Diary of a Thai football season

My first season as a follower of Samut Prakan City Football Club and something that is slowly developing into an obsession.


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 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 season 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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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?


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.


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!


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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