John Terry is an English professional footballer who currently plays for and captains Championship club Aston Villa. Terry is best known for his career as captain of Chelsea and the English national team. The most successful captain in the history of Chelsea Football Club, John Terry is widely regarded as one of the greatest central defenders of his generation. An incredibly respected footballer held in the highest regard, John Terry also works as a football speaker across the country where he draws huge crowds as a result of his phenomenal footballing prowess and credentials.
Born in Barking, London, Terry was initially a part of the West Ham United youth set up before moving to to play in the club’s youth and reserve teams. Terry made his Chelsea debut in a League Cup against Aston Villa before beginning to establish himself as a regular in the Chelsea first team during the 2000–01 season, making 23 starts, John Terry was voted the club’s Player of the Year. Terry continued his progress during 2001–02 season becoming a regular in the defence alongside club captain and France international Marcel Desailly. On 5 December 2001, Terry captained Chelsea for the first time, in a League match and was a major reason why Chelsea reached the FA Cup Final that season.
Following Terry’s initial period of success, controversary surrounded him in 2002, when John was involved in an altercation with a bouncer at a West London nightclub which led to him being charged with assault and affray, Terry was however acquitted of the charges in court and able to continue playing. This period of adversity is something that John Terry speaks of during his performances as a football speaker sharing the intimate details of the altercation and the psychological challenge he was faced with so early into his career.
Following Desailly’s retirement, new Chelsea manager José Mourinho chose John Terry as his club captain, a choice which was vindicated throughout the 2004–05 season as Chelsea won the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion with the best defensive record in Football League history with the most clean sheets and the most points accrued. Terry was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England and was also voted the Best Defender in the Champions League that season. The accolades continued following a hugely successful career as in September 2005, John was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro awards.
The following season, Terry once again inspired his team as they successfully defended the Premier League title before John experienced a few seasons plagued by injury and in the need of back surgery. This period of injury was hugely frustrating for Terry especially as it came in the middle of a truly magnificent period of his career. Terry speaks of the hardship he faced during this time along with the drive and determination required to recover from this setback and injury and return to top flight football, when he performs as a football speaker relaying advice applicable to any walk of life.
The 2008 Champions League Final certainly saw the lowest point of Terry’s career, in a crucial penalty shootout against Manchester United, John Terry missed the decisive penalty and as a result lost the coveted trophy too. This match and incident in particular was most certainly the lowest point of Terry’s career. John was however once again awarded the accolade of the Best Defender in the Champions League for the season which ended in huge disappointment.
John Terry did however make amends for his penalty miss as in 2011 he inspired Chelsea to victory and glory and finally got his hands on the UEFA Champions League trophy. Terry’s Chelsea career was nothing less than spectacular, winning the Premier League and FA Cup five times, the League Cup on three occasions to go along with the famous UEFA Champions League title and a UEFA Europa League title. Named Chelsea Player of the Year on two occasions, John Terry eventually left Chelsea in an emotional farewell to join Aston Villa in search of a new challenge and greater opportunity during the latter stages of his career.
Internationally, John Terry was also prolific whilst in an England shirt and an incredible competitor. Leading from the front as he always does, Terry had the honour of captaining his country and was also named in the All-Star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team. Terry holds the record for the first England player to ever score an International goal at Wembley and made 78 appearances for England before announcing his retirement from international football.
An incredibly successful and decorated career on the field, John Terry’s life and career have been filled with controversy and allegations that have been magnified in the media spotlight. A number of appearances in courts, super injunctions and many an allegation to name a few, John Terry has certainly been involved in his fair share of controversies and he often speaks of them elaborating on details and lessons learnt that can be applied by anyone when he performs as a football speaker.
A tremendous footballing talent and certain to go down as one of the greatest defenders England have ever produced, John Terry is a future English Football Hall of Famer. An inspirational leader who has enjoyed a truly illustrious and wonderfully decorated career, with a host of tales and anecdotes to share coupled with fascinating insights into his remarkable career, John Terry is certain to be a fantastic addition to any event and is available to hire as a football speaker.