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Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert
Full name Rickie Lee Lambert
Nationality Eng England
Caps (goals) 1 (1)
Rovers apps (goals)a 128 (51)
Position Forward
Date of birth 16 February 1982
in Fazakerley, Merseyside
Height 6 ft 2 in
31 August 2006 from Rochdale
10 August 2009 to join Southampton
Senior clubs
Macclesfield Town
Stockport County
Bristol Rovers
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.


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 stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1999–00 Blackpool 3 0
2000–01 Blackpool 0 0
2000–01 Macclesfield Town 9 0
2001–02 Macclesfield Town 35 8
2001–02 Stockport County 0 0
2002–03 Stockport County 29 2
2003–04 Stockport County 40 12
2004–05 Stockport County 29 4
2004–05 Rochdale 15 6
2005–06 Rochdale 46 22
2006–07 Rochdale 3 0
2006–07 Bristol Rovers 36 8
2007–08 Bristol Rovers 46 13
2008–09 Bristol Rovers 45 29
2009–10 Bristol Rovers 1 1
2009–10 Southampton 45 30
2010–11 Southampton 45 21
2011–12 Southampton 42 27
2012–13 Southampton 38 15

Record against Rovers[]

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.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
13 October 2001 Macclesfield Town Memorial Stadium 2–0 to Macclesfield
16 February 2002 Macclesfield Town Moss Rose 2–1 to Macclesfield Scored once
5 March 2005 Rochdale Memorial Stadium 0–0
12 November 2005 Rochdale Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Rochdale
29 April 2006 Rochdale Spotlands 2–0 to Rochdale Scored once
29 September 2009 Southampton St Mary's Stadium 3–2 to Rovers Scored once
6 November 2009 Southampton Memorial Stadium 3–2 to Southampton
13 April 2010 Southampton Memorial Stadium 5–1 to Southampton Scored twice in the first half & subbed off after 79 mins
28 August 2010 Southampton Memorial Stadium 4–0 to Southampton Scored a penalty before being subbed in the second half
16 April 2011 Southampton St Mary's Stadium 1–0 to Southampton


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 career[]

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 appearances[]

N.B. England's score is given first. (Source:
Date Opposition Result Venue Competition
15 August 2013 Sco Scotland 3–2 Wembley Stadium, London Friendly

Bristol Rovers Football Club Player of the Year
2006–07 Steve Phillips 2007–08 Stuart Campbell 2008–09 Rickie Lambert 2009–10 Stuart Campbell
2010–11 Stuart Campbell 2011–12 Danny Woodards 2012–13 Michael Smith