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Key Facts

Full name
Herbert Turner

Known as
Herb Turner

Born
6 July 1921

Died
24 February 2002 (aged 80)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 305d
Last game: 29y 2d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 7
Hawthorn: 25

Recruited from
Carlton (1950)

Herb Turner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1944-1949861011.1769%13.002.002
HawthornV/AFL195010101.000%0
V/AFL1944-1950961111.1661%13.002.002
Total1944-1950961111.1661%13.002.002

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 5,292nd player to appear, 2,479th most games played, 954th most goals kickedCarlton: 589th player to appear, 210th most games played, 89th most goals kickedHawthorn: 405th player to appear, 593rd most games played, 343rd most goals kicked

Popularly known as ‘Stumpy’ because he was only 170cm in height, Herb Turner had the satisfaction of playing in two Carlton premiership teams over the course of a comparatively brief career. That career commenced in 1944 and by the following season he was a regular senior player. Speedy, tough, brave and boasting good evasive skills, he played mainly either on the wing or as a rover. He was a wingman in the notorious ‘Bloodbath grand final’ of 1945, in which the Blues defeated South Melbourne and no fewer than ten players were reported. Turner’s direct opponent, Frank Whitfield, was one of the prime instigators of the on-field mayhem.

A second premiership followed for Turner two years later, when Essendon provided the opposition, and the laws of the game were somewhat more strictly adhered to than in 1945. Turner started in the forward pocket and shared roving duties with Jack Conley.

The last of Frank Turner’s 86 games in a dark navy blue jumper came in the 1949 grand final, in which Essendon obtained revenge for their loss of two years earlier. Always a danger near goal, he amassed 101 goals over the course of his time with Carlton. He spent the 1950 season with Hawthorn where he added a final 10 games and 10 goals to his respective career tallies.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; http://www.blueseum.org/Herb+Turner

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.