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Thursday 14 November 2019

5 things you might not know about John Terry

John Terry supported Manchester United as a young boy
John Terry supported Manchester United as a young boy

Did you know John George Terry supported Manchester United growing up, enjoys playing golf with Niall from One Direction and was Dad of the Year in 2009?

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not have heard about the Chelsea skipper, who will leave the club at the end of the season.

1. Direction

In June 2014, keen golfer Terry teamed up with Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp to take on Niall Horan from boyband One Direction and former Chelsea team-mate Andriy Shevchenko at Wisley golf course in Surrey. The pre-season tussle saw Terry and Redknapp get the better of the pop pin-up and ex-Chelsea forward, who went on to become a semi-professional golfer. The Blues skipper also struck up a friendship with Australian snooker player Neil Robertson when the former world number one visited Cobham training ground for a game of pool. Robertson claimed Terry was ''a lot better'' than he expected after losing the first frame. A man of many talents.

2. Terry the Terrier

Barring a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Terry has spent the whole of his career at Stamford Bridge. But did you know Steve Bruce was on the verge of taking the defender to Huddersfield in 2000? It was while a 19-year-old Terry was at the City Ground and Bruce was in the process of doing his Football Association coaching badges. Bruce told the Guardian in an interview six years ago: ''I bid £750,000 for him, it was a lot of money for me then, and Chelsea accepted it. But the boy didn't want to leave Stamford Bridge at the time. I was close, but at the death he didn't want to go.''

3. Dad of the Year

Terry has posted many a pic of himself with his kids on his Instagram account, and why shouldn't he? He was, after all, named Dad of the Year in 2009. The former England skipper topped a poll run by Daddies Sauce to win the sought-after accolade, beating off stiff competition in the form of Peter Andre and then-PM Gordon Brown. After winning the award, Terry said: ''I have won many trophies in my career but I'm proud to say that this is up there with all of them.'' Terry narrowly missed the birth of twins Georgie and Summer, despite a frantic rush from an England training camp in Portugal.

4. Better the Red Devil you know

Chelsea stalwart Terry was a Manchester United fan growing up and still has nothing but praise for the club's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In an interview with the Guardian in 2006 the centre-back revealed he supported United as a boy as ''you want to support the team that's winning everything''. He quickly covered his back, adding: ''But my first day at Chelsea I knew that was the club I wanted to be at. I just loved it.'' Sir Alex took Terry under his wing when he went up to Manchester to train with United's kids before signing for the Blues, and has played for Ferguson's side in a Unicef charity game organised by David Beckham.

5. An internet sensation

One thing you probably do know about Terry (but it is worth reminding ourselves) is that he caused an internet sensation back in 2012. Picture the scene. Chelsea had just won the Champions League final by beating German giants Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Terry, who was suspended for the game, appeared on the pitch to lift the trophy inexplicably decked out in his full Chelsea kit - including shinpads. He was mercilessly lampooned on social media via a series of memes which included Terry gatecrashing the moon landing and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding and also holding up a tank in Tiananmen Square, all in full kit. Despite being suspended, Leicester's Robert Huth celebrated his side's title last year by putting on his kit and tweeting: "Going full John Terry today!! #fullkit #LCFC."

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