Rickie a goalscoring legend

Daily Echo: Rickie Lambert after netting his 100th goal for Saints. Rickie Lambert after netting his 100th goal for Saints.

IT was the milestone that Rickie Lambert might never have reached. Stuck on 99 career league goals for Saints after scoring at Cardiff on Boxing Day, Lambert was close to leaving St Mary's last month.

While Nicola Cortese remained in charge at the club, there was a very real chance that the talismanic No 9 could have joined West Ham during the transfer window.

The chance of a switch to Upton Park only collapsed on the dramatic day that Cortese left Saints.

The chairman's sensational departure paved the way for Lambert to stay, and ultimately still be around to score his 100th league goal of an amazing Saints career at Craven Cottage.

Football is full of ifs, buts and maybes, and nowhere more so than at Saints.

Perhaps that should be ifs, butts and maybes!

What would have happened had Lambert been sold to West Ham and Dani Osvaldo then had his training ground altercation with Jose Fonte's face?

Would Osvaldo still have been suspended, knowing that Sam Gallagher was the only remaining frontline striker still at the club and likely to play first team football?

Would Cortese have suspended his record buy, in the same way that Saints were quick to?

Impossible to say, but still interesting to ponder nonetheless.

Osvaldo's time at Saints looks over, but the same cannot be said of the incredible Lambert.

He turns 32 later this month, and how long he can continue to play a major role for Saints in the Premier League remains a good question to pose.

But Lambert has always answered any questions asked of him during his phenomenal time on the south coast, and who is to say he cannot carry on confounding his critics.

One hundred league goals for any club is a great achievement, and Lambert has done it at Saints in four and a half years.

He has done it in the third division, the second tier and the Premier League.

In time, when the 150th anniversary of Saints is written, he will take his place in the pantheon of legends including Terry Paine, Ron Davies, Mick Channon and Matt Le Tissier.

He might not go on to score as many goals as those aforementioned players, but his place in Saints’ history is assured.

I'm glad Lambert did not join West Ham last month.

To leave on 99 league goals for the club would have left unfinished business.

As it is, Rickie Lambert has now written another glorious chapter in his Southampton FC story.

What next for the man who spent his entire career in the unfashionable surroundings of the lower divisions prior to joining Saints?

What other chapters are there left to write?

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6:19am Mon 3 Feb 14

circa 66 saint says...

SRL was never going to leave the Saints full stop.
Paper talk only.
Start of 2nd century now let's see how far he gets.
SRL was never going to leave the Saints full stop. Paper talk only. Start of 2nd century now let's see how far he gets. circa 66 saint

6:20am Mon 3 Feb 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Cortese didn't sell players until all were consulted.
Maybe poch wanted him out?
Cortese didn't sell players until all were consulted. Maybe poch wanted him out? Sammy2sheds

6:33am Mon 3 Feb 14

City Saint says...

I agree, Cortese looked like he was getting ready to take the money.
I agree, Cortese looked like he was getting ready to take the money. City Saint

6:39am Mon 3 Feb 14

saint61 says...

The Echo being so negative again.
It was never going happen - move on!

Echo start supporting the Saints
The Echo being so negative again. It was never going happen - move on! Echo start supporting the Saints saint61

6:42am Mon 3 Feb 14

Tony in Liberia says...

It seems to me that this article is tainted and biaised by the Echo's well-known problems with Cortese, and I have my doubts that there was ever a chance of him joining West Ham - much less that it was 'only Cortese leaving that let us keep him'.

But more importantly, well done Rickie - the word legend is thrown around too easily these days, but you certainly fit the bill!

Here's to the next 100 ...
It seems to me that this article is tainted and biaised by the Echo's well-known problems with Cortese, and I have my doubts that there was ever a chance of him joining West Ham - much less that it was 'only Cortese leaving that let us keep him'. But more importantly, well done Rickie - the word legend is thrown around too easily these days, but you certainly fit the bill! Here's to the next 100 ... Tony in Liberia

6:46am Mon 3 Feb 14

SaintinCanada says...

This is a GARBAGE article. A made-up piece of trash, and a waste of reading time. Gutter journalism!
This is a GARBAGE article. A made-up piece of trash, and a waste of reading time. Gutter journalism! SaintinCanada

7:59am Mon 3 Feb 14

Kentie Saint says...

Do my eyes deceive me? Is our "talismanic No 9" wearing a number 7 shirt these days? Attention to detail please Echo!!! COYR!!!!
Do my eyes deceive me? Is our "talismanic No 9" wearing a number 7 shirt these days? Attention to detail please Echo!!! COYR!!!! Kentie Saint

9:19am Mon 3 Feb 14

Stnana says...

This article is probably based on Adams comments about Rickie being the teams talisman. The departure of Osvaldo certainly secured Rickies future at Saints which is what Adam and I assume the other players wanted. Who was it last week who mentioned a conspiracy theory ? Truth is ,as they say ,often stranger than fiction !
This article is probably based on Adams comments about Rickie being the teams talisman. The departure of Osvaldo certainly secured Rickies future at Saints which is what Adam and I assume the other players wanted. Who was it last week who mentioned a conspiracy theory ? Truth is ,as they say ,often stranger than fiction ! Stnana

10:37am Mon 3 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

I hope it has not escaped Woy's attention that SRL was behind all the goals..
We have missed that, question did he look a bit sad on saturday?
I hope it has not escaped Woy's attention that SRL was behind all the goals.. We have missed that, question did he look a bit sad on saturday? warrens 76

1:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

"Lambert was close to leaving St Mary's last month"...um wtf are you talking about Simon Carter / Echo.
"Lambert was close to leaving St Mary's last month"...um wtf are you talking about Simon Carter / Echo. ToastyTea

1:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

St.Ray says...

SaintinCanada wrote:
This is a GARBAGE article. A made-up piece of trash, and a waste of reading time. Gutter journalism!
So why bother to respond?
[quote][p][bold]SaintinCanada[/bold] wrote: This is a GARBAGE article. A made-up piece of trash, and a waste of reading time. Gutter journalism![/p][/quote]So why bother to respond? St.Ray

1:55pm Mon 3 Feb 14

chrisejulia says...

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2:04pm Mon 3 Feb 14

chrisejulia says...

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2:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

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[quote][p][bold]chrisejulia[/bold] wrote: you make 27 Dollar per hour good for you! I make up to 85 Dollar per hour working from home. My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around 45 Dollar per hour to 85 Dollar per hour heres a good example of what I'm doing more detail here.... WWW.TEC60.COM[/p][/quote]That sounds great, will defo check out. I'm going to be rich wahooooo. ToastyTea

4:11pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Dave Juson says...

How close was Rickie to leaving St Mary’s last month?
Inches? Feet? Yards? Fathoms? Miles? Was he going to jump? Was he being pushed? Was he consulted? Was anybody associated with Southampton FC contacted by a representative of another club and made an offer? Or asked if there was “a hope in hell”?
Or were a couple of Yeovil Town directors overheard at St Mary’s discussing Rickie’s absence from the side and wonder aloud to each other: ‘How loud do you think they’d laugh if we asked if we can have him on loan for the rest of the season?”
How close was Rickie to leaving St Mary’s last month? Inches? Feet? Yards? Fathoms? Miles? Was he going to jump? Was he being pushed? Was he consulted? Was anybody associated with Southampton FC contacted by a representative of another club and made an offer? Or asked if there was “a hope in hell”? Or were a couple of Yeovil Town directors overheard at St Mary’s discussing Rickie’s absence from the side and wonder aloud to each other: ‘How loud do you think they’d laugh if we asked if we can have him on loan for the rest of the season?” Dave Juson

4:15pm Mon 3 Feb 14

lowe esteem says...

Now then, are we trying to create a pantomime villain out of Mr C?

Popular myth will usually out, but we would love our hacks to really earn their pittance, why they still haven't even dealt with the backlog of 'unsolved' files on even cracked the Case of the Philandering Pards or the Mystery of the WGS Operation, not to mention the Bus for Nigel Case.

Thanks Anyway Rickie, the True fans do appreciate your contribution at all times, we're glad you've been 'rewarded' with the 100 up,long may this continue, here's to many more with The Saints.
Now then, are we trying to create a pantomime villain out of Mr C? Popular myth will usually out, but we would love our hacks to really earn their pittance, why they still haven't even dealt with the backlog of 'unsolved' files on even cracked the Case of the Philandering Pards or the Mystery of the WGS Operation, not to mention the Bus for Nigel Case. Thanks Anyway Rickie, the True fans do appreciate your contribution at all times, we're glad you've been 'rewarded' with the 100 up,long may this continue, here's to many more with The Saints. lowe esteem

4:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

lowe esteem says...

lowe esteem wrote:
Now then, are we trying to create a pantomime villain out of Mr C?

Popular myth will usually out, but we would love our hacks to really earn their pittance, why they still haven't even dealt with the backlog of 'unsolved' files on even cracked the Case of the Philandering Pards or the Mystery of the WGS Operation, not to mention the Bus for Nigel Case.

Thanks Anyway Rickie, the True fans do appreciate your contribution at all times, we're glad you've been 'rewarded' with the 100 up,long may this continue, here's to many more with The Saints.
Hope that the Echo can become a close friend of Saints FC again?
[quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: Now then, are we trying to create a pantomime villain out of Mr C? Popular myth will usually out, but we would love our hacks to really earn their pittance, why they still haven't even dealt with the backlog of 'unsolved' files on even cracked the Case of the Philandering Pards or the Mystery of the WGS Operation, not to mention the Bus for Nigel Case. Thanks Anyway Rickie, the True fans do appreciate your contribution at all times, we're glad you've been 'rewarded' with the 100 up,long may this continue, here's to many more with The Saints.[/p][/quote]Hope that the Echo can become a close friend of Saints FC again? lowe esteem

8:14pm Mon 3 Feb 14

waxrose says...

Agree wholeheartedly and can I ask again please leave room for Charlie (Up the middle for Charlie) Wayman
Agree wholeheartedly and can I ask again please leave room for Charlie (Up the middle for Charlie) Wayman waxrose

10:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Reality-man says...

Lambert WAS very close to leaving. He thought he was definitely going and started making plans on this basis. I can say no more than that but believe me this is NOT paper talk or the Echo sh1t Stirring. And I'm a massive saints fan and even bigger SRL fan, my son idolises him and we'd have been devastated if he had left.
Lambert WAS very close to leaving. He thought he was definitely going and started making plans on this basis. I can say no more than that but believe me this is NOT paper talk or the Echo sh1t Stirring. And I'm a massive saints fan and even bigger SRL fan, my son idolises him and we'd have been devastated if he had left. Reality-man

11:37am Tue 4 Feb 14

southamptonadi says...

Kentie Saint wrote:
Do my eyes deceive me? Is our "talismanic No 9" wearing a number 7 shirt these days? Attention to detail please Echo!!! COYR!!!!
Exactly he's always had no.7. Come on mr carter. Have you not heard his song, very poor reporting. Although he is a no 9 type of player who else would you give le itiss shirt too.
[quote][p][bold]Kentie Saint[/bold] wrote: Do my eyes deceive me? Is our "talismanic No 9" wearing a number 7 shirt these days? Attention to detail please Echo!!! COYR!!!![/p][/quote]Exactly he's always had no.7. Come on mr carter. Have you not heard his song, very poor reporting. Although he is a no 9 type of player who else would you give le itiss shirt too. southamptonadi

5:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mikesugar says...

Ricky will come on in the second half of the World Cup Final against Brazil and head in what will be the decisive winner.
Ricky will come on in the second half of the World Cup Final against Brazil and head in what will be the decisive winner. mikesugar

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