Club veteran Terry has stepped in to support the Chelsea Graves Society, which has spent the previous two years painstakingly tracking down every player for Chelsea since their founding in 1905.
Chelsea Online News:
helsea legend John Terry has kindly donated to support a group that has committed to trace the graves of every single player who has ever played for the club.
The Chelsea Graves Society has been diligently locating every Chelsea player since the team’s founding in 1905 over the past two years. To honor those who contributed to the achievement of the two-time Champions League champions, they wish to chart the ultimate resting place of every player.
But since conducting the research is costly, they have up to now relied on the generosity of fans. Former captain Terry stepped in and provided a substantial donation to help fund their work, though, after learning of their efforts.
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CGS founder Nathan Whitehouse said: “We can’t thank John enough. He learned of our work through social media and just stepped up to the plate and put his hand in his pocket.
“We were incredibly touched. This really cements his reputation as a club legend.”
The Chelsea Graves Society will be able to purchase specialised research tools thanks to Terry’s donation. Many legendary blues musicians, notably Harold Halse, who played before the First World War, have had their final resting sites located.
CGS discovered Halse’s grave in the Essex seaside town of Walton on the Naze. Halse was the first player to participate in three FA Cup finals for three different clubs, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Aston Villa.
The CGS has discovered 256 of the 348 players who have passed away after playing for the Blues.
“So there are 92 to go and John’s unbelievable gesture will help us do that,” said Nathan.