Sandy Turnbull Profile

Sandy Turnbull

Al­ex­an­der Turn­bull, born Hurlford, Scot­land, Ju­ly 30, 1884, Sandy Turn­bull began his play­ing ca­reer at Hurlford Thistle be­fore he joi­ned Man­chester City in 1902. Af­ter find­ing the net on his de­but in a 3-2 Sec­ond Di­vi­sion loss to Bris­tol City at St John’s Gate on the 15th of Nov­ember the same year, he pro­ceeded to hit 53 goals in 110 Foot­ball Lea­gue ga­mes for the side.

When Man­chester City were fou­nd guilty of fin­an­cial ir­reg­u­lar­it­ies by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­ation in 1906, the who­le squad was sus­pen­ded un­til the end of the year. As soon as the ban was lif­ted, Sandy Turn­bull sig­ned wi­th neigh­bouring rivals Man­chester Uni­ted and cel­eb­rated his de­but for The Reds by scor­ing in a 1-0 Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One vic­tory ag­ainst As­ton Vil­la at Bank Street on New Year´s Day 1907. Turn­bull sco­red his fir­st top-flight hat-trick for Uni­ted in a 4-0 trash­ing of Tom Watson´s Liver­pool at Bank Street on the 7th of Septem­ber 1907 and net­ted an­oth­er tre­ble in a 5-1 Fir­st Di­vi­sion vic­tory ag­ainst near­by rivals Black­burn Rov­ers at Ew­ood Park on the 19th of the fol­low­ing month. The Scot­tish stri­ker con­tin­ued to pro­duce at a high level the next sea­son and he re­gistered three goals in a 6-1 de­moli­tion of Black­burn Rov­ers at Bank Street in the FA Cup Third Ro­und on the 29th of Feb­ruary 1909. Al­ways a play­er for the big oc­ca­sion, the in­side for­ward sco­red the fir­st ever goal at Old Traf­ford in a 4–3 Di­vi­sion One de­feat to Liver­pool on the 19th of Feb­ruary 1910 and would go on to amass a re­spect­able 101 goals in 247 fir­st class ap­pear­ances dur­ing his nine-year stay at the club. The East Ayrshire man help­ed Man­chester Uni­ted to the Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­on­ship in bo­th 1907-08 and 1910-11 and hit the win­ning and on­ly goal of the 1909 FA Cup Fi­nal ag­ainst Bris­tol City at Crys­tal Pal­ace. Tra­gic­ally, Sandy Turn­bull was killed dur­ing the Battle of Ar­ras on the 3rd of May 1917, at the age of 32. Sandy Turn­bull Play­ing Ca­reer: Hurlford Thistle, Man­chester City, Man­chester Uni­ted. Man­aging Ca­reer: None.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted FC was ori­gin­ally formed in 1878 as New­ton Heath LYR FC by the Car­riage and Wag­on de­part­ment of the Lan­cashire and York­shire Rail­way de­pot at New­ton Heath. The club changed their name to Man­chester Uni­ted in 1902 and mo­ved from Bank Street to Old Traf­ford in 1910.


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