Tuesday 22 August 2017

John Terry belted out Stand By Me for his Villa initiation and it was surprisingly decent

He threw in a bit of dad dancing, for good measure.

John Terry during the press conference at Villa Park, Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)
John Terry during the press conference at Villa Park, Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)

By Isabel Togoh

In possibly the gentlest of football initiations, veteran player John Terry was welcomed to new side Aston Villa by delivering a tender, acoustic rendition of Ben E King’s 1961 hit Stand By Me.

The ex-Chelsea and England player unleashed his impressive vocals in front of his new teammates, in a bid to earn his claret and blue stripes.

The 36-year-old even seasoned his performance with a gentle two-step and some arm-swaying, and looked as though he was thoroughly feeling the music, especially as he hit those chorus high notes.

A few recordings popped up on social media from 18-year-old Villa player Andre Green, who egged him on as entertained colleagues clapped along.

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New Aston Villa signing John Terry with manager Steve Bruce (Aaron Chown/PA)

Terry signed a one-year deal with Championship club Aston Villa on Monday, after turning down offers from the Premier League to avoid a clash with his former side of 22 years, The Blues.

At the time, he told Press Association sport: “Playing against Chelsea just doesn’t sit right with me, to be honest.”

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