Sandy Turnbull Profile
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.