Back in the game (part III)

Frank Lampard Sr with Snaresbrook FC players in their new kitFrank Lampard Sr with Snaresbrook FC players in their new kit

Millicent Brown continues to follow Frank Lampard Sr's integration into Wanstead life. The former West Ham star – who recently become a grandad again – now plays a key role in local football.

Wanstead's local football team Snaresbrook FC is seen here pictured with their new sponsor Frank Lampard Sr, landlord of Nightingale on the Green, who has kindly donated the kit they are wearing in this photograph.

And Frank's support is certainly boosting the team's performance as they are already flying high at the very top of Division One of the Essex Olympian Football League – despite having played one game fewer than the team below this season.

Locals had feared that the historic Nightingale pub might have closed its doors for the last time earlier this year until former West Ham and England star Frank stepped in and renamed it Nightingale on the Green, retaining its old traditional pub character. Then Frank decided to get behind Snaresbrook FC, based on Nutter Field, providing money which not only paid for this season's new kit but also new equipment.

And Frank recently had cause for a double celebration himself when son Frank Lampard Jr and daughter-in-law Christine Bleakley welcomed their daughter Patricia to the world, whose birth coincided with his 70th birthday.

Frank Sr said: "The team look absolutely fantastic in their new kit and I understand the equipment I have funded is helping them really well with their training. I am so glad I have managed to help in this way. If they continue with their current league results, we should end up with a big something to celebrate at the end of the season."

Snaresbrook's league performance this season has not only been helped by the input of the local businessman but by the dedication of coaching staff and all squad members. Retaining a number of key players who have been with the team for almost 20 years, with the addition of some new faces who have been attracted by the project, has really allowed the club to progress. Manager Rob Caine, who played for Snaresbrook FC from the under-8s into adulthood until he got injured, said: "The major difference this year has really been the introduction of proper pre-season and strategic training sessions, thanks to my right-hand man and coach Kwame. The team are starting to gel really well after a great pre-season and the buy-in we have had from the whole squad has been fantastic and is starting to build a winning mentality."

And locals have got seasonal pleasures to look forward to with Nightingale on the Green embarking on weeks of festive fun and activities, including singing evenings and a Christmas menu for adults and kids.

Nightingale on the Green is located at 51 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead. For more information, call 020 8530 4683

For more information on Snaresbrook FC, visit wavidi.co/sfc


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