It’s a bright spark in midfield! Non-league player goes from footballer to electrician to try to repair failed bulbs after his Dunston team’s FA Trophy crash against Marine was stopped by a faulty fuse box
- The lights go out during the Marine’s FA Trophy clash against Dunston
- Saturday’s game was called off right after the break as the issue was resolved.
- Dunston midfielder Phil Turnbull tried to fix the fuse box problem
- The 34-year-old couldn’t finally fix the problem without his tools at hand
- The game was finally restarted after a 50 minute delay in the second half.
When the lights went out during Marine’s FA Trophy tie with Dunston UTS on Saturday, visiting midfielder Phil Turnbull thought, “We can’t come back here Tuesday.”
So when teams left the field with the game seemingly abandoned, electrician Turnbull hatched a plan. “ I saw one of the Marine officers and asked him where the power cut was, ” says the 34-year-old. Sportsmail.
I explained that I made a living doing this kind of thing. The club electrician had Covid, so we talked about it on the phone. He was playing with the circuit breaker in the closet, telling him what was live and what was not.
Phil Turnbull (pictured) took the action on the sidelines as he tried to fix the reflectors.
Marine found an electrician in Dunston midfielder who looked at the clubhouse fuse box
“ Finally, we turned one of the bulbs back on and another spark appeared, helping the others to work. Our guys were raving, we didn’t want another six hour round trip!
Unbeknownst to Turnbull, his efforts off the field had gone viral on social media. When he returned to the locker room after a loss in shootings – in which he dialed – he checked his phone.
‘There were 300 messages on WhatsApp! I’m thinking, “Huh? What’s up? “There was a clip on Saturday football from the host saying,” Can he fix it? Yes, he can! “
Spotlights at Marine Travel Arena cut out in second half of FA Trophy tie
“When I played for Darlington they had a song about me and they adapted the lyrics on Twitter …” Phil Turnbull, precision passing, midfield wizard, emergency electrician! “It was all a little crazy. ‘
Turnbull is also a former teacher, and he was certainly the brightest spark in Merseyside this weekend.
Play was stopped just after the break when the spotlights at the Marine Travel Arena failed during the Merseyside team’s first-round tie.
Turnbull faced immense pressure after the referee announced that if the problem was not fixed by 5 pm, the game would have to be canceled.
In the end, the 34-year-old was unable to solve the problem on his own, as he did not have his tools with him, but help arrived and play was able to resume after a 50-minute delay.
The game ran the risk of being suspended if the problem could not be fixed before the 5pm deadline.
Marine’s Twitter account announced the return of the game at 5.05pm after the issue was fixed.
Marine, who hosted Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round in January, thanked Turnbull for his efforts and tweeted: “Thanks to @dunstonutsfc player Philip Turnbull for trying to fix our spotlights.”
The game, which was watched by a crowd of 1,202, was restarted in the 53rd minute with the score 0-0. It finally ended 2-2, with Marine winning 5-4 on penalties.
The electricity hero tried to save his side when he scored on the penalty shoot-out, but Turnbull’s heroics on the field proved to be a lost cause.
Marine wasn’t the only team out of the league with technical problems over the weekend. The lights were also turned off during Hampton and Richmond FC’s National League South game against Braintree Town on Saturday.
The Merseyside club thanked the midfielder for his effort on social media
But Hampton and Richmond weren’t as lucky as Marine to have Turnbull’s experience on hand and the game was eventually called off, with Braintree leading 1-0.
The club’s Twitter account posted: ‘A power outage on the ground has meant that the match between Braintree Town is officially abandoned.
“ We apologize for this and those with tickets to today’s game are encouraged to save them and more information on the reshuffled match will be released soon. ”
And Hampton and Richmond couldn’t resist making a joke with the Merseyside club about their misfortunes shared on Twitter.
Hampton and Richmond FC shared a joke with Marine about their shared problems with the spotlights
The club announced that its National League South game against Braintree Town was suspended