Terry was born in London on 7 December 1980 and played for the Chelsea youth team from 1995 to 1998. He signed his professional contract with the Blues for the 1998-99 season, making 6 appearances.
In 2004, new manager Jose Mourinho handed the captain's armband to Terry, who rewarded the decision by leading Chelsea to back to back league titles in 2005 and 2006.
Apart from a brief loan spell with Nottingham Forest in the 1999-2000 season, Terry has spent his entire club career with Chelsea. Through the 2008-09 season, he had made 404 appearances for the London club. In addition to the league titles, he has won three FA Cups (2000, 2007, 2009), two League Cups (2005, 2007), and two Community Shields (2005, 2009).
Despite his successes, however, he is famous for the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in which he slipped and missed the penalty that would have won the trophy.