Non-league star fixes the floodlights in Dunston's clash with Marine

He’s a bright spark in midfield! Non-league player goes from footballer to electrician to try and fix the failed floodlights after his Dunston side’s FA Trophy clash against Marine was halted by faulty fuse box

  • The floodlights cut-out during Marine’s FA Trophy clash against Dunston 
  • Saturday’s game was suspended just after half-time as the problem was solved
  • Dunston midfielder Phil Turnbull attempted to solve the issue at the fuse box
  • The 34-year-old ultimately couldn’t fix the problem without his tools on hand
  • The game was eventually restarted after a 50-minute delay in the second-half 

One non-league player was lightning quick to switch his focus from football to floodlights after they cut out during Marine’s FA Trophy match against Dunston on Saturday.

The game was called to a stop just after half-time when the floodlights at the Marine Travel Arena failed during the Merseyside outfit’s first-round tie against north-east side Dunston. 

The match was suspended as Dunston midfielder and electrician Phil Turnbull stepped up to the task and swapped his skills on the pitch to the sidelines. 

Phil Turnbull (pictured) took the action to the sidelines as he attempted to fix the floodlights

Marine found an electrician in the Dunston midfielder who looked at the clubhouse fuse box

Pictures emerged on social media of Turnbull, who has previously played for Gateshead, York and Hartlepool, in action at the clubhouse fuse box attempting to fix the problem. 

Turnbull faced immense pressure after the referee announced that if the issue wasn’t sorted by 5pm, the game would have to be cancelled. 

Ultimately, the 34-year-old was unable to solve the issue by himself as he didn’t have his tools with him but assistance arrived and play was able to resume after a 50-minute delay. 

The 34-year-old was unable to solve the issue without his tools but assistance finally arrived

The floodlights at the Marine Travel Arena cut-out in the second half of the FA Trophy tie

The game faced the risk of being suspended if the issue could not be fixed by the 5pm deadline

Marine’s Twitter account announced the return of play at 5.05pm after the issue was fixed

Marine – who famously hosted Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round in January – thanked Turnbull for his efforts, tweeting: ‘Thanks to @dunstonutsfc player Philip Turnbull for attempting to fix our floodlights.’ 

The match, which was watched by a crowd of 1,202, restarted in the 53rd minute with the score level at 0-0. It ultimately finished 2-2, with Marine going on to win 5-4 on penalties. 

The electrics hero did attempt to save his side as he scored in the shoot-out, but Turnbull’s on-pitch heroics proved to be a losing cause. 

Marine weren’t the only non-league side with technical issues at the weekend. The floodlights also cut-out during Hampton and Richmond FC’s National League South game against Braintree Town on Saturday.

The Merseyside club were keen to thank the midfielder for his efforts on social media 

But Hampton and Richmond were not as fortunate as Marine to have Turnbull’s expertise on hand and the match was eventually suspended, with Braintree 1-0 up.

The club’s Twitter account posted: ‘A power cut at the ground has meant that the match between Braintree Town is officially abandoned. 

‘We do apologise for this and for those with tickets for today’s game are advised to keep hold of them and further information on the re-arranged fixture will be out soon.’

And, Hampton and Richmond couldn’t resist having a joke with the Merseyside club over their shared misfortunes on Twitter. 

Hampton and Richmond FC shared a joke with Marine over their shared floodlight problems

The club announced their National League South game against Braintree Town was suspended




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