Arthur Turner (footballer, born 1921)

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Arthur Turner
Personal information
Full name Arthur Alexander Turner
Date of birth (1921-01-22) 22 January 1921 (age 96)
Place of birth Poplar, London, England
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1946 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
1947–1951 Colchester United 136 (90)
1951–???? Headington United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Arthur Alexander Turner (born 22 January 1921) was an English amateur footballer who played at centre forward for Charlton Athletic in the 1946 FA Cup Final, thus becoming the only player to play in an FA Cup Final who never played a League game for his club, since the League's inception.[1] He went on to have a league career at Colchester United.


Charlton Athletic[edit]

Following the cessation of the Second World War, there was no League football in 1945–46. The FA Cup was the main competition to be played this season; to make up for the lack of quality matches, all FA Cup rounds from round one up to and including the quarter-finals were made two-legged ties (rather than the traditional single matches) with the aggregate score determining who went through to the next round.

Poplar born Turner was a 22-year-old RAF officer who played part-time for Charlton Athletic, making a total of nine appearances in Charlton's run to the final, in which they played ten matches. After easy victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End (against whom Turner scored three goals in the two legs) and Brentford (another three goals), Charlton met Bolton Wanderers in the semi-final. Bolton were still suffering from the after-effects of the Burnden Park disaster in which 33 spectators were killed as a result of overcrowding. Charlton won the semi-final to set up a Cup Final against Derby County.[2] Turner played no significant part in the final itself, whereas his (unrelated) namesake, Bert Turner, scored for both sides, conceding an own goal on 85 minutes, which he cancelled out from a free-kick a minute later.

Colchester United[edit]

In 1947, Turner was signed for Colchester United by manager Ted Fenton who was endeavouring to build a side capable of obtaining election from the Southern League into the Football League. Success took some time to arrive, and it was not until 1950 that Colchester (then managed by Jimmy Allen) finally achieved their dream, when they were one of two clubs elected to join an expanded Football League Third Division South.[3]

Turner scored Colchester's first Football League goal at Layer Road, when he struck five minutes into a 4–1 win against Swindon Town on 31 August 1950.[4][5] Turner made 36 appearances in Colchester's inaugural Football League season, scoring twelve goals, but injury restricted him to only nine further appearances, and he retired from football in the summer of 1951, although he did subsequently return to the Southern League with Headington United.



Charlton Athletic[6]
Colchester United[7][8]
  • Southern League runner-up: 1949–50
  • Southern League Cup winner: 1949–50
  • Southern League Cup runner-up: 1947–48, 1948–49



  • Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 


  1. ^ Collett, Mike (2003). The Complete Record of The FA Cup. p. 790. ISBN 1-899807-19-5. 
  2. ^ Lloyd, Guy; Holt, Nick (2005). The F.A. Cup – The Complete Story. Aurum Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 1-84513-054-5. 
  3. ^ "The U's History: The 30s & 40s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "The U's History: The 50s". Colchester United F.C. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Colchester United 4 Swindon Town 1 (Match summary)". Swindon Town F.C. 31 August 1950. Retrieved 29 January 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "FA Cup Finalists". 
  7. ^ "Southern League Honours". 
  8. ^ "Southern League Cup Honours".