Poll: Where does Alex Tettey’s wonder strike sit in greatest Norwich City goals at Carrow Road?

Norwich City's Alex Tettey unleashes his unstoppable 30-yard volley in the 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland. Picture: Chris Radburn / PA Wire Norwich City's Alex Tettey unleashes his unstoppable 30-yard volley in the 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland. Picture: Chris Radburn / PA Wire

Monday, March 24, 2014
11:09 AM

Thunderbolt, screamer, howitzer, thronker, piledriver – just some of the words I have seen used to describe the goal which hugely lifted the spirits of every Norwich City supporter this weekend.

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When Alex Tettey unleashed his wonder volley in the 32nd minute of City’s 2-0 win against Sunderland on Saturday, his goal-of-the-season contender was
greeted with delirious celebrations.

Looks of amazement and joy filled Carrow Road as the Norway international goal gave Chris Hughton’s side a fully deserved 2-0 lead.

The Yell Army campaign was relaunched by the EDP and sister newspaper the Norwich Evening News this week, in conjunction with the club and its main sponsor, Aviva.

As part of the campaign yellow and green clappers returned to help raise the volume, just as they had successfully done when the club was in trouble at the end of last season. And, boy, did they work. As I walked away from Carrow Road I heard almost everyone talking about the difference the ‘clappers’ had made, helping to create a fabulous atmosphere.

Combined with a brave, whole-hearted and adventurous approach to the crunch clash from Hughton – and
brilliant performances from the likes of Wes Hoolahan, Jonny Howson and Johan Elmander, just to name a few – it truly became a day to remember.

Make no mistake, all the staff here at Archant Norfolk are rooting for the Canaries when match days arrive.

There are times when we have to ask the tough questions of those at Carrow Road – but that is because we want to see our readers head back into work on Monday mornings with a smile on their face.

That is exactly what happens when City win and you will do well not to hear someone say “did you see Tettey’s goal?” before you tuck into your lunch today.

Plenty of questions still need to be answered.

Can Hughton get his team to continue this form and finish the season with his future secure?

Will big-money signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel finally get the goals he so desperately wants and needs?

Can City’s brilliant home form give them the confidence to improve away from Carrow Road?

We will find out in due course but for now, just for one more day, let’s bask in the glory of a day which couldn’t have gone much better for the Canaries – and one of the best goals ever scored by a Norwich City player.

Pundits have their say on THAT goal

Our City writer Paddy Davitt – Press box neutrality was kept in check. Just. But sat side on to the unfolding brilliance in the City Stand when Alex Tettey took aim it was the full panoramic experience of Vito Mannone’s desparing dive and then the ball slamming into the net which surely elevated the strike into the top echelon of goals seen at Carrow Road in any era. For me, though, the celebrations that erupted around Chris Hughton were just as memorable and encapsulated a special piece of footballing theatre.

Our City writer Michael Bailey – As Tettey’s goal made the net bulge, I realised I was standing up. In the press box. That’s not the done thing; I can’t remember the last time I did it. And I must have already been on my way up as Alex made contact with the ball. Be it covering or supporting City, it’s the best goal I’ve seen them score in person – that’s 25 years-plus. What a privilege. Justin Fashanu’s is probably still better; Bruce’s goal is bigger. But Tettey’s goal tops Safri’s against Newcastle and will sit proudly among the Canaries’ greatest of all time.

Columinist and Norwich and Peterborough Stand season ticket holder Ian Clarke - I felt a mix of disbelief, joy and a realisation we had seen a bit of history being made. It is hard to judge where it stands in the all time best Carrow Road goals - but Tettey’s volley can certainly join the great ones alongside Hucks, Fash, Needergard, Safri and Rosario.

Columnist David Powles sits in the Lower Barclay - The look on the faces of the supporters around me was priceless. After having so little to cheer for most of the season nobody could quite believe it. The fact someone behind me said ‘I just assumed it was going into the stand,’ says it all. A fantastic moment.

Kim Briscoe has a season ticket in the Lower Barclay - I didn’t think it was going in. Nobody thought it was going in. When it hit the back of the net it sparked an incredulous celebration among Norwich fans unused to seeing such fantastic goals.

Pinkun.com editor and Lower Barclay season ticket holder Pete Raven - I was able to follow the flight of Tettey’s wonder strike perfectly. A split second of silence from a disbelieving home support as the ball hit the back of the net was broken by all manner of wild clap banner-assisted celebrations. To those stood with me at the opposite end of the pitch it looked a lot further out than it was but that doesn’t take anything away from a goal that - in terms of long-range screamers at Carrow Road - is up there with Youssef Safri’s against Newcastle in 2005 and Steen Nedergaard’s against Coventry in 2003.

28 comments

  • At last I`ve got something past the barricades. Welcome back, Mattias. I saw your Tardis, back in its normal Hot Dog stall guise, under the Anglia Square flyover.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Agreed, Brum. Goss Volley will be most upset.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • .....can't understand why it is not attempted more often....or maybe they would be chastised by you know huw for daring to have a go!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Mellow_Yellow change your name please, your comments are neither mellow or in Yellow.

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    Piranha24

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Ruel Fox early 90s against a strong Liverpool going for a record unbeaten start to season. 1-1 draw

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    BrisbaneCanary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • What you reckon to Terry Bly's first v. Man Utd. in Cup Run -- didn't see it, but it's there on yellowing (!) newsprint in my scrapbook?. Didn't Graham Paddon also score a screamer in 1970s -- a free kick if I recall aright at the Barclay end.

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    atlanta canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • The tap-in that Winkel didn`t get. That would have been a miracle goal, even from 5 yards.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Best goal ever? Next week's winner against Swansea. Don't mind if its a triple deflection own goal. Must admit that from where I was sitting in the Upper River End Tetteys effort was some goal!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Tettey's goal was better than Rooney's. Tettey's goal was unstoppable; any goal attempt from the half way line should be saved if the keeper is correctly positioned, but Adrian was too far out and then started running around in circles like a headless chicken. Also, Tettey was being closed down; Rooney wasn't. I wonder if the pundits on national TV would still have preferred Rooney's goal if it had been scored by Tettey. Doubt it.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Some memorable goals described here but how about these two: 1. Charlie Crickmore's terrific goal (one of two in match) in the River End against Blackpool Aug '69. 2. Peter Morris's fantastic piledriver at the Barclay End, Easter Monday 1976 against QPR.

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    Chris B

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I liked it, I really, really liked it.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Easy, Piranha, I moved the goal posts and decided the competition should be opened up to best Norwich goals ANYWHERE. That's allowed, isn't it? Please don't eat me.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • No issue more people having a go....as long as Bradley Johnson is instructed NOT to shoot. I know people moving into the new flats behind the N&P Stand and I dont believe they'd appreciate the broken windows.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • My favourite is Simeon Jackson`s last minute winner in Norwich`s 3-2 victory over Derby in the last Championship season. It came from point-blank range off an undefined part of his anatomy. It put Norwich in prime position for their subsequent automatic promotion. Good old Simeon did not shed a tear as he celebrated in his new falsetto voice. I bet Winkel`s would have pulled away....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Think Dean Coney's wonder strike off is rump against Aston Villa on 22 April 1989 was my pick.

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    B Inners

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • My favourite is the last minute winner in Norwich`s 3-2 victory over Derby in the last Championship season. It came from point-blank range off an undefined part of Simeon Jackson`s anatomy. It put Norwich in pole position for their subsequent automatic promotion. Good old Simeon did not shed a tear as he celebrated in his new falsetto voice. I bet Winkel`s would have pulled away....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Back to the subject, Tettey's goal was brilliant particularly as I suspect that had it been one nil at half time, Captain Courageous would have gone for containment and lost it two one. The great thing was that he was prepared to have a go for goal, a suggestion that our strikers may care to pick up on and emulate.

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    waclor

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Barking Wise, how would Goss vs Munich Volley in Munich get a nomination in Best Goals at Carrow Road?

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    Piranha24

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I wonder how many remember the great drive by Allenby Driver circa 1948, from the left half position considerably further away than Tettey's fantastic goal, the ball went like a rocket about one foot over the ground, it flashed into the back of the net and the goalkeeper had not moved an inch. It was the same end of the ground.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Lambo is god....Change your name mate, please! It's embarrassing, especially for you. The average Villa fan doesn't think of him as "god" and neither do the majority of Norwich supporters.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Why isn't Jerry Goss v Bayern included? Historical importance, technically brilliant. Deserves at least a mention...

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    Birmingham Canary

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I think some excellent goals have been missed here. Dean Ashton's v Man City in 2005 (flicked volley with the outside of his right foot with his almost his back to goal. Robert Fleck's v Man Utd in 1990 is as good a team goal as I've ever seen at Carrow Road (around 25 passes, culminating in a 1 - 2 with Rosario before planting his shot past Leighton). Darren Eadie from this centre circle v Sunderland (with his right foot!), circa 1998. Another team goal - Mark Bowen's v Chelsea in 1990 was pretty special also. That said, there is something about the volley which makes it an incredible spectacular when performed correctly - it's so rare that it drops that perfectly for the player, with a split-second lapse of closing down to give them the space..... then the confidence to take the shot on (in a shot-to-nothing way) and the execution itself - it's an instinct thing. Put all these things together, and the thumping volley has to be the most spectaular way to score a goal. May if he'd have done it overhead, that would have eclipsed it!!! But for me, I've never seen a better NCFC at Carrow Road than Tettey's on Saturday. It made me jump out of my chair, so that says it all! Interestingly, many of ncfc's greatest goals have often come away from home! Whatever happens, the name Alexander Tettey will go down in Canary folklore.

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    Adams is God

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Tetteys strike is definitely up there as one of the best, he’s been awesome for us this season. Norwich played very well on Saturday and this was the cream on top of the cake. Fashanu’s probably takes the honour as the best as its very iconic and just fantastic technique.

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    George Kershaw

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • From my seat in the Lower Barclay is looked an utter dream. Like most utter disbelief was how I felt. So much so I couldnt stop laughing! While I wasnt their live to see Fashanu score that amazing goal its no1 in my eyes. While i've seen every other goal listed, IMO im torn between Nedergaard's & Tettey's. Tettey's was truly amazing and while it was one of those that on another day would have gone in the blooming river it was truly amazing. However Nedergaards was brilliant as well but merely forgotten as it came in a rather dull era for the club. While I wont pretend it was anywhere near as good as the goals mentioned Marc Libbra's special debut goal was a good one as well. Slight nag, but I've always felt the view point of the camera at Carrow Road doesn't help capturing these goals. Its tight to the pitch and quite often (Nedergaards & Safri's) the camera can't quite keep up with the ball as its struck. Luckily the joys of being the PL ensures we have another 100000001 camera's to choose from ;)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • i would say 1: fashanu, 2: tettey, 3: rosario....ps goss volley was not at carrow road.

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    canaryboy71

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Never said it was at Carrow Road. Should still have got a nomination though.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Jeremy Goss, August 1993 away to Leeds United for me!

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    STK123

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Are you a twentyfour year old fish at all?

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    waclor

    Monday, March 24, 2014

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