We all mourn the horrible news that has come from Leicestershire today. Any death in Football is a loss, but such a terrible and sudden Continue reading
Tim Russell Interview – Port FC “Sandpit”
The transcript of our interview with Tim Russell, founder of Port FC online fan page Sandpit.
What is Sandpit? What is your involvement in it?
Port is probably the best supported club in Thailand among foreigners who actually go to games, mainly because of the location and because it’s a proper Football stadium Continue reading
All Thaid Up | Thai Culture and Football
If you read a blog like this one, you have probably been to Thailand. We like to think of ourselves as worldly, liberal and empirical and hope this reflects in our writing, and people into this sort of writing are usually travel enthusiasts to some degree. And travel enthusiasts all indulge themselves with Thailand at some point. It is a country of fun and beauty and more fun, and to western appetites, the Thai culture of convenience and consumption make it feel far more like home than its neighbours. Fast food, craft beer and trap music available in a stunner of a country. An obvious destination.
And if you read a blog like this one, maybe you also watched some Football there. And, stood there on the terrace with your fried chicken and Singha beer, it will have come to your attention Continue reading
Khlong Toei and Port FC
Port FC’s 50th anniversary is something to celebrate in domestic Thai Football.
Thai businessmen frequently buy out and invest heavily in clubs with purchases often proceeding behaviour that would be most unwelcome in Europe; relocations, playing-colour-roulette and name changes. Why? A strong sense of classism, respect for seniority and a “Saving Face” culture characterise Thai society. Unlike Continue reading
Tribute to the Thai King
This is the current kit of Ubon UMT United, the top team of Ubon Ratchathani in the Isan region of Eastern Thailand, currently playing in the Thai Premier League after achieving promotion last year. Note the solitary but thick black stripe on the left arm.
That is not just some cool asymmetrical design. That is a season-long tribute to the late King Abulyadej of Thailand.
Everywhere Continue reading
About last night.
Port F.C. playing host to Thai Honda down at the PAT Stadium. The Thai experience feels excellent. Chanting is very musical, a huge amount of drumming. It’s like being at a West Indies Cricket match; you can’t help wanting to bounce around. But B Block of the PAT Stadium houses Ultras behind the goal. They know what they’re doing, it Continue reading