Arsenal’s Century Club – Jack Lambert

Nineteen players have achieved the feat of scoring 100 goals for the Club over the past 96 years. The players are sorted by the number of games taken to reach the 100 goal mark. Jack Lambert sits at number 4.

Born in Greasbrough near Rotherham, Yorkshire, Lambert was turned down by Sheffield Wednesday after a trial in 1921, so he started his career playing for Rotherham County in 1922. He soon made a move to Leeds United, but spent three years there with little success. He finally came to prominence after becoming a regular goal scorer for Doncaster Rovers, joining the side in January 1925.

Playing in Yorkshire, he had attracted the attention of Herbert Chapman when the latter was manager of Huddersfield Town. Chapman became Arsenal manager in 1925 and needing a quality centre-forward, he signed Jack for £2,000 in June 1926. Lambert initially struggled to get into the first-team and he did not make his league debut until the beginning of the following season against Bolton Wanderers on 6th September 1926.

Lambert scored only one goal in 16 appearances that season and was not selected for the FA Cup Final against Cardiff City. Over the next two seasons he was reserve centre-forward to Jimmy Brain and only scored 4 goals in 22 appearances. When he appeared in the first-team he was often barracked by the crowd. Herbert Chapman was furious and proposed that barrackers should be thrown out of the ground if they did not respond to an appeal for fairness over the loud-speaker.”

The clip below – a familiar Final to those following GN5’s series but slightly different version this time, Lambert scoring the second after Alex James’ opener.

He became a regular for the club towards the end of the 1929-30 season; scoring 18 times in only 20 league appearances. The following season (1930-31) he was even more successful, scoring 38 goals in just 34 games in the League, a club record at the time.  Arsenal won their first ever First Division Championship with a record 66 points. The Gunners only lost four games that season. Jack Lambert was top-scorer with 38 goals. This included seven hat-tricks against Middlesbrough (home and away), Grimsby Town, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City and Sunderland.

24th December 1932, Arsenal beat Sheffield Utd 9-2 as Jack Lambert scored five times and Cliff Bastin claimed a hat-trick

In the 1932-33 season Arsenal won the First Division by four points. Lambert only played in 12 games that season but he still scored 14 goals. This included five in a 9-2 win over Sheffield United. By now Jack was over 30 and only a bit-part player (Ernie Coleman having led the front line through most of 1932-33), and the signing of Jimmy Dunne in September 1933 forced him out of the side; his last game came on 13 September 1933 against West Bromwich Albion.

Herbert Chapman seemed to have lost confidence in Jack and frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities, he agreed to be transferred to Fulham for £2,500 in October 1933. He only played for two more seasons before retiring in 1935. The following year he became coach of Margate (who at the time were Arsenal’s “nursery” club) and returned to Arsenal in 1938 as a coach of the club’s reserve side.

Overall he scored 109 goals in 161 games for the Gunners, a very high ratio of .68 goals per game, but it wasn’t enough for him ever to be selected for England.

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Jack scored his 100th goal for Arsenal on Guy Fawkes Day 1932 against Wolves at Molineux Stadium.

Tragically, he died at the age of 38, killed in a car accident (during WW11) in Enfield, Middlesex.



13 Responses to Arsenal’s Century Club – Jack Lambert

  1. chas says:

    Thanks, GN5, another belter.

    I suppose if you can score 5 goals in one game and 7 hat tricks in a season, you might get to 100 goals fairly sharpish!

    What a record!

  2. Sue says:

    Wow.. 7 hat tricks!! Some player! Such a shame, he was taken so young…
    We’re getting closer to No.1, GN5!! I’m a little excited 😁

    TGIF!!! Pay day, long weekend (extra long for me – off work next week 😃) beautiful!!

    So we’re preparing a bid for Fraser, apparently!

  3. Sue says:

    5 days to go… I detest Chelsea with a passion!! We have to win, we just have to!! I know a few very big headed Chelsea supporters 🙁
    Think the team fly out tomorrow?? I’m nervous already 😃

  4. Sue says:

    I am quite excited by who we’ve been linked with, so far… but then, it is membership renewal time, so I guess after June 7, it will go back to bargain basement, freebies, 35 year olds, loan deals, maybe even someone with a broken back (oops, been there, done that 😂)
    Hahaha! Well sorry to have hogged the thread.. I do have a tendency to waffle (when excited!!)
    Happy Friday, people!! 😊

  5. RA says:

    Happy Friday, Waffler!

    Enjoy your hols next week too. 😁

  6. RA says:


    It is remarkable – you are like a Post production machine, not just the quality, which we have come to expect from you, but the quantity too.

    I loved today’s Post too – Wow.

  7. Sue says:

    Thank you, RA… from one waffler to another, hey?! You forgot that part 😂😂😉

  8. RA says:

    I do like a waffle, Sue, especially liberally doused with maple syrup and cream. 😜

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I know very little about Lambert, he is not one of the Legends yet has a fine scoring record.

    Do you realise that we have yet to have a born and bred Londoner in the list?

    Chas thank you for the wonderful vids you seem to find every day. They really add to GN5’s excellent series

  10. Sue says:

    Haha I knew that was coming, RA.. with you – if the tone isn’t lowered (at every available opportunity 😛) then you turn to food!! Hehe!!

  11. Sue says:

    Oooh so we beat LASK Linz 6-0… now to inflict that on Chelsea! 😉

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    Good afternoon all,

    We are now down to the top three in Arsenal’s Century Club, I’ve got a lot of personal enjoyment out of researching and putting them together and Chas has done a simply outstanding job in adding the appropriate images and videos.

  13. Big Raddy says:

    I like the transfer rumors. Fraser would be interesting – I guess Suarez didn’t make the grade. I would very much like to have seen Nelson given a first team shirt next season but if Fraser comes for big money then this is unlikely

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