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Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert
Full nameRickie Lee Lambert
NationalityEng England
Caps (goals)1 (1)
Rovers apps (goals)a128 (51)
PositionForward
Date of birth16 February 1982
in Fazakerley, Merseyside
Height6 ft 2 in
Joined
31 August 2006 from Rochdale
Left
10 August 2009 to join Southampton
Senior clubs
Blackpool
Macclesfield Town
Stockport County
Rochdale
Bristol Rovers
Southampton
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 15/08/2013

Rickie Lambert was a transfer deadline day signing for Rovers from Rochdale on 31 August 2006. He joined for a fee of £200,000 following the departure of Junior Agogo to Nottingham Forest the previous day.

Rickie established himself as a first-choice striker in the Rovers first team, and scored some important goals, such as the one against Bristol City in the 1-0 victory that sent The Pirates to the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2007, and the goal that put Rovers into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 50 years in a 1-0 victory over Southampton.

A superb 2008-09 season, when he scored 29 league goals, led to a great deal of speculation about his future. He was linked with a number of clubs during the summer of 2009, and he finally tied up a deal to take him to Southampton for a fee in excess of £1,000,000 on 10 August 2009, one game into the 2009–10 season. Director of football Lennie Lawrence stated that Lambert was already the highest paid player in the history of the football club, and Southampton had offered to double his wages, making it extremely difficult to hold on to his services.

CareerEdit

Rickie began his professional career at Blackpool, but made just three substitute appearances for the club before moving on to Macclesfield Town on a free transfer. After playing in 49 games in all competitions for Macclesfield, scoring 10 goals, Stockport County paid £300,000 for his services in 2002. He remained with County for three years, making 110 appearances in all competitions and scoring 19 goals. In 2005 he joined Rochdale on a free transfer. This coincided with an upturn in his goalscoring rate, 28 goals in 68 games for The Dale gave an average of 0.41 goals/game, compared with 0.18 goals/game for his career up to this point. This was enough to bring him to the attention of the Rovers management, who signed him in 2006.

Rickie's third season at the club was to prove his most successful. Not only did he easily finish the club's top scorer with 29, he was also League One's joint top scorer with Swindon Town's Simon Cox. His tally included a hat trick against Hereford and four against Southend, this first time he'd scored three (and ultimately four) in a match. This led to speculation, particularly during the January transfer window, that Rickie would be leaving the club, however he remained throughout the season.

He eventually moved to Southampton one game into the 2009–10 season, and enjoyed a remarkable campaign. He was an ever-present in the League from the point he joined them and netted a remarkable thirty times, earning him the club's player of the season award, as well as being named the PFA Fans' Player of the Year for League One.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1999–00Blackpool 30
2000–01Blackpool 00
2000–01Macclesfield Town 90
2001–02Macclesfield Town 358
2001–02Stockport County 00
2002–03Stockport County 292
2003–04Stockport County 4012
2004–05Stockport County 294
2004–05Rochdale 156
2005–06Rochdale 4622
2006–07Rochdale 30
2006–07Bristol Rovers 368
2007–08Bristol Rovers 4613
2008–09Bristol Rovers 4529
2009–10Bristol Rovers 11
2009–10Southampton 4530
2010–11Southampton 4521
2011–12Southampton 4227
2012–13Southampton 3815

Record against RoversEdit

Rickie has played against Rovers eight times, and has only lost one of those games. He has scored four times against the Pirates in six wins and a draw against the club.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
13 October 2001Macclesfield TownMemorial Stadium2–0 to Macclesfield
16 February 2002Macclesfield TownMoss Rose2–1 to MacclesfieldScored once
5 March 2005RochdaleMemorial Stadium0–0
12 November 2005RochdaleMemorial Stadium2–1 to Rochdale
29 April 2006RochdaleSpotlands2–0 to RochdaleScored once
29 September 2009SouthamptonSt Mary's Stadium3–2 to RoversScored once
6 November 2009SouthamptonMemorial Stadium3–2 to Southampton
13 April 2010SouthamptonMemorial Stadium5–1 to SouthamptonScored twice in the first half & subbed off after 79 mins
28 August 2010SouthamptonMemorial Stadium4–0 to SouthamptonScored a penalty before being subbed in the second half
16 April 2011SouthamptonSt Mary's Stadium1–0 to Southampton

AwardsEdit

Accolades received by Rickie while at Rovers include:

Since leaving the Gas he has picked up even more awards with Southampton including the Football League Championship Player of the Year in 2012, a season which saw him and his teammates win promotion to the Premier League.

International careerEdit

After finishing the 2012–13 season as the Premier League's joint highest-scoring English player, Rickie was called up to the England squad in August 2013 for a friendly against Scotland. The game formed part of the Football League's 125th anniversary celebrations and was a replay of the first ever international match, a goalless draw played in Partick in 1872.

He started the game on the bench, and had to wait until the 67th minute before he got onto the pitch, replacing Wayne Rooney with the score tied at 2–2. His impact was immediate and decisive, scoring England's winner with his first touch of the ball less than two minutes after joining the action.

International appearancesEdit

N.B. England's score is given first. (Source: englandstats.com)
DateOppositionResultVenueCompetition
15 August 2013Sco Scotland3–2Wembley Stadium, LondonFriendly


Bristol Rovers Football Club Player of the Year
2006–07Steve Phillips2007–08Stuart Campbell2008–09Rickie Lambert2009–10Stuart Campbell
2010–11Stuart Campbell2011–12Danny Woodards2012–13Michael Smith

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