Bid to honour Peterborough United legend Chris Turner gets underway

Fans at the launch night of the Chris Turner statue appeal
Fans at the launch night of the Chris Turner statue appeal

A campaign to create a statue in memory of Peterborough United legend Chris Turner began last week, and so far nearly £25,000 has been pledged towards the target.

Supporters are looking to raise at least £75,000 to commission the lasting tribute to Chris who played 364 times for Posh between 1969 and 1978 and scored 42 goals.

He also managed Posh between 1991 and 1993 and led the club to successive promotions and a place in the second tier of English football for the first time in Posh’s history.

The campaign launch began with an evening for businesses last Thursday, before the following night fans were able to visit the ABAX Stadium in London Road to take part in a raffle and see a 30 minute video of Chris’ career.

John Head, treasurer of the Chris Turner Statue Fund Committee, said: “There was plenty of interest and it was a really successful, emotional event.

“There were several donations but it’s a marathon, not a sprint. We were just trying to keep the project on everyone’s minds.

“We are trying to get fans to fundraise.”

Mr Head said businesses showed their support last week by pledging donations worth hundreds of pounds.

If the target is raised the statue will be created by sculptor Sean Hedges Quinn who is responsible for statues of Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson among other legends.

Money towards the statue has already been raised from match day collections and from events such as a Q&A session with current chairman Darragh MacAnthony and manager Graham Westley.

The Posh Independent Supporters Association also announced last week it was donating £1,900.