All White greats receive medals
Legendary All Whites Steve Sumner and Brian Turner have become Friends of Football’s latest recipients of the Medal of Excellence, awarded for outstanding services to New Zealand football.
Sumner, captain of the 1982 All Whites, and World Cup veteran Turner became the third and fourth recipients of the medal after former national coach John Adshead (2013) and long–serving All White Ivan Vicelich (2014).
They received their medals at the annual Celebration of Excellence dinner held at the Auckland Grammar Old Boys’ Pavilion.
Sumner (60) played more than 100 times for his adopted country, scoring 22 times in 58 A–level international fixtures.
This included a record six–goal tally in a World Cup qualifier against Fiji, on the way to the 1982 finals in Spain (where he became the first All White to score at a finals tournament).
Turner (66) took part in five World Cup campaigns as a player and member of the coaching/management team, and went to both the 1982 and 2010 finals tournaments.
He’s a three–time winner of the Player of the Year award.
Fellow internationals Mark Burgess and Bobby Almond led the tributes to the pair.