Ben Turner (footballer)

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Ben Turner
Ben Turner.jpg
Turner playing for Cardiff City in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ben Howard Turner[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-21) 21 January 1988 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[3]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 6
Youth career
2004–2005 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2011 Coventry City 72 (4)
2006 Peterborough United (loan) 8 (0)
2007 Oldham Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2011– Cardiff City 95 (3)
National team
2007 England U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:23, 17 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 October 2009

Ben Howard Turner (born 21 January 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for Cardiff City as a defender.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, Turner came through Coventry City academy ranks. Turner made his competitive debut on 22 August 2006 against Stoke City.

On 14 September 2006, Turner signed for Peterborough United on a month loan.[4] He made his debut in a 1–0 win over Swindon Town two days later. Turner made his six more appearances before having his loan deal extended by another month.[5] He returned to Coventry in December, after playing another four games for the Posh.

Coventry City[edit]

Turner started two FA Cup games after returning against Bristol City. On 23 February 2007, he joined League One side Oldham Athletic on loan.[6] He made his debut the following day, where he received his first red card of his career against Bournemouth. He started his third game for the Sky Blues in a 1–0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, where he received a first half red card, upon returning to Coventry. Manager Iain Dowie tried to appeal the sending off but the appeal failed and received a four match ban meaning he will miss the final game against Burnley and the first three games of the following season.[7] At the end of the season, Turner signed a new two-year contract keeping him at the club till the summer of 2009.[8]

At the start of the season, Turner missed the first three league games due to his suspension. But started in wins against Carlisle United and Premier League champions Manchester United in the League Cup. His first league game of the season came in a 1–1 draw against Charlton Athletic, he continued to break into the first team throughout the season.

The following season, Turner was mainly used as injury cover for the Sky Blues defence under new manager Chris Coleman. However in January 2009, he signed a new contract, committing him to the club till the end of the 2009–10 season.[9]

Turner scored his first competitive goal, on 21 August 2010 against Derby County, four years after making his debut, the goal meant that Coventry won the fixture 2–1.[10] He then scored two consecutive goals against Swansea City and Bristol City. He suffered a knee injury on 6 November from blocking a shot. On 23 December, Turner agreed a new three and half-year deal to stay at the Ricoh Arena till 2014.[11] Turner never played for the rest of the season because of his knee injury.

Despite being ruled out until mid-September 2011, Turner managed to attract interest from Championship clubs such as Birmingham City and Cardiff City.[12][13] On 29 August, Turner was in talks with Cardiff City over a possible move thought to be in a region of £750,000 and could see striker Jon Parkin going the other way.[14]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 30 August, Turner passed a medical and agreed a three-year deal with Cardiff City.[15][16] The move was finalised the following day where he signed for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £750,000.[17] Turner's knee injury, suffered the previous season, kept him out for the first few games following his move, though he made an appearance for the Development Squad against Southampton on 13 September, an encounter which ended in a 1–0 defeat for the Bluebirds.[18] Turner's first involvement with Cardiff's first team was as an unused substitute against Southampton in the Championship on 28 September. His debut came on 1 October 2011, coming as an 84th minute substitute against Hull City. His first start came two weeks later in 2–2 against Ipswich Town. He made his 100th career appearance on 30 October, against Leeds United. Turner's first goal for Cardiff came on 17 December 2011, in a 3–2 defeat to Middlesbrough. His 100th league appearance came on 31 January, in 1–1 draw with Southampton.

Turner scored a dramatic equaliser against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in the League Cup Final, in a performance lauded for the way City held their own against the Premier League giants. Cardiff were ultimately beaten 3–2 on penalties. He scored his third goal against Middlesbrough, this time at the Riverside Stadium and Cardiff won 2–0.

Turner started the 2012–13 season as first-choice centre-half alongside captain Mark Hudson. Sidelined with injury early on in the season, he was kept out of the team by new signing Matt Connolly upon his return. On 12 December, having regained his first-team berth, he signed a new contract keeping him at Cardiff until 2016.[19] Turner was an integral part of the Cardiff side that won promotion from the Championship as League Champions.

International career[edit]

He has been called up to the England under-19 squad, he was on the bench twice without playing, but then made his debut on 20 May 2007 against Czech Republic for a UEFA European U-19 Championship Tournament, but was later substituted for Liverpool's Jack Hobbs.

He is also eligible to play for Wales through his Welsh grandparents.[20] However, Turner rejected the chance to play for Wales.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 March 2014[22]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 2005–06 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 Championship 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08 Championship 19 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 23 0
2008–09 Championship 24 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 29 0
2009–10 Championship 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2010–11 Championship 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 4
Total 72 4 7 0 5 0 0 0 84 4
Peterborough United (loan) 2006–07 League Two 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2006–07 League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cardiff City 2011–12 Championship 37 2 0 4 1 0 2 0 43 3
2012–13 Championship 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2013–14 Premier League 27 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
Total 95 3 2 0 4 1 2 0 103 4
Career total 176 7 9 0 9 1 3 0 197 8
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Cardiff City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England & Wales births". FindMyPast. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 415. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  3. ^ "Profiles: Ben Turner". Cardiff City F.C. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Peterborough borrow Coventry pair". BBC Sport. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2006. 
  5. ^ "Posh pair extend their loan deals". BBC Sport. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2006. 
  6. ^ "Turner agrees Oldham loan switch". BBC Sport. 23 February 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2007. 
  7. ^ "Coventry lose appeal over Turner". BBC Sport. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "Pair pledge future to Sky Blues". BBC Sport. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  9. ^ "Turner signs new Sky Blues deal". BBC Sport. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Coventry 2 – 1 Derby". BBC Sport. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ben Turner agrees new Coventry City deal". BBC Sport. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Gossip: Birmingham City keen on late transfer window moves". Coventry Telegraph. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Terry Phillips (27 August 2011). "Cardiff City linked with Coventry defender Ben Turner". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Bluebirds in talks with Turner". Football 365. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  15. ^ Andy Turner (30 August 2011). "Ben Turner passes Cardiff City medical but holds out for Birmingham move". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ben Turner agrees three-year deal with Cardiff City". Coventry Telegraph. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Cardiff City complete move for Coventry City's Ben Turner". BBC Sport. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Ben Turner has first outing for Cardiff City". South Wales Echo. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Turner signs new City deal". Cardiff City F.C. (Official Site). 12 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  20. ^ Terry Phillips (16 November 2011). "Welsh grandmother means Cardiff City star Ben Turner could get Wales call". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Defender Ben Turner explains Wales international rejection". BBC Sport. 26 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ben Turner". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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