LOOKING BACK: NO 26

Posted on: Fri 06 Jul 2012

The most successful captain in the club's history ended the season by holding the Champions League trophy aloft alongside Frank Lampard, a moment he could have been forgiven for thinking may never come.

Terry began the campaign in typically bullish fashion, and scored the opening goal in our 2-1 win at Sunderland back in September.

However as the defence attempted to adapt to an altered strategy under Andre Villas-Boas, the meaness at the back so characteristic of the recent past was lost for a period and when a costly slip allowed Robin van Persie to score Arsenal's fourth goal in their 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge back in October, a game in which Terry had earlier scored in, some critics rounded on him.

Villas-Boas soon decided to deploy his rearguard deeper and Terry got back to his best, with an outstanding performance in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in December, which was capped by a goal-line clearance in the last minute. Confidence was back.

His penchant for popping up with vital goals showed no sign of waning, as he headed home our second goal in the 4-1 second-leg win against Napoli in what was his second match back from a six-week lay-off through injury, the cause a collision with a post after a trademark never-give-up chase back.

During that spell out the manager changed and the captain's return helped steady the ship under Roberto Di Matteo's command. After an exemplary first-half showing in the 5-1 drubbing of Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final, Terry was at it again three days later when Barcelona came to west London, repelling wave after wave of Spanish attacks alongside Gary Cahill in what was a remarkable defensive display by the whole team.

But if his first leg performance will be remembered for all the right reasons, his needless sending off in the return for a foul on Alexis Sanchez, which saw him ruled out of the Final in Munich, will surely haunt him for a long time.

However, our FA Cup Final against Liverpool culminated with Terry lifting the trophy for the fourth time in his career, a record for a captain at one club, and while he was unable to play a part on the pitch in Germany a fortnight later, the sight of him with the trophy at the end of the game will have delighted not only Terry himself, but also every Chelsea supporter.

Appearances: 43+1
Goals: 7
Assists: 3
Minutes on pitch: 4,111