Club captain John Terry will depart Chelsea after spending 22 memorable years in London. He began his career with West Ham and then moved to join the Chelsea youth team in 1995, aged 14. He was then moved to the first team three years later only to make his debut in October 1998 against Aston Villa in 1998
He has always been a pivotal player for Chelsea throughout his playing career as he bids farewell to the club today. Many will still believe his presence is being felt at the club. This season didn’t work out very well for the Blues skipper as he has managed just 9 appearances in the league, he was benched for the most of the season watching the action for the sidelines due to the quality of available players in the Blues squad.
As Chelsea lift the Premier League crown for the fifth time today it will be memorable because it will see their ‘Captain, Leader Legend’ lift the trophy one last time for The Blues.
To remember John Terry’s memorable journey we look at the timeline of the most important events in his Chelsea career:
- 1995- John Terry’s association with Chelsea begins
- 1998- He makes his debut for the first team
- 2004-2005- John Terry is handed over the captain’s armband a tag he carried on for the next 13 years of his Chelsea career. Same season Chelsea won their first Premier League title (doesn’t include First division)
- He was also voted the Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England as well as voted the best defender in the Champions League that season
- 2005-2006- Chelsea defended their title successfully.
- 2007-2008 Chelsea make it to their first ever Champions League Final, they lost on penalties to Manchester United. Captain Terry was unlucky that night when he stepped up to take the penalty only to slip and send the ball wide, which eventually saw Manchester United take the crown.
- 2009-2010- Chelsea win the double under Carlo Ancelotti. It was in the summer of 2009 where Manchester City kept pushing Chelsea in trying to pursue the Blues to let to go off Terry. However, Ancelotti stood ground and made it clear that the player was part of his plans.
- 2011-2012- Chelsea win the Champions League, Terry wasn’t part of the final due to suspension but was part of the celebration lifting the title along with Frank Lampard.
- 2014-2015- Chelsea won Premier League for the fourth time and it was this season where John Terry reached his 500th game as Chelsea skipper.
- It is also the season when John Terry became joint highest scoring defender the Premier League with 38 goals. He continues to be the highest scoring defender with 41 goals to his name.
- 2016-2017- John Terry will be seen lifting the Premier League title one last time with the Blues, emotional for the entire club and its fans but all good things do come to an end and John Terry’s playing days with Chelsea is no exception.
His career has seen a lot of ups and downs in terms of injury as well and personal life, but that has never stopped the player in him from excelling at the football club. He always plays to the best of his ability and will definitely remain Chelsea’s “Captain, Leader, Legend” for many years to come!