It is with a heavy heart that Chelsea fans worldwide have had to recently wave goodbye to John Terry as he calls time on his Chelsea career.
It was 1994 that the fresh faced youngster first arrived at the club as a 14 year old. So much has happened since that day and he really hasn’t looked back. Having started at famed youth club Senrab, John then joined West Ham at youth level before joining the blues to come through their ranks, it was as an 17 year old that the man who came to be known by his initials ‘JT’ made his debut for the club from the bench in a League Cup tie at home to Aston Villa. Who then would have though that he would go on to achieve so much success.
John Terry facts –
JT first captained Chelsea in December 2001 against Charlton Athletic. He was captain again in 2004 and Jose Mourinho made him club captain at the beginning of 2004/05 season.
- In his time at Chelsea he has won a total of 15 trophies… 5 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 1 Europa league and 1 Champions league.
- He made his England debut in 2003 against Serbia and was made captain in 2006. He went on to make 78 appearances scoring 6 goals.
- He showed true leadership in 2006 by taking over in goal after Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini both suffered injuries in a match against Reading.
- During the 2007 league cup final against Arsenal JT was knocked unconscious late in the game. Despite being taken to hospital he discharged himself and returned to celebrate with his team mates.
- JT has received a number of personal awards having been named PFA player of the year in 2004/05 He was named in the PFA team of the year in 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2014/15. Also he has been recognised with other personal awards….ESM Team of the Year: 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10. FIFpro World XI 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 2005, 2008, 2009. UEFA team of the year: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009. FIFA World Cup XI: 2006. PFA Team of the Century (1997–2007): 2007.
- In 2009 JT who has twins Georgie and Summer was named Dad Of The Year by ‘Daddies Brown Sauce’
- JT captained Chelsea a total of 578 times.
- He is the highest scoring Premier League defender with 41 goals.
- JT has done a lot of charity work and is an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Other organisations he has supported include Great Ormond Street Hospital and Small Steps Project.
- Overall JT made 717 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 67 goals.
It’s fair to say that John Terry is simply irreplaceable at Chelsea. But until we meet again… It’s farewell to the Captain, Leader, Legend that we all call JT.