Matthew Le Tissier is a retired English football player who was born on the island of Guernsey in 1968. He was a talented young player who played youth football to a high level. During his professional career he was best known for playing for Southampton and was one of their most popular players ever. In actual fact, he is considered by many to be the best player to have ever worn the famous red and white stripes! Matt also had a brief spell at the non-league side Eastleigh along with representing England at international level.
Matt signed for Southampton in 1985 (he played his first game in 1986) and he remained at the club until 2002. During this lengthy stint he proved to be a dedicated and committed player. Fiercely loyal to his club, he was recognised for his technical ability and achievements – particularly that of scoring spectacular goals! During the 1989-1990 season he was voted PFA ‘Player of the Year’ and was one of the league’s top goal scorers. His top scoring season was that of 1993-1994 when he scored an impressive thirty goals.
The following season he was awarded with the coveted ‘Match of the Day Goal of the Season’. In 2000 Matt scored a penalty taking his tally of Premiership goals to one hundred, thus becoming one of only a small handful of players to do so. What makes this even more special is that he was the first midfielder to reach this target! His goals were often unexpected and earned him the nickname ‘Le God’ by his loyal fans. He also had a reputation for never missing penalties – scoring an amazing forty-nine out of fifty that he took for Southampton! He scored a total of two hundred and nine goals for his club and there was hardly a dry eye in the house when he played his testimonial match at St Mary’s in 2002.
Interestingly, as Matt had been born on the Channel Islands, he was eligible to play for any of the home nation teams. He chose to play for England and gained eight caps between the years of 1994-1997.
A much loved and popular player for Southampton, Matt has been honoured in a number of ways by the city. He has received the freedom of the city along with having one of the hospitality suites at St Mary’s Stadium named after him.
In 2007 he had a Flybe plane named after him which he considered to be a great honour.
Matt has worked as a football pundit and has also appeared on the Channel 4 television show ‘Countdown’ as a special guest in dictionary corner!
To this day he is considered by many to be Guernsey’s most famous and successful sporting export!
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