Former Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United goalkeeper Chris Turner, who managed Wednesday as well as Leyton Orient, Hartlepool United and Stockport County, is part of a project to give the city of Wakefield its own club.

The West Yorkshire city is the only one not to have a football club and Turner is working with a group of local businessmen to back the plans.

Wakefield AFC will begin play in the Central Midlands League next season, playing home games at the nearby Pontefract Collieries ground. According to the Yorkshire Post, the ambition is to eventually reach professional status and to play at Super League club Wakefield Trinity’s Mobile Rocket (Belle Vue) Stadium.

League Cup-winning former keeper Turner, 60, has in recent years worked with Chesterfield, firstly as chief executive before becoming director of football in January 2017. In November that year he became Port Vale’s sales and marketing manager, departing last June.

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