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Rickie Lambert Q&A

RICKIE LAMBERT
Bristol Rovers striker Rickie Lambert
Born: 16 February 1982
Blackpool - 1998-2000
Three games - non goals
Macclesfield - 2001-2002
51 games - 10 goals
Stockport - 2002-2005
110 games - 19 goals
Rochdale - 2005-2006
68 games - 28 goals
Bristol Rovers
2006-present day
152 games - 57 goals

We asked you to send in questions for Bristol Rovers striker Rickie Lambert and were deluged by responses.

The 27-year-old is League One's leading scorer having found the net 28 times this season and goes into the final match of the season, against Hartlepool on Saturday, with the narrowest of advantages over Swindon's Simon Cox.

Cox has scored 27 times, with Leicester's Matty Fryatt and Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford on 26.

Here, Lambert, who was selected in the PFA's League One team of the season and says winning the Golden Boot award would be his top achievement in the game, answers a selection of those questions. Thanks to all of you who sent one in.


Out of all the goals you've scored this season, which has been your favourite?
Cody, UK

My second against Cheltenham at home. Craig Disley played the ball in, I turned between two players, slotted it in with a couple of minutes to go and we won 3-2.

You've scored some quality goals this season, but which was you favourite goal scored by a team-mate?
Chris Power, UK

The best, definitely, was Jo Kuffour's against Leicester. He let the ball comes across him, turned and volleyed it in to the top corner from about 25 yards. It is definitely the goal of the season.

How did you react to Trevor Brooking referring to you as Rickie Herbert during last season's FA Cup fifth round draw and do you still get stick about it from the rest of the lads?
Mark Gwinnell, England

I didn't know anything about it until I got to the game and fans were coming up to me calling me Rickie Herbert. I didn't have a clue what the hell they were going on about! I got a lot of stick when it happened and it lasted for a month or two. Thankfully it's all over now.

Craig Hinton
Hinton "just doesn't shut up"

Who is the joker in the Rovers dressing room?
Chris Baker, England

Craig Hinton or Danny Coles. Colesy because he's bored because of being injured. He tends to do stuff to people's clothes or towels or whatever he can get his hands on, although he hasn't been too bad recently. Hints just doesn't shut up. He just does not shut up.

When was the last time you laughed on a football pitch?
James Parker, England

I don't really want to say what it was, but it was against Brighton in the last home game. Without naming names and going into too much detail, one of the lads was chasing back one of their players and it was an 'assault'. It looked like this player had a caravan on his back and he ended up tripping him over. I tend to laugh a lot at stupid things, that's what football's about and you always get banter with the player marking you.

Who's the biggest moaner at the club?
Ben Green, Bristol, England

Hints again. He just doesn't shut up. Him or Stuart Campbell.

What has been the best moment in your career so far?Adam, England

Winning the play-offs with Bristol Rovers was a brilliant day. The whole occasion of the day at Wembley capped a season that had also been brilliant.

How hard was it for you to bounce back from rejection at your first club, Blackpool?
Steve_D, Thailand

I was 19 or 20 at the time and it was really hard. It felt like my world had fallen in at the time. Steve McMahon came in, he liked me but didn't think I could fit into his plans and let me go. I didn't know at the time, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a kick up the backside. I was thinking whether I was good enough and whether I'd need to get a normal job. It was all very stressful, but thankfully I made it.

What is the best training advice you have received in your playing career?
Gavin Walsh, England

Give it 100% and enjoy yourself.

You lost a few pounds in weight during pre-season. How much of a factor do you think that played in you having such a great season?
M Collins, England

It has played a massive part in my season. I lost a stone by just cutting down on fatty foods. It has helped my mobility and I feel a lot, lot better this season because of my diet. There's also been a lot of work in the gym and I've been looking after myself better.

Lambert tells BBC Points West he wants to test himself in the Championship

You're a goal machine in League One but do you think you could do as well at a higher level?
Gabrielle Sutcliffe-Hyams, UK

I maybe wouldn't get as many goals, but I reckon I could definitely score in the Championship.

Why aren't you already playing at a higher level and have you ever had the opportunity to do so?
Stefan Turner, United Kingdom

I've never had the opportunity to play at a higher level and I just need someone to take the gamble on me.

If you could play for any Premiership team, who would it be and why?
James Phillips, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Liverpool. That's where I'm from and who I support.

If you could choose any three players (past or present) to join the Rovers squad next season, who and why?
Ben Shapcott, England

Stevie Gerrard because he's superb. I used to love watching Zinedine Zidane so he can play for us and what about Maradona? He was fairly decent.

What improvements do you think need to be made to the Rovers line up if the Gas are to push for the play-offs next season?
Dave Moore, UK

We need more consistency. That's the main thing. We've got it in us to beat anyone, but we've been winning one game and losing the next which is obviously not what you need if you're chasing a play-off place. It hasn't helped that we've had to mix and match our back four because of injuries and that has killed us as well. So consistency plus a bit of luck would help.

If you could improve one aspect of your game what would it be?
Mike Clements

I wish I had pace, but I don't think I can do much about that now.

Who's the best defender you have ever played against?
Liam Brennan, UK

I didn't play against him, but early in my career I was on the bench for Blackpool when we played an Arsenal side with Martin Keown in it. Wow! He looked an absolute nightmare to play against. He was constantly pinching and pushing our strikers and it was the first time I'd seen anything like it. It shook me up and was a bit of a lesson to look on at.

Who are your favourites to get promoted from League One via the play-offs this season?
Howard Burdin, UK

MK Dons.

I'm a Tranmere fan and my girlfriend is expecting our first born on Tuesday. She's already starting to show the first signs that our little girl is on her way into the world. However, I have a much sought after ticket to the Scunthorpe game on Saturday which will decide if we get into the play-offs or not. Do I stay my by partners side and accept that she could go into labour at any point and give my ticket away or do I go on the 400-mile trip and watch the Rovers, hoping she doesn't pop while I'm away? Rickie, what do I do?
Matthew Balnaves, England

You've got to stay with the girlfriend. When my boy was born it was the night before the day of a game at Tranmere. I thought I was going to miss it but I played, we beat them 2-0 and I scored after no sleep. You've got to stay with her.

What is your favourite thing about living in Bristol?
Katherine, UK

The people. I found it very hard when I first moved down here but the people really helped.

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How do you prefer your eggs? Fried, boiled, poached or scrambled?
Dave Pearse, England

Fried.

Do you ever wish you could breathe under water?
Alex Radford, Bristol

I've never really thought about that before.

What was your inspiration to become a professional footballer when you were younger?
Nick Rawle, England

There was no inspiration. It was just that every part of me wanted to be a footballer. I absolutely loved the game and loved watching Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and John Barnes.

What job would you have done if you had not been a professional footballer?
Steve Wilshire, England

I haven't got a clue. And I haven't got a clue what I'll do when I finish playing either.

Do you have any regrets in your footballing career and if you could have changed one thing what would it be?
Jerome, Bristol, England

I wish I'd stayed at Macclesfield a bit longer. My time at Stockport probably came too soon in terms of the jump up and the fact they played me in midfield. I look back at my time there and am gutted that I played centre midfield. But then again, if I hadn't then maybe I wouldn't be the player I am today.

What would you do if Bristol City offered you a good contract?
Armin, Iran

I couldn't go at all.

And finally, so many people asked if you were leaving and whether you'd be joining their club so give us the exclusive. Where are you off to in the summer?

Cyprus. I'm going there with my family for a holiday. I'm also going away with my mates and then off to New York with my girl. You've got to make the best of the summer after a long season.



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