He was as hard as nails, but with a heart of gold

The Posh team after winning at Wembley in 1992.
The Posh team after winning at Wembley in 1992.
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Mick Halsall, captain when Posh won at Wembley in 1992 has described Chris Turner as a hard man with a heart of gold

“Chris could be a pain in the backside,” Halsall stated. “But he was a loveable bloke underneath it all. He wasn’t afraid of the tough decisions, but he cared about his players. He was absolutely fantastic with me and my family when I played for him.

“Chris was the best man-manager I knew, but he was also a much shrewder tactician that people gave him credit for.

“We had a particular way of playing that we stuck too and he was the sort of bloke you’d run through brick walls for, but he was sharp enough to tweak things when necessary.

“‘Great’ is a word used too loosely at all levels of football, but it definitely applies to Chris Turner as far as Peterborough United is concerned.

“What he achieved at Posh was just incredible, particularly as a manager.

“He lifted the club out of the doldrums and put it firmly on the map.

“Posh have had success since, but Chris started the ball rolling and I was fortunate to be around him through a fantastic period for the club.

“His achievements should never be forgotten and it’s great news that Posh have already started planning for a suitable memorial at London Road.

“No-one deserves it more than he does. He is a massive loss to everyone who knew him. He was a truly great man.”