Can roots of England hero Rickie Lambert be traced back to Bartons' pickled beetroots? (From St Helens Star)
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Can roots of England hero Rickie Lambert be traced back to Bartons' pickled beetroots?
PROUD Picklers Bartons have been inundated with calls from the national media to find out if England striker Rickie Lambert – who scored the winner against Scotland with his first touch in a national shirt - once worked there.
Following a story in the Daily Mail, which said that the Southampton striker worked at a ‘beetroot’ factory in Merseyside, Joanna Jenner, chief pickler at the old St Helens firm has been furiously combing through their records to see if it was them.
Lambert, 31, is regarded as something of a sporting fairytale having climbed his way through the lower divisions to play top flight football with Southampton last season.
His 70th minute header – three minutes after coming off the bench at Wembley – clinched a 3-2 victory.
Now the national media are keen to find more about his roots – most specifically his time spent working at a beetroot factory.
Joanna, of Bartons in Lacelles Street, Parr, explained: “The way we keep records now is very different from how we did ten to 15-years-ago. He could have been here as a YTS, or just did a couple of shifts.
“But I really hope it is us. There’s no one else round here that it could be. I have phoned a lot of competitors to ask them if he worked there and they said no.
“So far we have had The Sun, Daily Mail, Talksport and Sky Sports ringing us.
“He (Rickie Lambert) is from Kirkby, so he must have some family that is still local. Plus we sell a lot of pickles in Kirkby.”
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