Turner, Robbie

Birth Date

18th September 1966

Birthplace

Easington, Durham

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

Robbie Turner made 45 Football League appearances for Exeter City during the latter stages of a league career that saw him make around 280 appearances for a dozen clubs including Cardiff City, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle.

Growing up in County Durham Robbie, brother of goalkeeper John Turner (Reading, Torquay, Chesterfield and Peterborough), started as an apprentice with Huddersfield Town in 1983 where he joined the professional ranks ahead of moving on after a solitary substitute appearance to Cardiff City in July 1985 and subsequently - following a loan spell with Hartlepool United - Bristol Rovers in December 1986 and Wimbledon in December 1987. 

Switching to Bristol City in January 1989 in a £45,000 deal he scored a dozen times in 52 league appearances for the Ashton Gate club before embarking on the longest and most productive phase of his career with 17 goals in 66 league games in the colours of Plymouth Argyle. Leaving Home Park, Robbie was to play for Notts County and Shrewsbury Town (on loan) before signing for Exeter City in February 1994 as one of returning manager Terry Cooper’s first signings.

Still only aged twenty-seven, Robbie joined a club struggling towards the lower reaches of the third-tier and made his debut against Blackpool on 5 February 1994. Scoring three times during the remainder of the season, Robbie netted just once in 1994/95 when City finished at the foot of the Football League before scoring three times during the 1995/96 campaign prior to his December 1995 departure to Cambridge United.     

After such a torrid experience, Robbie’s professional career drew to a close with just 17 appearances for Cambridge and another five on loan to Hull. He then returned to live in Devon and carried on playing until the age of forty with a number of clubs including Taunton Town and Newton Abbot. 

Appearances

38

Appearances as Substitute

7

Goals

7

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Comments

Paul Farley

Robert has appeared in the Alan Banks Collection, should be in A to Z

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