Richard "Rickie" Lambert
(born 16 February 1982 in Fazakerley, Liverpool, Merseyside) is an
English football player
who currently plays for Southampton.
Lambert currently plays
, but can
also play as an attacking midfielder
Lambert's career started at Blackpool
, although he made little impact for
, only making three substitute appearances.
He then moved to Macclesfield
on a free transfer. He made 44 league appearances there,
netting eight goals.
In June 2002, he was sold for a record fee of £300,000 to Stockport County
. He made 98
appearances for County and scored 18 times. After falling out of
the manager's plans, Lambert moved to Rochdale
for an undisclosed fee in February
Lambert made 64 appearances for the Dale scoring 28 goals before
signing for Bristol Rovers on transfer-deadline day, 31 August
2006, for £200,000 on a three-year contract.
He scored the only goal in the victory over local rivals Bristol City
in the Johnstone's Paint
Trophy southern area final second leg. The win gave Rovers a
place in the final against Doncaster Rovers at the Millennium
Stadium on 1 April 2007 which they lost 3-2.
Lambert scored a vital header against Hartlepool United
on 5 May, in the
eighty-sixth minute. This header ultimately pushed Bristol Rovers
into the 2007 Football League
Two playoffs where they completed a 5-3
away victory over Lincoln, which saw them through to the final
where they managed to gain promotion to Football League One at Wembley Stadium on 26 May.
On 16 February 2008, his 26th
birthday, Lambert scored a deflected free-kick from twenty-yards
out against Southampton
fifth round of the FA
. It was the only goal of the game.
Lambert signed a three-year contract on 8 September 2008, to extend
his stay with Bristol Rovers until the summer of 2011. He started
the new season well, establishing himself as top scorer in League
One with 18 goals before Christmas. This included 4 in one match
in a 4-2
victory. He finished the 2008-09 season
joint-top scorer in the Football
(all three divisions) with 29 League goals, along with
On 10 August 2009 Lambert moved to Southampton
for an initial £800,000, which
could rise to £1m subject to appearances. He scored on his debut
for the Saints in a Carling Cup
home to Northampton Town
August and followed that up by netting on his league debut in a 1-3
defeat at Huddersfield