Chris Turner (footballer, born 1951)

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Chris Turner
Personal information
Full name Christopher James Turner
Date of birth (1951-04-03) 3 April 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth St Neots, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1978 Peterborough United 314 (37)
1977 Connecticut Bicentennials (loan) 20 (3)
1978 New England Tea Men 26 (2)
1978–1979 Luton Town 30 (5)
1979 New England Tea Men 29 (2)
1979–1980 Cambridge United 19 (0)
1980 New England Tea Men 30 (5)
1980 Swindon Town 3 (0)
1980–1983 Cambridge United 71 (3)
1983–1984 Southend United 22 (2)
Teams managed
1985–1990 Cambridge United
1991–1992 Peterborough United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher James "Chris" Turner (born 3 April 1951 in St Neots, Cambridgeshire) is an English former professional footballer and manager, best known for a nine-year association as a player with Peterborough United.

Playing career[edit]

Turner began his playing career with Peterborough United in 1969. He went onto make 314 league appearances as a defender, scoring 37 goals. 1977 saw him spend a loan spell in the United States with the Connecticut Bicentennials, an experience he enjoyed so much that he moved permanently to the New England Tea Men a year later. He returned to England to join Luton Town the same year, and although he did well during his season in Bedfordshire, he moved back to New England at the end of the season. At the end of the American season, he switched again, this time to join Cambridge United.[1]

He played for one season at Cambridge, playing 19 times before leaving the country to play in the American Soccer League once again with New England. After returning to England he joined up with Swindon Town for a brief spell before returning to Cambridge. Turner ended a 15 year playing career with a spell at Southend United before retiring in 1984.[1]

Non-playing career[edit]

In December 1985, Cambridge United had sacked their manager Ken Shellito and were looking for a new appointment. Turner was appointed as his replacement. He managed Cambridge until January 1990, stabilising a club that was at rock bottom and turning them slowly into promotion candidates. He built much of the squad that he would later hand over to John Beck to take the team up from the Fourth Division to Second Division.[1]

He took on his next managerial position at his first club, Peterborough United, in January 1991 and managed the club until December 1992, going on to be one of the most successful managers in the club's history. He retired from football in 1992 and went on to own the club as chairman before selling his interest to Barry Fry in 1996.[1]

In 2006, Turner teamed up with ex-Peterborough player Lee Power, now chairman of Cambridge United, to help out in a temporary coaching role at the club.[1]

But soon afterwards he became ill with what was later diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia, and by April 2014 he was living in a nursing home, when still only 62 years old. For about five years since then, he had reportedly been unable to walk, talk or eat solid foods.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Wash, Roger (2008). Hatters Heroes. Roger Wash. ISBN 978-0-9560832-0-3. 
  2. ^ [1]

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