Entries by Tim Russell

Three Time Losers: Port FC 2-0 Muangthong Utd

    “I’m a three time loser Fucked it up in Khlongtoey Fucked it up in Muangthong Thani Now my friends say it’s here to stay” (Rod Stewart, ‘Three Time Loser‘, 1975)   The Choketawee era continued to delight and amaze on Sunday. After inflicting Cheating Chiang Rai’s first FA Cup defeat since 2016 on […]

Sir Det Gets Choked: All Change at Port

  Following last night’s desperately poor defeat at PTT Rayong, it seems Port’s patience with long-serving coach Jadet Meelarp is at an end, with the Spherical Supremo (c Tom Earls) stepping down to be replaced by current Thai U23 coach Choketawee Promrut. Exact roles are as yet unclear but it seems Choketawee will come in […]

At Home with a Chiang: Port Draw Beetles in FA Cup QF

  The draw for the quarter finals of the Chang FA Cup was made earlier this afternoon, and whilst Port were fortunate both to avoid Buriram and Bangkok Utd, and get a home draw, they nevertheless face the tricky task of overcoming cup specialists (and 2018 winners) Chiang Rai Utd. The Beetles are experts at […]

The Same Old ‘Thong: Fans Banned from SCG on Wednesday

  As predicted, Port have confirmed to The Sandpit that the away fan ban at Muangthong will remain in place for this Wednesday’s last 16 FA Cup clash. The usual copout, which if course much easier than putting measures in place to ensure away fans’ safety. With the recent cooling of rivalry after MTU fans […]

Pangdemonium! Port FC 2-2 Chonburi FC

    Port’s off-field chaos spilled over onto the pitch and the terraces last night as the team played out a pitiful 2-2 draw against struggling Chonburi in an increasingly poisonous atmosphere. Port were simply dreadful in the second half and their cause wasn’t helped by three of the most ludicrous substitutions I’ve seen all […]

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Panama ‘Kinell! Port Sign Striker Blackburn

  As a chaotic week at Port FC draws to a close, the club have confirmed the signing of Panamanian international striker Rolando Blackburn on loan from Bolivian Primera Division side The Strongest. And if anyone thinks that’s an amusing name, note that they’re not alone – the Bolivian top division also features teams called […]

Here Comes the Fear Again: Ratchaburi FC 1-1 Port FC

  Pulp’s underrated 1997 single ‘The Fear‘ is an exercise in paranoia, loss of confidence, sexual impotence, the sound of a man who made it to the top but found it impossible to stay there. Watching Port’s fragile, overly-defensive performance at Ratchaburi on Saturday was to see Jarvis Cocker’s words made flesh – back in […]

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Steuble Grows on Port: Filipino Defender Signs Up

  Following Kevin’s injury on Sunday, which will leave him out of action until October, Port have moved quickly in the transfer market and signed up Philippines international defender Martin Steuble from Ceres-Negros FC. Originally from Switzerland, where he played for the likes of Neuchatel Xamax and Grasshoppers Zurich, Steuble became a Philippines international in […]

The Chiangover: Port FC 1-4 Chiang Rai FC

    Port’s traditional mid-season slump continued with a home thumping by a solid if unspectacular Chiang Rai side. This wasn’t a bad performance per se – indeed Port were better here than they were at Samut Prakan last week – but Jadet’s dogmatism/favouritism in team selection and the usual clueless substitution, along with some […]

Halfway to Paradise? Port’s 2019 Season So Far

  With last night’s defeat at MK Dons marking the end of the first leg of 2019 T1 fixtures, it’s time to look back at the first half of the season and share our best (and worst) moments. Port led T1 for much of the season but the recent, and entirely expected, mid-season slump has […]