Don’t know how I happened across this video – think it may have just popped up at me in one of those “Suggested for You” type sections on YT whilst I was wasting some time cruising the net wishing the northerly wind would back off. I’m bleeding glad it did find me though, in light of Frank Lampard’s exquisite finish to win the game for England against Brazil on Wednesday night I thought it was worth zipping back in time to when Frank was an emerging talent at West Ham back in 1996.
The vid takes place in a West Ham fans forum where one ‘knowledgeable’ fan tells Harry he shouldn’t have let youngsters Matt Holland and Scott Canham go so easily and accuses Harry of favouritism towards Lampard (Frank’s dad is good pals with Harry from their own playing days) and that Lamps doesn’t have the required potential to make it.
The vid shows two things to us; a) sadly the vast majority of football fans don’t have a clue about football, they couldn’t spot talent when they’re within metres of the touchline and don’t know the difference between a chip and a lob and b) manager’s such as Redknapp have an unbelievable nous for talent and potential and its why they do what they do. I love the prophetic lines from Harry “I’m telling you now, there’ll be no comparison between what Frank Lampard achieves in football and what Scotty Canham achieves”