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Taking le Tiss [Hardcover]

Matt Le Tissier
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20 Aug 2009

The fascinating, insightful and at times hilarious memoirs of one of the most gifted and enigmatic British footballers of the last 25 years.

Nicknamed "Le God" by the Southampton faithful, Matt Le Tissier was not cast from the same mould as 99% of other professional footballers. A real "one-off" if every there was one, he was a one-club man in a 16-year career that brought little in the way of trophies but countless plaudits from footballs fans and commentators alike.

To the old school brigade he was a "luxury player", someone with a less than ideal work rate and waistline who simply wouldn't conform to the blueprint of a typically hard-working, unsophisticated British player. Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle found it all too easy to leave him out of their England squads.

But to the vast majority Le Tissier was a maverick to be treasured, a flair player who lit up every match he played in and delighted fans with his sumptuous technique and élan for the beautiful game. In fact, the kind of skilful, inventive player and scorer of wonderful goals this country produces all too rarely.

Did he simply enjoy the comfort zone of being a big fish in a small pond? Or did he display commendable loyalty in staying with Southampton for his entire career? Did he shun opportunities to move on? Were England managers right not to pick him so many times? Would Fabio Capello pick him for England now? Does the British game discourage his style of play? And how much would he be worth in today's transfer market?

Taking Le Tiss is the great man's first chance to answer all these questions and many more. It is also a delightfully self-deprecating and witty story from a player who was more of a Big-Mac-and-fries than a chicken-and-beans man.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport; First Edition, First Printing edition (20 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007310919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007310913
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unlike many players forays into print, this is no anodyne skim across the great games and goals, but a refreshing memoir of the career of a footballer who did things his way. And while he is honest about his shortcomings, there is no tedious false modesty about his abilities, which could mesmerise spectators as they did hapless defenders. --The Times

Le Tiss was the great maverick of his generation --Daily Mirror --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Guernsey-born Matt Le Tissier is 40 years old and is rated by fans of Southampton FC as their greatest ever player. An attacking midfielder, he is the second-highest ever scorer for the club in a career which spanned 540 matches and 209 goals. He missed just once from the penalty spot in 48 attempts. Le Tissier was the first midfielder to score 100 goals in the Premier League, but despite his phenomenal form at club level he was mysteriously capped just eight times for his country. During the 1993/94 season he scored a remarkable 30 goals from midfield for a team that only just avoided relegation. The following season he won the coveted Match of the Day "Goal of the Season" award for his drifting 40-yard lob against Blackburn Rovers. He has been retired from the game for seven years but is now making a name for himself as one of the most popular pundits on SkySports' much-loved Gillette Soccer Saturday TV programme.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "okay" 11 April 2010
The autobiography of the Southampton legend, the player who remained the big fish in the small pond that was Southampton.

This is okay in a very average typical football autobiography sort of way, it will certainly appeal to Southampton fans who appreciate his loyalty and talent, but to general football fans, it has it's moments, but never really rises above 'okay'.

Le Tissier is aware of his limitations but retains a chip on his shoulder about the way various managers have failed to appreciate what he could do. He does have a sense of humour (including self deprecating humour) and chooses not to really lash out the dirt. Interestingly it is other people less then Le Tissier that I found myself more interested in, Jimmy Case, Glenn Hoddle and so on.

So, not bad as a 'read and forget' football book, he was an enigma that never played for a 'big club' (he almost went to Spurs, but his wife of the time didn't want to move) but gave a great deal of pleasure to Southampton fans during some reasonably fallow years. For a true appreciation of the player, I would probably avoid this and buy a dvd of some of his fantastic goals...
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I love it cause I love Matt and what he did for Southampton. A fans footballer. Loyalty and the understanding that football is just entertainment and like he said in his testimonial programme How much money do you need to earn in a week. He never lost sight of the fact of why he loved football as a kid.

As a book, footballers aren't the greatest authors but if you love Matt like I do then it's a quick and easy read with some funny anecdotes.

Fond memories like the footballing world will see again as far as a one club player and love of just playing.

One thing I would disagree with that he said. He said never meet your heroes. His hero was Glen Hoddle and things didn't work out between them but my hero is Matt and I've met him and he is such a down to earth, lovely bloke. I think his approach to life is spot on. He comes across as being grateful for being paid for doing something that he loves... and got away with it :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read! 26 Aug 2009
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This is a well-written autobiography by one of football's greatest talents and enigma's. A one-club man throughout his career Matthew Le Tissier lifts the lid on his time at Southampton. There are plenty of anecdotes about former team mates and managers and he pulls no punches when it comes to criticising certain people who occupied both the boardroom and the manager's chair. This is not a life story and Matt only briefly comments about his family and his personal life. No this book is about his playing career with a few chapters about his work for Sky sports and his love of golf. It is also bang up to date as he describes his part in the failed takeover of the Saints by the Pinnacle group. It is a great read with some genuinely laugh aloud moments!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le God - Unbelievable!!!!! 27 Aug 2009
By G. Fox
I couldn't put the book down. I was a spectator at the Dell during his heyday, watching the amazing goals he could conjure out of nothing and also the way he saved us, almost single handedly from relegation year after year. How the Saints must wish he could still play? The book let's us in on Matty's sense of humour, his thoughts on some of his team-mates over the years, the England situation, his ability to laugh at himself and his thought's on every thing that has taken part at the club over the last 15-20 years.

It might have been a long time coming but it is well worth every penny. If you ever saw Matt play then you, like me will have felt honoured. If you didn't see him play - you don't know what you missed.

One word - LEGEND!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not entertaining 29 Sep 2010
This book offers an interesting insight into the life of Matt Le Tissier, but I found myself finishing it out of duty rather than a desire to keep reading.

In person, Le Tissier is a vibrant and humourous man. This sometimes comes across in some of the excellent anecdotes - anything about Richard Dryden somehow manages to provoke me into hysterics. However, in general, the book is a little flat.

Those who are familiar with the ghost-writer Graham Hiley will immediately recognise that the book has his stamp all over it. In places that it seems he is trying to paint himself as a hero of the club - reporting in all conditions to bring the latest news to the people. This isn't why people have bought Matt Le Tissier's autobiography. It is hard to imagine Le Tissier himself making these comments about Hiley.

There is also a half-hearted attempt at revealing a scandal. It seems that any footballer's autobiography now needs one, and it's depressing that they've felt the need to gain publicity this way.
Le Tissier clearly has a more of a story to tell than many of the other footballers releasing books these days - although staying at one club and earning only a handful of international caps gives only a limited scope for a good book. Anyone who isn't a Southampton fan is likely to tire of the constant relegation battles, but anyone who has been through them will enjoy the 'inside view'.

Matt Le Tissier's career was magnificent. This book simply doesn't do it justice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 27 days ago by S F J WILLCOCKS
3.0 out of 5 stars an honest book
A very honest account of a fantastically skillful player, interesting to read about his view on the various managers he played for, thought it a bit cheeky that the last part of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JAMES HENRY TELFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for a sick friend
I got the book for a friend in hospital as he is a fan. He thought it was excellent reading.
Published 6 months ago by pauline mould
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt-le-Tissier book
Just what I expected as have purchased others before, on time and at a great price.Would recomend to others, and hope to use this company again.
Published 8 months ago by Stuart Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars What a player
I only wish Le Tissie had signed for Newcastle. A one club career man and I respect him for that. How many more caps would he have had at another club. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DC Magpie
5.0 out of 5 stars legend
Matt a great guy who just wanted to play football for his local team not interested in mega-bucks fair play to him
Published 8 months ago by mr c g whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
i couldnt have chosen a better book bevause the vocabulary is slang and that is usually how i speak also i prefer battles of ben kingdom more but still a great book and would... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Josh Fawcett
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Le Tissier
A truly wonderful ead, if you support Southampton Football Club, or indeed just appreciate the way Matt played football and was a one club player
Published 9 months ago by Mrs J McEvoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Hero of mine
This guy deserves all the praise he receives. Tells it how it was. A good sense of humour. Good read
Published 10 months ago by Peter Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
A really enjoyable read that I have now passed on to other members of my family, as we are all huge Southampton F.C fans.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs FM Graham
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