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HomeNewsNorth East NewsBlyth Spartans AFCBlyth Spartans’ FA Cup hero Stephen Turnbull set to swap football glory for life at seaThe 27 year old, who scored against Hartlepool last month, could be playing his final few games after training as a marine engineer08:30, 2 JAN 2015Updated08:41, 2 JAN 2015Stephen Turnbull celebrates after scoring the first goal for Blyth Spartans (Image: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff)

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A part time footballer crowned a Blyth Spartans FA Cup hero last month is set to swap glory on the pitch for a life at sea.

Stephen Turnbull, who scored in his side’s second round win against Hartlepool United, will line up against the stars of Birmingham City on Saturday hoping to continue the club’s fairytale run.

But the 27 year old had admitted this season could be his last on the football pitch, having embarked on an alternative career training as a marine engineer at South Shields Marine School.

The midfielder, whose twin brother Phil plays for Football Conference side Gateshead,
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spent five months at sea last year as an employee of Carnival Cruises as part of his training, returning to land in September and signing up with the Spartans.

He said: “I really love my football and we are on an amazing cup run.

“It was great to score against Hartlepool and to win the game, and I really hope this cup run continues.

“It will be incredibly hard to hang up my boots and I’ll be devastated when it’s over football is all I’ve ever known.

“But I’m at the age where realistically this could be my last season in football at this level.

“I have to look at my future and becoming a marine engineer is my best option long term it pays well and you get to see some beautiful places.”

Blyth Spartans goalscorer Stephen Turnbull celebrates after the FA Cup Second round match between Hartlepool United and Blyth Spartans

The former Hartlepool, Rochdale and Bury player, who lives in South Shields, added: “The Birmingham game is a fairytale tie, although it would also have been great to have got Manchester United or Chelsea.

“Birmingham will not want to come to Blyth and this could be a really big upset. The ground will be rocking and I’m really looking forward to the match.

“If this is my last season, then it is great to be going out on this high.”

Stephen began his course at South Shields Marine School, which is part of South Tyneside College, in September 2013 and is following in the footsteps of older brother Jonathan, 30,
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who also trained at the school and is now a chief engineer.