‘In Frank We Belief. Then. Now. Endlessly.’ and different ill-fated banners

‘In Frank We Belief. Then. Now. Endlessly.’ and different ill-fated banners

Whereas it is at all times unlucky when a football supervisor loses his job, Frank Lampard’s dismissal from his publish as Chelsea boss this week proved to be notably regrettable for one Blues supporters’ group.

In a present of assist for his or her under-fire membership legend, We Are The Shed raised round £1,000 ($1,370) at quick discover to provide a big banner tribute to Lampard, which was unfurled at Stamford Bridge.

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The 49 foot-long banner, which learn “In Frank We Belief. Then. Now. Endlessly.” was in place for Sunday’s 3-1 win over Luton within the FA Cup (stream the replay on Football4cast+ within the U.S.), which turned out to be Lampard’s remaining recreation in cost earlier than he was sacked the next day.

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The group have requested that the banner stay in place on the Bridge as an enduring mark of their gratitude to Lampard, no matter his 18-month managerial stint coming to such an underwhelming finish.

We Are The Shed co-creator Alex Burke advised The Sun: “We are thankful we had one game where the banner was on show. We will ask to keep it up but I am not sure what the club will say.

“Of the £1,000 needed about 75% was raised by our group, with the other 25% through social media. Any excess donations went to Reece James’ charity [The Felix Project, which delivers food to charities and schools in London], which Lampard himself ended up donating to as well. That just sums up the man he was and the connection he had with us.

“It just feels like a slap in the face. As a group we were hoping that the fact they even allowed the banner in meant they would be backing Frank, but that wasn’t the case.”

It’s not the first jinxed football banner to precede unfortunate events, and we’re fairly sure it won’t be the last. Here are a few other classic examples of the art form that have graced the terraces, only to backfire.

“Good Boys” (Arsenal, 2017)

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Arsenal fans shelled out to produce a family portrait of Alexis Sanchez and his two beloved Labrador dogs in a misguided attempt to make the Chilean forward, who at the time had only 18 months left on his contract, feel so at home in North London that he’d commit the rest of his career to the Gunners.

Atom and Humber had become social media stars in their own right, with the forward regularly plastering his Instagram account with images of him frolicking with his two best buddies. The “Good Boys” banner and another inserting the dogs’ names into the club’s motto appeared at the Emirates in January 2017, ushering in with it the beginning of the end for Sanchez at Arsenal.

Simply six months later, he got here near becoming a member of Manchester Metropolis solely to see an unlimited summer season deadline-day transfer fall via on the final minute due to the Gunners’ failure to amass an appropriate substitute.

Sanchez then started the 2017-18 season in subdued type, underperforming for the latter six months of the 12 months earlier than lastly making his escape in January 2018, this time to rivals Manchester United. Historical past then repeated nearly instantly as a United fan group made the error of producing a banner to welcome Sanchez, Atom and Humber to Manchester for his Previous Trafford debut.

For sure, issues did not actually pan out from that time on — once more.

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“The Chosen One” (Manchester United, 2013)

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After all, it needs to be famous that Manchester United supporters have expertise on the subject of getting carried away with over-the-top banners. After Sir Alex Ferguson’s wonderful reign got here to an finish in 2013, United have been abruptly thrust right into a state of flux as the distinguished managerial mantle — held by the identical patriarch for the earlier quarter-century — was handed to Fergie’s hand-picked successor, David Moyes.

Virtually £500 was spent by the Stretford Finish Flags supporters’ group to make sure that Moyes was heralded as “The Chosen One” upon his arrival at Previous Trafford in Might 2013. By April 2014, he was gone and his accompanying banner needed to be squirreled away in a secret location contained in the bowels of the stadium to make sure it by no means noticed the sunshine of day once more.

“We Do not Want Batman…” (Arsenal, 2011)

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One other basic from the Arsenal archives, relationship from November 2011 when Robin van Persie was in wonderful fettle and having his praises sung vociferously from the rafters on the Emirates. With different huge names having already bowed out, the Gunners had additionally simply surrendered Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona after a year-long transfer saga. Fortunately, Arsene Wenger’s new vice-captain Van Persie was choosing up a number of the slack by scoring objectives for enjoyable, a lot to the delight of supporters. The person himself even instantly referenced the banner throughout an interview, stating that it was “the most important praise he may want for.”

“Arsenal followers are actual lovers of the sport. They do not miss something within the stadium and are there for the team and the person gamers,” the Dutch striker advised the Each day Mirror. “I’ve to confess I really like banners like ‘We do not want Batman, we have got Robin’ and stuff like that.”

Lower than a 12 months later, Van Persie was a Manchester United participant having jumped to signal for the Gunners’ direct rivals. He went on to high the scoring charts in 2012-13 whereas securing the primary Premier League title of his profession.

Il Principino” (Liverpool, 2010)

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Displaying that they too are not any strangers to the ridiculous overblown banner tribute, Liverpool followers made themselves look just a little bit foolish upon Alberto Aquilani’s arrival at Anfield in 2009. Regardless of coming with a cool nickname (“The Little Prince”) and respectable status as a trendy central midfielder, there actually wasn’t any want for a banner declaring Aquilani to be some sort of Roman gladiatorial paragon in ready.

Aquilani made simply 28 appearances for Liverpool and spent two of his 5 injury-hampered years on the membership’s books away on mortgage in Italy. All of it got here to a quiet finish in 2012, when he returned house on a everlasting deal having signed for Fiorentina.



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