J A C K L A M B E R T
Born in Greasbrough near Rotherham in 1902, Lambert played in local school and junior football before making single appearances for each of his first two League Clubs, Rotherham County and Leeds United. Subsequently, he joined Doncaster Rovers in January 1925 and scored fourteen goals in 44 League games. Arsenal saw the potential in the awkward-looking Lambert and in June 1926 bought him for #2,000. He quickly settled in and over the next four seasons he picked-up successive London Combination medals. In season 1929-30 Arsenal started to become the force they had threatened to be for many years: they won the Cup for the first time in the Club's history, Alex James and Lambert scoring the goals in the famous win over Huddersfield Town. The following season was just as successful, Lambert helping bring the Championship to the Club for the first time with a then Club record of 38 goals from 34 Leagues matches (later beat by Drake). In October 1933 Lambert joined Fulham for #2,500 and played 34 games scoring just 4 goals. Lambert then decided to retire from the game but was persuaded to come out of retirement firstly as manager of Arsenal's nursery team and then as coach to the seniors at Enfield. Tragically, a road accident in December 1940 at the age of 38 proved fatal. Between 1926/27 and 1933/34 Lambert scored a phenomenal 133 goals from 183 first team matches.
The following fourteen lots were awarded to
(see also lots 224 and 225)
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In the 1930 F.A. Cup Final, Arsenal defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 to the win the trophy for the first-ever time. In a memorable match Alex James scored the first goal and with just seven minutes to go Jack Lambert scored Arsenal's second.
In the Alex James biography J.H. Freeman of the Daily Mail is quoted reviewing the Lambert goal; "James held the ball long enough to make the halves and backs uncertain of his intentions. Then he pushed the ball straight down the middle where Lambert, between the two backs, could not be challenged promptly by either. Lambert let the ball run past him - saving a second in time - waited until Turner was compelled to leave his goal and placed it so gently to his right that it almost seemed a mockery. Then Lambert turned and clapped his hands, clapped them at James, the arch schemer, who had found the way, seven minutes from time, to make Arsenal's position unassailable."