CPD Y Rhyl 1879 top-scorer Carl Lamb has had a much-travelled and varied football career.
Formerly a professional in 2014-15 with then League One club Chesterfield, the 37-year-old has played in European competitions and scored in an FA Cup tie which put his non-league team on course for a giant-killing.
Born on November 10, 1984, Carl was with Liverpool and Chester as a youngster and his long list of clubs include Cammell Laird, Bangor City, NEWI Cefn Druids, The New Saints, Droylsden, Welshpool Town, Buckley Town, Witton Albion, Aberystwyth Town, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Rhyl FC, Colwyn Bay, Denbigh Town, Vauxhall Motors, Brymbo and CPD Y Rhyl 1879. He also played in Australia for two years.
Highlights of Carl’s career include playing for The New Saints against FK Ventspils of Latvia in the 2007-08 Uefa Champions League.
An unused substitute in the home first leg, which TNS won 3-2, Lamb started the return game abroad in which Ventspils triumphed 2-1 to advance on away goals.
Carl had earlier featured in Europe as a Bangor City player in the 2005-06 Inter-Toto Cup. He played in both legs of the tie against FC Dinaburg of Latvia, which ended in a 4-1 aggregate loss for the blues.
The 2008-09 season was another memorable one for Carl as part of a Droylsden side which made waves in the FA Cup.
The tier 6 Blue Square North team were drawn against Football League outfit Chesterfield in the second round and led 1-0 through a Lamb goal, but the match was abandoned at half time due to heavy fog.
The rearranged game ended 2-2, then Chesterfield led 2-0 in the replay only for that match to be abandoned due to floodlight failure.
The tie appeared to have been settled for good at the fourth attempt when Droylsden won 2-1 thanks to two Sean Newton goals.
Unfortunately, the Bloods were expelled for fielding Newton, who was suspended, and Chesterfield went through to face Ipswich in round three.
Carl spent two years playing in Australia before Chesterfield signed him on a non-contract basis in September 2014.
In 2015-16, Carl joined Welsh Premier League side Rhyl, where his notable feats included netting after 8.72 seconds of a game against his former club TNS.
Carl is back at Belle Vue this season having signed for new club 1879, whom he committed to in 2020.
He is currently on 20 goals for the season and enjoying his football.
Grassroots North Wales caught up with him for a chat….
How do you feel the season has gone so far for Rhyl 1879?
Season is going well so far, unbeaten in the league and with the manager adding a few more new signings the squad is looking really strong and there is a proper togetherness within the group.
With 20 goals scored, are you happy with your personal form?
Personal form is good, missed a few games due to work commitments but 20 goals in 13 goals in all competitions and 2 POTM awards. Hoping to take that form into the new year to help get us promotion.
What do you think of the standard of the tier 4 North Wales Coast East League Premier Division?
The standard for me is still at a decent level as every team that plays us wants to turn up and beat us, so we have to be on our game. We’ve had to battle some games out to win and we’ve proved we can mix it up which you defo have to do in this league.
Looking back, what have been the 3 main highlights of your career so far?
Playing and scoring in the FA Cup and playing in Europe.
Best team faced?
A Chesterfield team which included Rob Paige, Jack Lester, Jamie Ward.
Describe the best goal you have ever scored
For Welshpool v Prestatyn away – half volley from in my own half wind assisted haha – took in top bin
Tell the fans something about you we might not know….
I actually started out as a goalkeeper, broke my arm, played one game as a striker, scored 7 goals and that feeling of scoring goals was a lot better than stopping goals.
What are your hopes for 2022 – your personal hopes and hopes for the world?
I am hoping to be at Rhyl to try to help get them back-to-back promotions till they get back into the Premier where they belong.
Hopes for 2022 – that we can all just get back to living a normal life and Boris loses his role as prime minister.