Michael Turner was one of City’s most important players, and undoubtedly the club’s most important defender, of the 2000s. Yet his early weeks in the first team in late 2006 were error-strewn and unimpressive. Turner flourished under Phil Brown however, and it was his powerhouse performances that did much to propel the Tigers to the play-offs and Premier League status. Turner then kicked on further in 2008/09 in the top flight, an ever-present force at the back that ended up on the fringes of the England senior squad within a few months. However as the financial struggles of the club began to bite in 2009, Turner was City’s most saleable asset and he was hurriedly jettisoned to Sunderland, for a cut price fee, in August 2009.
Born in Lewisham, Turner came through the Charlton Athletic and enjoyed a half-season at Inter Milan as part of his development. He didn’t make an impression on the Charlton first team and it was a move to Brentford that quickly revealed the defensive solidity of the young Turner. He had two near-ever-present seasons at Griffin Park, which led to his switch to the Tigers as a highly rated young prospect.
Turner came to the KC Stadium as a prospect but left very much as the finished article. However his time at Sunderland was dogged by serious injuries, though not before he netted the obligatory goal in a Premier League fixture against the Tigers – uncelebrated, to his credit. In 2012 Turner switched to Norwich City but he struggled for first team action at Carrow Road and within a couple of years had loans at Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday. In 2017 Turner, now in his mid-30s, was reunited with Phil Brown at League 1 side Southend United.
Date/Place of Birth: 9 November 1983, Lewisham
Hull City First Game: 5 August 2006, West Bromwich Albion A (Championship), 22 years, 269 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 August 2009, Wolverhampton Wanderers A (Premier League), 25 years, 293 days old
Charlton Athletic (2002-2004), Leyton Orient (2003, loan), Brentford (2004, loan), Brentford (2004-2006), Hull City (2006-2009), Sunderland (2009-2012), Norwich City (2012-2017), Fulham (2015, loan), Sheffield Wednesday (2015-2016, loan), Southend United (2017-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 146 apps, 13 goalsMichael Turner
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