Captain, leader, legend: John Terry’s Chelsea debut against Aston Villa

John Terry brought his incredible Chelsea career to an end this summer by signing with Championship side Aston Villa. JT’s move saw a sparkling 19-year tenure put behind him, although it was time for him to leave as he had fallen out of favour in the side while he is still able to play at a high level.

From the Premier League to the Champions League, Terry will go down as the most successful captain in Chelsea’s history, while he will also take his place as one of the great English defenders, too. He is now looking forward to his season in the Championship with Aston Villa which will constitute an interesting change of pace for a defender that now has no pace! Interestingly, Villa were Chelsea’s opponents as Terry made his debut back in 1998 in a 4-1 cup win for the Blues.

The landscape for both sides is markedly different now, but which men made it to the field along with Terry as a legend was born:

It isn’t quite the star studded, hundreds of millions of pounds worth of team that Chelsea fans are currently used to. However, this was the start of a legacy that will define the Blues for years to come.

Before the whole Wayne Bridge affair and difficulties as England captain, it was just a story of a young English defender making his debut in the London side. Terry will be desperate to guide his new side back to the Premier League and it will be odd to see him not in the blue of Chelsea. However, all good things have to come to an end and it now means his shadow is not hanging over the young centre-halves in the side.