Entries by Tim Russell

The Hard Way: Port’s Route to the FA Cup Final

  Yes, we’re still pinching ourselves, but after last Wednesday’s epic, exhausting FA Cup semi final against Bangkok Utd, Port are in the 2019 Chang FA Cup Final! Port’s last FA Cup win was a decade ago, since when silverware has been conspicuous by its absence, with only the 2010 League Cup being added to […]

FA Cup Semi-Final Ticket Info

  After this week’s late but sensible change of venue, tickets for Port’s FA Cup semi with Bangkok Utd go on sale this Friday at Thai Ticket Major outlets and online at https://www.thaiticketmajor.com/sport/chang-fa-cup-2019-semi-final-royal-thai-army-stadium.html. Tickets range from 80-100-150BHT. The game takes place at Army Stadium (18 September, KO 19:00) and the various ticket areas are shown above […]

Ying Tong Iddle Tai Po: Port Face Hong Kongers in Friendly

  With the Thai season about to take an international break, Port have lined up a friendly against Hong Kong Premier League side Tai Po FC, aka The Green Warriors, presumably for their shirt colour rather than any commitment to environmental activism – one doubts any genuine eco-warriors would fly 20-odd people over to Bangkok […]

Semi Slot: Port Face Angels in FA Cup Showdown

  The draw for the 2019 Chang FA Cup semis was made earlier this week, and Port will play perennial bogey team Bangkok Utd, with Buriram facing a somewhat easier task against Ratchaburi. The game takes place on Wednesday 18 September at 19:00. With Rajamangala being refurbished in order to host an U23 tournament in […]

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 […]