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Former Chelsea captain John Terry inducted into Premier League Hall of Fame

We take a look back at the esteemed career of John Terry after the ex-Chelsea and England captain was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

John Terry profile


John Terry

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Barking, London



Premier League club(s)


Premier League appearances


Premier League goals


Premier League titles


PFA Team of the Year


Captain, leader, legend

Originally a member of West Ham's academy, John Terry joined Chelsea at the age of 14 and worked his way through the Blues' youth system to eventually make his senior debut aged 17 in a League Cup tie against Aston Villa in October 1998.

Following a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest at the back end of the 1999/2000 campaign, John Terry became established in Chelsea's first team the following year in 2000/01 - making 23 Premier League appearances and eventually voted the club's Player of the Year.

From that point onwards the no-nonsense central defender did not look back in a Chelsea shirt, with the Englishman named captain of the Blues ahead of the 2004/05 season by new manager Jose Mourinho following the departure of France international Marcel Desailly.

Mourinho's first season in charge in 2004/05 proved to be a famous campaign for Chelsea, with the Londoners winning the league title for the first time in 50 years with the best defensive record in Football League history.

As the leader of this watertight defensive rearguard, Terry was voted PFA Player of the Year and was also named in the World XI in the 2005 FIFPro awards.

Chelsea would go on to defend their Premier League title a year later in 2005/06, with Terry once again a key cornerstone of the side alongside Ricardo Carvalho in defence.

It would take four years before Terry added to his Premier League winners' medals in 2009/10, with the Blues also winning the FA Cup as part of a domestic Double under the auspices of Italian Carlo Ancelotti.

Growing into a seasoned stalwart at Stamford Bridge and one of the faces of the club, Terry won two further Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2014/15 and 2016/17.

Although unavailable for the final due to suspension, Terry received a winners' medal as Chelsea won the Champions League against Bayern Munich at their Allianz Arena home in 2012.

The most successful captain in Chelsea's history, Terry won a total of 15 major honours at the club between 1998 and 2017.

Style of play

A strong and aerially dominant centre-back, Terry was renowed for putting his body on the line during his decorated playing career.

As captain of both Chelsea and England, Terry was a vocal centre-back whose leadership skills helped him stand out above his peers, with the Blues legend a huge presence on the pitch who helped instil a winning mentality during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Not only was Terry a physically imposing defender, he was also underrated with the ball at his feet, with the ex-England international capable of playing out from the back when required and playing accurate long passes.

A major aerial threat from set-pieces, Terry is the highest-scoring defender in Premier League history having netted on 41 occasions for Chelsea in England's top flight.

Life after football

Ending his career at Aston Villa in the Championship, Terry became assistant head coach of the Villans under Dean Smith in October 2018.

Spending three years on the coaching staff at Villa - during which the West Midlands club were promoted to the Premier League in 2019 - Terry departed his role in the summer of 2021.

Terry reunited with Dean Smith when the ex-Villa manager was appointed Leicester City boss until the end of the 2022/23 Premier League season in April 2023, but the pair departed the King Power Stadium upon the Foxes' relegation to the Championship.

In July 2023, Terry returned to Chelsea as the club's academy coach.

Did you know?

In his final season at Chelsea in 2016/17, Terry became the first player ever to captain a team to the Premier League title on five occasions.

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