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Nigel Worthington presents framed shirt to Alex Tettey on return to Colney

6 March 2019

Former Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington made a welcome return to the Colney Training Centre on Wednesday to present midfielder Alex Tettey with a commemorative signed shirt to mark his 200th appearance with the Club.

Tettey reached the milestone for the Canaries in the 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on December 22 and was presented with his jersey from the game, signed by his teammates, by Worthington.

The presentation for Tettey follows on from Timm Klose being presented with his signed matchworn shirt by former player Jeremy Goss, after making his 100th appearance in City's win over Aston Villa back in October.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk after the presentation, Worthington said: "For anybody to spend that amount of time at a football club now is very, very rare. For Alex to have achieved 207 games up to now is a fantastic achievement.

"It speaks volumes for not only him but for the Club also in wanting his services. I was absolutely delighted to be invited to come and present Alex with his framed shirt.

"It's something I have been involved in before. I think it's good not only for the indvidual but it's good for the dressing room.

"It puts a little marker down for everyone to think: 'If I can achieve 100/200 games, there's going to be a presentation for me.'"

Worthington was manager at Norwich City between 2000-2006 and enjoyed a fruitful spell at the helm, reaching the Division One play-off final in 2002 and achieving promotion to the top flight two years later.

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The former Northern Ireland manager admitted visits to Colney have been sparse since he left but he was hugely impressed with the development of the Club's training centre.

"It's an absolute pleasure, one to be invited and two to come back and see some old faces and see the transformation at the training ground.

"Officially, it's been about four/five years since I've been to Colney. Unofficially, I've come to see some of the Academy games and some of the kids games on a Sunday morning.

"It's lovely to come back to an environment where I had so many good times and to catch up with some old friends.

"Its transformation is unbelievable. It's great for the football club because it's the way the game is moving. If I look at the pitches, I thought we had very good pitches 14/15 years ago, but you look at them now and they are like carpets. 

"Credit to the football club and it's great to see everywhere being developed."

As well as presenting Tettey with his signed shirt, Worthington delivered a short but poignant speech to players and staff in the dressing room.

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"I've been there and some of those players haven't. I told them to carry on what they've been doing, there's no magic wand," he summarised.

"They're winning football matches. I've seen Norwich City a number of times home and away this year and I've always been very impressed with the style of play and their energy.

"If they carry on doing that over the next eight weeks or so, they're going to be in a fantastic position.

"I had a wonderful group of lads back in 2004 when we got promotion. I see a very similar group with Daniel now. There's a real camaraderie, closeness and bond there. 

"That's something that is very, very important and it's why they've had an excellent season up to now. We all hope they can carry it on over the next 11 games."


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