Terry, who has spent his entire career at Chelsea - minus a six-game loan spell with Nottingham Forest in 2000 - recently made his 650th career appearance for the Blues, with the Premier League tie against Swansea at the weekend moving him ahead of Frank Lampard in the all-time appearance record.
Lampard made 648 appearances in all competitions before leaving the club prior to the start of this campaign, and it has allowed Terry to catch up, and ultimately take over the midfielder. A key part of Jose Mourinho’s squad, Terry is all but assured to feature regularly for the rest of this season, and it is likely that he will continue to play for a few more years yet, despite being 24-years-old.
Currently sitting in third place in the table, Terry has 79 games to go to equal Peter Bonetti’s second-place ranking, with the former Blues goalkeeper spending 20-years at Stamford Bridge. He currently holds 729 appearances, and ahead of him lies Ron Harris, former captain of Chelsea and one of the most successful skipper’s in the club’s history.
Harris - who was captain of the side Bonetti was part of - made 795 appearances in his career, meaning Terry needs another 145 games under his belt to top that total. Whilst that is possible over roughly three seasons, Terry has admitted to the Chelsea website that reaching such a milestone will be hard, and he has targeted Bonetti’s total as his next target to reach.
He said: “I’m delighted to go above Lamps [Lampard] and go third, but I think Chopper [Harris] and Peter Bonetti will take some catching.
“They [milestones] seem to be coming thick and fast this season. I always set myself targets and the next one is catching The Cat [Bonetti]. We always joke about it when I see him and Ron Harris. I remember when I was 18 or 19, sitting alongside Jon Harley and looking at the likes of Wisey [Dennis Wise], who had played 200 or 300 games, thinking wow. I’m there now, looking to push on and hopefully I can remain there.”