Matthew “Matt” Le Tissier is a retired English footballer who played for Southampton and England. An attacking midfielder with exceptional technical skills, Le Tissier is the second-highest ever scorer for Southampton, behind Mick Channon, and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990.
Upon leaving school in 1985 Matt signed for Southampton on the YTS scheme. The following year he made his club debut in a 4–3 defeat at Norwich City in the Football League First Division, and by the end of that season had scored six goals in 12 starts and 12 subsitute appearances. He made 19 league appearances in 1987–88, failing to score, but in 1988–89 scored nine times in 21 starts. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year for the 1989–90 season, in which he was one of the league’s top goalscorers with 20 goals.
In 1998 Le Tissier was controversially left out of Glenn Hoddle’s World Cup squad after scoring a hatrick in an England ‘B’ game against Russia. He scored the last goal in the final competitive match played at The Dell on 19 May 2001, against Arsenal. This turned out to be his last goal for Southampton. His final competitive appearance for the Saints came against West Ham on 30 January 2002. He announced on 29 March 2002 that he would retire from playing at the season’s end.
Matt is an exceptional sports speaker, proving a special hit at all events and occasions, delivering keynotes as an after dinner speaker on a regular basis. He is also a consummate and charming awards host and Q&A speaker, his personality engages and connects with any audience.
Matt was a true gent with a great sense of humour – everyone loved him!
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