Hero worship and mayhem mark John Terry’s exit as grand old man of Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Chelsea’s captain has been little more than a motivational henchman this season but Stamford Bridge rose to honour a club legend for perhaps the final time

“It’s not going to be a fairytale ending,” John Terry had sighed shortly after announcing his own premature Chelsea exit in January last year. And yet here we were all the same 16 months later. With the league title already in the bag this messy, fun 4-3 win against a feisty Watford provided Chelsea’s departing captain with a farewell that had its own elements of dreamily staged celebration.

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