Ex-Saint Watson: I wouldn't be surprised if Rickie left

Basingstoke Gazette: Rickie Lambert Rickie Lambert

EX-Saints striker Gordon Watson wouldn’t be shocked to see Rickie Lambert leave Saints this month.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is believed to be keen to sign the England international and end Lambert’s sensational St Mary’s life.

It would be a switch that would send shockwaves throughout the Saints fanbase – and Watson believes the move could happen.

“It depends what Pochettino is thinking about in terms of next season,” said Watson, “and the style of football he will be wanting to play.

“Rickie’s been left on the bench three times in the last few weeks.

“I would imagine Pochettino is already thinking in terms of next season, and those upstairs at the club will be as well.

“They were probably thinking that way in November as it was obvious then Saints won’t go down.

“They should already have their list of summer transfer targets now.

“If they don’t think Rickie has a big part to play next season, they should look to bring in a replacement now.

“If West Ham offered £3m, I would take it.”

Allardyce has long been an admirer of Lambert, insisting he was the difference between Saints and West Ham in 2011/12 when Saints went up automatically and the Hammers via the play-offs.

“I would say it’s 50-50 whether Rickie stays or goes,” Watson added.

“If he did go, it would be for personal reasons rather than footballing reasons.

“If he stayed, he’d be playing in a better team, but I don’t think West Ham will go down.

“Sam will be rubbing his hands thinking he could play Rickie and Andy Carroll in the same team.

“Carroll would play up top with Rickie in behind him. Sam could play two wingers and look to get the crosses in.

“Rickie will be thinking about the World Cup, and would he want to jeopardise his chance by playing for a struggling team?

“At the moment I would say Rickie is in the driving seat for Brazil (over Carroll).”

Back in early August 2009, in an interview for the Daily Echo ahead of Saints’ forthcoming League 1 campaign, Watson told Saints to go out and sign Lambert from Bristol Rovers.

A few days later, they promptly did just that.

The rest is history, with Lambert a talismanic figure in the JPT win and back to back promotions.

He is currently on 99 league goals for the club, but Watson admits Lambert might not reach his century.

“Rickie has answered every question that’s been asked of him at Saints,” Watson remarked.

“I would be the last person to criticise him.

“But he’s 32 next month and you have to ask how long will the legs last out at this level?

“That is not a criticism of Rickie at all, it’s just a case of looking at what you will need if Saints are to improve again going forward.”

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6:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

townieboy says...

Flash what do you know. Stick to commentating on the radio.
Flash what do you know. Stick to commentating on the radio. townieboy

6:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

rednwhite72 says...

If Carroll was £15m Lambert should be £30m
If Carroll was £15m Lambert should be £30m rednwhite72

7:13am Thu 9 Jan 14

Red Eyes says...

Shut up Watson, 3 mil? Your having a laugh!
Shut up Watson, 3 mil? Your having a laugh! Red Eyes

7:18am Thu 9 Jan 14

FreeNelsonMantle says...

To be honest, if west ham offered 8m like has been reported in some newspapers, I would take it. No one is a bigger fan of Rickie than me but he is not a player for the future and I can't see us getting another season of 10-15 goals out of him (unless a get a lot of penalties). Whatever happens, he will always be a Southampton legend. Unless he goes to Pompey
To be honest, if west ham offered 8m like has been reported in some newspapers, I would take it. No one is a bigger fan of Rickie than me but he is not a player for the future and I can't see us getting another season of 10-15 goals out of him (unless a get a lot of penalties). Whatever happens, he will always be a Southampton legend. Unless he goes to Pompey FreeNelsonMantle

8:09am Thu 9 Jan 14

sarfhamton says...

You know its a slow day when they wheel Flash in for his opinion
You know its a slow day when they wheel Flash in for his opinion sarfhamton

8:11am Thu 9 Jan 14

Ozmosis says...

5-0 and now 6-0. Who on earth would want to join that club, whatever amount of money offered?
5-0 and now 6-0. Who on earth would want to join that club, whatever amount of money offered? Ozmosis

8:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Who is Ricky?
Who is Ricky? Santa Retfordia

8:31am Thu 9 Jan 14

Salalal says...

Gordon Watson is about as good a football pundit as he was a striker. He isn't fit to lick Rickie's boots.
Gordon Watson is about as good a football pundit as he was a striker. He isn't fit to lick Rickie's boots. Salalal

8:34am Thu 9 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

From a realistic point of view Flash is absolutely right, even with the £3m valuation, any more would be a bonus.
Some of you seem to have a problem when any ex-saint voices their opinion on this site, why? Surely he is entitled as much as we all are.
I think some might be new fans who know very little of the clubs history.
From a realistic point of view Flash is absolutely right, even with the £3m valuation, any more would be a bonus. Some of you seem to have a problem when any ex-saint voices their opinion on this site, why? Surely he is entitled as much as we all are. I think some might be new fans who know very little of the clubs history. costa gaz

8:52am Thu 9 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

Salalal wrote:
Gordon Watson is about as good a football pundit as he was a striker. He isn't fit to lick Rickie's boots.
He played at the highest level for nearly all of his career, you were obviously not a Saints fan back then.
[quote][p][bold]Salalal[/bold] wrote: Gordon Watson is about as good a football pundit as he was a striker. He isn't fit to lick Rickie's boots.[/p][/quote]He played at the highest level for nearly all of his career, you were obviously not a Saints fan back then. costa gaz

9:07am Thu 9 Jan 14

saintbobby says...

I know it is silly me, but I have said before that it upsets me a lot when "one of ours" leaves the Saints. Was not quite the same when Theo and Ox left for Arsenal as they had scarcely started with the club. But I hated it when Martin Chivers and Mick Channon left. Then so did they, because both came back just to prove my point.

I feel we are that sort of club, and there are not many, where if you belong to the Saints you are part of the bricks and mortar.

Sort of Ted Bates and Terry Paine dedication, I suppose. Expect some of you will think I am nuts, but I have been a Saint since 1959 and perhaps this will help you understand my feelings!!

So, Rickie, I DO HOPE you stay, though the reported contract is a lot of money.
I know it is silly me, but I have said before that it upsets me a lot when "one of ours" leaves the Saints. Was not quite the same when Theo and Ox left for Arsenal as they had scarcely started with the club. But I hated it when Martin Chivers and Mick Channon left. Then so did they, because both came back just to prove my point. I feel we are that sort of club, and there are not many, where if you belong to the Saints you are part of the bricks and mortar. Sort of Ted Bates and Terry Paine dedication, I suppose. Expect some of you will think I am nuts, but I have been a Saint since 1959 and perhaps this will help you understand my feelings!! So, Rickie, I DO HOPE you stay, though the reported contract is a lot of money. saintbobby

9:11am Thu 9 Jan 14

Tony in Liberia says...

I can't remember who the Sheffield manager was when Alan Ball bought Flash for 1.2 million, but I do remember him quoted as saying something like "he was my impact sub for the last 10 minutes if I was desperate; I couldn't believe Southampton wanted to pay a million for him; he was never worth that. I snapped their hands off". He got 8 goals in 52 games for us, which is pretty pathetic, and 58 goals in 225 games over his career, which isn't that great, and he spent less than half his time in the top division, but he had terrible luck with injuries.

Overall he wasn't really that good a footballer, and to be honest wasn't much cop as a commentator either, but he was part of one of my favourite Dell memories, the comeback against Newcastle when we were 1-0 down in the 89th minute, so I'll always be fond of him. As are Hartlepool supporters, apparantly, who rate him "the best striker ever to play for us"....

As you can see, we can get Wikipedia here in Rwanda :-)

And while all that is about as relevant as his views on Rickie (I don't believe he'll go, don't want him to go, and hope he won't go), I am smiling to myself at this running gag from the echo of keeping us up to date with what Flash thinks about things.
I can't remember who the Sheffield manager was when Alan Ball bought Flash for 1.2 million, but I do remember him quoted as saying something like "he was my impact sub for the last 10 minutes if I was desperate; I couldn't believe Southampton wanted to pay a million for him; he was never worth that. I snapped their hands off". He got 8 goals in 52 games for us, which is pretty pathetic, and 58 goals in 225 games over his career, which isn't that great, and he spent less than half his time in the top division, but he had terrible luck with injuries. Overall he wasn't really that good a footballer, and to be honest wasn't much cop as a commentator either, but he was part of one of my favourite Dell memories, the comeback against Newcastle when we were 1-0 down in the 89th minute, so I'll always be fond of him. As are Hartlepool supporters, apparantly, who rate him "the best striker ever to play for us".... As you can see, we can get Wikipedia here in Rwanda :-) And while all that is about as relevant as his views on Rickie (I don't believe he'll go, don't want him to go, and hope he won't go), I am smiling to myself at this running gag from the echo of keeping us up to date with what Flash thinks about things. Tony in Liberia

9:17am Thu 9 Jan 14

Alicesdad says...

What a load of cobblers.
What a load of cobblers. Alicesdad

9:21am Thu 9 Jan 14

prawn89 says...

Is this a joke? Rickie is still our best option going forward AND he has a clause stating that he can be paid well until he retires... AT SAINTS.
Is this a joke? Rickie is still our best option going forward AND he has a clause stating that he can be paid well until he retires... AT SAINTS. prawn89

9:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

Saint 2701 says...

prawn89 wrote:
Is this a joke? Rickie is still our best option going forward AND he has a clause stating that he can be paid well until he retires... AT SAINTS.
What games have you been watching?!?

Southampton Legend - Agreed

Invaluable - Unfortunetely not!
[quote][p][bold]prawn89[/bold] wrote: Is this a joke? Rickie is still our best option going forward AND he has a clause stating that he can be paid well until he retires... AT SAINTS.[/p][/quote]What games have you been watching?!? Southampton Legend - Agreed Invaluable - Unfortunetely not! Saint 2701

9:37am Thu 9 Jan 14

seany1966 says...

Just because MP is resting SRL over the busy xmas period , it doesn't mean were ready to sell him on. IMHO
Just because MP is resting SRL over the busy xmas period , it doesn't mean were ready to sell him on. IMHO seany1966

9:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

Jesus_02 says...

costa gaz wrote:
Salalal wrote: Gordon Watson is about as good a football pundit as he was a striker. He isn't fit to lick Rickie's boots.
He played at the highest level for nearly all of his career, you were obviously not a Saints fan back then.
I thought the...same. To say he was as bad a player as he is a commentator is EXTREAMLY harsh.

So as a club we don’t produce great commentators...who cares!
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Salalal[/bold] wrote: Gordon Watson is about as good a football pundit as he was a striker. He isn't fit to lick Rickie's boots.[/p][/quote]He played at the highest level for nearly all of his career, you were obviously not a Saints fan back then.[/p][/quote]I thought the...same. To say he was as bad a player as he is a commentator is EXTREAMLY harsh. So as a club we don’t produce great commentators...who cares! Jesus_02

9:45am Thu 9 Jan 14

St Retford says...

For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history.

Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that.
For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history. Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that. St Retford

9:55am Thu 9 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

In the end it will be Rickie who decides. Give him the respect he deserves and let him.
In the end it will be Rickie who decides. Give him the respect he deserves and let him. Rising_Son

10:31am Thu 9 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Rickie isn't planning on applying for his Pension Book yet, he will, in time have to decide whether to retire at the top or if he loves playing, take the lower League option to get a few more pay days and lot's more goals, nothing unusual in that.
Rickie isn't planning on applying for his Pension Book yet, he will, in time have to decide whether to retire at the top or if he loves playing, take the lower League option to get a few more pay days and lot's more goals, nothing unusual in that. OSPREYSAINT

10:59am Thu 9 Jan 14

Golden_Salamander says...

I would IGNORE what Watson has to say.

Remember it was rumoured he was employed by Arsenal to try to get AOC on the cheap (£5m if I remember correctly), but the Don (who will have nothing to do with him) forced them to pay THREE times as much when the player's father forced a move.
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He was also doing the rounds in the summer trying to find a buyer for Bent, if I remember correctly..
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I wonder who he is working for this time, perhaps wet spam or one of the other clubs trying to get one of our super-kids.
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Therefore IGNORE what he has got o say, imo he is no friend of Saints these days.
I would IGNORE what Watson has to say. Remember it was rumoured he was employed by Arsenal to try to get AOC on the cheap (£5m if I remember correctly), but the Don (who will have nothing to do with him) forced them to pay THREE times as much when the player's father forced a move. , He was also doing the rounds in the summer trying to find a buyer for Bent, if I remember correctly.. . I wonder who he is working for this time, perhaps wet spam or one of the other clubs trying to get one of our super-kids. . Therefore IGNORE what he has got o say, imo he is no friend of Saints these days. Golden_Salamander

11:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

zambucco says...

It's a hard one to call, we hope Rickie has the loyalty that legends are made of, balance that against his desire to play every game and score goals.
Unfortunately our current style doesn't suit Rickie, yes he has adapted and his hold up play and tracking back is second to none, but the honest truth is, we are missing his goals. Unfortunately West Ham would suit his style, he would start banging them in again, help save them and become a Hammer Hero. He would have many more years playing at this level with West Ham than at Saints. So it's a double edged sword, does he stay with the club where he became a legend and slowly become a bit part player, or does he go to pastures new and continue to play the game he loves?

ALso a lot of you are harsh on Gordon Watson, after all it's just opinions about rumours that are being floated about. I think he's put forward good and thought provoking arguments both for and against a possible transfer.

In conclusion, I wouldn't be surprised if Rickie did go, at the same time I would be surprised if he chose to stay and retire a Saints legend, the choice will be his.
It's a hard one to call, we hope Rickie has the loyalty that legends are made of, balance that against his desire to play every game and score goals. Unfortunately our current style doesn't suit Rickie, yes he has adapted and his hold up play and tracking back is second to none, but the honest truth is, we are missing his goals. Unfortunately West Ham would suit his style, he would start banging them in again, help save them and become a Hammer Hero. He would have many more years playing at this level with West Ham than at Saints. So it's a double edged sword, does he stay with the club where he became a legend and slowly become a bit part player, or does he go to pastures new and continue to play the game he loves? ALso a lot of you are harsh on Gordon Watson, after all it's just opinions about rumours that are being floated about. I think he's put forward good and thought provoking arguments both for and against a possible transfer. In conclusion, I wouldn't be surprised if Rickie did go, at the same time I would be surprised if he chose to stay and retire a Saints legend, the choice will be his. zambucco

11:39am Thu 9 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

so flash thinks we should sell rickie because he will be 32 next month, but he`s also said that we should bring in a player `like` defoe, it wont be defoe because of his wage demands. so if his wages were ok? defoe is 31! this is the same problem that SRL gets with England, some players are as old or older than rickie but their age is never brought up, however some of the media claim SRL is too old for England.
also flash thinks rickie and donkey carroll could play in the same team. I cant see that happening. they are too alike, in style not ability or sheer class. as people they are polar opposites, it would be like cameron and clegg trying to work together.
as I said the other day, SRL is more than a goal scorer, he sets up more than most. he is more than that though, SRL is our talisman, and he lifts the spirits of players and fans alike. I would never sell rickie as I feel it would do more damage to our team than good. I wouldn't like to see wet spam get out of their hole either, cant stand the way the press love them because of their `celebrity` fans. corden, brand, winstone, Cleese, garnet, Obama etc. etc. wet spam are a joke of a team that play awful football which the press don't bring up. fat sam constantly slated saints when we beat them to auto promotion, mostly stating that we were a one man team and if they had rickie they would have won the league. he said that whilst playing aggressive lump ball with former prem players on prem wages.
so flash thinks we should sell rickie because he will be 32 next month, but he`s also said that we should bring in a player `like` defoe, it wont be defoe because of his wage demands. so if his wages were ok? defoe is 31! this is the same problem that SRL gets with England, some players are as old or older than rickie but their age is never brought up, however some of the media claim SRL is too old for England. also flash thinks rickie and donkey carroll could play in the same team. I cant see that happening. they are too alike, in style not ability or sheer class. as people they are polar opposites, it would be like cameron and clegg trying to work together. as I said the other day, SRL is more than a goal scorer, he sets up more than most. he is more than that though, SRL is our talisman, and he lifts the spirits of players and fans alike. I would never sell rickie as I feel it would do more damage to our team than good. I wouldn't like to see wet spam get out of their hole either, cant stand the way the press love them because of their `celebrity` fans. corden, brand, winstone, Cleese, garnet, Obama etc. etc. wet spam are a joke of a team that play awful football which the press don't bring up. fat sam constantly slated saints when we beat them to auto promotion, mostly stating that we were a one man team and if they had rickie they would have won the league. he said that whilst playing aggressive lump ball with former prem players on prem wages. el caballo santos101

12:05pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mush On The Beach says...

St Retford wrote:
For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history.

Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that.
Beautifully put Retford, I’m sure both of your times will come in the Queens honours list for services to Southampton FC. As a betting man, I think Confucious may also be a sneaky outsider.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history. Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that.[/p][/quote]Beautifully put Retford, I’m sure both of your times will come in the Queens honours list for services to Southampton FC. As a betting man, I think Confucious may also be a sneaky outsider. Mush On The Beach

1:29pm Thu 9 Jan 14

lovegrove65 says...

Ricky would be a great buy for wet spam.
If he could get a hat trick each week they could lose 6-3 instead of 6-0
would help their goal diference
Ricky would be a great buy for wet spam. If he could get a hat trick each week they could lose 6-3 instead of 6-0 would help their goal diference lovegrove65

2:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

St Retford says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
St Retford wrote:
For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history.

Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that.
Beautifully put Retford, I’m sure both of your times will come in the Queens honours list for services to Southampton FC. As a betting man, I think Confucious may also be a sneaky outsider.
I'm just a space cadet - he's the commander.
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history. Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that.[/p][/quote]Beautifully put Retford, I’m sure both of your times will come in the Queens honours list for services to Southampton FC. As a betting man, I think Confucious may also be a sneaky outsider.[/p][/quote]I'm just a space cadet - he's the commander. St Retford

2:38pm Thu 9 Jan 14

rpjcheney says...

St Retford wrote:
For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history.

Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that.
My feelings exactly. And I will never ever forget when Rickie scored that goal against Scotland. I thought I would burst with sheer happiness and pride.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: For me, Rickie is one of Saints’ all-time greats. He arrived at the club at its lowest point and has come to be a symbol of its glorious rebirth. We stood on rickety League 1 terraces and sang (optimistically, it seemed) that he’d take us to the Premier League and that was exactly what he did. But, more than that, he has a special relationship with anyone who has ever kicked a football because he’s a walking, talking example of a man handed a second chance in life and who took it – he’s what any of us could be if only we were blessed with a bit more talent, dedication and luck. He’s real. He’s someone who has worked in factories, just like we have. So when he banged that goal in for England against Scotland I think we felt a special sense of pride, not just because he’s a Saint but because he’s truly one of us. As such, I would place him on a pantheon alongside any legend in this club’s history. Therefore, I’d almost rather see him put in a field and shot than sent to end his career at the embarrassing shitstorm of a club that West Ham has come to be. He deserves so much better than that.[/p][/quote]My feelings exactly. And I will never ever forget when Rickie scored that goal against Scotland. I thought I would burst with sheer happiness and pride. rpjcheney

4:02pm Thu 9 Jan 14

nuttysaint says...

Isn't Kevin Phillips still banging them in at his age? Rickie got years left in him yet even if it just a bit part player with us, can always have an influence on a game
Isn't Kevin Phillips still banging them in at his age? Rickie got years left in him yet even if it just a bit part player with us, can always have an influence on a game nuttysaint

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