Why Chelsea Legend John Terry Wants to auction off memorabilia and his Idea about playing in empty stadium

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Chelsea football legend John Terry has decided to auction off memorabilia from his playing days to raise money for the NHS and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the United Kingdom.

The former Chelsea and England national team captain intend to raise £250,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as his support for the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

Within four days of setting up a Just Giving page for the fundraiser, the former Chelsea defender who is now Aston Villa’s assistant coach has realised over £188,000.

He has already opened an eBay auction for memorabilia from his iconic football career which includes boots and shirts.

While discussing his decision to auction most of his memorabilia, John Terry told Sky Sports that his decision to auction his memorabilia was inspired by ‘what Joe Cole was doing’ which was giving back to the society during the ongoing pandemic.

“I want to raise as much money as I possibly can for the NHS and Make-A-Wish. The response has been incredible, and in less than four days we’ve raised £190.000. The response of the nation has been incredible and I’m really proud of that”, He said.

John Terry does not like the idea of playing without fans

John Terry
John Terry

On the state of the Premier League, John Terry reacted on the possibility of playing the league for 12 months behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 39-year-old manager said such a possibility is beyond his imagination because he would hate to play in an empty stadium if he was still a footballer.

“I couldn’t imagine it, personally, as a player, I would have hated it, to be honest. For me personally, I wouldn’t have enjoyed that at all. The whole reason the Premier League is the way it is is because of the supporters”, he said.

“I look at us (Aston Villa), too, we’ve been really good at home in front of our supporters. That would be a real shame for us personally, but you strip it back, and the safety of everyone has to come first.”

John Terry and Aston Villa's manager Dean Smith
John Terry and Aston Villa’s manager Dean Smith

John Terry is regarded as Chelsea‘s most successful captain, having led them to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League title.

When he left the club at the tail end of his career, he joined Aston Villa in the EFL Championship in 2017 before he retired in 2018.

He returned to Aston Villa a few months later as part of new manager Dean Smith’s management team, the side went on to win the 2019 Championship play-off final to be promoted back to the Premier League.

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