Matt Le Tissier Q and A

10 Things You Didn't know about Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier
Who was your footballing hero when you were a kid?
That’s easy – Glenn Hoddle. He was the only reason I supported Spurs as a kid. I loved his long-range passing and the fact he didn’t seem to run around very much!
What was the most memorable goal you scored for Southampton?
I was lucky to score a few good ones, but the most memorable will always be the last ever goal at The Dell. I came off the bench, swiveled on the ball and hit a left-foot half volley that screamed past Arsenal’s Alex Manninger into the top corner. There was only a minute to go and it turned out to be the winner
Who was your toughest opponent and why?
Corr, Stuart Pearce – every time. Forest were the second team I ever played as a senior player. He was as hard as nails and scared me to death. I was mentally scarred for about six months!
Do you remember your first bet?
I do. It was in a bookies on Guernsey. I can’t remember the name, but I had a pound each way on 25/1 shot that romped home. I thought I’d won the lottery. It was the wost thing that could have happened!
What was your biggest win at the bookies?
I picked up just over £7,000 on a Lucky 31 not long after after I retired. It was various football results that all happened to come off. I’ve not done a Lucky 31 since – am not sure I’ll get another one up any time soon.
What are the highest odds you’ve ever landed?
40/1 shot a mate and I decided on as a joke on a wet Wednesday after training. Couldn’t tell you its name. It was one of these when just about every other horse fell.
What was the worst bet you ever had?
I’ve had too many to mention. Several of those I’ve had from Mick Channon’s son Michael have finished stone cold last. Some are still running in fact.
Who’ll win the Premier League and Champions League this season?
I thought Man City would retain it and am sticking to that for the Premier League. I fancy an outsider in the Champions League and wouldn’t put you off Borussia Dortmund as a cheeky each way shout. I’ve seen them twice against Real Madrid and really rate them.
What advice would you give football punters for picking winners each weekend?
Forget about crazy accumulators – the bookies love them. I only ever have single and trebles as a general rule. I also like backing both teams to score as it keeps your bet going until the very last minute.
If you were down to your last pound this weekend what would you spend it on?
If it was my very last pound it would be on a Southampton win. Might not make me a millionaire - and is more likely to lose me a pound this season - but you've got to back the boys!

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