Ian Turner (footballer)

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Ian Turner
Ian Turner Coryton Oil Refinery 2006 crop.jpg
Turner in 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-01-17) 17 January 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
South Bank
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Huddersfield Town 0 (0)
1972–1974 Grimsby Town 26 (0)
1973 Walsall (loan) 3 (0)
1974–1979 Southampton 77 (0)
1978 Newport County (loan) 7 (0)
1978 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (loan)
1978 Lincoln City (loan) 7 (0)
1979–1982 Walsall 39 (0)
1980 Luton Town (loan) 0 (0)
1981 Halifax Town (loan) 5 (0)
1982–1984 Witney Town
1984–1985 Salisbury City
1985 Totton
1985 Road-Sea Southampton
1985–1986 Waterlooville
Teams managed
1987 Romsey Town
1987–1988 Brockenhurst
1992–1993 Romsey Town
1993 Totton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Turner (born 17 January 1953) is an English former footballer, who won the FA Cup when he played for Southampton as goalkeeper in the 1976 FA Cup Final.

Early career[edit]

Ian was one of 10 children and originally played at centre-half for his local team, South Bank. During a match against Huddersfield Reserves he went in goal as a replacement and played so well that he was noticed by Huddersfield Town’s manager, Ian Greaves, who signed him as a professional in October 1970.

He transferred to Grimsby Town in March 1972 where he first became acquainted with manager Lawrie McMenemy.


In March 1974, Southampton were seeking a replacement for long-time goalkeeper, Eric Martin, so McMenemy, who was by now Southampton's manager, went back to his former club, Grimsby, to sign Ian Turner.

Ian was the first choice keeper for the next few seasons, and in May 1976 was part of the Southampton team who beat Manchester United 1–0 in the FA Cup final. Manchester United started stronger, and missed several early goalscoring opportunities, with Turner making a series of impressive saves to deny Gerry Daly and Gordon Hill.

He was a brave and reliable keeper, but at the start of the 1976–77 season he injured his left knee and required an operation to remove both cartilages. After his return to fitness he only made occasional appearances, including 3 appearances in European games against Olympique Marseille (twice) and Napoli. He started the following season as first-choice 'keeper, but after 8 games he lost his place to Peter Wells in October 1977. He only played 4 further league games that season.

He left Southampton in the summer of 1978 to play for Fort Lauderdale, before working for many of Hampshire's minor teams as a coach.

In his five years at The Dell, he made 107 first team appearances for Southampton.

Other clubs[edit]

During his career, he played on loan at various clubs, including Walsall, Newport County, Lincoln City, Luton Town and Halifax Town and spells at various non-league clubs including Witney Town, Salisbury City, Waterlooville and Romsey Town.

After football[edit]

After leaving football, he became an engineer in the oil industry and is now living near Stamford in Lincolnshire.


As a player[edit]

With Southampton F.C.

  • FA Cup winner 1976


  • Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  • Tim Manns (2006). Tie a Yellow Ribbon: How the Saints Won the Cup. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534474-6-4.