Player of the Day: Chris Turner


80's keeper in today's spotlight.

Chris Turner joined the club in 1979 after impressing for Sheffield Wednesday where he had progressed from a schoolboy to a first-team regular.

Turner joined Sunderland to compete with Barry Siddall for the number one spot, and he soon ousted the more experienced stopper to make 32 appearances as Ken Knighton’s side won promotion to the top-flight.

The following season Turner continued to gain control as first-choice keeper with 31 appearances as Sunderland preserved their Division One status.

During the 1981-82 campaign, Siddall left to join Port Vale and Turner stepped up again, making 19 appearances as Sunderland starved off fears of relegation.

The 1982-83 campaign was one of Turner’s most successful as he kept six consecutive clean sheets, becoming only the third Sunderland stopper to do so – Jimmy Montgomery and Ted Doig being the other two.

And Turner was becoming one of the first names on the team sheet as he played every single league game during the 1983-84 season.

His form in the 1984-85 League Cup run also received widespread recognition; Turner almost single-handedly kept Sunderland in the tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Roker Park before saving a penalty in the 2-1 replay victory at White Hart Lane.

Unfortunately Sunderland lost form following the final defeat to Norwich and Len Ashurst’s side were relegated to Division Two.

Turner left for Manchester United before returning to Sheffield Wednesday where he won both promotion and the League Cup.

Following his retirement Turner had managerial stints with Leyton Orient, Hartlepool, Wednesday and Stockport.

He is now chief executive at Chesterfield FC.