Our Friends In the South: Port Forge Alliance With Songkhla


T3 side Songkhla FC announced yesterday that they have signed an agreement with Port to become a ‘sister’ club to the Khlongtoey outfit. The agreement apparently covers youth development, sports technology/science, and marketing, which suggests Port will be getting a lot more out of this than they put in.

Such arrangements are fairly common in Thai football, such as Muangthong & Udon Thani, generally and make sense when your squad is as overstuffed as Port’s – with B teams now scrapped again, those players need to get action somewhere and T3 is slightly better than T4. And  Port will no doubt get first dibs on any promising youngsters from Songkhla.

Port have some recent history with Songkhla – popular Port stars Elias Dolah & Sergio Suarez both played for Songkhla Utd during happier days for the southern club, which merged with Songkhla FC in 2012. However, following some licensing shenanigans Utd were banned for two years and demoted to T4, at which point Songkhla FC de-merged and set up as an independent club, and are now in T3. Former Port legend Kayne Vincent also had a successful spell at Songkhla in 2014, scoring 13 goals despite the club being relegated.

Let’s hope that this arrangement benefits both clubs and sees Songkhla restored to T1 or T2 in the coming years.



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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