Originally constructed in bonnie Newcastle in 1915, the HMS Malaya had been of service both in World War I and II in places as varied as Denmark, Anatolia, Malta, Genoa, Cape Verde and the Caribbean. She gallantly ended her service as target bouncing bomb practice in Loch Striven in Scotland in 1944, but where Football is concerned, the HMS Malaya made her most important trip in 1921 – to the land after which she was named. Continue reading
Malaysian Football culture and Malaysian culture in general can be difficult to define. After all, Malaysia is not really a country.
It’s best to think of Malaysia as a federation of different states each Continue reading
The fans really completed our visit to Johor Bahru, capital of the state of Johor in the south of Malaysia. Johor Darul Ta’zim FC are current big-hitters and league-toppers, having won a fourth successive Malaysian Super League title in September.
On matchday, the North Stand of the Stadium Tan Sri Dato Hj Hassan is packed with fans young and old who know their songs, customs and traditions inside out. The choreographers and capos orchestrate the noise and keep drummers and fans aligned, but the seething mass of fanatics does the rest. It is musical, rhythmic, impressive and compulsive, the ever-increasing tempo of the drums and chants hooks you deep within. It isn’t just 90 minutes. They begin Continue reading
The emergence of Johor Darul Ta’zim FC as the contemporary dominant force in Malaysian Football owes itself to a managerial and commercial strategy that has broken away from the Malaysian mould and modelled itself more closely on the typical organisational structure of European megaclubs.
The club originally known Continue reading
FBTG‘s visit to Johor Bahru is now over, but we went out with a bang.
The itinerary included a daytime groundhop, the JDT II team vs ATM at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium (1-1), the Johor Darul Ta’zim First XI beating Kelantan 3-0 at the Stadium Tan Sri Dato Hj Hassan, the presentation of the Malaysian Super League trophy to the reigning champions JDT the same evening and a good amount of conversations with locals to learn about the team, city, region and people of Johor.
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While everybody else is in Singapore watching Hamilton and Vettel run around in circles, we are across the border in Johor Bahru, Malaysia’s second city. You may not know the place well; it doesn’t boast much notable cultural output and isn’t a magnet for global tourism. But it does boast the current dominant force of domestic Football, Johor Darul Ta’zim FC, and the most celebrated fan group in the country. And it didn’t take us long to find their graffiti on Continue reading