He went on to become a player at his boyhood club but has endured a fractious relationship since leaving in 2001, often criticising West Ham's fans and being abused from the terraces in equal measure.
And it seems Hammers supporters aren't the only ones with a dislike for the ex-Manchester City midfielder.
The outspoken Blues legend was booed by his own fans as he was substituted on during New York City's 7-0 home defeat against rivals New York Red Bulls, as reported by Sky Sports.
It was the joint biggest defeat in MLS history.
The fact NYC have stars such as Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Lampard to call upon made the defeat even more surprising.
Supporters were already frustrated with Lampard because he has played just 11 games since joining the club over a year ago, scoring three goals.
His introduction during the record defeat was a throwback to his days of facing West Ham with Chelsea as jeers rang out from the terraces.
He made little difference to proceedings, with Red Bulls further adding to their tally.
Lampard story could have been different
The Lampard-West Ham story could have been so different.
The Romford-born former England midfield star graduated from the self-styled Academy of Football under his legendary dad and uncle Harry Redknapp, who were the management team at the time.
Lampard scored 24 goals in 148 games for the Hammers and cemented his place as a key player.
But the relationship between Lampard and the Upton Park faithful turned sour when he was sold to London rivals Chelsea and claimed he was not liked by supporters.
Lampard went on to criticise the club and its fans on numerous occasions and received abuse from the terraces whenever the two clubs met.