Turner: John Kipling (John)
1935-1937 & WW2 Guest: 1941-1942
(Leeds United War-time Guest Player Details)
Born: Worksop: 1914
Debut: v Aston Villa (a): 14-03-1936
5’6” 10st 7lb (1935)
Turner was signed by Leeds in October 1935 after a successful trial in a Yorkshire
Midweek League game, when he scored against Mansfield Town under the pseudonym ‘A Newman’.
Ironically he had been recommended to Mansfield, when he was a youngster on Worksop’s books.
He joined Leeds from Retford-based North Notts League club, Northern Rubber Works. He was a
little unfortunate in that he was understudy to Irish International Harry Duggan and after
Duggan departed he found Sammy Armes and the young Aubrey Powell in front of him. He
eventually joined Mansfield in December 1937 and scored nine goals in fifty-eight League
outings. He went on to Bristol City in June 1939, playing in all three League games before
League football was shut down due to the Second World War. He returned to play for United as
a guest during the Second World War making appearances in two consecutive matches in the
1941-42 Football League Northern Section Second Championship, playing at Inside Left in the
second game of the campaign in a 5-1 win over Lincoln City at Elland Road on 3rd January
1942 and getting one of the Leeds goals. He was at Left Back the following week for his
farewell game as Leeds went down 0-2 at Rochdale.