Chelsea FC: 10 Greatest Blues Captains of All Time
Chelsea Football Club have had many captains during their illustrious 106-year history.
In this article I will list, in my opinion, the 10 greatest Blues captains of all time.
You may or may not agree with my selections, but feel free to debate in the comments below, and perhaps suggest your own players who should be in the top 10.
10. Graham Roberts
Graham Roberts was the captain responsible for the division Chelsea play in today.
In the 1988-89 season, Roberts, a defensive midfielder, led the team to an emphatic and comfortable promotion that sealed their place in the First Division.
Although the First Division is now what we call the Premier League, Graham Roberts is the man who took the Blues there and ensured they stayed.
9. Frank Lampard
Had John Terry never played for Chelsea, Frank Lampard probably would've been the captain of Chelsea for the best part of the last decade.
However, as fate would have it, Lampard has always been there to lead when Terry hasn't been able to, and he even won the Community Shield in 2007 as captain of the Blues.
If Lampard had lived in a different era, he probably would find himself a lot higher up the rankings.
8. Terry Venables
Terry Venables began his career at Chelsea as a youngster and eventually made over 200 appearances for the side.
Although he eventually fell out with the manager and was later shipped out to Tottenham Hotspur, Venables was a hugely influential player in his day.
The English international's crowning achievement was the League Cup victory in 1965.
7. Jack Harrow
Jack Harrow, the oldest player in this list, captained Chelsea for his entire professional career.
The English left-back passed away more than 50 years ago, but his legacy lives on as he was the first-ever Blues player to play over 300 times for the club.
His greatest moment as captain was leading Chelsea to their first-ever FA Cup Final in 1915.
6. Marcel Desailly
The French national star captained Chelsea during an exciting period for the club.
Desailly, now retired, played for over six years in London and took his side to the FA Cup final in 2002 and also led them to the runners-up position in the league in 2004.
The rock-solid defender will be remembered for a long time by Chelsea fans for his never-say-die attitude and affinity with the supporters.
5. Colin Pates
Chelsea haven't always been bankrolled by a Russian billionaire.
During the 1980s, the Stamford Bridge club yo-yo'd between the top two divisions, but Colin Pates was the captain who helped them to their 1984 Second Division title.
The English defender began his career at Chelsea, playing over 280 games in nine years for the club.
4. Roy Bentley
Roy Bentley is a Chelsea Football Club legend.
To this day, fans will stop and ask for an autograph from one of England's all-time greats.
The forward played 367 games for the Blues in eight years and captained the side to their maiden First Division title in 1955.
3. Dennis Wise
Diminutive but skillful, Dennis Wise is one Chelsea captain who might have escaped a few Chelsea fans' minds.
Wise played for more than a decade at the club, making 332 appearances in the process, and also led Chelsea through a very successful period in their history.
The Blues won the FA Cup in both 1997 and 2000, made the final in 1994, and also won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1998.
2. Ron Harris
Ron "Chopper" Harris is widely regarded as one of the toughest English defenders ever.
Harris's uncompromising style of play earned him many plaudits during his 19 years at Chelsea, in which he captained the side for several years, leading his team to two FA Cup finals and also the Blues' first-ever European gold in 1972—the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
Chopper also holds the record for the most appearances for the club—an astonishing 795 games.
1. John Terry
This man needs little introduction.
Arguably one of the most recognisable figures in world football today, the 30-year-old is the most successful Chelsea captain ever and also the club's all-time highest scoring defender.
The English centre-back has also surpassed 450 appearances for the Blues.
Having lifted the Premier League trophy three times, it's an absolute certainty that Terry will most go down as a club legend.