A Season Without Breaks? FAT Chance


Just when it seemed the T1 season was going to play out without any of the long breaks that marred 2017, the FAT in their infinite wisdom have postponed two rounds of August fixtures because of the 2018 Asian Games. Yes, they could’ve allowed clubs to prepare by factoring this break in at the start of the season, but it’s clearly much more fun to leave it until the last minute. This means there is now a one-month break in the action from 5 August to 5 September, and means the following Port FC fixtures have been rearranged:


Prachuap FC v Port FC Sat 11 August – now Wed 5 September

Port FC vs Chainat Hornbill FC Sun 19 August – now Sun 9 September

Chiang Rai Utd vs Port FC Sun 26 August – now Wed 12 September

Port FC vs Nakhon Ratchasima FC Sat 1 September – now Sat 15 September

Port FC vs Suphanburi FC Sat 15 September – now Sat 22 September

Navy FC vs Port FC  Sat 22 September – now Sat 29 September

Port FC vs Chonburi FC Sun 30 September  – now Wed 3 October

Pattaya Utd vs Port FC Sat 6 October – now Sun 7 October


That means two very attractive weekend away trips – Prachuap & Chiang Rai – are now on Wednesdays, and that that end of season Pattaya fixture is on a much less doable Sunday night. No thought given to those fans who’ve already booked flights & hotels & planned their summer holidays around the fixtures. We’ve emailed the FAT to ask why this shit continues to happen, given that club owners, coaches and players all hate it, and have yet to receive a response, Doubt we will. As far as we know this is the last remaining break in the season, but with the U12 Asian Girls Ker-Plunk Championships coming up in September, expect more changes.


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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