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Get down to the ProKit to pay your respects to Blues legend JT

By Michael Vaughton

John Turner pictured a few years ago with his grandchildren, Harriet, Hugo and Jake
John Turner pictured a few years ago with his grandchildren, Harriet, Hugo and Jake

Bishop's Stortford are dedicating Saturday's home match against Burgess Hill Town to the memory of club legend John Turner.

The Blues’ vice-chairman and father of two, known to many as JT, died last Thursday morning (Sept 27) while in his holiday apartment in Majorca with his wife and childhood sweetheart Anne. He was 62.

The Stortford players donned black armbands when they fittingly beat Bostik League, Premier Division leaders Tonbridge Angels 3-2 away last weekend, and there was a minute’s applause before kick-off in the 3-2 home win against Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday evening.

There will agaian be a minute’s applause before kick-off this Saturday, and JT’s wife Anne, children Caroline and Richard and grandchildren Harriet, Hugo and Jake will be in the crowd along with members of the club’s youth ranks.

The club has extended invitations to past players, former staff and members of the wider football community to pay their respects at the ProKit UK Stadium, with gate takings being donated to Grove Cottage.

“John was an integral part of the management of the football club for more years than anyone can remember,” said chairman Ian Kettridge.

“His involvement with BSFC started as an assistant programme seller at the old Rhodes Avenue ground as a schoolboy.

“He was a past chairman of the management committee, overseeing the stewarding and matchday management etcetera, and latterly he had been vice-chairman as well as operations director, which encompassed all aspects of running the club on a day-to-day basis.

“That included liaising with existing and prospective sponsors and advertisers, and co-ordinating the boardroom hospitality on matchdays, for which he relied heavily upon the services of Anne.

“He worked tirelessly for the club following his retirement from BT. He was almost omnipresent at the club and very much the face of BSFC.

“It is obvious from the numerous messages we have received from clubs far and wide that John has made a significant impression in the football community and we hope that the turnout on Saturday will bear testament to that.”

JT was also the liaison between the club and Birchwood High School for their academy programme and served as a divisional representative on the management committee of the Football Conference Youth Alliance.

He was a full board director of the Football Conference whilst BSFC were members of that competition and was a board member of the Hertfordshire Football Association and vice-chairman of the county competitions committee.”


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