As a footballer Matthew Le Tissier will always be remembered as one of two things. One; possibly the most talented Englishman to have ever graced the Premier League. Two; as a wasted talent who should have moved from his beloved Saints to further his career.
In 1990 he came tantalisingly close to signing for Tottenham before deciding at the last minute he was not ready to leave his home. Then came the links with AC Milan that never materialised into a genuine deal before Chelsea came knocking under the stewardship of Glenn Hoddle. Every time Le Tiss stayed loyal to his fans who had dubbed him ‘Le God’.
The fact he scored the last ever goal at the historically ramshackle Dell is one of football’s more lastingly poignant legacies.
But a man famous for being a one-club man is now out of retirement to help one of British football’s youngest teams in their hour of need.
Guernsey FC formed just two years ago and now The Green Lions face an April from hell in regards to their fixture pile-up. An excellent run in the FA Vase and the terrible winter weather has seen a vast amount of games called off for the club this season leaving them with a whopping 17 games to play in this calendar month.
So with Matt Le Tissier already signed up as a token gesture as honorary president at the start of the season they have now asked the 44-year-old Guernsey born star to come out of retirement to help them with the pile-up; which the Soccer Saturday pundit has duly accepted.
The famously work-shy playmaker has been in training for a half-marathon recently so is in pretty fine fiddle and feels he can help the club; part owned by his brother Mark in this busy time.
He is likely to play his first game of football since a brief foray with Eastleigh post retirement next Sunday and he commented on it with mooted enthusiasm:
"The fixture pile-up has been a bit mad and they need all the bodies they can get. The first squad I'll be available for is next Sunday's game [14 April] at home to Raynes Park Vale. Saturday games are out but there are probably four or five games I'll be available for."
For fans of Guernsey FC they will be hoping to see moments like this at the Footes Lane Stadium in April…
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