In all the excitement of Port’s hyperactive transfer window, we missed a very important landmark last week – the Sandpit’s first birthday! We launched the site on 27 November 2016 thinking we’d be catering to a small number of hardcore farang Port fans, but the site has exceeded our wildest expectations. Here are a few numbers from our first year…
The total number of visits to date
The amount in baht that we raised for victims of the Khlong Thoey fire in February 2017
The number of visits we received on our most popular day so far, which coincided with our April Player of the Month competition. A suspiciously large number of those visits were from Brazil. Yes, we’re looking at you Mr Josimar Rodrigues!
The number of articles we’ve posted since we launched
The number of matches – including friendlies – we’ve reported on
The number of writers who’ve written articles, reviews & previews for us. Thanks to all of you – we couldn’t run the site without you!
The number of podcasts we’ve recorded
The number of players who’ve blocked us on Instagram after getting a bad review
As founder of the site, I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who’ve written for us or taken part in podcasts, all the players & coaches who’ve happily taken part in interviews, the photographers who’ve shared their images with us, our sponsors at The Sportsman, and most of all to my two colleagues Tom Earls and Dominick Cartwright, without whose hard work, knowledge & creativity The Sandpit would cease to exist. A massive thank you to all of you, and we hope you’ll continue to help make the site a success as we move into 2018!