HE has been involved in about 1000 games of football and coached at state level more than 50 times.
Now, after more than 30 years involved with the round ball game in WA, Rockingham City stalwart Michael Tetlow will be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA.
Tetlow will be inducted into the Hall of Recognition at the end of November, a nod to the countless hours he has spent coaching and developing some of the finest football talent the sState has produced.
“It’s a real honour… I was really sick in late November and December. At one stage I didn’t think I was going to get out of it so it’s just a great award,” he said.
“There’s a lot better coaches than me out there… I’m just pleased I think, I’m no spring chicken and my health’s not as good as it was so to get it at my age, at 68 is pretty good.”
Tetlow arrived in Australia in 1982 and began playing at Canning Corinthians, however his playing days were curtailed by injury.
He transitioned to coaching after moving to Rockingham City, where he enjoyed Saturday league silverware.
With the taste of success, other clubs came calling and Tetlow went on to enjoy spells at Stirling Lions, Fremantle City and Mandurah City.
“We had good days at Fremantle City, won some excellent trophies and had a few players who played under us before turning professional in England and that’s obviously pleasing to see,” he said.
“I’ve had some fantastic times taking state teams on international and national tours to Singapore, the UK and New Zealand.
“I think the happiness is built around winning, winners are grinners as they say.”
The coaching veteran is still involved with the game, having returned to Rockingham in 2011.
“I love Rockingham, I love the club, it’s been great,” Tetlow said.
“One of three things happen to a coach; you either get sacked, give it away or you die.
“You’ve just to have a really good attitude, you’ve got to be dedicated; dedication is really important and I also believe as a coach you’ve got to coach how you want to coach.
“I think I’m thankful that I chose this sport to pursue because it has given me great times.”
Apart from the trophies, Tetlow said the support he had received since the nomination would be part of his fondest memories of his time in the game.
“I like the acknowledgements that went on Facebook, there was around 160-odd and no body called me a wanker, which is about the best compliment you can get,” he said.