John Terry discusses Chelsea's strange pre-match superstition

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Footballers are known for their strange superstitions before matches.

Anything that makes you psychologically stronger on the pitch is welcomed by players.

Whether it’s Paul Ince, who always put his shirt on in the tunnel before the match, or Daniel Sturridge, who always enters the pitch backwards whilst pointing to the sky, hundreds of Premier League players have their own ritual.

But John Terry and his teammates may have the strangest pre-match superstition ever.

The Chelsea skipper has endured a difficult campaign with his side languishing in mid-table but the 35-year-old lifted the Premier League with the Blues last season and revealed what he, and his teammates, did before every match.

“I am very superstitious and, for me, if we win a game then I add it on to my next superstition,” he said at the London Football Awards, as per

“Last season, as you can imagine, it built up to quite a lot.

“Me and Frank started it a long time ago; in the Chelsea dressing room we have three urinals and me and Lamps started weeing in one.

“We won the game and, for me, that was it, the next week there was a queue of me, Frank and Ash.

“The next week there were four of us and the week after there were five.

“And even now, up until today, you have Cesar Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas, we are all there in one big queue," he added.

Terry also told a brilliant anecdote about when he was warned about being late to line-up for matches, admitting that it was because of the players all wanted to use the same urinal.

“A few months ago the club secretary said to me: ‘we have had a few calls from the FA complaining because we have been going out late’ and I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was because we were all waiting to go for a wee,” he concluded.

Terry may not be able to continue his bizarre ritual at Stamford Bridge next season with doubts over his future. The centre-back has been at the west London club for 21 years but his contract expires at the end of the season and it appears unlikely that he will be offered a new deal.

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