Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Kenneth Turner

Known as
Ken Turner

30 June 1935

11 February 2022 (aged 86)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 317d
Last game: 30y 80d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 36, 11, 9, 3

Family links
Jamie Turner (Son)

Ken Turner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,693rd player to appear, 983rd most games played, 1,878th most goals kickedCollingwood: 582nd player to appear, 71st most games played, 150th most goals kicked

A Collingwood stalwart for a decade, Ken Turner packed plenty of ability, drive and courage into his slightly stocky 178 cm, 76 kg frame. A staunch Magpie supporter as a youngster, he worked his way through the club's junior ranks before making his senior VFL debut in the fifth round of the 1956 season against Carlton at Princes Park. On 16 September that year he lined up on a half forward flank in the losing Grand Final against Melbourne, and he would later play in the losing play-offs of 1960 and 1964 against the same opposition.

Turner's proudest moment, however, came in the winning 1958 Grand Final - yet again against Melbourne - when his dynamic, strong-marking performance on the wing belied the wet, slippery conditions. A VFL interstate representative on seven occasions, the last of Turner's 170 VFL games came in the losing Preliminary Final of 1965 against Essendon when he was close to best afield.

Turner booted a total of 56 goals in his career, and was perhaps a touch unfortunate never to win a Copeland Trophy although he almost invariably polled well. After retiring as a player he continued to serve the club he loved as a committeeman. 

Author - John Devaney


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