Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Frank Lampard: "The most accomplished Latinist to play for England since C.B. Fry"

I'm an admirer of Frank Lampard, as both a Chelsea player and a Chelsea manager, so I liked this observation by Dan Jackson in a piece on the backgrounds of England's Euro 2020 squad:

Although the class profile of football supporters has changed a lot since the 1960s, the team itself seems as resolutely working-class as it ever was - there was no space in the squad for the genuinely posh Patrick Bamford of Leeds United (of the JCB digger dynasty), a public school footballer in the mould of Frank Lampard - whose A* in Latin GCSE probably made him the most accomplished Latinist to play for England since C.B. Fry.


Matt Pennell said...

Patrick Bamford has repeatedly denied being a member of the Bamfords that own JCB, though having been to Nottingham High School he is fluent in conversational French.

Michael Dawson, product of the same Nottingham Forest academy, has a GCSE in Pottery, which earned him the nickname 'Professor' amongst his centre back colleagues.

Jonathan Calder said...

Thanks for that! In my day they would have called him "Bamber".