Throwback Thursday: John Terry's Greatest Goals

It’s the end of an era at Chelsea as long-term captain, John Terry, officially left the club after his contract expired on the 1st of July. JT left Stamford Bridge for the Aston Villa because he said he just couldn’t play against Chelsea – it wouldn’t feel right for him. After his 19 year stay in West London, Terry has scored many memorable and important goals for the Blues so, to celebrate his stunning career, I look back at some of his best goals for Chelsea. 

We’ll start off in 2004 when Chelsea were relative newcomers to the Champions League. They faced Barcelona, who would go on and win the trophy the following season, in the group stage in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. The Blues took a 3-0 lead against a team that included Ronaldinho, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Carlos Puyol with goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damian Duff. Barca pulled two goals back before John Terry popped up with a dart of a header to seal a famous victory for Chelsea. He ran onto a corner and diverted a smart header all the way into the far side of the goal, past Victor Valdes. JT finished the scoring with the header and, under his leadership, Chelsea delivered one of the best wins in their history. 

Chelsea’s third Premier League title was won in the 2009/10 season under the management of Carlo Ancelotti and Terry scored the winner in a crucial game against Manchester United before the turn of the year. With the game goalless and about to head into the closing stages, Ashley Cole was fouled by Darren Fletcher on the left wing much to the dismay of the Scotsman. Frank Lampard sent a cross in and there was John Terry who, like his goal against Barcelona 5 years earlier, sent a low header across Edwin Van der Sar and into the far corner. After he’d gone off to celebrate with Lampard, Terry helped Chelsea keep and clean sheet and secure an incredibly important win against their main challengers for the title.

I had to include a moment in the Champions League winning run of 2012 and this goal came in the last 16 against Napoli. Chelsea had lost the first leg 3-1 and, with a change of manager, were looking to turn it around at Stamford Bridge. Didier Drogba scored an opener for Chelsea before Terry put the Blues ahead in the tie with yet another near post header. Like the 2 previous goals on this list, it was Frank Lampard who swung the cross in for Terry to meet and send it flying towards goal and past Morgan De Sanctis in the Napoli goal. Gokhan Inler equalised for the Italian side but trusty Lampard converted a spot-kick to send the tie to extra time. Branislav Ivanovic scored the winner but without Terry’s goal, Chelsea would surely have gone out and the famous night in Munich would never have happened.

Goals against Spurs in the League Cup final and Everton in the Premier League will live long in the memory for the captain but he will always be remembered for the three goals on this list which confirmed the third name in his famous tag as a Chelsea legend.