Chris Turner (footballer born 1987)

Chris Turner (footballer born 1987)
Chris Turner
Personal information
Full name Christopher Turner
Date of birth 3 January 1987 (1987-01-03) (age 24)
Place of birth Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Shamrock Rovers
Number 18
Youth career
2004–2005 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Sligo Rovers ? (5)
2007–2008 Bohemians 20 (1)
2008 Partick Thistle 2 (0)
2009 Dundalk 31 (12)
2010- Shamrock Rovers 25 (2)
National team
2006–2008 Northern Ireland U-21 ? (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher Turner (born 3 January 1987) is a Northern Irish footballer playing for Shamrock Rovers. He has been capped at under-19 and under-21 level by Northern Ireland.

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Club career

Turner began his career at Derby County but moved home to Ireland to join Sligo Rovers in December 2005 after the club returned to the top flight by winning the First Division title a month earlier. Turner helped Sligo to fifth position in their first season back in the big time and remained at the Showgrounds for the opening half of the 2007 season before signing for Bohemian F.C. in the July transfer window.

At Dalymount Park, Turner made his club debut in an FAI Cup win over Malahide United on 19 August 2007. However, after Sean Connor departed at the end of that season, Turner found himself out of favour under Pat Fenlon and he left the Gypsies by mutual consent in July 2008.[1] Despite rumours suggesting that a return to Sligo was imminent, Chris earned himself a trial with Scottish club Rangers,[2] but eventually signed for Partick Thistle.[3]

He was released by the Firhill outfit midway through the 2008–09 campaign, however, and he returned to Ireland and signed for Dundalk.[4] He made his debut for the Lilywhites in the opening night defeat by Bohemians at Oriel Park on 6 March 2009 and scored his first club goals a fortnight later with two penalties in a 3-0 win at home to Drogheda United.

He was nominated for the PFAI Players' Player of the Year and made the League of Ireland Premier Division Team of the Year.[5] Despite apparently signing again for Sligo he was on the verge of quitting without playing a game.[6] Turner signed for Shamrock Rovers on 29 January 2010,[7] but Sligo lodged an appeal against the signing.[8] In March 2010, Turner was declared a free agent.[9][10] He made his Rovers debut at Morton Stadium on the 5 April.[11].Scored in the second round of qualifications for the Champions League in a match with Flora Tallinn on Tallaght Stadium, and contributed to the first victory Shamrock Rovers in the elite competition

International career

Turner has appeared for Northern Ireland at many underage levels and was a regular in the Under 21 side, captaining the side on occasions.

Honours

References

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ "Partick | Turner opts for Firhill contract". BBC Sport. 2008-09-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/partick_thistle/7596405.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  4. ^ Rogers, James. "Turner signs on at Oriel — Dundalk Today". Dundalkdemocrat.ie. http://www.dundalkdemocrat.ie/3418/Turner-signs-on-at-Oriel.4913906.jp. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Bohs get bulk of PFAI nominations". The Irish Times. 2009-11-05. http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/soccer/2009/1105/1224258173631.html. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Turner poised for exit as Galway, Hoops keep tabs | Dundalk". eleven-a-side.com. 2010-01-12. http://www.eleven-a-side.com/dundalk/news.asp?n=37870. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  7. ^ "Turner & Walsh sign for Hoops". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 2010-01-29. http://www.shamrockrovers.ie/news/35-news/1153-turner-a-walsh-sign-for-hoops. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Hoops sign duo, but appeal is lodged". extratime.ie. 2010-01-29. http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/2841/. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Turner able to choose his own club". extratime.ie. 2010-03-11. http://www.extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/3036/. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  10. ^ "DRC decision on Chris Turner registration". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 2010-03-11. http://www.shamrockrovers.ie/news/35-news/1225-drc-decision-on-chris-turner-registration. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  11. ^ http://www.airtricityleague.com/index.php/matchzone/premier-division/match-reports/170-series-6/1925-sporting-fingal-1-shamrock-rovers-1

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