John Terry played his last Premier League game for Chelsea – a club he has called home for the past 22 years.
The Chelsea ‘captain, leader and legend’ was replaced on the 26th minute (his shirt number) as he was given a befitting farewell and called on time on his Chelsea playing career.
His team-mates made a guard of honour, as he walked out of the pitch to be replaced by Gary Cahill, with the whole of Stamford Bridge in adulation of a hero.
Sunderland boss David Moyes revealed after the game that his team had agreed they would do Terry the honour by kicking the ball out on the 26th minute.
“We knew it was coming, and we agreed to put the ball out,” revealed Moyes.
Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford obligingly kicked the ball out under direction from Blues striker Diego Costa, and Moyes admitted after the game that it was so.
“It was Diego Costa that actually asked Jordan to kick the ball out,” he said.
The game was Terry’s 717th appearance for Chelsea and 580th as captain of this great club.