The Spirit of Matt Le Tissier

Southampton 3 Liverpool 1

The spirit of Matthew Le Tissier is alive and well.

I was a West Ham fan – mainly because they were often on Match of the Day when I was a kid.

When Le Tissier arrived I liked everything about him – especially his slackness. It suited me through those years.

Check out this montage.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Skip of Skipton says

    No interest in chasing the big money at the big clubs, wonderfully slack.

  2. Le Tissier filled The Dell with hope. Even a bad Saints performance could feature a bit of magic…….or not!
    Wasn’t he a Jersey or Guernsey lad?

  3. Skip of Skipton says


  4. Phil Dimitriadis says

    Sublime skill. Second goal was a gem. My kind of sports hero. Footballer first, athleticism optional.

  5. Ripsnorter says

    I had an old English football video called the Entertainers and Le Tissier was the best to watch, Hoddle about the only one to match his skill level for mine. should have played more for England and went out with Marilyn from Home and Away for a while I believe. Legend.

  6. David Downer says

    Aaaaah, what a scoreline from overnight. Keeps the nose above relegation territory for Saints.

    Great highlights of “Le God”. Nonchalantly bagging absolute screamers from long range.

    Kept Southampton in the top flight for his entire career. Legend.

  7. I seem to recall Matt spent his last years at Bradford when they were in the Premier League and he helped them to a last game win – over Arsenal I think – to avoid relegation one year.

  8. David Downer says

    Think ya’ got the wrong bloke there aussie80s!

  9. Skip of Skipton says

    The second goal on the clip was a gem displaying his skill and whatnot. My fave is the goal at 1:22. Cop that!

  10. Skip of Skipton says

    Le Tissier was a one club player, Aussie80s. I remember Bradford being in the Premier League one year, but not sure they avoided relegation. Like Barnsley.

    *I just wikipediaed Bradford, and they did stay up for a second year albeit with the lowest points anyone had avoided relegation with. Top effort making the League Cup final.

  11. Shane Kennedy says

    I picked Spurs the due to Jurgen Klinsmann featuring in the weekly ABC wrap in the early 90s.

    I have never really warmed to them (despite Bale’s heroics of late) and have been contemplating a switch (until Doncaster make it to the Premier League).

    Southampton have always been a leading option and it is due to Le Tessier. More specifically, that goal at 1:22.

  12. DBalassone says

    Pure beauty! Who is the Australian football equivalent? Darren Jarman?

  13. D Jarman resonates with me.

    What about Dean Rioli?

    Other nominations?

  14. Bruce Lindner

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  16. Ripsnorter says

    Allen Jakovich – was watching an old Eagles game the other day and watched Glen Jakovich dominate, hard to believe he was not the best footballer in his family.

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