Podcast

The Portcast #21: National Team Talk

 

I’m joined by Gian Chansrichawla and Tommie Duncan to talk Thai national team. We consider all the major candidates for inclusion, and eventually agree on a 23 man squad which we think would serve boss Akira Nishino well.

Some big names miss out and some uncapped players make the cut, including a Sandpit favourite.

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The Portcast #20: Famed but Flawed with Gian Chansrichawla

 

Gian Chansrichawla joins The Portcast to give some us some more insight in to the crisis at Muangthong. We talk about SMM’s legal disputes with the Thai FA, SCG’s reported sponsorship cut-back and why Muangthong’s famous academy is not all it’s cracked up to be. there’s plenty we didn’t know about that Gian spells out in rapid-fire detail.

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The Portcast #15: Choked Out with Tim Russell

 

The biggest Thai League news of the season so far is Port and FA Cup winning coach Choke parting ways in unusual circumstances. I talk to Sandpit editor Tim Russell about the shock move, and analyse both Choke’s surprisingly honest interview and the club’s panicked response.

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The Portcast #13: Transfer Talk with Gian Chansrichawla

 

What happens when fans of Thailand’s two fiercest rivals sit down and talk football?

Well, myself and aspiring journalist Gian Chansrichawla put aside our partisan differences for an hour and took a deep dive in to the world of transfers. Gian dissects transfer strategies from Chiang Rai to Chainat, telling us what has been behind some of Thai football’s biggest success stories.

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The Portcast #12: Zone F Meets Toby Knight

It’s Toby time!

In this podcast, I interview the man behind Zone B’s most unusual superstition. Toby Knight gives us some fascinating insight in to why Toby time works, why Port struggle to beat the best teams in the league, and he also gives some glowing praise to the man who masterminded Port’s first FA Cup win in 10 years.

We go on to talk at length about the fan experience of Toby’s teams in North London, Catalonia and of course Khlong Toei.

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The Portcast #11: Zone F Meets Peter Sheppard

 

The Portcast is back!

It’s been more than a year since our last podcast, but so excited are we with what transpired last season, and with next still season feeling an age away, here we are bringing back our long-form conversations with fans about the fan experience.

What better way to fill the hole left by the off-season than listening to two helpless obsessives talking about what makes the football experience great, whether in the suburbs of Stockholm or the slums of Bangkok?

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The Portcast Episode 10: The Sandpit Meets Sven (Part 1)

 

Yes, it’s been a long time coming, but good things come to wait! Our interview with Sven, the creator of legendary Thai football website www.thai-fussball.com is finally here, so be prepared for some back-in-the-day stories from the Kangaroos of Prague to the Blue Marlins of Sriracha.

Part one features a lot of stadium talk, and a couple of time-honoured debates about Thai football standards vs. European football standards and the social vs. sporting aspect of watching live football.

Then there’s me giving an entirely justifiable torrent of abuse to former Port flop Sompong Soleb for those who just like a good old rant, although the fearless Sven soon turns the tables on us and gives the Sandpit a well-deserved chewing out!

We also discuss Daniel Polomski and Tobias Enkel’s project Football Fans Asia which you can find on their website or their Youtube channel. Their video about a certain Khlongtoei football club is in the making, so make sure to follow their progress.

 

The Portcast Episode 9: Team Talk with Elias Dolah

 

In this fun quick-fire interview, Tom quizzes defender Elias Dolah on his Port teammates. Ever wondered who drives the fanciest car to training, who has “funny bones” and who Port’s most impressive new signing is? Elias gives us the inside scoop on all that and much more.

Thanks to Elias for being a good sport and answering all of our questions. We hope none of your teammates seek retribution on the training pitch! You can see Elias’ message to Port fans here, and the full interview will be published on The Sandpit tomorrow.

 

The Portcast Episode 8: Zone F Meets John Spittal

 

We expect that little bit of pizazz from seasoned pros like former radio DJ John Spittal, but within a few seconds of turning the mic on, we were already blown away by John’s silver-tongued introduction. Trust me, you’re going to want to hear this. The rest of the podcast wasn’t bad, either!

John talks us through how he refereed a former World Cup star, accidentally became a Ratchaburi fan for 45 minutes, and is the inaugural participant in Zone F’s new Orwellian ‘two minutes of hate’ segment. And yes, he also tells us just how many teams he supports!

He even brought his ticket collection to look over, so we have posted some pictures of the tickets we talk about in the podcast below.

 

 

 

Many thanks to John for his unrivaled podcast preparation. Any other Port fans who want to follow John on to the Zone F hot-seat, just let us know and we’ll make it happen.

 

The Portcast Episode 7: Zone F Meets Jim Clarke

 

The Portcast is back! And this week it’s another Zone F, with gamblin’ man and Gillingham fan Jim Clarke.

Jim talks us through his obsession with Carlos Valderrama’s hair, dominates my tricky Stats Quiz and still finds time to make the most concerted effort yet to secure Leo sponsorship for The Sandpit.

If you’d like to sit in the Zone F hot seat, please get in touch!