Lambie made over 200 appearances for Falkirk and also had a successful time with Street Johnstone. However, he is perhaps most famous for his three spells as manager of Partick Thistle, guiding them through a financial crisis and seeing them into the Scottish Premier League. He also had spells as manager of Hamilton Academical and Falkirk.
He began his playing career with the local junior club, Whitburn, before turning senior with Falkirk at the age of 18.
He began his playing career as an inside forward before converting to full back. His most successful playing spell was spent at Street Johnstone, whom he joined in August 1969.
He helped the club to a Scottish League Cup final, a third placed finish in the League and their first venture into European football. He retired in 1974 after playing in excess of 400 competitive matches.
He joined Street Johnstone"s coaching staff, before further coaching appointments with Hibernian and Hamilton Academical.
Having become assistant manager under Bertie Auld at Hamilton Academical, in 1984 Lambie stepped up to succeed Auld in the manager"s chairman Success quickly followed as he led them to the First Division title in 1985-1986 and a shock Scottish Cup defeat of Rangers at Ibrox the following season. In 1988, Lambie became Partick Thistle manager, in the first of three spells at the club
Despite moulding a team that was challenging for promotion to the top flight, he was tempted by an offer to rejoin Hamilton in 1989.
Subsequently deciding that this had been the wrong move, Lambie accepted the chance to return to take over at a Thistle side who had plummeted in the months since he had left in 1990. Lambie"s Thistle side went on to secure promotion to the Premier Division in 1992, and his motivational skills helped keep them there over the next three seasons despite meagre financial resources.
This, combined with Lambie"s outspoken views and quirky personality - including a fondness for cigars and pigeon racing - made him a favourite "character" in the Scottish football media. In 1995 Lambie parted company with Thistle and, looking for a fresh challenge, took over at his old club Falkirk, leaving there in March 1996.
After this experience Lambie stayed out of senior football for a while, and it was thought he may have retired completely.
However, in March 1999 he was tempted back by yet another offer from Partick Thistle, who had plummeted spectacularly since Lambie"s departure. Having already been gone down twice, the club were in danger of relegation to the Third Division when Lambie arrived. In arguably his greatest managerial feat, Lambie beefed up Thistle"s performances and kept them up, subsequently going on to guide them to successive promotions and a place in the Scottish Premier League.
This period also saw the club surge to the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
Having once again kept Thistle in the top flight, he retired as manager in 2003, taking up a seat on the club"s board. Lambie stood for election to West Lothian Council in 1999, representing the Scottish National Party.
Lambie was awarded the position of Honorary Vice President of Partick Thistle F.C. in August 2006. Hamilton Academical
Scottish First Division
Winners (2): 1985-1986 & 1987-1988
Scottish First Division
Winners (1): 2001-2002
Scottish Second Division
Winners (1): 2000-2001.