Bob Turnbull

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Bob Turnbull
0Full Name Robert Hamilton Turnbull
0Date of Birth 22 June 1894
0Place of Birth Dumbarton, Scotland
0Position Forward
0Chelsea career 1925-1928
0Debut 7 February 1925
0Games (goals) 87 (58)
0Other clubs Arsenal
Charlton Athletic
Clapton Orient
Southend United
Crystal Palace

Robert Hamilton "Bob" Turnbull (22 June 1894 - 1946) was a Scottish forward who played for Chelsea from 1925-1928.


Before Chelsea

Turnbull was originally a soldier, serving in the Royal Corps of Signals, and joined Arsenal in 1921 as an amateur. He was originally a left back and made his debut on 27 December 1921 against Cardiff City at Ninian Park; Arsenal lost 3-4 in a tightly-fought game. Turnbull only played occasionally at this stage, making only five appearances in the 1921-22 season. The following season he played a little more regularly, featuring in eight of the Gunners' first fifteen matches. At this point in time, mid-November, Arsenal were bottom of the table, having only won four matches.

With Arsenal's regular striker Henry White out of form and no money available to buy a replacement, Arsenal manager Leslie Knighton switched Turnbull from defence to up front, and the gamble paid off; Turnbull scored 21 league goals that season, including two four-goal hauls against Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool. Turnbull's goals saved Arsenal from relegation and they eventually finished a comfortable 11th. An additional goal in the FA Cup against Liverpool brought Turnbull's total for the season to 22, which was then a top-flight record for an Arsenal player.

However, his blistering form could not last, and he only scored six goals in 1923-24. The arrival of Harry Woods forced Turnbull out of the Arsenal side altogether and he was sold to Charlton Athletic in November 1924; in all he had scored 28 goals in 66 matches for Arsenal. After just three months at The Valley, he was sold on to Chelsea, where he rediscovered his form.

Chelsea career

Turnbull made his debut in a 1-0 home win against Southampton in February 1925, and finished the campaign with a record of a goal a game after 9 appearances. He was Chelsea's top scorer for the next two seasons, with 30 and 23 goals respectively, despite being suspended for two months in the latter season following an incident in a match against South Shields. He left Chelsea in 1928, having scored 58 goals in only 87 first-team games.

After Chelsea

After leaving Chelsea he had brief spells at Clapton Orient, Southend United and Crystal Palace. After retiring, he stayed on with Palace as a trainer, until his death in 1946 aged 52.


See also: List of Bob Turnbull goals
Season League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1924-25 9 3 0 0 9 3
1925-26 36 29 2 1 38 30
1926-27 32 17 5 6 37 23
1927-28 3 2 0 0 3 2
Total 80 51 7 7 87 58
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