Welcome to the sixth day of December, which also sees the sixth installment of our SSFC Advent Calendar feature.

Throughout the first 24 days of the month we will attempt to spread a bit of festive cheer, and today’s feature is kicked off by Phil Turnbull, whose message for fans can be viewed via the tweet below.

Over the next 24 days, you will be able to enter a range of competitions to win prizes courtesy of the club and several of its sponsors.

The latest item up for grabs is a place on the SSFC Foundation Christmas holiday course, which is taking place on December 21 and 22.

To enter this competition, supporters must wait until four questions have been asked, with the fourth to be published on Tuesday. Supporters will have until 9am the following day to submit all of their four answers together via email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

The first question, asked by Dillon Morse yesterday, was: Which club did South Shields defeat 3-0 on the opening day of this season?

Today’s question is: Which club does Phil Turnbull’s twin brother Stephen currently manage?

Remember, don’t submit your answers until the fourth question has been published on Tuesday.

We are today launching another competition in partnership with our sponsors Fugati.

A 50% discount voucher is up for grabs and to enter the competition, you must do one of the following by 1pm on Tuesday…


1. Like and retweet the below tweet

2. Make sure you are following the following accounts on Twitter: @SouthShieldsFC, @SSFCFoundation, @SSFCAcademy, @Fugati1


1. Like, share and tag three of your friends on the competition posted on the South Shields FC Facebook page on Sunday morning.

2. Make sure you like the following pages on Facebook: South Shields FC, SSFC Foundation, Fugati

We would like to thank Fugati for their continued support. You can visit their website by clicking here.

We are also currently highlighting our second charity of the month, Hospitality and Hope.

This is a fantastic South Shields-based charity which supports vulnerable and homeless people in our community through areas including a food bank and a supported housing project.

To find out more about Hospitality and Hope, click here. To donate financially, click here.

The charity is also this month publicising a reverse advent calendar, which highlights some of the items they are most in need of this festive season. You can read the items they require in the graphic below.

Over the month, donations will also be encouraged towards the club’s charitable Foundation, which works with hundreds of children each week and does such fantastic work within our community.

To support the Foundation with a donation, please click here.

Thank you for your continued support and keep an eye out for Day Seven tomorrow!

South Shields FC is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Phil Turnbull from Darlington.

Turnbull has long been linked with a move to his hometown club, and the transfer has now become a reality.

The 31-year-old, who spent three years with Darlington, has described his switch to Mariners Park as a dream come true.

Turnbull said: “To sign for my hometown club is a dream, and I’m absolutely delighted to be here.

“Special things are happening at this club and I want to be involved and be a part of that.

“Being from Shields, I’ve always followed the club and playing for them is something I’ve always wanted to do.

“I’m absolutely delighted that it has happened.”

Prior to his spell at Darlington – where he won the Evo-Stik Premier Division title and spent two seasons playing in the National League North – Turnbull had spent seven years at Gateshead.

He established himself as a firm favourite at the International Stadium, and was a key part of the side which progressed through the pyramid and fell just short of a place in the Football League, losing in the National League play-off final to Cambridge United in 2014.

The central midfielder had previously spent time with Hartlepool United, Blyth Spartans and York City.

He will now get the chance to represent his hometown club, realising a long-standing ambition.

Turnbull will be following in the footsteps of dad John, who also played for the Mariners.

He added: “I’m excited. I’ve got that passion again and a new goal.

“There will be lots of people in the crowd that I know, and I want them to walk away saying ‘he’s a good player and they’ve made the right decision to bring him in’.

“I’ll have lots of family and friends here every game.

“There will be that motivation there and personal pride, and I can’t wait.

“It’s a special place and my hometown club, which everyone dreams of playing for. It’s ideal for me.”

Turnbull still lives in the town, and has found it difficult to escape the buzz around the club over the last three years.

He said: “I’ve played for other clubs where if the football club is doing well, the town is thriving, and it seems like that here at the moment.

“Everything is positive about South Shields because the football team is doing so well. Long may that continue.

“Something special is happening here and I want to be on board. The opportunities are limitless.

“When I spoke to the managers, it was clear that the aspirations are massive.

“Everybody knows that the club wants to be in the Football League.

“The chairman has got that ambition, and hopefully I’ll be part of that journey.”

Turnbull was identified as a key target by joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton this summer, and they are pleased to have him on board.

Picton said: “We’re delighted to bring in a player of Phil’s calibre.

“I think what it shows is the ever-growing status of the club, that we’re able to attract a player of Phil’s quality and experience.

“We felt he would be a perfect fit for our style of play, because his main strengths are centred around his great quality and decision-making on the ball.

“He has been captain of Darlington, too, so we’re delighted to bring another leader and strong character into the group.

“This signing hopefully shows a little bit of our intent moving forwards.

“We’re attracting real high-quality players and the club wants to continue to move forwards and retain the ambition to constantly strive for the next level.”