Matt Le Tissier visits Tameside
Friday 6th March 2015 @ 12:26 by Mark Phillip
Sports

Most people know him as a Soccer Saturday pundit, but Matt Le Tissier descended on Audenshaw’s Premier Suite last Friday night.

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The Southampton FC legend, who was nicknamed ‘Le God’, was appointed as the guest speaker for the Tameside Football Leagues Annual Dinner.

The evening was regarded as a great success and treated attendees to a punchy speech and three course meal.

During his lengthy career, Matt scored 209 goals in 540 appearances for the saints, but despite letting his feet do the talking on the pitch, he has adopted a more vocal role of late.

Since his retirement in 2002, the former striker, who represented England eight times, has become an after dinner speaker.

And it was with great delight that Graham Dixon, who is the honorary secretary of the Tameside Football League, welcomed Matt onto stage.

Recounting tales of his football career, which included a number of humorous memoirs, Matt spoke fondly of his time within the game.

The 46 year old became a keeper’s worst nightmare during his time on the pitch, and his impressive penalty record is testament to that statement.

Despite the credible record, the striker gracefully reflected on times gone by where his goal scoring ability was put to the test.

The packed venue was crying with laughter following a witty tale between himself and former England goalkeeper, Tim Flowers, who was described by Matt as a ‘superb character’.

The memoirs that transpired were served with real conviction and a comedic timing worthy of applause.

Matt received a standing ovation when leaving the stage and he proved to be the perfect warm up to Yorkshire Comedian, Gary Marshall.

Marshall continued to please the crowd with his wit and dry humour.

The Yorkshireman failed to disappoint and fully lived up to his reputation as one of the best comics on the circuit.

Before the evening drew to a close, selections of prizes were auctioned off in a bid to raise money for the League.

Amongst the collection of memorabilia was a signed and framed shirt of Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney.

Additional funds on the evening were raised through a raffle, which saw lucky entrants take home a selection of gifts, including a crate of beer, cases of wine and a ticket to the FA Cup final on 30th May.

Before making his way back to London for Soccer Saturday, Reporter Sport grilled Matt on his fruitful career and asked him what his highlight was. He said “I think the highlight was always winning the first cap for your country, I think that’s always what you dream of as a kid and that would definitely be it for me.”

Having pledged his allegiance to one club throughout his entire career, Matt spoke of the love he has for Southampton FC. He added “I do have a love for Southampton and I’m a massive fan now.

“When I’m not working I’ll be at the Southampton games cheering them on and I’ve still got a passion or the club.”

The club have endured a tumultuous few years, and despite edging closer to a Champions League spot, Matt retained his modesty and stated “It will be difficult to secure a champions league spot this season because there are so many bigger teams than us challenging for it and it would be an amazing achievement if we did, but if we don’t then it’s still been a cracking season.”