Saturday, February 21, 2009


Thais delighted to go United

Once upon a time clubs in England usually called themselves United 'cos there was some kind of merger between two previous sides.

The Thais, perhaps ignoring the tradition, have desided to ape the Manchester version and this coming TPL season, which begins next month, sees a whole host of Utds.

Chula Sinthana becomes Chula United which makes some kind of sense
Bangkok University becomes Bangkok United which makes none
Pattaya United have taken over Bang Phra and set up tasty local derbies with Chonburi
Nong Jork have become Muang Thong United and play at a public lavatory called the Thunder Dome

There's other name changes and or takeovers just to add to the confusion in the Thai league.

Thai Tobacco Monopoly have become TTM Samut Sakorn which is odd. The TTM backs on to Nana Soi 4 - surely they could have taken a more local name perhaps or even got sponsorship from one of the bars there? Like Big Dogs?

Navy have become Raja Navy Rayong while Bangkok Bank have given up full stop and those other bankers Krung Thai Bank have become Bangkok Glass. From bankers to glaziers with the stroke of a pen!

And Si Racha are now named Si Racha Samut Prakan for some wierd and wonderful reason. In the fixtures I have there is also a Thai word in there which I think refers to a level of government?

With Samuts Songkram, Sakorn and Prakan now featuring in the TPL the coastal provinces around Bangkok will have their very own series of derbies, much like the Didcot Triangle of Reading, Oxford United and Swindon Town. Full of local passion and angst for the locals but just a bunch of rurals getting some excitment for the rest of us

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