14th October 1968

Footballer Matt Le Tissier was born

Matt Le Tissier is one of the most successful footballers Guernsey has ever produced. He started playing for Vale Recreation but made his professional debut for Southampton, playing against Norwich. Le Tissier’s team unfortunately lost that game.

However, that was just the start of a good season for the player. He scored six goals before it came to an end, including two in a single game against Manchester United and three facing Leicester City.

Le Tissier remained loyal to Southampton through much of his professional career and is credited with helping the club maintain its position in the league. He was frequently one of its top goal scorers and was the first midfielder to score 100 Premiership goals.

International action

He played for England eight times but wasn’t in the team sent to compete at 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. This was despite him scoring a hat trick against Russia in the run-up.

After Southampton, he played two seasons for Eastleigh before retiring in 2004. Retirement didn’t see him turn his back on football, though, and he is regularly employed as a guest and expert commentator by a variety of broadcasters.

He also appeared on Channel 4 words and numbers quiz, Countdown. He guested several times in Dictionary Corner, and appeared four times as a contestant, scoring over 100 on two occasions. Unfortunately, his fourth appearance was less successful as he scored only 51 against his opponent’s 102.

Quoted in a press release from Channel 4, Le Tissier claimed to have been “a massive fan ever since watching the very first episode of Countdown back in 1982”. He’d said that he was “really looking forward” to being a contestant.


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Other events that occured in October

Guernsey Post Office was established 1st
Guernsey switched to Reichsmarks 2nd
Sark was the target of Operation Basalt 3rd
Sark voted for democracy 4th
Guernsey lifeboat saved a Swedish schooner 5th
Jeeves actor died in Guernsey 6th
Sarnia Theatre celebrated its most successful year 7th
The Story of Adele H opened in cinemas 8th
Howards’ Way came to Guernsey 9th
Guernsey Ladies’ College opened 10th
A Trislander ate itself between Jersey and Guernsey 11th
The Channel Islands’ king set sail for England 12th
Major General Sir Isaac Brock died 13th
Footballer Matt Le Tissier was born 14th
Island FM brings commercial radio to Guernsey 15th
Channel Television saw off a rival broadcaster 16th
The first mines were dug on Sark 17th
Sark’s Stocks Hotel was damaged by fire 18th
Elizabeth College’s foundation stone was laid 19th
Hitler ordered the Channel Islands’ fortification 20th
Guernsey’s stone crackers demanded a pay rise 21st
The desalination plant opened 22nd
Sir Charles Hayward buys Jethou for £91,000 23rd
Guernsey Monopoly board game went on sale 24th
Dame Sibyl Hathaway chose her Desert Island Discs 25th
GUNS founder Charles Machon died 26th
Bailiff Sir Peter de Havilland was born 27th
A man “disappeared” from a Guernsey ferry 28th
Express & Star bought Guernsey Press 29th
The first lighthouses were built on the Casquets 30th
States of Guernsey voted to lower the voting age 31st