Diary of a Thai football season

My blogs and match reports, etc as a follower of Samut Prakan City Football Club - and something that has developed into an obsession.

2024/2025 Fixtures

Can a squad of young players bring a run of three relegation (or near-relegation) seasons to an end?

Samut Prakan's sixth season as a football club and we welcome three new promoted sides; Mahasarakham and Si Saket from the north-east and Bangkok FC to provide a local derby.

2023/2024 Fixtures

Hopefully this won't be another nail-biting season at the wrong end of the table

Samut Prakan City's second season in division two will be another 'tour of Thailand' and will include away trips to Nakhon Si Thammarat (twice) Chiang Mai (twice) Nongbua, Lampang, Phrae and Krabi.

2022/2023 Fixtures

Following last season's relegation, how will Samut Prakan City fare in the Thai second division?

34 league games plus FA Cup and League Cup, including trips to Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Phrae, Ranong, Krabi and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

2021/2022 Fixtures

Can Samut Prakan improve on a 6th place finish in both of their first two seasons?

Thirty Thai Premier League games plus FA Cup and League Cup.

2020/2021 Fixtures

How will Samut Prakan fare in their second season as a Thai Premier League club?

Thirty Thai Premier League games plus FA Cup and League Cup.

2019 Fixtures

How will Samut Prakan fare in their very first season as a Thai Premier League club?

How will the team from Samut Prakan fare in their very first season as a Thai Premier League club? It's going to be interesting!

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Pattaya United

The final game of what's been a long and frustrating season... but at least we aren't going down!

Samut Prakan host Pattaya United on the final weekend of the season. The visitors need three points to have a shout at the play-offs and hope other results go their way. Unlikely, but not impossible.

2023/24 Rayong FC v Samut Prakan

Our last away game of the season - or will it be simply our last ever away game?

A tough finish to our away campaign as we travel to third-place Rayong and a team pretty much guaranteed a play-off place. Just a point from their last two games will see them over the line.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Krabi FC

A club in crisis at home to a team already relegated. Not exactly a fixture to set the pulse racing.

I feel sorry for Krabi FC, having to make the long journey to Samut Prakan to fulfill a fixture when they are already preparing for life in the T3 south.

2023/24 Lampang FC v Samut Prakan

Our last long away trip of the season

Can we do the double over The Emerald Chariots, following our 2-0 home win against them in December?

2023/24 Chainat Hornbill v Samut Prakan

Three away games left in the season, starting with a comfortable road trip to Chainat

A game between two sides who have generally had disappointing seasons and find themselves at the wrong end of the table... but safe for another year.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Nongbua Pichaya

Not the best time to be playing the team who look like being promoted as champions.

Nongbua beat us 5-1 at their place earlier in the season and they put TEN goals past Kasetsart several weeks ago. This could well be a long evening.

2023/24 Kasetsart FC v Samut Prakan

It's time to get on the Bangkok skytrain for a local derby!

A short away trip to a club who look already resigned to life in the third division... it's simply a case of when.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Chantaburi FC

A lower mid-table T2 clash between two sides that look relatively safe for another season.

Despite there being little to play for, hopefully this will be a better game than the 0-0 draw that the teams contested back in early November.

2023/24 Ayutthaya United v Samut Prakan

A short trip from Samut Prakan to take on play-off hopefuls Ayutthaya United

After a poor home defeat to DP Kanchanaburi last Friday, away games look all the more daunting - and we've got five still to play!

2023/24 Samut Prakan v DP Kanchanaburi

A Friday night home game against a side looking over their shoulder towards the relegation zone.

Samut Prakan's season is fast fizzling out. If we are to put an unlikely run of five or six wins together and challenge for a play-off spot, it has to begin right now.

2023/24 Phrae United v Samut Prakan

Long bus journeys don't suit us, Do they suit any football team?

The team find themselves once again making a long bus journey to an away match. We've lost every single game this season that has involved a long bus journey, you know what I'm saying?

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Suphanburi

Can we end a run of seven games without a win against one of our bogey sides?

Demoralized, bruised and battered after a hammering at Nakhon Ratchisima last weekend, we have a rare midweek game at home to Suphanburi - another team whose play-off hopes are realistically all but over.

2023/24 Nakhon Ratchisima v Samut Prakan

An away trip to The Swatcats, one of T2's in-form teams and automatic promotion favourites

If Samut Prakan are going to end a run of six games without a win, then this probably isn't going to be the place in all honesty.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Customs United

Simply a must-win local derby match

Tonight, we welcome struggling neighbors Customs United to Bang Plee. In the bottom three and already eight points adrift of safety, is the curtain closing on Customs United's T2 status?

2023/24 Chiang Mai United v Samut Prakan

Another trip to Thailand's Rose of the North

Having missed the game at Chiang Mai FC a couple of weeks ago, we were eager to make up for it, even though the 700th Anniversary Stadium is not the greatest football experience.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Nakhonsi United

Our first home match of the new year and it couldn't be any tougher.

The Southern Dragons sit proudly in second place with just one defeat all season. A win would see them go back to the top of the table.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Rayong FC

We finish the year with a home game against 5th place Rayong FC

A chance to give the fans some Christmas cheer and the hope of being genuine top six contenders.

2023/24 Bangkok United v Samut Prakan

An extremely tough midweek FA Cup trip to premier league leaders Bangkok United

It's one of my most hated 'away ends' in Thai football and we're up against a team that hasn't lost a game all season. And forget any notion of Bangkok United going easy on us.

2023/24 Krabi FC v Samut Prakan

It's a long journey south to take on The Andaman Eagles of Krabi

An away fixture at one of Thailand's top tourist destinations. What's not to like? Let's make a holiday out of it!

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Lampang FC

Samut Prakan's third match in a very busy week as we host 'The Emerald Chariots'

After exiting the Revo League Cup in midweek, can Samut Prakan end a run of three consecutive defeats and get their league season back on track?

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Chonburi FC

It's a midweek Revo League Cup tie in the round of 32

Samut Prakan have surrendered home advantage as we travel to our old friends and 'partner club' Chonburi FC.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Chainat Hornbill

The first of three 'home' games in six days!

Samut Prakan are looking to recover from a heavy league defeat at Nongbua Pichaya...and the loss of their manager!

2023/24 Nongbua Pichaya FC v Samut Prakan

A long journey north to take on one of the promotion favourites

Probably one of the most awkward away games to get to from Samut Prakan. A flight and then a one-hour car journey to a town with few hotel options.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Kasetsart FC

A local derby against The Emerald Nagas

When you're in desperate need of a win and three points, you couldn't wish for a better fixture than at home to struggling neighbors Kasetsart FC.

2023/24 Chantaburi FC v Samut Prakan

Can we cap a perfect week by taking three points off The Wild Rabbits?

After winning at premier league Trat FC on Wednesday, we stay in eastern Thailand to take on promoted Chantaburi in T2.

2023/24 Trat FC v Samut Prakan

Time for some Thai FA Cup action

In the FA Cup round of 64, Samut Prakan have been handed a difficult away trip to premier league Trat FC.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Ayutthaya United

Back to league action and a home game against top five Ayutthaya United

Now would be a great time to secure our first win against a team who are a pretty good outside bet for promotion, or at least to make the play offs.

2023/24 Fleet FC v Samut Prakan

We turn our attention to one of the two Thai cup competitions - The Revo Cup (League Cup)

Surely even a second string XI should be good enough to get past struggling third division opposition?

2023/24 DP Kanchanaburi v Samut Prakan

A first away trip to another one of last season's third division promoted sides

Having missed the last two Samut Prakan games due to my annual trip to England, I'm eager to get back into the groove.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Nakhon Ratchisima

My last Samut Prakan game before I head back to England for a fortnight or so

Arguably our toughest test of the season so far as we take on one of the automatic promotion favourites.

2023/24 Customs United v Samut Prakan

A short trip to the Lat Krabang 54 Stadium and a local derby with Customs United

Last season, Customs United did the double over us. We owe these guys a beating. Third time lucky?

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Chiang Mai United

Samut Prakan really need a home win and three points if they are to keep pace with the leaders.

We can keep saying 'it's still early in the season' but Chiang Mai FC and Nakhon Ratchisima already have 9 points from their opening three games. We don't want to fall too far behind them.

2023/24 Nakhonsi United v Samut Prakan

Can we pull off another great win down in South Thailand?

We are not downhearted after defeat by Chiang Mai FC in our first home match. There were so many positives to be taken from the game and I honestly think we can get a result against a team who haven't started the season well.

2023/24 Samut Prakan v Chiang Mai FC

Our first home match of the season sees us host one of the promotion favourites

After the fun and games at Pattaya United last Friday, it will be nice to be back on familiar territory and to see the faces of some friendly away fans.

2023/24 Pattaya United v Samut Prakan

For the first time in Samut Prakan City's short history, we start the season with an away game....and what an away game!

It just had to happen didn't it? - the first game of the season and we are away to Pattaya United. Given the unfortunate history and 'connection' between the two clubs, it should be a contest with a bit of added spice.

Football away days

A look at the 17 potential away trips for this 2023/24 season

From Nakhon Si Thammarat down south to Chiang Mai in the north, it's going to be another season spent putting plenty of miles on the clock.

2022/23 Nakhon Pathom FC v Samut Prakan

The final day of the T2 season promises drama of the highest order

Last season, to avoid relegation, Samut Prakan needed to beat Chiang Rai United on the final day and hope other results went in their favour. Well, here we are again, and while Samut Prakan don't actually need to win their very last game this time around, they might well be relying on results elsewhere.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Chiang Mai FC

With just two games to go, Samut Prakan are almost over the line.

Bookmakers would probably give you very decent odds on Samut Prakan losing their last two games and Kasetsart FC winning theirs. But that's where we're at.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Grand Andaman Ranong FC

Three games to play and the pressure is becoming almost unbearable...again

You might say that Samut Prakan have the points on the board and look most likely to survive. If only I was that confident.

2022/23 Udon Thani FC v Samut Prakan

We make one of our longest away trips to the already relegated Udon Thani

As we head into the final month of the season and the continuing search for survival points, it's the last away game that requires a flight.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Trat FC

A tough home match against a team in absolutely red hot form

Five games left to play and while it's looking like we'll be in the second division next season, we're not over the line yet. I'd snap your hand off for a point this evening.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Ayutthaya United

Our second of three games in a busy week as we welcome Ayutthaya United to Bang Plee

In our fight for second division survival, we have four home games remaining. It's essential we get back to winning ways on our own patch.

2022/23 Chainat Hornbill v Samut Prakan

Will our fantastic recent away form continue as we travel north to Chainat?

At last! an opportunity to visit Chainat, experience a peaceful Thai town and to see the football club's Khao Plong Stadium

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Kasetsart FC

A win against struggling Kasetsart would be a major step towards second division safety

After last weekend's magnificent win at Nakhonsi United, Samut Prakan need to follow it up with three points against a team that has won just one of its last ten games.

2022/23 Nakhonsi United v Samut Prakan

We end a tough February with an away trip to the league leaders

After a disappointing 4-0 reverse at home to Rayong, perhaps it might be expecting too much to take something away from high-flying Nakhonsi United, but I'm sure the players will give it a good go.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Rayong FC

After two long trips north, it will be nice to be back on home soil

We're half-way through our 'difficult' February fixtures and now face probably our most beatable opponents on paper at home to mid-table Rayong FC.

2022/23 Phrae United v Samut Prakan

Our second game in the space of a week up in North Thailand

Still buzzing from our first win in nine matches, can we take a further three points from The Horsemen of Phrae?

2022/23 Chiang Mai United v Samut Prakan

The first of two away fixtures in Northern Thailand beginning with Chiang Mai United away

I was going to call this 'a tricky away tie' but when you're down at the wrong end of the table, they all look tricky.

2022/23 Customs United FC v Samut Prakan

Our shortest away trip of the season to neighbors Customs United

With Samut Prakan now hovering just five points above the relegation zone, this has all the makings of a must-win game!

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Krabi FC

Surely a great chance of three points against the struggling Andaman Eagles

You have to go back to the 11th November for the last time Samut Prakan won a game (a 1-0 victory against Rajpracha) It's surely time to end what's been a fairly miserable run of league results.

2022/23 Suphanburi v Samut Prakan

Our first away game of the new year to high-flying Suphanburi

We have a terrific record of played three, won three at the Suphanburi Provincial Stadium...but could that 100% record be about to end?

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Uthai Thani

The second half of the season gets under way with a home tie against The Elephants of Uthai Thani

We are eight points above the relegation zone and five points below the teams in the play off places. Are we looking at the teams below or above?

2022/23 Grand Andaman Ranong v Samut Prakan

One of the longest and most awkward away trips in T2.

After dropping points to bottom club Udon Thani at home, we desperately need three points away at struggling Ranong United if we are to mantain our top six play off hopes.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Udon Thani FC

Surely a great chance of three points at home to the second division's bottom club?

Udon Thani FC are bottom of the league with 11 losses this season from their 14 games. However results haven't been too bad lately and The Orange Giants shouldn't be underestimated.

2022/23 Trat FC v Samut Prakan

Another perfect chance for a football road trip

Looking to cement a place in the top six, we journey south almost to the Cambodian border to take on The White Elephants of Trat.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Rajpracha FC

A rare Friday night fixture as we host mid-table Rajpracha

A home game against a Bangkok-based club who are doing far better than expected this season. Not the most glamorous of opposition though.

2022/23 Ayutthaya United v Samut Prakan

A huge test of our promotion credentials as we travel to high-flying Ayutthaya United

Can we make it seven league games unbeaten in Thailand's old capital city?

2022/23 Buriram United v Samut Prakan

Yes, we got handed the toughest FA Cup draw possible - away to Buriram

We played Buriram away in the League Cup earlier this year - now here we are again but this time in the FA Cup. I fear we may be in for the same outcome.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Chainat Hornbill

Can we get back to winning ways at home to struggling Chainat Hornbill?

Five games on the road this season and The Hornbills are yet to gain a single point. We must surely be looking at three points from this one.

2022/23 Kasetsart FC v Samut Prakan

We head for one of the most convenient Bangkok stadiums to get to by public transport

Samut Prakan take on the struggling Kasetsart FC and must surely be looking to continue ther excellent league form by taking three points from this one.

2022/23 Bangkok FC v Samut Prakan

Another break from league action as we turn our attention to another cup competition.

A midweek trip to the 72nd Anniversary Stadium (it's another new one for me) to take on third division Bangkok FC in the Revo League Cup.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Nakhonsi United

Can we make it four league wins on the spin?

Confidence is high as we welcome high-flying Nakhonsi United to the Samut Prakan Stadium. It's going to feel good to be back!

2022/23 Rayong FC v Samut Prakan

Arguably our toughest game of the season so far as we head south to Rayong.

Currently lying in 5th place, The Dragon Horses have lost just one of their opening seven matches.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Maejo United

We take a break from league action to focus on the FA Cup competition

Now that Samut Prakan are a second division club, we have to enter the Thai FA Cup at the qualifying round stage. And once again we are paired against Maejo United,

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Phrae United

With a first league win under our belts, can we kick on and climb the league table?

We begin a busy October that includes seven matches, with a home league fixture against the Horsemen from Phrae.

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Suphanburi

Can Samut Prakan improve on last week's draw and point at Uthai Thani?

My last match before disappearing to England for a few weeks so three points would be a great parting gift against one of the T2 promotion favourites.

2022/23 Uthai Thani FC v Samut Prakan

Our first away trip of the season is a three-hour drive north to the town of Uthai Thani.

Can Samut Prakan put their first points of the season on the board?

2022/23 Samut Prakan v Nakhon Pathom

Here we go then - and we open the new league campaign against The King Tigers

Interestingly, this is Samut Prakan City's fourth season as a football club and the fourth time we've begun the campaign with a home match.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Chiang Rai

It's down to the wire! Who's going to have any fingernails left?

The last game of the season and Samut Prakan not only need to win to stay in the premier league but have to rely on a result elsewhere.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Khon Kaen United

Let's face it - this is the biggest, most important match in Samut Prakan City's short history

Two home games to go and two wins needed - it's as simple as that.

(2021/22) Suphanburi v Samut Prakan

Could both of these clubs be playing each other in the second division next season?

A two-hour drive to Suphanburi and for Samut Prakan, the very last roll of the survival dice.

(2021/22) Muangthong United v Samut Prakan

Four games remain with relegation a case of 'when' rather than 'if'

Samut Prakan need to take maximum points from their final four games to even have half a chance of staying up. It's that simple.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Chonburi FC

Can we end a winless home run of 8 league games that stretches back to the end of October?

The Sharks of Chonburi are in town and I'm hesitant to use the expression 'must-win' game as survival now smacks of mission impossible.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v BG Pathum

Six games remaining to save our season!

I've been doing the numbers and worked out we need to win at least four of our final six games to even stand a chance of staying in the premier league.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Nakhon Ratchisima

Can Samut Prakan build up some momentum following last Sunday's amazing result?

With a magnificent away performance and a 2-0 win against Port FC last week, Samut Prakan should be full of confidence going into a match against the out-of-form Swatcats.

(2021/22) Port FC v Samut Prakan

Can we score our first league goal in over 450 minutes of football?

The fight for premier league survival goes on as we travel to close neighbours Port for a Sunday 6.00 pm kick off.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Prachuap

Must-win games don't come more 'must-win' than this one.

Albeit not mathematically, the outcome of this match could define our season. It could be a result that goes a long way towards sending us down. Only a victory will do!

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Buriram

We've got 10 games left to save our season - starting with the mighty Buriram at home

We go up against Buriram for the econd time in four days, but this will be a very different game surely to the league cup defeat in midweek.

(2021/22) Buriram v Samut Prakan (League Cup round of 16))

A welcome distraction from our fight for league survival - or is it?

A midweek league cup trip to Buriram and a first reunion with our much-loved ex-manager Ishii-san. The second reunion will follow three days later in a much more important league game.

(2021/22) Chiang Mai United v Samut Prakan

A must win game in Thailand's 'second city'

Chiang Mai beat us 3-1 at the Samut Prakan Stadium early in the season. We want our revenge in what's sure to be a nail-biting relegation six-pointer.

(2020/21) Bangkok United v Samut Prakan

A short away trip to third place Bangkok United

On our previous two trips to Bangkok United's Thammasat Stadium, we've come away bruised, battered and defeated. Third time lucky, maybe?

(2021/22) Ratchaburi v Samut Prakan

Can we pick up our first ever league point away at Ratchaburi?

A re-arranged fixture at the Mitr Phol stadium heralds the first of four successive away games in less than a fortnight.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Police Tero

Back to home league action and we welcome The Silver Dragons to Bang Plee.

With Samut Prakan now in the bottom three of the premier league, every game is beginning to feel like a six-pointer, starting with this one.

(2021/22) Songkhla FC v Samut Prakan

It's the FA Cup round of 16 and another game against third tier opposition

Following on from our league cup victory against Pluakdaeng United last week, can Samut Prakan make it two cup wins in the space of eight days?

(2021/22) Pluakdaeng United v Samut Prakan

It's the league cup round of 32 and an away trip to Pluakdaeng United.

This is the round of the league cup competition where the premier league clubs enter. Can we go one step further than in 2019 when we fell at the first hurdle against Thonburi University?

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Nongbua Pichaya

The Thai Premier League resumes after a six-week international break

With Samut Prakan in the bottom four and just one point above the relegation zone, it's essential they get back to winning ways fast, and despite Nongbua's decent form, this must be a chance of three points.

(2021/22) Khon Kaen v Samut Prakan

A long away trip to Khon Kaen marks the halfway point in a disappointing season so far.

Both teams lie just four points above the relegation zone. A win for either side would be a great confidence booster to take into the mid-season break.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Rasisalai United

It's the FA Cup round of 32 and a home tie against a Thai amateur team

With 32 team names in the hat, Samut Prakan were drawn against the only amateur club still left in the competition - Rasisalai United.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Suphanburi

Probably too early to call this one a relegation six-pointer but it feels like a mighty important game.

Forget the teams above us in the premier league; it's the teams below that we currently need to focus on, starting with hopefully three points against Suphanburi. This game is massive.

(2021/22) BG Pathum United v Samut Prakan

Arguably our toughest game of the season so far as we travel to a title-chasing, in-form BG Pathum.

The season mid-way point is in sight and Samut Prakan are just five points clear of the relegation zone. We need to start picking up a few wins - but I don't think there'll be one today.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Muangthong United

Samut Prakan take on The Kirins in a midweek fixture at Bang Plee

After a brave performance against Chonburi at the weekend, Samut Prakan find themselves a little too near the relegation zone for comfort. Three points tonight would be most welcome!

(2021/22) Chonburi v Samut Prakan

We make the one-hour drive south to take on the Sharks of Chonburi.

Having met in the league four times, Samut Prakan have a 100% record against Chonburi. However, this is a much stronger looking Chonburi side than in the past couple of seasons.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Ratchaburi

After a fine FA Cup win in midweek, we get back to the business of hopefully picking up league points.

We have a poor record against the Dragons of Ratchaburi but they don't seem to be quite the team they were in past seasons.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v PT Prachuap

We turn our attention to the first round proper of the FA Cup

Without a win in the last six league games, the FA Cup provides Samut Prakan with a very welcome distraction and perhaps the chance to rediscover some form.

(2021/22) Nakhon Ratchisima v Samut Prakan

Five games without a win. Let's put that right!

We journey north to the troubled province of Nakhon Ratchisima - troubled by recent flooding and Covid outbreaks.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Port FC

One of the most eagerly awaited fixtures of the season as the noisy neighbors come to Bang Plee

No matter how high Port FC are in the league, we always seem to raise our game to new levels when we play the Port Lions at home.

(2021/22) PT Prachuap v Samut Prakan

We make the four-hour journey south to take on The Killer Wasps.

After two defeats on the bounce, Samut Prakan will be looking to get their season back on track with a win by the seaside.

(2021/22) Buriram v Samut Prakan

An away trip to the league leaders.

Despite winning there last season, fixtures in the Thai League calendar don't come tougher than Buriram away - so let's get it over with.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Chiang Mai United

The White Elephants are in town as we welcome newly promoted Chiang Mai United to the SAT Stadium.

After the relative disappointment of a 1-1 draw against a poor Police Tero side, Samut Prakan have a great opportunity to get back to winning ways against a team currently bottom of the Thai premier league.

(2021/22) Police Tero v Samut Prakan

Can Samut Prakan continue their terrific start to the season?

Police Tero beat us home and away last season to 'do the double'. It's definitely time to look for our first win against The Silver Dragons.

(2021/22) Samut Prakan v Bangkok United

Samut Prakan's first home game of the season and it's a tough one against The Bangkok Angels

A Friday night fixture behind closed doors as we welcome one of our bogey teams to Bang Plee.

(2021/22) Nongbua Pichaya v Samut Prakan

An away trip to one of last season's promoted clubs, the division two champions in fact.

Along with away to Khon Kaen United, the trip to Nongbua Pichaya was one I was looking forward to most of all. But sadly, the North East adventure will have to wait for another season, trusting that The Gamecocks manage to survive in the top flight of course.

(2021/22) Chiang Rai v Samut Prakan

We start the 2021/22 season where we ended the last one - The Singha Chiang Rai Stadium

With Samut Prakan currently classed as a 'dark red' zone (with the highest level of Covid restrictions) the home game with Chiang Rai has been switched to our opponent's ground in the north, on account of it being 'safer' up there.

Samut Prakan Squad 2021/22

Samut Prakan's playing squad for the 2021/22 season

There are a lot of new faces for the upcoming campaign. Here are their shirt numbers and positions, etc.

2021/22 pre-season updates and news

Transfer news and general news, etc from Samut Prakan City FC

Keeping an eye on social media to see what's making the headlines at Samut Prakan City.

(2020/21) Chiang Rai v Samut Prakan

It's our last match of a long season as we journey north to take on The Beetles.

The season started with a home game against Chiang Rai on February 14th, 2020. And we end the season 13 months later with the same opponents.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Trat

Our final home game of the season as we face the already relegated Trat

With this game having an air of 'meaningless end-of-season fixture' to it, let's take a look at the teams battling for promotion from the second division and where we might be travelling to next season.

(2020/21) Chonburi v Samut Prakan

Our penultimate away game of the season as we take on The Sharks of Chonburi

Two weeks of the season remain and we make the short journey south-east to take on Chonburi. Can we end the season with a flourish after two successive home defeats?

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Buriram

Just four games of the season remain and we start with the mighty Buriram at home

We beat Buriram 3-1 at the Thunder Castle at the end of November. It might be too much to ask to do the double over them, but I'm sure we'll give it a go.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Ratchaburi

The first chance for fans to get into a home match since mid-December

After two games away at relegation candidates, Suphanburi and Sukhothai, we finally have a home game as we welcome Ratchaburi FC to Bang Plee.

(2020/21) Suphanburi v Samut Prakan

A midweek trip to one of this season's relegation favourites - Suphanburi FC

After fans got their excitement up about being let into games at the weekend, it didn't happen! But the Thai FA are allowing 25% of stadium capacities from this week. Let's see how this all pans out.

(2020/21) Nakhon Ratchisima v Samut Prakan

A tricky midweek trip to Nakhon Ratchisima, a team in very decent form.

Could we follow up a comfortable 4-0 home win against struggling PT Prachuap with another three points away at Nakhon Ratchisima, unbeaten in their last 8 games?

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Muangthong United

Could we follow up Saturday's win at Rayong with three home points against The Kirin?

This will be our third meeting with Muangthong this season following a goalless league encounter and a 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Police Tero

Our first home game of 2021 as we welcome Police Tero to Bang Plee

When we played away to Police Tero at the beginning of this very long season, they were riding high at the top of the table and Samut Prakan were near the bottom. How the situation has changed!

(2020/21) Muangthong United v Samut Prakan

It's become a frustrating stop-start season, but we go again.

It's the FA Cup round of 16 and Samut Prakan travel to Muangthong United for the second time this season. Unfortunately, due to Co-vid restrictions, the match will be played behind closed doors.

(2020/21) Trat FC v Samut Prakan

The long journey down the east coast to take on a team struggling in the bottom three

We're starting to look at the teams above us now and dreaming of a place in the top five. Three points away at Trat would be an ideal start with more difficult games around the corner.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Chonburi

It's a local derby (of sorts) - The Sharks are in town!

After the 'excitement' of the FA Cup, we're back to the bread-and-butter of the Thai Premier League as we entertain Chonburi and look to continue our run of decent form.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Maejo United

It's the FA Cup round of 32 and we're up against a team from Thailand's third tier.

Manager Ishii-san decided to play a full-strength team tonight. This is clearly a competition he wants to win!

(2020/21) Buriram v Samut Prakan

At last! A chance to experience the Chang Arena - home of the biggest club in Thai football

I didn't expect anything from this game. A draw and a point to take back to Samut Prakan would be an incredible bonus but we'll probably leave empty-handed. Oh.....hang on a minute!

(2020/21) Ratchaburi v Samut Prakan

The Thai league season resumes after the international break and it's time to enter The Dragon's Den

Surely we can improve on the last time we played Ratchaburi at the Mitr Phol Stadium? I won't forget that second half performance in a hurry.

(2020/21) Nakhon Ratchisima v Samut Prakan

We take a break from league action and focus on the Thai FA Cup.

Yes, it's the FA Cup first round when the 16 premier league clubs join the remaining lower league and amateur teams in the round of 64. I'd really love a nice cup run this year!

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Sukhothai

The return of last season's star striker, Ibson Melo, and ex-manager, Surapong Kongthep

Last week's defeat at home to Suphanburi means Samut Prakan are hovering just above the relegation zone and this weekend, the bottom four clubs all play each other. Oh boy, do we need three points from this one!

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Suphanburi

The War Elephant are in town!

Things are going well and Samut Prakan are playing some nice football, but if we are going to move up the table, we need wins and not draws. Can we get a victory over Suphanburi this evening?

(2020/21) BG Pathum United v Samut Prakan

A trip to Pathum Thani and the chance to pit ourselves against the league leaders

My first ever visit to a stadium I've wanted to see for some time - the iconic, three-sided Leo Stadium in Pathum Thani. What a shame it's such a bugger to get to if you don't have your own car!

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Nakhon Ratchisima

Can we build on last Sunday's excellent away win at PT Prachuap?

The Sea Fang meet the Swat Cats and a good chance of three points tonight against a side in the bottom three and low on confidence.

(2020/21) Muangthong United v Samut Prakan

An away trip to North of Bangkok to another team who have started the season poorly

Heavy rains and thunderstorms were predicted for the weekend so it was umbrellas and raincoats at the ready. Oh the joys of watching Thai football in the monsoon season from an uncovered away section.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan City v Rayong FC

The season finally gets underway again with a home match against fellow strugglers, Rayong FC

Each stadium will be allowed to admit fans, but only up to 25% of the capacity. And of that number, 10% will be allocated to away supporters. This is the new normal - at least for the foreseeable future.

(2020/21) Police Tero v Samut Prakan

A short trip to North Bangkok to face a newly promoted team doing well

With just one point to show from our first three games, a win on Sunday would be just the tonic.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Bangkok United

Our difficult start to the season continues as we welcome Bangkok United to Bang Plee

With just one point from our opening two matches, can we kick-start our season against a side who have won both their opening games and are even some people's tip to win the league?

(2020/21) Port FC v Samut Prakan

With a point under our belts, we face a difficult first away match against close neighbours, Port FC.

Last year's corresponding fixture was an end-of-season, nothing encounter but this one has a very different feel to it.

(2020/21) Samut Prakan v Chiang Rai

The start of a new season and the first of 30 Premier League matches

I love the start of a new season! And I'm quietly confident that we can finish in the top six again. We've managed to keep hold of the better Thai players in our squad and we've made some decent additions in the transfer window.

(2020/21) Pre-season friendlies

Who are Samut Prakan City warming up against?

The club announced three friendlies on January 10th with possibly more to follow.

(2020) SPCFC transfer news

We're welcoming new players but saying goodbye to old friends as the 2020 season draws nearer.

It's the crazy close season. Keep tabs on who's coming and who's going at Samut Prakan City?

The 2019 season overview

So how was Samut Prakan's first season in the top flight?

If you had offered me a 6th place finish at the start of the season, as the old saying goes - I would have bitten your hand off. I think most Samut Prakan City supporters would.

The 2019 season in photos

My nine months of following Samut Prakan City FC home and away.

From the launch party at Megamall, Bang Na in February to our last game away at Port FC in late October.

(2019) Port FC v Samut Prakan

Our last game of the season and an away trip to our close neighbours in Klongtoey

Probably the one away match I've been looking forward to most of all. The PAT is a nice compact stadium with a good atmosphere and relatively easy to get to by public transport.

(2019) Samut Prakan v Suphanburi

Our last home game of the season and a must-win game for the visitors Suphanburi

Every match this evening will kick off at 6.00 pm so it means checking scores on mobile phones will become as crucial as watching the game you're at. It's going to be a nail-biter.

(2019) Samut Prakan v Muangthong United

A midweek league game against The Kirins, a team in red hot form at the moment

Although Muangthong had a dreadful start to the campaign and we beat them 3-0 at their place, they have rediscovered their form in the second half of the season and are currently on a run of just one defeat in their last 13 games. This could be a very tough evening indeed.

(2019) Samut Prakan v Chiang Rai

My last game for a while - a home game against second-place Chiang Rai FC.

Chiang Rai are in second place, just one point behind leaders Buriram while Samut Prakan desperately need a win to avoid slipping out of the top five for the first time this season.

(2019) Samut Prakan v Trat

The chance to get our season back on track against a struggling team?

On paper it's a very winnable game but we are seriously struggling for form at the moment. I'll take a victory tonight at any price. It's all about the three points!

(2019) Ratchaburi v Samut Prakan

A midweek train journey from Bangkok and the chance to catch up with an old friend

Many football fans say it's the finest stadium in the Premier League and the away trip they look forward to most. Well, you can add my voice to that because I couldn't heap enough praise on it. Ratchaburi's Mitr Phol Stadium is simply magnificent!

(2019) Samut Prakan v Buriram

A massive top-of-the-table clash and a sell-out crowd

Despite being top of the pile on goal difference, this is not the invincible Buriram of seasons gone by: in fact they're on a poor run of form at the moment, taking just three points from their last four games. If a packed crowd at Bang Plee can get behind the lads this evening, I'm sure we can do it.

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Chonburi

It's another derby day as we welcome The Sharks from Chonburi

The Sharks started the season with high hopes but have had a disappointing campaign, spending much of it in the bottom half of the table. They've got just one point to show from their last five away games. They don't travel well!

2019 Mid-term report

With half the season gone, what do we think of it so far?

We're at the mid-point in the Thai league season. 15 league games, two FA cup ties and a first round league cup exit. What have been the highlights and low points?

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Port FC

It's local derby day as we welcome Port FC from t'other side of town.

It will be interesting to see how Samut Prakan handles what should be a capacity crowd. Even yesterday I was getting people who have never been to a Thai football match, contact me and ask how they can get their hands on tickets, such is the interest in this encounter.

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Army United

An interesting clash in prospect as we reach the FA Cup round of 32

The new manager's strategy was obviously to give some of the squad players a run out. However, he had packed the substitute's bench with first team regulars, probably with the idea of bringing some of them on if things were going pear-shaped. And as it turned out, we were going to need them!

(2019) Suphanburi v Samut Prakan City

An away trip to the club currently bottom of the league - but will it be an easy three points?

Like so many other Samut Prakan fans, I adored our previous manager, Khun Surapong. It was heartbreaking to see him leave. However, you have to give the new guy a chance. Will he get it right in his first game in charge?

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Nakhon Ratchasima

Another difficult home game against a team with ambitions of a top four finish.

The Swatcats have lost three away games on the bounce, but I never read much into these current form stats. Anyone can beat anyone in this competitive Thai Premier League.

(2019) Bangkok United v Samut Prakan City

Another away trip to one of the Thai League's big boys.

This time it's just a one-hour drive to the TRUE Stadium, located on the Thammasat University campus. Hopefully we'll have some good away support this evening and who knows? maybe even get something from the game.

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Prachuap

The Killer Wasps are in town - with hopefully not much of a sting!

Could this year be the dreaded second season syndrome for Prachuap? Their away form has been poor so we fancy our chances tonight.

(2019) Thonburi University v Samut Prakan City

My first chance to sample some Thai League Cup action

This time it's the turn of the Thai League Cup and the round of 32. The 16 Thai Premier League clubs are all drawn away against teams outside the top flight, giving all 16 games a 'David and Goliath' feel. This could be interesting.

(2019) Muangthong United v Samut Prakan City

An away trip to one of the premier league's 'big four' clubs

When the season's fixtures were released at the start of the year, this was one of the first away games I looked out for. The SCG is a stadium I really want to see. With no running track around it and enclosed by four stands, it's probably one of the best opportunities you'll get to sample something similar to an English football match atmosphere.

(2019) Samut Prakan City v North Vachilalai Chiang Mai United

The magic of the Thai FA Cup

The round of 64 and we're drawn at home to an enthusiastic, university-based football club who have been trying to get into the Thai league for a number of years. This could be a rugby score!

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Chainat

Three home points would be the perfect birthday present tonight!

This evening we welcome Chainat FC (The Hornbills) and any of their supporters who have made the three-hour journey by road. The game definitely has a potential banana skin feel to it.

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Ratchaburi

In our first midweek fixture of the season, can we slay the Dragons of Ratchburi?

We've slipped down to mid-table and after winning our opening couple of games, we're without a victory in the last three. So three points tonight please, lads!

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Sukhothai

Our second home game of the season and The Firebats are in town

Tonight we host Sukhothai FC. Currently lying just below half-way in the Premier League table and with three draws from their opening three games, they could be tough opponents to break down.

(2019) Chonburi v Samut Prakan City

Our first away trip and a tasty local derby. Bring it on!

Our first game on the road sees us travel an hour south to take on The Sharks. Chonburi FC's title-winning, glory days might be a distant memory but they are still rated as very much a top six side. Let's hope we can continue the fierce rivalry that existed between them and Pattaya United.

(2019) Samut Prakan City v Chiang Mai

The first of 30 Thai Premier League games. Here we go!

We begin our campaign with a home game against Chiang Mai FC. The Lanna Tigers were promoted from division two last season after finishing in third place.

We have lift off!

The new squad and team kit, etc finally get an unveiling.

The official Samut Prakarn City FC launch party took place at Megamall, Bangna on Sunday 17th February.

The Theatre of Dreams

How is our home ground shaping up for the new season?

Having nothing better to do (and getting mildly excited about the new season I might add) I decided to journey out to the official Samut Prakarn City FC stadium in deepest Bang Plee and see for myself how preparations were going.

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