PAT’s All Folks! The Sandpit Takes a Break


With Port’s season having descended into outright farce, The Sandpit can no longer waste any more of its time on a club that is so appallingly managed that it can’t even complete its home fixtures. You can post all the #keepfighting hashtags you want; the fact is under the current management the club has become little more than a joke, with the best fans in Thai football – and some of the best players – forced to put up with a seemingly never-ending litany of bad decisions. Rather like what would happen if, say, you put a football coach in charge of an insurance company.

Well, time to say enough. We’ve had a great 4 years running this site and writing about Port, and let’s face it there’s been plenty to write about, but enough is enough, and we no longer see much point in writing about a club that has sadly become a joke. We could go into more detail but fuck it, you all know what’s going on at Port and we have nothing more to add really.

Hopefully things will change and we’ll be back. But if not, thanks to all who’ve written for us over the last few years, and to all those who’ve come up to us at games & told us they found the club via our website. And of course thanks to all the players who’ve spent time doing interviews with us over the last few years – we’ve really enjoyed meeting you and telling your stories. We may still occasionally see you all at the odd game now & again, who knows, but until the management at Port changes we certainly won’t be writing about it or helping promote the club as we’ve done the last 4 years.

This is hopefully not adieu, just a temporary au revoir, and until then, for one more time….TARUA!!!

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,, 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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  1. Diamo says:

    Ah, shit. Like you say, hope it’s just a temporary au revoir. You’ve got plenty of fans out there who appreciate what you do.


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