Terry scores another little beauty! Picture the scene. Chelsea are top of the Premiership but are being held 1-1 at a noisy away ground nestled in the wilds of Lancashire. With the clock ticking down, and with Man Utd & Arsenal breathing down our necks, up pops John Terry to score a vital goal that sends us four points clear. Yet again our legendary captain saves the day.
Whilst not as important as some of JT’s other strikes, his late header in our 4-2 victory over Barcelona being the pick, it was a vital goal nonetheless. With Man Utd beating a dire and desperate Arsenal over the same weekend, if JT hadn’t scored we’d not be top as I write.
At CFCnet we love John Terry. His commitment, passion, motivation and leadership have enthralled us for over a decade. Spurning opportunities to go to Steve Bruce’s Huddersfield for £750,000 early in his career (the Club accepted the bid), then subsequently turning down Wenger’s Arsenal and latterly Man City with all the attendant riches on offer, JT has demonstrated unwavering loyalty to us fans.
CFCnet, in return, feels unwavering loyalty to him.
It was also for this very reason that a reader contacted CFCnet and asked us to run an online poll for a banner dedicated to our captain. The reader, Surrey Blue, offered to pay out of his own pocket and this he duly did. The result? A 50 ft banner across the top of the Matthew Harding Upper loudly proclaiming ‘JT, Captain, Leader, Legend which CFCnet puts up each and every home game.
It’s not lost on us that John Terry could have had his pick of any team in Europe over the last six years. Voted the only Englishman to make FIFA’s ‘all-star’ squad of the 2006 World Cup, he has also been voted the best defender in the Champions League twice. As if that wasn’t enough he’s been included in FIFPro’s World XI team for four consecutive seasons.and was chosen by his fellow professionals to become the PFA’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2005.
The fact that he’s turned down every other Club and chosen to remain with his beloved Blues has cemented his place as a true legend in CFCnet’s eyes. Our most successful captain ever, on the pitch he is probably our most important player and matches Frank Lampard for consistency season after season.
At Burnley it was gratifying to see Chelsea fans get behind Terry so vociferously. Perhaps the best away atmosphere of the season, the ‘only one England Captain’ and ‘John Terry’ chants resounded loudly throughout the game. His fellow professionals also gave a true insight into the esteem in which he’s held by the way they crowded round him when he scored.
On the journey back after an emotionally-soaked occasion, the CFCnet wagon was thick with discussion and debate over our England captain. One CFCnet staffer remarked, “John Terry’s a predator – so strong, focused and ready to pounce”. A voice at the back piped up, “yes, he’s like a tiger”.
JT, we love what you’ve done for us.