After 22 years at Chelsea Football Club John Terry has decided to call it a day at Stamford Bridge. Terry is the pinnacle of club captaincy and is something all youth players should aspire to be. There is no better example of how a captain has fulfilled a role so effectively and passionately in world football.
The 36-year-old was awarded the capacity of Chelsea by miracle worker Caludio Ranieri in the 2004/04 season after Marcel Desailly was left out the team.
Following Ranieri’s sacking, Jose Mourinho became manger and confirmed that Terry would be Chelsea’s captain during his spell at the club.
Under the Portuguese two spells at the club Terry won; three league titles, an FA Cup, the community shield and three league cups.
When Didier Drogba first arrived at Chelsea, 24-year-old captain Terry, welcomed the striker to the club and helped him to settle in.
To the Ivorian’s surprise he went on to find out that Terry was in fact the captain of the club and not a youth player as he thought.
From day one you’ve been a true Leader, when I first met you and didn’t know who you were 🙈 ☺️ but said to me “welcome to chelsea” Thought you were a young player from the academy going on pre season tour 😂😂😂 Then I realized who you were from your first speech right before our first friendly game vs @celticfc . You’ve been carrying this team, this club for 22 years with the same passion, the same desire to win for @chelseafc and our fans. Proud to have been lead by the all time best defender of @premierleague and one of the very best in the world!!!! Thanks for the memories CAPTAIN LEGEND TERRY @johnterry.26 and all the very best for your next challenge. #leaderonandoffthepitch #legend #Goat #chelseafc #johnterry #blues #endofanera #whataneraitwas #winniiiiiiiiiing🏅🏆🏅🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏅🏆🏅🏆🏆🏆🏅🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
From day one of his captaincy he stepped up to the role and throughout his Chelsea career there is example after example of how went beyond the means to be the best captain.
The Blues match against Reading in 2006 had both their goalkeepers, Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini, stretchered off injured. Chelsea needed a keeper and up stepped the captain without any hesitation.
Fast forward a year and Terry captaincy was in the spotlight again when Chelsea took on Arsenal in the League Cup final.
In an attempt to put Chelsea ahead Terry threw himself into a diving header but unfortunately was knocked unconscious by Abou Diaby’s attempted clearance.
The Blues captain was stretchered off and rushed to the University Hospital of Wales, but managed to be discharged the same day.
Instead of going straight home to recover from the pounding headache he must have endured, Terry rushed back to the stadium having no relocation of the second-half. On his arrival Terry’s first words were “did we win”. That night he joined the rest of the squad celebrating the victory.
Alongside his first-team duties the Blues’ skipper takes the time to go to games to watch Chelsea’s development team and how the rest of the academy are doing.
When the final game comes on Terry’s Chelsea career Blues fans will miss him. The next season Chelsea fans will realise the influence he had on that team and until his return the team will lack someone as passionate about the club as they are.