The Posh Independent Supporters Association has donated £1,900 to the Chris Turner Statue fund ahead of the supporters’ launch night taking place at the ABAX Stadium in London Road tonight (Friday, November 20).
The fund, which has already raised around £20,000 since the summer, is seeking to raise at least £75,000 to leave a lasting tribute to one of Posh’s favourite sons.
Chris Turner was not only a fans’ favourite in his 364 games for the club between 1969 and 1978, but also a club legend after he led the club to back-to-back promotions between 1991 and 1993, taking Posh to the second level of English football for the first time in its history.
PISA 2000 has decided to donate the money after the fantastic support given by its members since the fund was announced, with regular donations on match days and at Ebeneezers, and by attending events such as the Q&A session with current chairman Darragh MacAnthony and manager Graham Westley.
Over the years, PISA has donated generously to worthwhile local causes, including the Free Kicks Foundation, Papworth Hospital (to support club legend Tommy Robson during his illness) and Sarcoma UK.
This latest donation will ensure that Chris Turner is never forgotten and will give fans of all ages and generations a way of remembering one of the club’s most influential figures.
PISA chairman Adi Mowles said: “Chris was, to many Posh fans, ‘the Son of God’, and we have him to thank for the success he brought to the club in his spells as a player, manager and owner.
“The work he did for our club should never be forgotten and we want to create a lasting memorial so that fans will forever appreciate his contribution.
The word legend is used far too loosely in most contexts, but is more than apt in Chris’s case. We believe that making this significant donation to such a special project is the right thing to do and will hopefully make everyone connected with Posh even prouder of their club.”
The statue will be delivered by sculptor Sean Hedges Quinn who is responsible for statues of other football legends including Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson among others.
Following the launch night, there will be a number of fundraisers and opportunities to get involved with this long-term project. Visit http://www.thechristurnerstatue.co.uk/ for more details.