Matt Le Tissier
Matt Le Tissier (born 14 October 1968) is an English former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfieder for Southampton and England.
A creative and technically gifted attacking midfielder, with an eye for goal.
Played youth football on the island of Guernsey with Vale Recreation until he was sixteen.
Had a trial at Oxford United aged 15 but failed to impress.
Signing for Southampton on YTS forms in 1985.
Signed his first professional contract in October 1986, making his first team debut against Norwich City in the same month.
Scored his first two goals in a League Cup match against Manchester United in November 1986, the game was to be Ron Atkinson’s last in charge of United.
Voted the 1989-90 PFA Young Player of the Year, finishing the season with 20 goals as Southampton finished seventh in the league.
Le Tissier often finish the season in double figures scoring spectacular goals.
Many big clubs in England and overseas were interested in signing Le Tissier, particularly Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, but he choise to stay with Southampton.
Scored a last-minute penalty in April 2000 which brought his goal tally to 100 Premiership goals. This made him only the sixth player and first midfielder to achieve this.
It was fitting that perhaps Southampton’s greatest player scored the last goal in the final competitive match played at The Dell in May 2001, this was also his last goal for Southampton.
His final competitive game came against West Ham in January 2002.
Announced in March 2002 that he would retire from playing at the end of season.
Le Tissier finished his Southampton career scoring 161 goals in 443 appearances converting 47 of the 48 penalties that he took at club level.
Following Southampton, he played two season’s with non-league club Eastleigh, making his debut against Newport (IOW) in October 2002.
Began working as a Sky Sports pundit and is a regular panelist on the show Soccer Saturday.
Signed with his hometown club Guernsey ten years after he played his last game for Eastleigh, he made one appearance due to not being able to play on Saturday’s due to media commitments.
became an honorary president of Guernsey F.C. in 2011.
Eligible for any of the Home Nations teams as a Channel Islander.
Opted to play for England and won 8 caps in his career, many people think this should have been more.
Scored a hat-trick for England B against Russia B but failed to make the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad.
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