JOHN TERRY admits he ‘misses it every day’ as he reflects on launching one of the most famous playing careers in Chelsea history 23 years ago.
John Terry was a wide-eyed 17-year-old when he came on for his Chelsea debut as a late sub in the League Cup, with Aston Villa 4-1 down and out
Chelsea and England legend John Terry has time to reflect on his career, having quit as Aston Villa assistant boss over the summerCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source
And by the time he left Stamford Bridge in 2017 he was their third-highest appearance maker ever, on 717 games, with five Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph.
Player-manager Gianluca Vialli had just completed a hat-trick in the 85th minute when Terry replaced Dan Petrescu to see out a 4-1 win against Villa on October 28 1998.
By 2001 he was their player of the year and captain.
And 78-cap JT marked the memory of his four-minute debut by posting on Instagram: “On This Day 1998 I made my debut for @chelseafc. I Miss It Everyday…”
But although his dogged defending made him a favourite with Blues’ fans, his stint at Stamford Bridge was dotted with controversy.
By far the major issue was being banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in October 2011.
Terry denied the claims and had been found not guilty in court, where the case has to be proved to a higher level – beyond reasonable doubt.
Two years earlier he had been the subject of THREE bids from Manchester City, underlining his status as one of the Premier League’s all-time greats in defence.
Terry saw out his playing days with a season in the Championship in 2017-8, including play-off final agony against Fulham.
He then spent three years as a Villa coach, before departing over the summer to “develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager”.
And in the past few days betting on him taking over at newly-rich Newcastle have tumbled from 66-1 to 8-1.
But Paulo Fonseca and Lucien Favre remain the favourites to replace sacked Steve Bruce.
John Terry has an amazing trophy room after 19 glittering years at Chelsea