As Norwich City supporters, we all have our own favourite players. It’s natural and something we share with fans of each of the other 91 clubs currently playing in the Premier League and EFL***.
In the past my personal preferences have included Kevin Keelan, Mark Bowen, Robert Fleck and Darren Huckerby [plus Wes and Holty latterly of course] and I would actively defy any one of our MFW readers to say these are poor choices, he he.
But what of now, what of right now? Emi Buendia, Teemu Pukki and Tim Krul would surely register extremely highly on our collective list of favourites, and I suspect that Grant Hanley and Ollie Skipp wouldn’t be very far behind them. The choice for this year’s Barry Butler will involve all five of them to a greater or lesser degree. I’ve cast my vote – dunno who you good folks chose!
However, the purpose of this article is to highlight and appreciate somebody who has never won POTS and has never really stood out on matchday but is one of the finest willing servants Norwich City Football Club has ever had the privilege of employing.
Yes it’s you, Alexander Banor Tettey, all 35 years young of you.
Signed from Rennes in 2012 for a rumoured £1million plus add-ons, Tettey racked up 34 caps for Norway and made his professional debut for Rosenborg back in 2003. No for once that’s not a typo from myself – it really was 2003.
Longevity has been his strong point.
We will all have our memories of *Tetts* so I’ll share a few of my own.
Firstly, he gently pointed out that his name was pronounced *Tett-ay* rather than *Tett-ee* to the media. If Max Aarons thought he was the original surname definer, he was wrong.
Then there was the toe-poke from distance against Man Utd, preceded by the mother of all thunderb@stards against Sunderland. As I write Tettey has scored just seven times in 242 games in a yellow shirt but it’s quite a tribute to him that two of them are surely indelibly stamped on our collective memory.
He also was part of a makeshift centre-back pairing with Ibrahim Amadou when we had the sheer audacity to beat Man City 3-2 on that famous occasion in the autumn of 2019. But what I didn’t realise until I did a naughty [but very rare for me] google is that he also came on as a late sub in 2013 when we beat the same side by the same score at the Etihad.
When he performed an impromptu jig with Kei Kamara after the latter had scored against Everton, I’d never seen an impromptu celebration like it and probably never will again. It was pure joy to watch.
During these crazy times of iFollow, Sky if we’re lucky and everything being played out behind closed doors, Tetts has been reduced to five or ten minute cameos but before that tracky top comes off you can hear him bellowing criticism and encouragement in equal measure from the sidelines.
What a coach he might well become, but he very recently did an interview with the Norwegian media that suggests it might not be with us – at least not to start with, anyway.
“I’m not waiting for anything. The family and I will move to Trondheim this summer”, he said. “If the club [Norwich City] wants me for another year, I have to consider it with my wife. The plan is to start a new life in Trondheim. It will be a tough habit for both the kids, aged two and soon seven, who have never lived in Norway, and me too, who has not lived there for a long time”.
As for joining the NCFC coaching staff Tettey added: “No, it has not been a topic, but it is something I can imagine in the future. The plan is to take a coaching course where I am. I have not talked to Rosenborg about anything, but it would be nice if they could help me”.
So this excellent fella who has previously declared that he wouldn’t hang around for a further year in an effort to gain a testimonial he doesn’t really want, may well be one that will never again grace Carrow Road as a player before we are allowed back into the ground.
Stay another year Alex mate and you’d be welcome [which I wouldn’t say to many players] but I guess you won’t so I’ll end with this.
Alex Tettey: he asked for no quarter and gave no quarter.
And was one heck of a dude.
***subject to resurrected E$L greed