TTM Lopburi F.C.
|Full name||TTM Football Club
|Head Coach||Wisoon Wichaya|
|League||Thai Division 1 League|
TTM Lopburi Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลยาสูบ ลพบุรี) is a Thai football club based in Lopburi Province and currently plays in the Thai Division 1 League. This Club, founded in 1963, is one of the oldest clubs in Thailand. Their biggest achievement has been the Thai Premier League Title 2005. In 2009, the official club name has changed from Thailand Tobacco Monopoly FC to TTM Samut Sakhon FC.
Again, at the end of 2009, ready for the 2010 season, TTM once again renamed themselves to TTM Phichit and re-located to the Northern province. In 2012 the club once again relocated to Chiang Mai and would be known as TTM Chaingmai
- 1 History
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Performance in AFC competitions
- 4 Performance in ASEAN Competitions
- 5 Season By Season Record
- 6 Crests
- 7 Coaches
- 8 Players
- 9 Former Player
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Thailand Tobacco Monopoly football club were formed in 1963 as the works teams of the company of the same name. They have been ever presents in the structure of Thai football since the game became professional in the 1996-97 season.
The early years
TTM as the team were more commonly known began life in the professional era in the 1996–97 Thailand Soccer League with 17 other teams. As this was the first season to use a traditional league format, it was determined that the bottom six teams would be relegated to form a new feeder league. Unluckily for TTM, they were one of the bottom 6 teams that would be relegated. They would not come back to the Thai Premier League until the 2001–02 Thai League season when they won their first silverware, the Thai Division 1 League.
On their return to the TPL, they comfortably found themselves as a mid table outfit, finishing in 8th position in their first three seasons. Although comfortably above the relegation zone, they were somewhat rather behind the leading pack.
ASEAN Club Championship Disaster
In July 2005, the team went quietly confident into the ASEAN Club Championship, a competition for league winners of the ASEAN region. TTM were drawn into Group B with the host club DPMM of Brunei, Tampines Rovers of Singapore and the Finance and Revenue team of Myanmar.
In the first group game, TTM let a 2 goal lead slip to the hosts DPMM played at the Sultan Hassal Bolkiah Stadium. In the second group game they had to beat Tampines Rovers but they were strongly overcome by Tampines foreign contingent and lost 3:1. Therefore, they went into the last group game hoping that other results would go their way and that they in turn could also turn over a big goal difference. This was not to be the case as they once again lost and went out of the competition.
TTM were expected to take part in the 2006 AFC Champions League but failed to register any paper work on time and were therefore disqualified. TTM were drawn in Group F with Koreans Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i, Tokyo Verdy of Japan and Arema of Indonesia.
In 2009 and with the shake up of Thai football in general, all company based teams had to become sports entities, thus forcing out the like of Bangkok Bank and Krung Thai Bank. TTM decided to re-locate from Bangkok and move to Samut Sakhon and renamed themselves TTM F.C. Samut Sakhon. They had in fact moved in the second half of the 2008 season but kept the same name TTM until 2009. Games would be played at the Samut Sakhon Stadium.
This name change and new identity would only last one season however, as again, in time for the 2010 season, they once again relocated to the province of Phichit and renamed TTM F.C. Phichit. This did not go down to well with some supporters of Thai football as they had moved from a province that previously didn't have a football club and moved to a province that already had a team, Phichit, who had worked hard to gather a supporter base. The plus side of TTM moving to Phichit is that from their previous home a new club was formed, Samut Sakhon.
After two season of mid-table anonymity in Phichit, the club took the gamble and tried their luck in the northern city of Chiang Mai. This move was to prove to be disastrous as TTM finished in bottom place and were relegated from the TPL in 2012. The club were shunned by the locals who preferred to stick by their regional league side Chiang Mai FC.
Rumours are rife that TTM are trying to relocate to Lopburi for 2013 although a return to Bangkok has yet to be ruled out.
- Winner: 2005
- Winner: 2000
- Winner: 2006
Performance in AFC competitions
- AFC Champions League: 1 appearances
- 2006: Disqualified
Performance in ASEAN Competitions
- ASEAN Club Championship: 1 Appearance
- 2005: Group Stage
- Singapore Cup: 1 Appearance
Season By Season Record
|Asia||Top goalscorer league|
|2004-05||TPL||18||9||7||2||26||11||34||1st||ASEAN Club Championship - GS|
|2006||TPL||22||9||8||5||30||24||35||4th||AFC Champions League - DIS||Kwanchai Fuangprakob||9|
|2008||TPL||30||7||12||11||20||25||33||12th||Singapore Cup - QF||Worawut Wangsawad||5|
|2010||TPL||30||7||11||12||32||46||32||13th||R4||Not Enter||R2||Valci Teixeira Junior||10|
Coaches by Years (2000–present)
|Anant Amornkiat||2000–04||Thailand Division 1 League 2000|
|Jose Alves Bervis||2004–05, 2006||Thai Premier League 2004/05|
|Jose Carlos da Silva||2007|
|Prajuk Viengsong||July 2008–Nov 08|
|Attaphol Buspakom||Jan 2009–April 9|
|Kij Meesrisuk||May 2009–Aug 09|
|Prajuk Viengsong||Aug 2009|
|Jose Alves Bervis||2010|
|Bae Myung-Ho||Jan 2011–April 11|
|Lee Young-Moo||May 2011–Jan 12|
|Somchai Chuayboonchum||Jan 2012– April 12|
|Narong Suwan-Nachot||April 2012–|
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- tobaccofc.com: History of the Club