Born 3rd April 1951 in St Neots – Died 27th April 2015.
Anyone who knows anything about Peterborough Utd knows that Chris Turner was not just a Posh cult hero but a Posh legend. One of the finest central defenders in the club’s history, Chris later returned to the club to achieve legendary status as a Manager when he guided the Posh from the old 4th Division to League 1 (the 2nd tier in League Football).
Chris began his playing career with the Posh in November 1969 when under Posh Manager Jim Iley he signed professional terms. Although Chris didn’t become a regular in the Posh side until the 1971/72 season when he formed a strong partnership with Jack Carmichael, he was ever present in the 1972/73 season and was the backbone of the defence when Posh won the 4th Division championship in the 1973/74 season.
Captain under Noel Cantwell when the Posh were back in the old 3rd Division Chris’s leadership resulted in Posh enjoying many good runs and decent league placings. As a central defender alongside Ian Ross, in the 1977/78 season the team conceded only 33 league goals as the Posh just missed out on promotion to Division 2 on goal difference.
After the failure to get promotion Chris was sold to 2nd Division side Luton Town for a record £100,000 in 1978. His presence in the side was sorely missed in the 1978/79 season as Posh were relegated to the 4th Division.
Chris returned to the Posh as Manager (for the first time) in January 1991 managing the club until December 1992 and becoming the most successful manager in the club’s history by leading us to the 2nd tier of the football league for the first time in the clubs history.
In December 1992 Chris led a consortium which bought the club and saw him become Chairman as he relinquished his Managers post.
Chris’s second spell as Manager came after Lil Fuccillo resigned in December 1993 with Posh struggling in the 2nd Division. With Alf Hand taking over from Chris as Chairman, Chris once again managed the team. Although the team rallied round and achieved some good results including draws against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup our performances in the league were not good enough and Posh were relegated back to the third tier of the football league at the end of the 1993/94 season.
Sadly Chris passed away in 2015 after suffering from frontal lobe dementia. Following his death a group of Posh fans got together to discuss the possibility of commemorating the great man in such a way that fellow Posh and football fans in general could pay their respects. It was agreed the best way would be by having a life size statue of the man made and installed at London Road. Mr Sean Hedges Quinn an elite sporting statue sculptor has been commissioned to produce the status which will hopefully be installed soon at the ABAX stadium.
Did you know: Chris first came to London Road as an Arsenal fan in January 1965 and left the ground in tears as Posh beat Arsenal in the FA Cup 2-1!