Central Coast’s Turnbull experiences great loss

It is with great sadness the Central Coast Mariners can confirm Bankstown football stalwart, Doug Turnbull, the brother of Central Coast Mariners major shareholder Peter Turnbull, passed away early th

It is with great sadness the Central Coast Mariners can confirm Bankstown football stalwart, Doug Turnbull, the brother of Central Coast Mariners major shareholder Peter Turnbull, passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer.

Doug commenced his professional career at the age of just 16, making his first team debut for Bankstown in 1964, alongside Socceroos Ron Lord, Bill Rorke and Bob Madden, pitting himself against Australian football legends such as Leo Baumgartner, Herbert Ninaus, Wally Tamandl and Johnny Warren.

In the ensuing years he played in Bankstown teams alongside Socceroos such as Greg Byles, Kevin Mullen and current Sydney FC assistant coach, Steve O’Connor. It was an era where Bankstown were producing the best young talent in the country, the team being referred to by the press of the time as “the Bankstown babes”.

“Doug was from a golden era in the Bankstown production line, and played an integral part in making football the No. 1 sport in the district,” Current Football NSW Director, and former Bankstown City Lions football club President, George Jackson said.

He had become an ardent Mariners supporter in recent years, likening the Mariners fight for recognition against the bigger clubs as being similar to Bankstown’s struggles against the super clubs of the 60’s and 70’s such as Apia Liechhardt, Maccabi Hakoah and Prague.

Doug’s daughter Lisa continued the family’s football traditions, representing NSW and Australia with distinction at youth level.

The Central Coast Mariners would like to pass on their deepest condolences to the Turnbull family, and it politely requested the media respects the family’s privacy at this time.

Doug is survived by his wife Roberta, son Jon and daughters Lisa and Amy.