John Terry is the life and soul of the modern day Chelsea, having seen the Blues rise from the fringes of English football’s top tier to become one of the dominant forces in the Premier League.
Following Roman Abramovich’s injection of cash over a decade ago, many regard Terry as the last graduate from Chelsea’s esteemed academy to become a regular first-team player- as many youngsters have tried, and failed, to follow in the skipper’s footsteps since.
With the way Chelsea have been in recent years, it’s difficult to imagine another graduate from their youth set-up becoming a figurehead in the Blues’ team and today sees a very special anniversary for the former England captain.
ON THIS DAY: In 1998, John Terry made his first-team debut for Chelsea during a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa.
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It’s now 18 years to the day that a young Terry made his first appearance for Chelsea’s first-team, during a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa, and the central defender has achieved a hell of a lot since.
Terry has spent the entirety of his career at Stamford Bridge, making 709 appearances, and has won a staggering 16 trophies with the west London giants – including numerous Premier League titles and the holy grail of the Champions League in 2012.
Unfortunately, his days at the club now look to be numbered and he may move on, or retire, in the coming years.