Wayne Turner (footballer)

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Wayne Turner
Personal information
Full name Wayne Leslie Turner
Date of birth (1961-03-09) 9 March 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Luton, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Lewsey Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1985 Luton Town 84 (2)
1981 Lincoln City (loan) 18 (0)
1985–1986 Coventry City 15 (1)
1986–1987 Brentford 56 (2)
1987–1989 Barnet
Teams managed
2002–2003 Stevenage Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Wayne Leslie Turner (born 9 March 1961) is an English former professional footballer, best known for his association as a player and coach for his hometown club Luton Town.


Born in Luton, Turner graduated from local team Lewsey Youth in 1978 to play for the town's senior team, Luton Town. After three seasons as a squad player, Turner was sent out on loan to Lincoln City, an experience that benefited him – on his return, he became a first-team regular for Luton.[1][2]

After three years in the Luton midfield, Turner was sold to Coventry City, who in turn sold him to Brentford after only one season. After two years with Brentford, he dropped out of the Football League to play for Barnet.[1][2]

Coaching and management[edit]

Turner started his coaching career while still at Barnet. In 1992, he took the opportunity to return to Luton Town to become part of David Pleat's coaching staff. In 1995, Lennie Lawrence promoted him to the position of assistant manager. He quit this position after two years and was briefly unemployed before becoming the assistant manager of Wycombe Wanderers. In 1999, he joined Peterborough United and served there for three years until 2002.

He was appointed as manager of Football Conference side Stevenage Borough in February 2002, although his employment was terminated after less than a year. In 2003 Turner joined the scouting team of Leicester City and in 2006 he moved on to become a scout for Crystal Palace.

He returned to Luton in 2008, coaching the club's under-15 and under-16 teams, before being promoted to Head of Youth Football in July 2012.[3] Turner left his position in May 2015.[4]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Competitive matches only.
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Stevenage Borough England 27 February 2002 1 February 2003 52 18 9 25 034.62
Total 52 18 9 25 034.62


  1. ^ a b Wash, Roger (2008). Hatters Heroes. Roger Wash. ISBN 978-0-9560832-0-3. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Mike. "Wayne Turner". Since 1888. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  (registration & fee required)
  3. ^ "Wayne's world all about Hatters in his new role". Leighton Buzzard Observer. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wayne Turner announces Hatters departure". Luton Town F.C. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2017.