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Neil Turner (right winger) 1913-14

Born: Govan, Glasgow, 7 October 1892

Neil Turner had a brief spell with Leeds City, scoring on his debut and registering two goals in his four appearances for the club, all during the 1913/14 season.

Glasgow-born, he began his career with local club Petershill, who plied their trade in the Glasgow Junior League. Turner earned junior caps for Scotland and won the Scottish Junior Cup with Petershill in 1912, with a 5-0 victory over Denny Hibs in the final.

In September 1913, Leeds City signed Turner as cover for their 18-year-old right winger, Simpson Bainbridge. The Scot was given his debut on 8 November at Huddersfield when Bainbridge was injured.

Turner opened the scoring after eighteen minutes, firing home from ten yards, though Huddersfield fought back to equalise. Turner could have won the game, but with five minutes remaining he fired over the bar. According to the Leeds Mercury, he "made a very creditable debut at outside-right… With a little more experience and confidence Turner should make a name for himself in League football."

He retained his place for the home game with Lincoln City, when he came close to scoring again as Leeds won with a goal from Billy McLeod.

Turner was then dropped with Ivan Sharpe moving to the right wing and the experienced Fred Croot returning at outside-left. He had to wait until April 1914 for another opportunity, when he was recalled in place of Croot for the home game with Bristol City.

The Scot got his second Leeds goal, firing home from a Sharpe corner, the strike enough to win the game for the Peacocks. Turner's performance kept him in the side for the following game with Clapton Orient, though that was his final senior appearance for City.

Turner left Elland Road for Raith Rovers in August 1914 and played as a guest during the War for Glasgow Benburb. He signed briefly for Vale of Leven when peace resumed before joining Kilmarnock in September 1918.

The Scot moved on to First Division Sunderland in August 1919, but managed just one League game for the Black Cats. He was recruited by Aberdare Athletic in May 1920 and featured in their first season as a Football League club in 1921/22. He scored twice in 22 Third Division South games as they finished eighth.

Turner returned to Scotland with Dundee a year later, before emigrating to the USA in August 1923, seeing out his playing days with Bethlehem Steel, New Bedford Whalers and Springfield Babes.