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.


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.


(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 season 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.


(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 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!


(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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