John Terry has revealed that Chelsea players have adopted the superstition of using just one urinal for their pre-match bathroom visit—and that the queue even means that they have been warned about getting out on to the field in time for games.
Terry, speaking at the London Football Awards and quoted by the Sun, said:
I am very superstitious and, for me, if we win a game then I add it on to my next superstition. Last season, as you can imagine, it built up to quite a lot. Me and Frank [Lampard] 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 [Ashley Cole]. The next week there were four of us and the week after there were five.
If you thought the trio breaking up as Cole left Stamford Bridge and Lampard moved to New York City FC would mean the end of the tradition, you'd be wrong. Terry says that even the newer arrivals in the team from abroad have taken on the superstition:
And even now, up until today, you have Cesar Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas, we are all there in one big queue.
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.
It doesn't explain the start to this season, that said.
[H/T the Sun]