Sunday 21 January 2018

John Terry scores in 17th consecutive Premier League season

John Terry scored for the 17th Premier League season in succession
John Terry scored for the 17th Premier League season in succession

John Terry celebrated his recall to the Chelsea starting line-up with the opening goal against Watford on Monday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the statistical significance of the strike.

:: The goal was Terry's 41st in the Premier League - lifting him three clear as the competition's top-scoring defender and 11 in front of his nearest active rival, Everton full-back Leighton Baines.

:: It was his 67th in all competitions for Chelsea, taking him ahead of John McNichol and Dick Spence into 20th place outright in the club's all-time list.

:: He has now scored in 17 consecutive Premier League seasons, by far the longest such streak for a defender - team-mate Gary Cahill's ongoing run of 10 seasons currently matches former Liverpool star Sami Hyypia for second place.

:: Terry's goal was his first in any competition for 485 days, since his strike against Everton on January 16 of last year.

:: He was joined by fellow defender Cesar Azpilicueta in scoring his first league goal of the season, Chelsea's 13th and 14th scorers in their title-winning campaign.

:: Terry's opener was Chelsea's 100th goal of the season in all competitions - their 77th in the league to go with 15 in the FA Cup and eight in the EFL Cup.

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