The story of the 'worst Premier League player of all time' - who played for Southampton for less than an hour - has been immortalised in a podcast.

Josh Widdicombe and Mock The Week‘s Dara Ó Briain host a six-part Global Player podcast series titled '53 minutes' that takes a deep dive into how Alia Dia tricked Saints into letting him play a Premier League game.

In each episode, guests recall their memories of Dia's appearance which shocked the footballing world and remains a talking point for Southampton fans and beyond.

Guests will include former Saints players Matt Le Tissier, Franny Benali and Ken Monkou, Southampton's then-manager Graeme Souness and a number of reporters who covered Saints at the time.

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As the story goes, the unknown Dia was recommended to Saints boss Souness by someone posing as George Weah.

He joined the club on trial and, due to injury issues in the forward line, was named on the bench for their Premier League game against Leeds United in November 1996.

An injury to Le Tissier presented the Senegalese forward with a chance to impress his new employers.

Dia, who had been turned away by several other clubs, was so bad that a red-faced Souness hauled his new number 33 back off again after 53 mind-boggling minutes.

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Speaking in the first episode, which is available on all major podcast platforms, Saints legend Le Tissier recounts the day he was forced off through injury and replaced by the hoaxter Dia.

He recalled: "There it was to my surprise, the man replacing me was the one and only Ali Dia."

Speaking after the launch of the podcast, Ó Briain said: "I jumped at the chance to finally get the truth about the legend that is Ali Dia, even though that might involve asking Graham Souness a question and getting a hard stare back."

Widdicombe added: "Like any football fan with their priorities right I see the story of Ali Dia as the sacred text of the sport and so I hope we can do it justice."