So a season review for Owain Tudur-Jones in about 600 words. What can you say about his season? What can one say about the 2010 – 2011 nPower Championship season with regard to Mr Owain Tudur-Jones contribution to it? The Norwich’s Owain Tudur-Jones. Squad number 30. The 6’ 3” Welsh International midfielder Owain Tudur-Jones. OTJ for short. The Bangor born, 26 year old (Born 15th October 1984) ex-Swansea City Football Club (Formerly Swansea Town Football Club) player Owain Tudur-Jones who weighs 12st 0lbs (76.27kg).
His chances have been limited at The Norwich, and not just this season, but he has maintained the utmost professionalism at all times. Nary has a peep of discontent emanated from him or his people (if indeed he has got people). Furthermore when called upon by us this year (twice) he didn’t let anybody down. He came on as an injury time substitute for Henri Lansbury in the away victory against Derby County Football Club at their Pride Park stadium on the 4th of December 2010 & started the away game against Middlesbrough Football Club at the Riverside Stadium a month later on the 3rd of January 2011 replacing the diminutive, twinkle-toed (and eyed)Irishman Wes Hoolahan, recently cruelly overlooked for selection by Giovanni Trapattoni for the Irish national side , who was out with a groin injury. Owain Tudur-Jones was himself replaced at half-time in this match by Beccles’ own Super Chrissy Martin.
This means that Owain Tudur-Jones played in as many international matches for the country of his birth, Wales, as club matches for The Norwich this season. But he wasn’t happy to sit and pick up his wages, oh no sir, fair play to him. He first went out on loan to Yeovil in August of last year returning to sender at the end of November (poetry), having previously spent a short spell on loan with The Glovers in the February of that year. During this loan spell The Norwich allowed Owain Tudur-Jones to play in round 1 of the FA Cup meaning he was cup-tied which thereby prevented him from playing in that competition for us last season, which is probably a fair indication that he wasn’t really in the first team squad picture at The Norwich. He made 15 appearances for the Huish Park outfit in that time.
He went back out on loan in January to Brentford Football Club in West London spending 3 months with the Bees but only made 6 appearances (2 as a substitute) in that time. Coincidentally Brentford’s Griffin Park is where OTJ scored his one and only goal for The Norwich in our 2-1 Coca Cola league one defeat back in 2009, just after Paul Lambert took over, with Lambert watching from the stands that night. Owain Tudur-Jones retruned to The Norwich at the end of his three months at Griffin Park didn’t feature in the first team again and may or may not have been on the bench for a couple of games. I can’t actually be arsed to check. Sorry.
What about next season? Well he won’t be at The Norwich will he? Lets’ face it. But we should all wish him well. He is a model professional, uncomplaining and by all accounts well liked. So good luck to you Owain Tudur-Jones wherever you may end up. Nobody at The Norwich has a bad word to say about you. Well actually there is one bad thing I have to say about you which is that your hyphenated surname counts as one word not two on the word count. Is that enough now for you Matt?
by Richard Jeffery