Michael Turner (footballer)

Michael Turner (footballer)
Michael Turner
Turner - Sunderland.jpg
Personal information
Full name Michael Thomas Turner
Date of birth 9 November 1983 (1983-11-09) (age 28)
Place of birth Lewisham, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) [1]
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current club Sunderland
Number 4
Youth career
000?–2002 Charlton Athletic
1998 Internazionale (apprenticeship)[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2003 Leyton Orient (loan) 7 (1)
2004 Brentford (loan) 16 (0)
2004–2006 Brentford 75 (3)
2006–2009 Hull City 129 (12)
2009– Sunderland 49 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:22, 23 October 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Thomas Turner (born 9 November 1983) is an English footballer who plays for Sunderland.


Club career

Charlton Athletic

Born in Lewisham, London, Turner started his career at Charlton Athletic. As part of a link-up Charlton had with Internazionale, he spent several months of his apprenticeship with the Italian club's under-19 team.[3] After signing professional terms with Charlton, he went out on loan to Leyton Orient in March 2003 until the end of the 2002–03 season. The following season, he was captain of Charlton's reserve team, and was named Charlton's Young Player of the Year 2003–04.[4]


In August 2004, Turner joined Brentford on an initial one-month loan, which was later extended to two, then three, months. At the end of his loan spell, in November 2004, Brentford signed Turner permanently, on a two-and-a-half year contract, for an undisclosed fee.[4] He was highly rated at Griffin Park, being voted Players' Player of the Year in the 2004–05 season and Supporters' Player of the Year in the 2005–06 season.[5]

Hull City

In July 2006, Turner joined Hull City, for a fee of £350,000, on a three-year contract. Turner was Phil Parkinson's first signing for the Tigers, during his short spell in charge. Parkinson said of the signing: "He's a player that I've watched for a number of years, firstly with Charlton reserves and then obviously with Brentford. I like him a lot and believe he'll be an excellent signing for us because he's ready to play Championship football. Michael was the best central defender in League One last season and is ready to step up."[6]

Turner playing for Hull City in 2009

After a very disappointing start to the 2006–07 season, Turner's form significantly improved, and he finished the season as one of the club's successes of the year. He was voted Hull City's Player Of The Season in their promotion-winning 2007–08 season.[7] His good form was rewarded, as he signed a new three-year deal with Hull in April 2008.[8]

Turner scored his first Premier League goal in September 2008 during the 2–2 draw at home to Everton. Turner scored his second goal of the 2008–09 season against West Ham United in October, which proved to be the winning goal of the match with the game ending 1–0 to Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Turner played every minute of every Premier League game for Hull in 2008–09, and was one of only two outfield players to do so, the other being Portsmouth's Sylvain Distin.[9] At the end of the season Turner was named as the Official Supporters Club's player of the year for the third season in a row,[10] as well as the club's official player of the year for the second season in a row.[11]

On 31 August 2009, after Turner had been repeatedly linked with Liverpool[12][13] and Manchester City[14] amongst other clubs,[15][16][17] a bid was finally accepted from Sunderland[18] after Hull City manager Phil Brown claimed that offers currently tabled for Turner were "getting towards a ridiculous valuation".[19]


Sunderland completed the signing of Turner on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee[20] initially thought to be at least £6 million,[21] but later revealed to be just £4 million,[22] with Charlton receiving part of the transfer fee as a sell-on-clause.[23][24][25] Turner made his Sunderland debut against former club Hull City. Turner thought he had scored on his debut against his former club, but the goal, Sunderland's fourth, was later credited as a Kamil Zayatte own goal.[26] Turner scored his first Sunderland goal and completed the full 90 minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Barclays Premier League on 27 September 2009 in a 5-2 victory.[27][28][29] On 19 December 2009 Turner was sent off during Sunderland's 4–3 defeat at Manchester City.[30] Sunderland appealed the decision, but it was rejected, and Turner controversially had his suspension increased to four matches. Turner played his first game of the 2010-11 season against Colchester United in the Carling Cup 2nd round tie at the Stadium of Light. On 29 August 2010, he started his first premier league match of the season against Manchester City but had to be replaced through injury at half-time by Phil Bardsley in a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light. He did not make his return to the first team until the 25 September against Liverpool at Anfield, when he completed the full 90 minutes alongside Titus Bramble in the 2-2 draw. On 2 October, Turner played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United in a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light. On 18 October 2010, he started and played the full 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 0-0 draw. On 31 October 2010, Turner played the full 90 minutes in the Tyne-Wear Derby game against Newcastle United at St. James' Park and also got booked in their 5-1 defeat. Exactly six days later he played in a 2-0 win over Stoke City at the Stadium of Light.

International career

A string of good performances in October 2008 led team-mate Dean Marney to call for Turner's inclusion in the England squad, claiming that he had outshone England rivals Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson.[31] However, Hull City manager Phil Brown remarked at the time that such calls were "premature".[32]


  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. http://www.premierleague.com/page/PlayerProfile/0,,12306~23620,00.html. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-10041848.html
  3. ^ "An Italian adventure with Charlton". Michael Turner OWS. http://www.michaelturnerofficialwebsite.com/autobiography%20entry/21805.AN%20ITALIAN%20ADVENTURE%20WITH%20CHARLTON. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Brentford secure deal for Turner". BBC Sport. 2004-11-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/brentford/3975843.stm. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Profiles: Michael Turner". Hull City A.F.C.. http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10338~23620,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Parkinson Pleased With Turner Acquisition". Hull City A.F.C.. 6 July 2006. http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10338~864705,00.html. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Turner Crowned Player Of The Year". Hull City A.F.C.. 7 May 2008. http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10338~1307135,00.html. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Turner accepts Tigers deal". Sky Sports. 24 April 2008. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_3469880,00.html. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "The boys at the back make up the Premier Leagues ever presents". football.co.uk. 2009-05-19. http://www.football.co.uk/bolton_wanderers/three_keepers_and_two_defenders_the_boys_at_the_back_make_up_the_premier_leagues_ever_presents_rss105895.shtml. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Turner's Trophies". Hull City A.F.C.. 18 May 2009. http://www.hullcityafc.net/page/NewsDetail/0,,10338~1661114,00.html. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Turner Prize". Hull City A.F.C.. 20 May 2009. http://www.hullcityafc.net/page/NewsDetail/0,,10338~1662268,00.html. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Andy Hunter (9 August 2009). "Rafael Benítez turns to Michael Turner after Jamie Carragher injury". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/aug/09/rafael-benitez-michael-turner-jamie-carragher. 
  13. ^ "Benitez ponders offer for Turner". BBC. 8 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/8191644.stm. 
  14. ^ Hull City's Michael Turner Dismisses Liverpool & Manchester City Speculation
  15. ^ Aston Villa target Hull City Michael Turner in swap deal
  16. ^ Hull City Captain Ian Ashbee To Be Sidelined For Nine Further Months
  17. ^ Paper Talk: Arsenal track Van der Vaart
  18. ^ Wilson, Steve (31 August 2009). "Sunderland given permission to speak to Hull City defender Michael Turner". London: Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/sunderland/6117565/Sunderland-given-permission-to-speak-to-Hull-City-defender-Michael-Turner.html. 
  19. ^ "Sunderland bid for Hull's Turner". BBC. 31 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/8230342.stm. 
  20. ^ Turner signs for Sunderland ESPNsoccernet
  21. ^ "We had to sell Turner, says Brown". BBC. 2 September 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hull_city/8232882.stm. 
  22. ^ "Hull made only £2.8m from selling Michael Turner says new chairman". London: Guardian. 3 November 2009. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/nov/03/michael-turner-adam-pearson-hull. 
  23. ^ Parky – we had a point to prove
  24. ^ "Sunderland seal Turner transfer". BBC. 31 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/8230342.stm. 
  25. ^ Arindam Rej (30 August 2009). "Wolves 1 Hull City 1: Michael Turner leaves a final reminder". London: Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1210047/Wolves-1-Hull-City-1-Michael-Turner-leaves-final-reminder.html. 
  26. ^ Colin Young (14 September 2009). "Sunderland 4 Hull City 1: Masterpiece from new boy Michael Turner". London: Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1213230/Sunderland-4-Hull-City-1-Masterpiece-new-boy-Turner.html. 
  27. ^ Paul Fletcher (27 September 2009). "Sunderland 5–2 Wolverhampton". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8271618.stm. 
  28. ^ Black Cats thrash Wolves
  29. ^ Sunderland demolish Wolverhampton 5–2 to claim 4th Premier League win
  30. ^ Joe Bernstein (20 December 2009). "Manchester City 4 Sunderland 3: Defiant Mark Hughes waves a stylish goodbye". London: Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1237113/Manchester-City-4-Sunderland-3-Roque-Santa-Cruz-double-Mark-Hughes-stand.html. 
  31. ^ "Hull City hero Michael Turner stakes England claim". The Mirror. 2008-10-21. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/10/21/hull-city-hero-michael-turner-stakes-england-claim-115875-20824284/. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  32. ^ "Turner England Chants Are Premature". Goal.com. 2008-10-22. http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=925827. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andy Dawson
Hull City Player of the Season
Succeeded by
Stephen Hunt

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