WHEN the floodlights failed during Marine FC’s match on Saturday there was an electrician at hand to help fix the problem - it was a player for their opponents Dunston UTS!
Phil Turnbull, who plays in midfield for Dunston, is a trained ‘sparky’ and offered to help after all four floodlights failed during the second half of the FA Trophy tie at the Marine Travel Arena.
The 34-year-old examined the fuse box at the stadium and managed to get one of the floodlights working again.
Another electrician arriving shortly later to bring full light back to the stadium.
Fans posted about the incident on social media storm, and many national news outlets later picked up on the story.
It was something that would never happen in the Premier League, and as one football fan put it, “this is exactly why I love non-league football!”
Marine went on to win the tie on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after full time.
Phil, who scored a penalty himself in the shoot-out, told the BBC that he offered his expertise when the players were told to head back to the changing rooms mid-game.
He said: “The official took me to the corner of the pitch where the fans were and there was a circuit breaker there so I opened it up and had a switch about.
“I managed to get one of the floodlights back on but three others wouldn’t go back on - I had a bit of dialogue with the club electrician because he couldn't make it.
“People are calling me a superhero and all that but I don't see myself like that, I'm just a normal everyday guy going about my business trying to give power to the people.”