Thursday 27 July 2017

WATCH - John Terry forced to sing 'Stand By Me' during Aston Villa initiation ceremony

John Terry sings 'Stand By Me' during Aston Villa's pre-season training camp in Portugal. CREDIT: JOHN TERRY
John Terry sings 'Stand By Me' during Aston Villa's pre-season training camp in Portugal. CREDIT: JOHN TERRY

Callum Davis

Paul Scholes was forced into a tumbledryer while Gary Neville had to simulate sex with a picture of Clayton Blackmore.

Initiation ceremonies have often been a right of passage for footballers, even for a 36-year-old Premier League veteran like John Terry.

Having completed his move to Championship side Aston Villa earlier this week, the former Chelsea and England captain was forced to stand up in front of his new teammates during a pre-season camp in Portugal and perform a song of his choice.

Terry plumped for Ben E King classic Stand By Me, which was used in the 1986 Oscar-nominated coming of age film of the same name.

Far from being over-awed by the occasion, Terry drew on all his experience of performing in front of a hostile crowd to deliver a seamless rendition.

The whole performance was captured for posterity by Aston Villa's 18-year-old midfielder, Andre Green.

Accompanied by a guitarist, the 36-year-old even had his new teammates clapping along.

Terry joined Aston Villa despite claiming to have been offered a number of offers to play in the Premier League.

Terry was linked with a move to Swansea earlier this summer but revealed the prospect of playing against Chelsea next season was too much to bear.

"The mental side of playing against Chelsea was too much to get over for me. I was there for 22 years at the football club. I am very proud of that but this is a new chapter in my life and career," said Terry.

"It's a club I have admired from afar for many years," Terry said in an interview with the BBC.

Telegraph.co.uk

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