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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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,
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Who are Samut Prakan City warming up against?
The club announced three friendlies on January 10th with possibly more to follow.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.