The 34-year-old admits he was keen to help out the established players in any way he could whilst breaking through to the first team at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry admits he used to warm up toilet seats for Chelsea’s senior players during the early years of his career at Stamford Bridge.
The 34-year-old, who signed a new one-year contract extension Thursday, has been with Chelsea since the age of 14 and made his first-team debut in October 1998.
But while he was establishing himself as a regular in the Chelsea squad, Terry would look to help the senior players in any way he could.
“I’d do anything for them. I’d make their teas and coffees, even silly things like sit on the toilet to make the seat warm for them in the cold winter days at the training ground,” Terry told Chelsea Pitch Owners.“It’s bizarre when you think about it but that was part of growing up.”
Terry formed a strong bond with the then Chelsea captain Dennis Wise and revealed the former midfielder would back him in any arguments during training.
“I used to clean his boots and he wanted them perfect so I took really good care of them,” said Terry, who added he received a 25 pound bonus every time Wise scored. According to Terry, it was half his weekly wage at the time.
“I used to be praying we’d get a penalty or he’d score,” Terry said.
Terry also recalled he would go in to win tackles against players in the first team, which ruffled some feathers. But Wise always had his back.
“Sometimes, the foreign guys, especially, didn’t like it. Dan Petrescu, once, he got me round the throat, and said: ‘What do you think you’re doing?!’,” Terry said. “The first one over, to back me up, was Wisey: ‘If you’ve got something to say, you say it to me, not the younger players’. Me and Dan laugh about it now.”