Terry: “I made teas and coffees for the players above me”

Terry: “I made teas and coffees for the players above me”

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John Terry signed a one-year contract extension in West London this week, and he has spoken of his first period at Chelsea, when he was a youngster. He said: “I’d do anything for the players above me. I’d make their teas and coffees, even silly things like sit on the toilet to make the seat warm for them in the cold winter days at the training ground. It’s bizarre when you think about it but that was part of growing up”.

Terry also admitted that he used to clean the boots of Dennis Wise. They had, and still have, a strong bond: “I used to clean his boots and he wanted them perfect so I took really good care of them. Every now and then he gave me a little bonus. Every time he scored I was on £25, which was half my wages at the time. I used to be praying we’d get a penalty or he’d score.”

The captain continued with his memories. He joined Chelsea since he was 14-years-old: “During training I would go in and win tackles against first-team players, and I remember at the time people were going ‘Ooh, you can’t do that.’ Sometimes, the foreign guys, especially, didn’t like it. Dan Petrescu, once, he got me round the throat, and said: ‘What do you think you’re doing?!’ The first one over, to back me up, was Wisey: ‘If you’ve got something to say, you say it to me, not the younger players.’ Me and Dan laugh about it now.”