John Terry is back at Stamford Bridge tonight for the first time since leaving the Blues in 2017. For the first time, Terry will be on the side of the opposition, as he arrives as assistant manager of this evening’s opponents Aston Villa.
It will be an emotional return to the club that made him. The 38-year-old is Chelsea’s all-time greatest captain, and most decorated player. Having joined the Blues at the age of fourteen, Terry lifted the Premier League title on five occasions. Leading the club to Champions League, and Europa League success. In addition to that, he also won the FA Cup on five-occasions, and the league cup three-times.
Chelsea fans will pay respect to their former captain by way of displaying a banner.
Extremely pleased to say that this John Terry overhead banner will be on display in the Matthew Harding stand prior to tonight’s game against Aston Villa whilst @WeAre_TheShed will be also honouring Chelsea’s greatest Captain and defender themselves #CaptainLeaderLegend pic.twitter.com/Z3Fz3otNgy
— cfcuk Fanzine (@onlyapound) December 4, 2019
The club are planning on showing video highlights on the big screens of the legends’ time at Stamford Bridge. It is hoped JT will be able to salute the fans by circling the pitch, however, his responsibilities to Villa could make that difficult. There’s no doubt at the end of the game, he will take time to say thank you to the fans that worshipped him for so long.
Last summer it was thought Frank Lampard would appoint Terry to a coaching role at Stamford Bridge. However that wasn’t true according to Lampard. The Guardian quoted the Blues’ boss as saying at yesterday’s prematch press conference:
“It was never an option that was spoken about, I think John was very settled at Aston Villa. When I took the Derby job he was already on his own path and they got promoted in the summer. John was very comfortable there and working away. I had my team that I worked with here.”
There’s no doubt a reunion would be welcomed by Chelsea fans. But for now it’s time to welcome JT to the opposition dugout. Let’s just hope he goes home a little disappointed tonight in a professional capacity.
Welcome home John Terry… Captain, Leader, Legend.