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Ray Lambert

Ray Lambert

Birthdate: 18 July 1922
Birthplace: Bagilt, Flintshire, Wales
Date of death: 22 October 2009
Other clubs: New Brighton, Reading (wartime guest)
Signed for LFC: Joined 1936 - Professional 18.07.1939
International debut: 19.10.1946 vs. Scotland
International caps: 5/0 - 26.05.1949
Liverpool debut: 05.01.1946
Last appearance: 19.11.1955
Debut goal: 08.10.1949
Last goal: 25.12.1953
Contract expiry: 1956
Win ratio: 38.89% W:133 D:94 L:115
Honours: League Championship 1946/47
Wartime games/goals: 112 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 309 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 342 / 2

Player profile

Lambert joined Liverpool as an amateur at 13 years and 189 days of age in January 1936, becoming the youngest-ever player to join a League club at that time. Although the Welshman had signed amateur forms for Liverpool before World War I he didn't get an opportunity to represent his club in a competitive fixture until 1946. Regional leagues were still operating in the immediate aftermath of the war but, Lambert did play in four FA Cup ties for the club that year, by which time he was 23-years-old. Lambert was a reliable full-back who became an integral member of the team for the next decade, averaging over 30 Football League matches per season during that period. He could play on either flank and was a fans' favourite. But his early years at Anfield were a lot more successful than those near the end of his playing career. He was able to celebrate the first post-war League championship in 1947 and also helped his club reach their first Wembley cup final in 1950. After that, although his own form was as steady as ever, the club's final League placing gradually worsened until relegation to the Second Division was confirmed at the end of the 1953/54 season. Lambert, who was also capped five times by his country in full internationals to add to the caps he had already won as a schoolboy international, remained on Liverpool's books for a further two seasons before retiring a few weeks short of his thirty-fourth birthday. He was offered a move to third division north's Chester in December 1955, but didn't want to leave the club for which he had already played his last first-team game.

The Welshman said the following in a souvenir brochure dedicated to the Liverpool players who fought for the FA Cup in the 1950 final: "I have been with Liverpool since joining the groundstaff at fourteen. They have been very happy years. I would not change them for anything. Being a bachelor, I haven't much to worry about except when I come up against Stanley Matthews. Then, if you’re a full-back, you get plenty to worry about. I know from experience! Cricket and golf are my close season games, and I prefer biographies to any other form of reading matter. Had I not been a professional footballer, I think I should have chosen to make a living as an electrician."

After retiring from playing Ray ran a newsagents in Flintshire and died in 2009 at the age of 87.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 309 33 0 0 0 342
1945-1946 0 4 0 0 0 4
1946-1947 36 6 0 0 0 42
1947-1948 31 2 0 0 0 33
1948-1949 41 4 0 0 0 45
1949-1950 41 7 0 0 0 48
1950-1951 34 1 0 0 0 35
1951-1952 32 3 0 0 0 35
1952-1953 36 1 0 0 0 37
1953-1954 20 1 0 0 0 21
1954-1955 28 4 0 0 0 32
1955-1956 10 0 0 0 0 10

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
19 Bolton Wanderers
16 Blackpool
16 Wolves
15 Middlesbrough
14 Derby
14 Stoke City
14 Portsmouth
13 Sunderland
13 Charlton Athletic
13 Manchester United
12 Aston Villa
11 Everton
11 Burnley
11 Arsenal
11 Newcastle United
10 Chelsea
10 Huddersfield Town
10 WBA
9 Preston North End
8 Manchester City
8 Tottenham
7 Blackburn Rovers
7 Birmingham City
7 Fulham
6 Sheffield Wednesday
6 Nottingham Forest
5 Leeds United
5 Grimsby Town
4 Lincoln City
4 Sheffield United
3 Cardiff City
3 Notts County
2 Chester City
2 Port Vale
2 Brentford
2 Hull City
2 Ipswich Town
2 Luton Town
2 Plymouth Argyle
1 Swansea City
1 Norwich City
1 Rotherham United
1 Bristol Rovers
1 Bury
1 Walsall
1 West Ham United
1 Exeter City
1 Leicester City
1 Stockport County
1 Doncaster Rovers
1 Workington
1 Gateshead
Total Competition
309 League
33 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 0 0 2
1945-1946 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946-1947 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947-1948 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948-1949 0 0 0 0 0 0
1949-1950 1 0 0 0 0 1
1950-1951 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951-1952 0 0 0 0 0 0
1952-1953 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953-1954 1 0 0 0 0 1
1954-1955 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955-1956 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Middlesbrough
1 WBA
Total Competition
2 League
Total Goal minute period
1 31-45 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
2 Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1939-1940 7 0
1940-1941 39 0
1941-1942 36 0
1942-1943 10 0
1943-1944 3 0
1945-1946 17 0

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 05.01.1946 Chester Sealand Road FA Cup
50 03.09.1947 Manchester United Anfield League
100 18.12.1948 Aston Villa Anfield League
150 07.01.1950 Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park FA Cup
200 03.03.1951 WBA Anfield League
250 15.09.1952 Tottenham White Hart Lane League
300 06.02.1954 Burnley Turf Moor League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 77 08.10.1949 Middlesbrough Anfield League

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Tributes to former Liverpool FC star Ray Lambert

Ray Lambert remembered in the Liverpool Echo on Nov 6 2009 following his death.More

Related Quotes

"I have been with Liverpool since joining the ground staff at fourteen. They have been very happy years. I would not change them for anything. Being a bachelor, I don’t have much to worry about except when I come up against Stanley Matthews. Then, if you’re a full-back, you get plenty to worry about. I know from experience!

Cricket and golf are my close season games, and I prefer biographies to any other form of reading matter. Had I not been a professional footballer, I think I should have chosen to make a living as an electrician."

Ray Lambert in 1950

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