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Taking le Tiss Paperback – 5 Aug 2010
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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
‘poignant’ Sport magazine
‘Le Tiss was the great maverick of his generation’ Daily Mirror
About the Author
Guernsey-born Matt Le Tissier is 41 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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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...
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.
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!!!!!
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fairly average read. Disappointing.
Chapters are five pages maximum. Says it all. Lacks content
A most interesting autobiography by one of Southampton FC's really memorable starsPublished on 16 Jan. 2015 by Holmfirth