John Terry has been appointed as the captain of Aston Villa – but the former Chelsea hero’s first outing in new colours ended in defeat to League One Shrewsbury.
The 36-year-old took the armband from James Chester, and wore it just hours later in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Greenhous Meadow.
Terry, who partnered Chester at the heart of defence and was warmly welcomed by Villa’s travelling support, played just over an hour and the scoreline was still goalless when he left the field amid a flurry of changes.
But his team-mates were eventually beaten 2-1, Henri Lansbury’s late penalty just a consolation after second-half goals from Zak Jules and Arthur Gnahoua did the damage.
Terry joined the club earlier this month, signing a one-year deal with the Sky Bet Championship side as manager Steve Bruce sets his sights on mounting a promotion push for the 2017/18 season.
His move to Villa Park, one of the most lucrative ever signed by a player in the Championship, could see him earn £4m if he can help the club back to the top flight.
The club’s unveiling of the defender, via a mocked-up WhatsApp chat featuring owner Dr Tony Xia, included the phrase “Captain. Leader. VILLAN,” playing on Chelsea fans’ description of Terry as “Captain, Leader, Legend”.