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What is a guard of honour and do Watford have to give one to champions Chelsea?

Blues clinched the league with a win over West Brom to give Antonio Conte his fourth successive club title

CHELSEA are to be crowned Premier League champions after clinching the title in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.

Victory over West Brom on Friday ensured Italian Conte won his fourth title on the spin as a club boss.

Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions on Friday night

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Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions on Friday night

They could make it a double with a win over Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.


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And Watford will form a guard of honour for their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.

But why is it called a guard of honour? Here is all you need to know…

What is a Guard of Honour? And do Watford have to give one to Chelsea?

A guard of honour is when a person or group of people line up to congratulate other(s) on an achievement.

Essentially, it is seen as a mark of respect.

But sporting opponents do NOT have to form them.

Chelsea form a guard of honour for 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester

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Chelsea form a guard of honour for 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester

Leicester and Claudio Ranieri enjoyed one after their Premier League success, with the Chelsea team and coaches forming two lines to clap the champions onto the pitch.

Great sportsmen and sportswomen tend to get the same treatment when they make their final top-level appearance.

Cricketers sometimes hold up their bats up to create a tunnel-like effect.

It is also a seen in military events, often to welcome dignitaries or to pay respects to fallen soldiers.

Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq receives a guard of honour from the West Indies team after playing his final Test on May 11, 2017

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Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq receives a guard of honour from the West Indies team after playing his final Test on May 11, 2017

When will Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy?

They may be facing Watford at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Monday night – but the Blues will not be lifting the trophy after that game.

That presentation is planned for after Chelsea’s final match of the season, against Sunderland on May 21. Following the match they will be awarded the trophy and their medals. Speaking of which…

Will John Terry get a medal?

Captain. Leader. Legend. Leaving.

The Blues’ skipper is leaving the club this summer for pastures new, but has he done enough to don his kit (if he’s not playing) and go and lift the trophy and collect his medal?

Yes he has.

Nowadays you only need to make five Premier League appearances for a medal – and that includes appearances from the bench.

Michy Batshuayi scores at West Brom to win the League for Chelsea

John Terry will lift the Premier League trophy with Chelsea again

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John Terry will lift the Premier League trophy with Chelsea again

That number is down from ten, with the number halved for the 2012-13 season.

JT, 36,  has appeared seven times, meaning he has get himself a farewell medal.

This also means that Oscar, who left the club for Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for £60m, will get a medal after his nine league apps.

Diego Costa jokingly tells Michy Batshuayi to 'f*** off' as Chelsea celebrate