Moving tributes to Chris the Posh legend and a man of the people

Chris Turner tributes at the ABAX Stadium, London Road EMN-150428-183921009
Chris Turner tributes at the ABAX Stadium, London Road EMN-150428-183921009
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Posh fans will be given the chance to say goodbye to ‘the people’s footballer’ at a service at the city’s cathedral.

Peterborough United legend Chris Turner passed away after a battle with dementia on Monday evening.

Chris Turner tributes outside London Road EMN-150427-230907009

Chris Turner tributes outside London Road EMN-150427-230907009

Fans have been queueing up to pay tribute to Chris, who played for, managed and even owned the London Road club, and was behind some of the team’s greatest triumphs.

Micky Vincent (62) was Chris’s best man when he got married to Lynne 33 years ago.

He said: “The family has had talks with the cathedral for a service. It is the only place big enough for the service in the city.

“All the ex-players want to come back for it. He was the people’s player and the people’s manager.”

Chris Turner tributes at London Road ABAX Stadium EMN-150428-122742009

Chris Turner tributes at London Road ABAX Stadium EMN-150428-122742009

The service at the cathedral will be at 11.30 am on Friday, May 15.

Since Chris’s death was announced, scarves, shirts, flowers and flags have been left at London Road to pay tribute to the fan’s favourite.

But Micky said: “He would have been embarrassed by all the fuss, and walked away from it all.He is the most popular player and manager we ever had, and the best manager we have ever had.

“He had an infectious personality. He was funny and mischievous - playing pranks all the time.

Chris Turner tributes at London Road ABAX Stadium EMN-150428-122832009

Chris Turner tributes at London Road ABAX Stadium EMN-150428-122832009

“Chris also had the vision for the club that we needed to produce our own players, and to get the new stand built as well to move the team forward.”

Bob Symns, chief executive of Peterborough United, said there had been a sombre atmosphere around the club this week.

He said: “He was a tremendous leader while at the club in whatever capacity he was working at.

“He was a very special person - the dictionary definition of a legend.

Chris Turner tributes at the ABAX Stadium, London Road. Roger Cresswell signing book of condolence EMN-150428-183430009

Chris Turner tributes at the ABAX Stadium, London Road. Roger Cresswell signing book of condolence EMN-150428-183430009

“No one will have a bad word to say about him, and everyone will have a personal story to tell.

“He brought a lot of passion to the club. A lot of people who come to the club now came thanks to Chris, and they now bring their children and their children’s children. Chris brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.

“We have been planning something as a tribute to him for the last 12 months, but it has not been an appropriate time. We are talking about a statue of him with Noel Cantwell, and I have already been in touch with Cambridge United about a match, with proceeds to Chris’s family and their nominated charity.

“There are also other peripheral things like naming a stand or part of the ground after Chris, but all these things are being discussed now.”

Among the first fans to take tributes to London Road was Adi Mowles, chairman of supporters group PISA.

He said: “Chris’s legacy is that he made Posh a team you were proud to say you supported for the first time.

Chris Turner tributes at the ABAX Stadium, London Road. PISA chairman Adi Mowles with his tribute EMN-150428-183619009

Chris Turner tributes at the ABAX Stadium, London Road. PISA chairman Adi Mowles with his tribute EMN-150428-183619009

“He brought a whole new generation of fans to the club.

“My favourite memory of Chris’s time at Posh was 1992 at Huddersfield when we won to take us to Wembley, somewhere I never thought I would see us play.

“It is a shame we have already played our last home game this season and the supporters don’t have the chance to say goodbye to Chris. I am sure they will do their best at Oldham on Sunday.”

Roger Cresswell (66) said: “He was my friend for many years. He was a wonderful man, who will be sadly missed by many people.”

Pep Cipriano was head of communications at Posh between 1998 and 2002, when Chris was commercial manager.

Pep said: “He welcomed me with open arms to the club. He loved people, and he was interested in people.He didn’t want to talk about his achievements at all. We spoke about important things, and joked about silly things.

“Chris Turner put Peterborough on the map because of his exploits at the club.”

Micky said Chris’s wife, Lynne, had asked for any charity donations in her husband’s name to be sent to the Glenfield Centre in Wisbech, where Chris was looked after following his diagnosis with dementia.