Where John Terry’s Chelsea team-mates from his 1998 debut are now as legend returns to club including Vialli and Flo?


Aston Villa’s 86th-minute substitution at the end of a League Cup cruise may have appeared quite ordinary at the time – but it turned out to be a moment in the club’s history.

As soon as John Terry entered the pitch for the first time, it would become No. 1 in 717 appearances for a team to which he would captain several league titles.

John Terry joined the Chelsea team in the late 1990s


John Terry joined the Chelsea team in the late 1990scredit: Getty Images – Getty

Coming in for Romanian defender Dan Petrescu, the centre-back entered the Chelsea squad of Olympic champions, tough midfielders and future managers.

Following Terry’s incredible return to Chelsea as an academy coach advisor, SunSport details the starting XI that beat Villa 4-1 that night and where they are now.

GK: Dmitry Kharin

Purchasing £400,000 from CSKA Moscow in 1992, Russian shot-stopper Kharin won the gold medal at the 1998 Olympics, but was second choice in this third-round clash. He left for Celtic at the end of the campaign.

A coaching career has taken the 53-year-old to Luton, Stevenage and currently with National League South side Hemel Hempstead.

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RB: Dan Petrescu

A blues favorite during his five years with the club, Petrescu began a management career in his homeland of Romania after retiring.

Currently in charge of CFR Cluj, he has traveled the world under the supervision of the likes of Jiangsu Suning, Kuban Krasnodar, Al-Arabi – but was hospitalized by the coronavirus last year.

Dan Petrescu has won multiple titles in Romania


Dan Petrescu has won multiple titles in Romaniacredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

CB: Michael Duberry

The Anfield-born defender Duberry came through the Chelsea academy before playing in the Premier League with Leeds and Reading.

After retiring in 2013, DuBerry founded his own company, Made Leaders, specializing in training executives and senior leaders.

CB: Bernard Lamberde

Some of the middle-of-the-middle-back Lamborde, a cult hero, this October night set the shelves of Gianluca Villa.

The 50-year-old Frenchman quit football after spells with Bastia, Nancy and Al Wahda and is now back at the former club Cannes as general director.

Pound: Celestine Babairo

Nigerian defender Babayaro, who is also an Olympic champion, enjoyed seven years at Stamford Bridge.

Once declared bankrupt, he can nowadays be found working as a football agent and made headlines criticizing the appointment of Joseph Yobo as the boss of the Nigeria national support team in early 2020.

Chief Minister: Jody Morris

Another product of the Chelsea system, Morris, 43, enjoyed a long love affair with the London club.

A period in charge of Chelsea’s academy saw him move to Frank Lampard’s derby in 2018, and he took the former midfielder back to West London as his assistant before they were both axed in early 2021.

Jodie Morris (right) can be found searching for the touchline with Frank Lampard until this year


Jodie Morris (right) can be found searching for the touchline with Frank Lampard until this yearcredit: Reuters

Chief Minister: Dennis Wise

Blues legend Wise experienced a promising career as manager in charge of Millwall, Swindon and Leeds, before an unfortunate move to Newcastle in 2008.

Widely hated by Toon fans, while executive director under Mike Ashley, Wise left after more than a year at Tyneside and became a pundit before taking on a senior administrative role with Italian Serie B side Como 1907. .

Chief Minister: Gus Poet

A fiery character on the pitch, Uruguay has built a strong career as a passionate, technical coach.

After first finding success with Brighton, Poet memorably sustained Jose Mourinho’s first domestic league defeat at Chelsea in 2014 – with Bordeaux and Universidad Cattolica defeating his last two clubs at Sunderland.

ST: Gianluca Villa

As player-manager, Vialli’s hat-trick followed Villa making the game safe enough for young Terry to make his debut off the bench.

At 57, the Italian has released several books, worked as a commentator and co-founded an investment firm.

In 2020, he revealed the all-clear after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, but sadly this year, Wylie confirmed that his cancer had returned.

He was also part of Italy’s Euro 2020-winning backroom team, playing a role as delegation head in Roberto Mancini’s winning set-up.

ST: Mark Nichols

After not making quite the grades at Chelsea as a young forward, Nicholls began a traveller’s career around the lower leagues.

Torquay, Northwood and Beaconsfield are the only three clubs he turned out for, with the 44-year-old playing last before retiring at Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division club North Greenford United.

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ST: Torre-Andre Flo

Striker Flo, born in the Norwegian village of Flo, appeared for Chelsea in four seasons, winning the FA and the League Cup.

And, like Morris and Terry, the 48-year-old is an example of a club inviting former stars back with Flo, currently the club’s loan player technical coach.

He founded the Torrey-Andre Flo Academy in Berkshire, coaching school children aged 5-17.


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