Rickie Lambert announced his retirement from playing today, so we got the thoughts of some fellow Saints legends on his legacy…
“The moment he came into the club, you knew the quality of the man and the quality of the person.
"What came next was nothing short of miraculous – what he achieved for us, what we achieved together. There are some real lasting memories.
“He was the style of player that could play in most teams and score goals at any level. The main memories for me were his first goal, against Northampton on his debut, when he introduced himself, and then his goal at Manchester City on our return to the Premier League.”
MATT LE TISSIER
“It was an incredible achievement from where he started his career, to make such a huge impact and be such an influence in getting Southampton back from League One to the Premier League, and then flourishing in the Premier League as well. I think Southampton Football Club have a huge debt of gratitude to Rickie Lambert for the part he played in that resurgence of the club.
“He’s a top bloke. The fact he was so popular among his teammates tells you what kind of bloke he is. Not just that, but the way he was with the fans. He’s an incredibly humble person and never forgot where he came from, and was incredibly grateful for Southampton giving him the chance to go and play in the Premier League. It was a match made in heaven really.”