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John Terry: From Chelsea To The Championship Team Of The Year

John Terry made his name at Chelsea. A former club captain and a record-breaking defender, he was expected to go into retirement when he was finally deemed “too old” to play for the Blues. That didn’t happen. In fact, John Terry’s still playing and going from strength to strength in the Championship.

The Drop Down A Division Was Intentional

John Terry’s 717-match career at Chelsea left him certain of one thing. He never wanted to face his old team on the field again. Not out of fear but out of respect.

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So, he elected to drop down a division rather than stay in the Premiership when his contract came to an end.

Joining Aston Villa

Aston Villa is a football club with a great history. Sadly, its recent form has been rather more patchy. Birmingham’s second team fell into the Championship, after an abject performance in the Premiership, and need help getting back to where they belong.

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When John Terry offered to join them, it must have felt like a dream come true to management and supporters alike.

His Performance Has Been Incredible

John Terry has started 31 of the 41 matches that he’s been available for at Aston Villa. In the other 10, he had a broken bone in his foot which prevented him from playing at all. In 12 of those 41 games, Terry’s defenders didn’t concede a single goal. It’s no wonder that Villa’s fans have taken him to their hearts and sing his name at every match.


He also recorded his 800th career start in professional football this season and to put the icing on the cake, John Terry was nominated to the EFL Championship Team of the Year.

So, what’s next? We assume there will be a conversation about extending his contract for another year with Aston Villa at the end of this season. He’s certainly earned one.

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