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Football superstitions are part of the game, and former Chelsea skipper John Terry was known to be very superstitious during his playing days, especially before a game.
Former England striker Peter Crouch shared a dressing room with Terry, and he has revealed how Terry used to try and avoid all contact with a football before the start of a match.
Crouch said on Crouch’s Amazon Prime show Back of the Net: “John Terry wouldn’t touch the ball in the dressing room before a game, we’d all be trying to roll it to him, but he’d lift his foot up.”
Crouch also spoke on the show of Terry’s ‘disgusting’ tactics for trying to get favour with referees.
Crouch said: “What I saw creeping into the game, during my time, was when the captains would go in before the game and speak to the ref.
“To me, they would always be ‘ref’. Now it’s like Mike and James. They are all called by their first names. It’s all to get them onside.
“I remember John Terry was amazing at it. Just getting around the ref. ‘Ah, Mike, you alright? How is the family?’ All this.
“Unreal. I thought: ‘This is disgusting.’ He was crawling around the ref.
“And it meant [the ref] would think twice. If he clattered someone in the first minute, he’d get up and say: ‘Sorry Mike.’ He would then think twice about booking him. It’s little things like that.”