20 Jun 4 Famous Football Stars to Come Out of Essex
Many English counties like to claim they have produced the top football stars. If there was to be an inter-counties tournament in England, it would make for interesting viewing but unfortunately some of the leading talents have retired long ago. In terms of Essex, we are talking about people who have succeeded as both players and managers, with one man who has led England to World Cup success. Continue below as we take a closer look at 4 famous football stars to come out of Essex.
John Terry was born in the town of Barking in the county of Essex and started playing football for the West Ham United. Terry started his career as a midfielder with the Hammers, but once he joined Chelsea he was moved to central defence. Terry made his debut for Chelsea in 1998 and developed into a no-nonsense centre back and leader, winning several trophies during his time at the club. This includes trophies such as the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League, and more.
Terry was appointed Chelsea captain in the 2004/05 season. He also became captain of the England national team in 2006, just 3 years after he made his international debut. The rest is history and today he is considered one of the greatest of all times in English football. Once he retired from the game, he decided to take up a coaching career. He began his coaching career in 2018 with Aston Villa as an assistant manager, however in early 2022 he moved to Chelsea to continue his coaching career with his beloved Chelsea.
Frank Lampard followed in the footsteps of Terry by starting his career at West Ham United and moving on to hit the heights with Chelsea and England. Born in Romford, Lampard made over 100 appearances for West Ham before moving to Chelsea. Just like Terry, he also won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, and Europa League during his time at Chelsea. Another interesting statistic is with regards to his 106 games played for the England national team, scoring 29 goals in the process.
Lampard started his managerial career with Derby County and narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League with current club, Everton. Managing Everton is no easy task, as proved in the 2021/22 season and Lampard needs to work out his strategy head of the new campaign. Being a successful manager is like implementing the right Baccarat strategy that works for you, it takes time, knowhow, and discipline.
Bobby Moore is a legend of English football and was the man who captained the England team to World Cup success on home soil in 1966. Born in Barking, the same town as Terry, Moore played most of his career with West Ham United as a central defender. Moore won the FA Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and the English Super Cup with the Hammers, but he is mostly famous for lifting the Jules Rimet trophy as captain of England. Compared to many top central defenders in his day, Moore was a Rolls Royce of a player, reading the game and making interceptions as opposed to being a hard tackler. Sadly, Moore died at the age of just 51 and in 1993 became only the second sportsman to be given a public service at Westminster Abbey.
Sir Alf Ramsey
When discussing the successful England team of 1966, it is impossible to overstate the role of manager, Sir Alf Ramsey. Born in Dagenham, Ramsey enjoyed a successful playing career with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, winning the Premier League with the latter. Once he retired from playing, he immediately became manager of Ipswich Town. His next big manager role was with the English national team. His success as the manager of the national team is what made him a household name in the UK. Having been appointed as England manager in 1963, Ramsey predicted England would win the World Cup and his prediction came true 3 years later. Unfortunately, Ramsay passed away in 1999, and will forever be a legend of the game.
Essex has produced some of the greatest talents to wear the England shirt. Both Terry and Lampard played at the highest level and won all the major domestic and European trophies with Chelsea. Moore led the England team to the World Cup and played as if he was from the future, with his elegance and reading of the game. Ramsey masterminded the success of the 1996 England World cup winning team and all four have made their own way into football history.