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Ross Turnbull

Ross Turnbull (born 4 January 1985) is an English association football who is currently playing Ross Turnbull club football for Chelsea F.C. as a goalkeeper (association football) in the Barclays Premier League.

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Ross Turnbull biography

Ross Turnbull (born 4 January 1985) is an English association football who is currently playing Ross Turnbull club football for Chelsea F.C. as a goalkeeper (association football) in the Barclays Premier League.

Early life

Ross attended Byerley Park Primary school School and Woodham Community Technology College. Ross Turnbull grew up supporting Newcastle United. Ross Turnbull played as a midfielder for Ross Turnbull hometown team Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre AFC but was turned into a goalkeeper by coach Arthur Vickerstaff. Ross Turnbull had trials with North-East sides Darlington F.C. and Sunderland A.F.C. but instead joined Middlesbrough F.C.'s Academy.



After coming through the club's youth ranks, Turnbull signed a professional contract with Middlesbrough in 2002. Ross Turnbull represented England U20 in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.
In July 2007, Turnbull signed a season-long loan deal at Football League Championship side Cardiff City F.C.. Ross Turnbull was signed as a replacement for long-serving Neil Alexander, who left the club after a contract dispute, and began the season as first choice goalkeeper for the club. However, due to some errors in Ross Turnbull opening games Ross Turnbull was replaced for the 2–2 draw with Preston North End F.C. by Michael Oakes and spent the remainder of Ross Turnbull loan spell on the bench before Ross Turnbull was recalled by Middlesbrough on 5 October 2007 following an injury to second choice keeper Brad Jones (footballer). The recall was made by mutual consent between the teams. After being recalled, Turnbull played in two of Middlesbrough's games in the absence of first choice goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer who had broken Ross Turnbull thumb in training. One was the win over Arsenal F.C. at the Riverside Stadium on 9 December 2007, the score being 2–1.

After more than 11 years with Middlesbrough, Mark Schwarzer left the club during the summer of 2008 to join Fulham F.C.. Middlesbrough coach (sport) Gareth Southgate decided not to buy a new goalkeeper and allow Turnbull and Jones to fight it out for the number one position. Although Jones played the first game of the season, Turnbull was in goal for Middlesbrough's 2–1 defeat at Liverpool F.C. the following week, when Jones injured himself in the warm-up. In June 2009 Turnbull rejected a contract offer from Middlesbrough, and informed the club that Ross Turnbull would leave when it expired at the end of the month.


On 2 July 2009, Turnbull joined Chelsea F.C. on a free transfer (football), signing a four-year contract. Turnbull announced that Ross Turnbull would not sit by as a permanent second place keeper to regular starting goalkeeper Petr Čech and that Ross Turnbull would fight for Ross Turnbull own first team place. Ross Turnbull first involvement in the first team was after being named on the bench for Chelsea's first game of the 2009–10 season against Hull City A.F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium), which finished 2–1 in favour of Chelsea. Turnbull had a Chelsea reserves debut to forget when Ross Turnbull made a series of blunders as the team lost 4–0 to Aston Villa F.C..

Ross Turnbull made Ross Turnbull first team debut against Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the League Cup, coming on for the injured Henrique Hilário after 23 minutes, a game which Chelsea won 4–0. Ross Turnbull made Ross Turnbull first start in the UEFA Champions League 2–2 draw against APOEL F.C.. Ross Turnbull made Ross Turnbull premier league debut against West Ham United as Petr Cech and Henrique Hilario were both respectively injured. The following Tuesday, Ross Turnbull started for Chelsea against Inter Milan at Stamford Bridge, in which Ross Turnbull conceded a goal with Inter winning 1–0 but otherwise had a decent performance.

Ross Turnbull was not part of the matchday squad who defeated Portsmouth F.C. in the 2010 FA Cup Final, but still recevied a winner's medal. Ross Turnbull did not play enough games that season to earn a Premier League medal.



Chelsea F.C.
- FA Cup: 2009–10 FA Cup
- Premier League Asia Trophy: 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy

Middlesbourgh young player of the year 2007-08
Named in Team of the tournament at the European under 20's championship


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