Moments of Magic #22 – Matthew Le Tissier

by Neil Sherwin

No collection of football highlights would be complete without the inclusion of Matt Le Tissier, and Moments of Magic remembers one of his many special goals.

#22 – Matthew Le Tissier v Newcastle United, 1993

It was a difficult task to choose just one Matt Le Tissier moment to focus on considering his back catalogue of award winning strikes.

In the end we’ve overlooked his long range effort against Blackburn Rovers and his clever chip over Manchester United’s Peter Schmeichel and gone with the stunning solo goal against Newcastle United.

There looked to be little on when the Saints number 7 over ran a knock down from the left wing, however a deft flick of his left heel brought the ball back into his stride.

His touch was a bit heavy but a stretch and a toe poke kept the move alive before a clever lob over United defender Kevin Scott left him in front of goal as the ball dropped on to his favoured right foot.

While most players would try to burst the net with their volley, Le Tissier showed his class with a caressed side footed finish past Mike Hooper into the bottom right hand corner.

The goal typified the class of the player, though sadly he never got the opportunites to show his abilities on the international stage as he won just eight England caps.

In April 2000 he reached 100 Premier League goals, the first midfielder to do so, and was also a penalty king, scoring 48 times from 49 attempts throughout his career with Mark Crossley the only keeper to have saved one.

He may have spent his entire career at one of England’s less famous club but that didn’t stop Le Tissier getting recognition from across the globe.

“His talent was simply out of the norm,” said Barcelona and Spain playmaker Xavi Hernandez.

“He could simply dribble past seven or eight players but without speed – he just walked past them. For me he was sensational.”

Fittingly for such a club legend, Le Tissier scored the last ever goal at The Dell on the final day of the 2000/01 season in a 3-2 win over Arsenal.

Since retiring in 2002 he has appeared regularly as a pundit for Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday.

1 Response

  1. Before clicking on the link I had a feeling it was going to be that goal! He scored another belter in that game as well. Even as a Newcastle fan it’s easy to admit that was an excellent goal

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