Contributors Wanted! The Couch Potato Edition


Since the last time we at The Sandpit wrote an article titled ‘Contributors Wanted!’ we have had 15 different people write previews, match reports and articles for The Sandpit. Players and managers – not just from Port but from all around the league – have taken part in our interviews. Port fans have sent us their photos, made videos for us and supported us in all sorts of different ways. Of course The Sandpit would not be able to keep up with the mental world of Port in the way that we have without all of your help, and it is always greatly appreciated.

That’s why, before asking more of you lot, we thought it would only be right to acknowledge those who have contributed to The Sandpit so far.



Andy Hailstone, Brian Blanchfield, Dave Barraclough, David Brassington, Dominick Cartwright, Gary Rutland, James Clarke, Joe Kheng, John Spittal, Kevin Machugh, Mike Strunk, Peter Hockley, Tim Russell, myself and Tommie Duncan.


Photographers and Videographers

Alisa Suwanrumpha, John Parbury, Kenny Goodbourn, Landry Dunand, Linny Russell, Tim Russell and all the people who take photos for various Port Facebook groups which we occasionally borrow!



David Rochela, Jason Withe, Josimar Rodrigues, Mano Polking, Matt Smith, Niran Hansson, Patrick Bentley and all of the fans from other teams who we have quoted in our previews.


Big thanks to all of those listed, and anyone else who I’ve forgotten. Of course, we still need all of your continued support to keep on producing the content we do, and we are always excited to welcome new contributors to the fold.


Couch Potatoes Wanted

What we’re after now is a particular kind of contributor: the sort that doesn’t really want to do any work, but would rather sit around with a chilled beverage in hand and have a chat about Port. We’re of course talking about our new series of Podcast Interviews called Zone F, which is basically me sitting around with you lot and asking some questions which we hope will help to create a Port-rait (geddit?) of the weird and wonderful Port supporting world. The first interview with Tim is here for you to listen to, and during the remainder of the break I hope to record a few more of these with anyone who fancies participating. Whether I’ve never met you before or see you at every match, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newcomer you’re welcome to join me for food, booze and a good old chin wag. I’ll send you the questions in advance so you know what to expect, but it’s really just a chat about Port. What could be simpler?

You can get in touch with me through the Thai Port Importz Facebook page, or by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page.



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 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!


The Portcast Episode 6: Zone F Meets Kenny Goodbourn


In the third of our Zone F interviews with Port fans, we meet Port’s resident Youtuber Kenny Goodbourn. Kenny talks about Honda’s thirsty songthaew drivers, the necessity of mooing in his videos and why he wears his Port shirt when he goes shopping.

You can find his Youtube channel Straight Outta Bangkok here and the Goal of the Season compilation he created for The Sandpit here.

Thanks to Kenny for the interview, and a reminder to anyone else who wants to do a similar interview to contact The Sandpit for more details.


The Portcast Episode 5: Zone F Meets Tommie Duncan


Time for another Portcast Zone F episode! This time round, Tom Earls meets Texan Zone A legend Tommie Duncan and gets his thoughts on the differences between US & Thai football, Johnny Rotten’s influence on his football supporting career, his bizarre spurning of free VIP beer, and pre-match “grab-ass”, whatever that may be. The mind boggles.

Want to take part in a Zone F interview? Give us a shout!