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Ben Turner

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Ben Howard "Ben" Turner is an English footballer who plays for Cardiff City in the Championship.


Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, Turner came through Coventry City academy ranks. Turner made his competitive debut on 22 August 2006 against Stoke City.

 Early Career
On 14 September 2006, Turner signed for Peterborough United on a month loan. He made his debut in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town two days later. Turner made his six more appearances before having his loan deal extended by another month. He returned to Coventry in December, after playing another 4 games for the Posh.

 Coventry City
Turner started two FA Cup games after returning against Bristol City. On 23 February 2007, he joined League One side Oldham Athletic on loan. He made his debut the following day, where he received his first red card of his career against Bournemouth. He started his third game for the Sky Blues in a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, where he received a first half red card, upon returning to Coventry. Manager Iain Dowie tried to appeal the sending off but the appeal failed and received a four match ban meaning he will miss the final game against Burnley and the first three games of the following season. At the end of the season, Turner signed a new two-year contract keeping him at the club till the summer of 2009.

At the start of the season, Turner missed the first three league games due to his suspension. But started in wins against Carlisle United and Premier League champions Manchester United in the League Cup. His first league game of the season came in a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic, he continued to break into the first team throughout the season.

The following season, Turner was mainly used as injury cover for the Sky Blues defence under new manager Chris Coleman. However in January 2009, he signed a new contract, committing him to the club till the end of the 2009-10 season.

Turner scored his first competitive goal, on 21 August 2010 against Derby County, four years after making his debut, the goal meant that Coventry won the fixture 2-1. He then scored two consecutive goals against Swansea City and Bristol City. He suffered a knee injury on 6 November from blocking a shot. On 23 December, Turner agreed a new three and half year deal to stay at the Ricoh Arena till 2014. Turner never played for the rest of the season because of his knee injury.

Despite being ruled out til mid-September 2011, Turner managed to attract interest from Championship clubs such as Birmingham City and Cardiff City. On 29 August, Turner was in talks with Cardiff City over a possible move thought to be in a region of £750,000 and could see striker Jon Parkin going the other way.

 Cardiff City
On 30 August, he passed a medical and agreed a three-year deal with Cardiff City. The move was finalized the following day where he signed for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £750,000. Turner's knee injury suffered the previous season kept him out for the first few games following his move, he made an appearance in the development squad against Southampton on 13 September, which ended in a 1-0 defeat. Turner's first involvement with Cardiff's first team, was being an unused substitute against Southampton on 28 September. His debut came on 1 October 2011, coming as a 84th minute substitute against Hull City. His first start came two weeks later in 2-2 against Ipswich Town. He made his 100th career appearance on 30 October, against Leeds United. Turner's first goal for Cardiff came on 17 December 2011, in a 3-2 defeat to Middlesbrough.

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