Sport4Salisbury provides an online all-inclusive sports news service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, exclusively for the Salisbury and surrounding area.
It’s your one-stop website for all the latest sports news relating to Salisbury’s many sports clubs and organisations and to the individuals making the headlines in their chosen fields.
Editorial input comes via Mike Turner, who was formerly the sports editor at the Salisbury Journal, before being made redundant by the Newsquest title.
More than 15 years spent covering sport in the area means Mike’s contacts book reads like a who’s who of local sport.
Freed from the limitations of print deadlines and restrictions on the number of column inches dedicated to sport, Sport4Salisbury allows more in-depth coverage of the local sports stories that really matter.
Sport4Salisbury provides top quality coverage of all the major sports stories of the day as well as championing the causes of passionate and committed players at all levels, recognising that the area’s lesser publicised sports are just as close to the hearts of those involved.
Sport4Salisbury has dedicated on-line pages for more than 40 sports and as well as breaking sports news stories, includes behind the scenes interviews, in-depth features on the area’s key personalities and a detailed results and fixtures service.
It often features sports quizzes, regular on-line competitions and everything you would expect from a multi-media news provider.
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MIKE TURNER (Editorial director)
Born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, in December 1962, he describes himself as a half-useful footballer, rugby player and cricketer, representing his school and later playing Birmingham & District League football for Tamworth GSOB and for a variety of Tamworth & District League clubs.
Although he admits his batting and bowling were far from impressive, he played cricket at a reasonable level, largely due to his catching ability in the slips and being able to write the match reports!
After a ridiculously varied working career which included positions in record shops, sports coaching, stock control at distribution depots, a drummer and vocalist in a pop band, and operating the rides at Drayton Manor Park, he finally broke into journalism in 1989.
He received a solid grounding in the workings of the industry at the award-winning Tamworth Herald, later jumped ship to help launch the Tamworth Trader, and after moving south to Salisbury in the mid 1990s, worked at Our Price and then Virgin, before landing the sports editor’s role at the Journal in 1998, just in time to cover Salisbury City’s FA Cup first round tie with Hull City.
During his ten years at the helm, he championed local sport, developed great links with the area’s sports clubs and organisations and formed long-standing friendships with many of the area’s key sportsmen and women as the paper’s sports coverage expanded.
Organising events such as the newspaper’s annual sports awards and covering Salisbury City’s rise through the non-league pyramid and their further FA Cup exploits were obvious highlights of his tenure at the Journal, along with reporting on Salisbury powerlifters’ world championship wins in Austria and the women’s rugby world cup finals in Barcelona. Equally thrilling, he says, were witnessing Persian Punch and Norse Dancer’s victories at Salisbury Racecourse.
Until his beloved Aston Villa again land a major trophy, seeing all three of Best Mate’s Cheltenham Gold Cup wins remains Mike’s best ‘I was there when…’ moments. Although the England-Portugal Euro 2004 quarter-final ranks as the best football match he has ever attended, that pales into insignificance when he recalls the goal he scored from inside his own half on a mud-drenched pitch at Ninefoot Lane, Wilnecote in 1984, but that’s another story.
Developments at the Journal brought about Mike’s departure from Rollestone Street. After resisting moves to relocate its sports desk to Southampton just before Christmas 2008, stumps were called when the sports editor’s post was made redundant at Salisbury the following March.
Now, more than seven years on, Sport4Salisbury boasts an impressive archive of almost 20,0000 sports stories.