Alex Tettey said a fond farewell to Norwich City away at Barnsley on Saturday, admitting it was an emotional day for him.
The popular Norwich City midfielder played his first game for the Canaries in September 2012 and since then he has made more than 250 appearances for the club and won three promotions from the Championship with the club, including two league titles. He wore the captain’s armband for the club on what was his final appearance.
“I tried not to cry,” said Alex. “Before the game I was a mess to be honest so to get myself to run out on the pitch and to try and play a football game was tough.
“It was a strange game having not played for a while. It was tough. I have been training, but training is not the same as playing games. I was just such a mess I was trying to do my best and then during the game my head and everything was gone.”
After a good performance in midfield though, Tettey was substituted in the closing minutes of the game with all the players and coaching staff inside the stadium giving him a standing ovation as he left the pitch in a City shirt for the final time.
Reflecting on the season that has just passed, which Norwich have recorded their second successive promotion from the Championship with a club record points total of 97, Tettey added: “It has been an outstanding season. Everyone has worked really well. The whole club, the medical department, the staff, the training department and the players. You just don’t get out of the Championship without that and fair play to all of us for the hard work we have put in. To have 97 points is incredible.”