John Terry Warmed Up The Toilet Seat For Dennis Wise

 7 years, 3 months ago 2 Comments

John Terry has been discussing the things he used to do to gain the respect of the first team players when he was first breaking through at Chelsea and one of his methods to do so is unsettling to say the least. Amongst the many ‘normal’ things that John did as a Chelsea youngster was the strange revelation that he used to help the players out on cold days by heating the toilet seat for them;

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‘I’d do anything for them,’ the Chelsea captain said. ‘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. It’s bizarre when you think about it but that was part of growing up.’

Yes John, that is bizarre and during his interview with Chelsea Pitch Owners he also revealed how he gained the respect of senior players at that time;

‘I would go in and win tackles against first team players, and I remember at the time people were going, “Ooh, you can’t do that”;’ 

‘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?!”

‘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.’

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We’re sure that Dan Petrescu did to Terry what many other football fans would love to have done once or twice, hell Wayne Bridge and Anton Ferdinand are probably tweeting their retrospective thanks to Petrescu right now.

All of this is a far cry from Terry’s life now; Terry earns around £150,000 per week, he is now in Wise’s shoes as club captain and he also possesses winners medals for almost every major tournament that he has featured in, very different to when he had to clean Wise’s boots for a little bonus from the Chelsea skipper.

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‘I used to clean his boots. He wanted his boots perfect. I used to take really good care of them: I used to Vaseline them and stuff like that.’ 

‘Every now and then he gave me a little bonus, so every time he scored I was on £25, which was half my wages at the time! I used to be praying we’d get a penalty or he’d score or something.’

Whatever your opinion on JT it is refreshing to hear stories like this, especially seeing as the ‘apprentice’ culture is almost dead, certainly in the top leagues where players are paid eye watering sums of money before they’ve even lost their virginity, today’s world is a very different place.

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