60 Facts About John Terry


John Terry was previously captain of Chelsea, the England national team and Aston Villa.


John Terry was named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team.


John Terry is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is the club's all-time highest scoring defender.


John Terry returned to Aston Villa a few months later as assistant manager to Dean Smith.


John George Terry was born on 7 December 1980 in Barking, Greater London.


John Terry attended Eastbury Comprehensive School and played for local Sunday league team Senrab.


John Terry moved to Chelsea at 14, playing for the club's youth and reserve teams.

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John Terry spent a brief period on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2000 to build up his first-team experience and was the subject of interest from both Forest manager David Platt and Huddersfield Town manager Steve Bruce.


In 2002, John Terry was involved in an altercation with a bouncer at a West London nightclub with Chelsea teammate Jody Morris and Wimbledon's Des Byrne, which led to him being charged with assault and affray.


John Terry played well in the absence of the French international, forming a strong defensive partnership with William Gallas.


John Terry was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England and scored eight goals, including a late winner against Barcelona, in the UEFA Champions League.


John Terry was voted the best defender in the Champions League for the season.


On 5 November 2006, playing against Tottenham Hotspur, John Terry was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career after receiving two yellow cards as the Blues lost at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1987.


John Terry was charged with misconduct by the FA for questioning the integrity of match referee Graham Poll after the match.


John Terry was unconscious for several minutes, at which point he nearly swallowed his tongue.


John Terry was carried off the field on a stretcher and immediately transferred to the University Hospital of Wales.


John Terry went on to lead Chelsea to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League, the third time in four years that Chelsea had made it to the final four of the competition.


In May 2007, John Terry captained Chelsea in the 2007 FA Cup Final, in the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley Stadium.


On 16 December 2007, whilst playing against Arsenal, while going to clear a ball John Terry's foot was stepped on by Emmanuel Eboue and John Terry had suffered 3 broken bones in his foot.


The match went to penalties, and John Terry missed a penalty which would have won Chelsea the match.


John Terry's standing leg slipped as he took his kick, and the ball missed the goal.


On 28 August 2008, John Terry was awarded the Defender of The Year award from UEFA at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, together with Frank Lampard and Petr Cech, who received the award for their respective positions.


On 13 September 2008, John Terry received the first straight red card of his career against Manchester City for rugby-tackling Jo.


John Terry made his debut for the new season against Premier League team Hull City, a match Chelsea won.


On 8 November 2009, John Terry scored the decisive goal in Chelsea's match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge to preserve their perfect home record for the season.

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On 31 December 2011, in a home match against Aston Villa, John Terry captained the Chelsea team for the 400th time of his career, a record for the club.


John Terry later apologised for letting his teammates and Chelsea fans down.


John Terry was snubbed by Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in the pre-match handshake against QPR.


John Terry was banned for four matches when he was found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand.


On 11 November 2012, in his first match back from the four-match ban, John Terry scored his 50th goal for Chelsea against Liverpool.


John Terry went off injured in the 39th minute of the same match and was suspected to have ligament damage on his right knee, but a scan the next day showed that there was "no significant damage".


On 13 May 2014, John Terry signed a new one-year deal with the Blues.


On 18 October 2014, John Terry captained Chelsea for the 500th time against Crystal Palace.


On 11 September 2016, during the closing minutes of the match against Swansea City, John Terry suffered an ankle injury and required crutches to leave the pitch after the final whistle.


In December 2019, John Terry was voted in Chelseas' team of the decade as voted for by Chelseas' fans.


On 3 July 2017, John Terry signed a one-year contract with Championship club Aston Villa on a free transfer.


In September 2018, John Terry underwent a medical with Spartak Moscow, but declined their offer of a contract, citing family reasons.


John Terry made his England debut in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro, and started his first match for England on 20 August 2003 at Portman Road, Ipswich, in a friendly against Croatia.


John Terry played for his country at Euro 2004, and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson stated that Terry was the first-choice centre-back, ahead of Sol Campbell.


In 2005 during a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Poland, John Terry wore England's captain armband, replacing Michael Owen as captain after the latter was substituted.


John Terry has cemented his place in the England squad by being selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


Midway through the qualification campaign, John Terry had accepted that he would "bear full responsibility" should England fail to qualify.


John Terry was confirmed as the England captain in August, and captained England in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


John Terry scored his first competitive England goal against Ukraine on 1 April 2009, in the qualifiers for the World Cup, grabbing a late winner after earlier giving away a free kick which led to Andriy Shevchenko's equalising goal for Ukraine.


Two days after the Algeria match in a media interview, John Terry hinted at dissatisfaction with Capello's team selection and stated that the players were bored with little to do in the evenings at their training base; he said that a clear-the-air team meeting would take place that evening.

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The next day, Capello responded by saying that John Terry had made "a very big mistake" in challenging his authority to the media.


John Terry was named in new manager Roy Hodgson's squad for UEFA Euro 2012 while Rio Ferdinand was left out, leading to heavy speculation that this was to avoid potential conflict due to John Terry's upcoming trial for racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton.


John Terry played 90 minutes in all four of England's matches at the Euros.


John Terry announced on 23 September 2012 he had retired from international football.


John Terry usually played as a centre-back, although he initially started out playing as a midfielder in his youth.


On 10 October 2018, John Terry was appointed assistant head coach of Aston Villa, with newly appointed Dean Smith as head coach.


On 26 July 2021, John Terry departed Aston Villa after three years at the club, in which they achieved promotion to, and consolidated their position in the Premier League.


John Terry described Dean Smith as a great influence on his coaching career.


John Terry is married to his childhood sweetheart Toni.


John Terry was banned from selection for the England team for the duration of the case, though he was ultimately cleared of all charges.


In 2009, John Terry was investigated by Chelsea and the FA for allegedly taking money from an undercover reporter for a private tour of Chelsea's training ground.


In January 2010, a super-injunction was imposed by a High Court judge preventing the media from reporting allegations that John Terry had had a four-month affair in late 2009 with Vanessa Perroncel, the former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, his former Chelsea and England teammate.


On 27 February 2010, John Terry played against Bridge for the first time since the incident, where in a highly publicised incident prior to the match, Bridge refused to shake hands with John Terry.


In November 2011, John Terry was placed under police investigation following an allegation of racist abuse made at Anton Ferdinand during a match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers on 23 October 2011.


John Terry has been represented in a meme which pictures him taking part in great moments in history and fiction, following his decision to come on to the pitch to lift the European Cup in full kit despite being suspended for the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final; he repeated this when Chelsea won the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final, in which he did not play due to injury.