14 October 2016
Exactly 10 years ago today when Chelsea filed out against Reading in a Premier League Fixture, team captain, John Terry filed out with the rest of the squad in his natural position, central defence, little did he know he would end the match as a goalkeeper.
Chelsea was playing away at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium when they lost then first choice goalkeeper, Petr Cech, 19 seconds into the match.
Reading winger, Stephen Hunt, had kicked Cech in the head in a 50/50 tackle. The tackle earned Hunt only a yellow card, but got Cech out of the match having received a crack to his skull – reason why Cech wears a protective headgear when in goal.
Cech was immediately replaced by Chelsea’s only substitute goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, after he was declared unfit to continue and stretchered off.
After surviving the scare of seeing one of its most important players stretchered off, Chelsea took the lead in the 45th minute when Reading defender, Ivar Ingemarsson, put the ball in his net in an own-goal off a Frank Lampard free kick.
The biggest drama of the afternoon was still to unfold in the first half. In the second half, both teams were reduced to 10 men – Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (in the 62nd minute) and Reading substitute André Bikey (in the 83rd) had been sent out both for second bookable offences.
Shortly before the final whistle, Chelsea’s worst moment arrived – Cuducini collided with Reading defender Ibrahima Sonko and immediately lost consciousness. Having already used all three substitutes, then manager José Mourinho sent John Terry into goal, meaning Chelsea played the rest of the match with 9 men.
With only few minutes to the end of the match Terry had little to do to keep a clean sheet on his goalkeeping debut.