Entries by Tim Russell

I See a Darkness: Power Failure Costs Port

  Following Sunday’s farcical scenes at the PAT when the season reopening match against Police Tero was abandoned after 87 minutes due to floodlight failure, the FAT handed Port the predicted punishment yesterday – a 50,000THB fine and the win awarded to the away side. You can read a frustrated Tom Earls’ report on the […]


Free Nelson Bonilla! Port Snap Up Salvadoran

  With rumours going into overdrive in the last week or so, the deal was officially announced last night – El Salvador international striker Nelson Bonilla is now a Port FC player! As usual the details of the deal are somewhat opaque but we hear Nelson has joined on an initial 3-month loan to take […]

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 […]

Fitter, Happier: The Sandpit Meets Rafael Monteiro

  Since coming to Thailand in 2009, Rafael ‘Rafa’ Monteiro has become one of the country’s most well-known and respected fitness coaches. He was at BEC Tero when they won the 2014 Toyota League Cup, and Buriram when they won the 2017 T1 title. So it’s no coincidence that his arrival at Port in 2019 […]

Gone ‘Til September: FAT Announces Season Restart

  With many teams back in training this week there was some brief optimism amongst Thai football fans that the season just might restart on 2 May as recently suggested; but with COVID-19 still wreaking its human and economic toll on the world, that was always likely to be a little ambitious and yesterday the […]

Outsiders: Why We Follow Port

  NB this article was originally written in February 2019 for an anthology of Thai football writing that was never published.   In Bangkok’s chaotic Khlong Toey ‘slum’ district, no two houses are alike. Sturdy two-storey brick houses sit next to old wooden buildings leaning so far to one side they look like one gust […]

Caged Lions: Port Stars on Life in Lockdown

  We miss football. We miss that first view of the floodlights as we cross over Sunton Khosa, we miss the smell of sausages, we miss the taste of a cold Leo, we miss our friends. But if we’re missing football, have you wondered what it’s like for the players? Deprived of the exertion of […]

Choke’s Away! Port Coach Victim of COVID-19 Cuts

  Life on COVID-19 lockdown is boring, and many of us struggle to pass the time. Some of us watch old Peep Show episodes on Netflix; some of us discover this amazing new site called Pornhub; some of us watch old Premiership games on Sky; some of us – ie Madame Pang – engage in […]