Le Tissier was born in Guernsey, and played youth football on the island with Vale Recreation between the ages of seven and sixteen. He moved to Oxford in 1984 for trials with the football club, but returned to Guernsey a few weeks later suffering from home sickness.

Upon leaving school in 1985 he signed for Southampton on the YTS scheme. The following year Le Tissier made his club debut in a 4–3 defeat at Norwich City in the Football League First Division, and by the end of that season had scored six goals in 12 starts and 12 subsitute appearances. He made 19 league appearances in 1987–88, failing to score, but in 1988–89 scored nine times in 21 starts. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year for the 1989–90 season, in which he was one of the league’s top goalscorers with 20 goals.

Undoubtedly the best spell in his career was under the reign of Alan Ball between January 1994 – May 1995, when he scored 45 goals in 64 games in all competitions.

During the season 1994-95, he won the Match of the Day Goal of the Season award for his drifting 40-yard lob against Blackburn Rovers, scoring against his long term friend and former Southampton keeper, Tim Flowers.

In 1998 Le Tissier was controversially left out of Glenn Hoddle’s World Cup squad after scoring a hatrick in an England ‘B’ game against Russia. He scored the last goal in the final competitive match played at The Dell on 19 May 2001, against Arsenal. This turned out to be his last goal for Southampton.

His final competitive appearance for the Saints came against West Ham on 30 January 2002. He announced on 29 March 2002 that he would retire from playing at the season’s end.



1985 – 2002

540 Appearances

209 Goals


England ‘B’

1990 – 1998 6 Appearances

3 Goals


National Team 1

1994 – 1997

8 Appearances

0 Goals