Lampard proud to honour Curt

1st May 2019
First team

Derby boss Frank Lampard said he and his side were proud to be part of the guard of honour in tribute to Swansea City legend Alan Curtis.

The two teams and their respective coaching staffs applauded Curtis onto the pitch before kick-off at the Liberty Stadium, as the 65-year-old - who has given more than 40 years of services to the Swans - was given a rapturous reception by the Jack Army.

Lampard himself had a short loan spell with the Swans during the 1995-96 season making 11 appearances and scoring one goal.

So the former Chelsea and England midfielder had no hesitation in agreeing to honour Curtis when asked if his side wanted to take part.

And Lampard warmly embraced Curtis as he headed back to the Swans bench after taking his bow on the Liberty pitch.

"I had a call a couple of days ago about that," he said. 

"I know Alan well and the idea of a guard of honour was a fitting tribute and it was a pleasure to be a part of that.

"People who work in football so long so often don't get the accolades they deserve. We were pretty proud to be part of that and good luck to him in the future."