John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, George Best and Charles de Gaulle have all had airports named in their honour – even the childhood hero Robin Hood has his airport in Doncaster – but could the footballer, Matt Le Tissier, be the next to join the ranks?
Such is the power of social networking site Facebook that you just never know. A petition set up to gain support for renaming Southampton International Airport in honour of the former Saints player, Le Tissier, already has over a thousand signatures, three hundred of which were added in the space of a week. 28 year old Saints fan, Jay Limburn, is behind the move and although the airport itself does not seem to be interested in the plan, he is confident that with the rapidly growing support for his petition they will eventually have to sit up and take notice.
Le Tissier himself, although no doubt feeling flattered, has said that he finds it a little bizarre and that whilst a block of flats and a pub have already been named after him, he feels that renaming an airport after him is going a bit too far.
Le Tissier’s relationship with the city goes back a long time. He was spotted by a scout for Southampton whilst playing for an under 15s school side. He joined the Saints as an apprentice in May 1985, turning pro in October 1986. For seventeen years he played a key role in keeping Southampton in the Premiership, retiring in 2002.
Southampton airport continues to grow as more and more people see the benefits of travelling from their local airport and receiving a fast, trouble-free and friendly service, whether travelling for business or leisure.