great man. He's not been well lately, but he's a great man," Lampard said. "I was pleased to level it, but I didn't want to overcook that celebration out of respect for him. But to then go and break it, I was delighted."

He said the record-breaking achievement ranked with his other finest moment in a Chelsea shirt - last season's dramatic Champions League final win over Bayern Munich in Germany - explaining: "It's right up there. "Not much beats Munich, because that was amazing for the team and the club, but, personally, it's another great day."

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