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Port
การท่าเรือ
Thai Port football club logo, Feb 2016.jpg
Full name Port Football Club
สโมสรฟุตบอล การท่าเรือ
Nickname(s) Port Lions
Singha-Jaw-Tha (The Port Lion King)
Founded 1967; 50 years ago (1967)
Ground PAT Stadium
Klong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Ground Capacity 12,000
Owner Muang Thai Insurance
PAT
Chairman Nualphan Lamsam
Manager Jadet Meelarp
League Thai League T1
2016 Thai League T2, 3rd Promoted
Website Club home page
Current season

Port Football Club (Thai: การท่าเรือ) or formerly Singhtarua Football Club (Thai: สิงห์ท่าเรือ) is a Thai football club based at the 12,000 capacity PAT Stadium in Khlong Toei district of central Bangkok. They compete in Thai League T1 and are one of the most successful clubs in Thai football history, having won the Kor Royal Cup 8 times and the Queen's Cup 6 times. In 2009 Thai Port added the Thailand FA Cup to their list of honours. The 2010 season saw Thai Port triumphant again as they won the newly introduced Thai League Cup. The 5 million Baht prize money was a welcome reward for all at the PAT Stadium.

History[edit]

Thai Port Football Club (Thai: การท่าเรือไทย เอฟ.ซี), formerly known as Port Authority of Thailand Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลการท่าเรือแห่งประเทศไทย) was founded in 1967 by Major Prachuap Suntranakul, who was the director of Port Authority Thailand at the time. He took on the role of chairman of Port Authority F.C and was instrumental in helping the club during its initial years.

In 1968 Port were crowned Kor Royal Cup winners, which sparked the most successful era in the club's history as they went on to win six Kor Royal Cup titles between 1968 and 1979. Port also had plenty of success in the Queen's Cup, winning it 4 times in succession from 1977 to 1980. Following the 1980 Queen's Cup win, Port Authority won four trophies in 13 years.

At the start of the 2009 Thai Premier League season, the club changed its name from Port Authority of Thailand Football Club to Thai Port Football Club Co. Ltd. The name change was introduced to be in line with the new Football Association of Thailand regulations that meant all teams in the top flight must be registered as limited companies. In the same year, Thai Port ended a 16-year wait for a trophy when they were victorious in the 2009 Thai FA Cup Final. Port's opponents on the day at Suphachalasai Stadium were BEC Tero. The match finished 1–1 after extra time, with Thai Port winning the penalty shoot out 5–4. Pipat Thonkanya scored the decisive spot kick after Port keeper Pattarakorn had saved BEC Tero's fifth penalty.[1]

Ownership dispute[edit]

The Port Authority of Thailand has been granted the rights to operate the Thai Port Football Club in the Thai Premier League.

The Football Association of Thailand or the FAT and the Thai Premier League ruled on the legal dispute between the Thai Port Authority of Thailand and the Thai Port FC Company, over the operating rights of the Thai Premier League's Thai Port Football Club.

According to the ruling, the Port Authority of Thailand, the club's original owner, has been granted operating rights of the team for the 2011–12 Thai Premier League season.

The FAT claimed its decision is based on the fact that the club's ownership was never officially signed over to the Thai Port FC Company.

Meanwhile, President of Thai Port FC Company, Pichet Munkong, threatened to file a civil lawsuit in the court of law, citing Thai Premier League regulations which says that a state-enterprise such as the Port Authority of Thailand, is prohibited from operating a football club.

Pichet is planning to sue the FAT, the Thai Premier League, and the Asian Football Confederation.

However, Thai Port FC will only be permitted to compete in the upcoming season of the country's top flight league, set to begin on February 12, once its operator is registered as a for-profit corporation.

It remains unclear how the Port Authority of Thailand is planning to proceed with this matter.[2]

Relegation from TPL[edit]

The ongoing boardroom disputes finally took their toll as Thai Port dropped to Division 1 for the first time in 2012. Investment in the team wasn't forthcoming as several departing players were replaced with lower quality ones. Thai Port failed to find the back of the net in almost half of their league games and were relegated on the penultimate round of fixtures when they lost 2–1 at home to Muang Thong United.

Floodlight saga[edit]

The promise by the owners to upgrade the floodlights to TPL standard has been dragging on now since 2010. The club were forced to play home games at the Supachalasai and Sarakul Stadiumin during the 2010 AFC Cup as their floodlights didn't match the AFC criteria while kickoffs for TPL games regularly start at 4pm at the PAT Stadium. The club were forced to bring in a temporary set of floodlights so that their last two TPL games in 2012 could kick off at 6pm to coincide with the other matches.

Stadium[edit]

Thai Port F.C moved into the PAT Stadium in Khlong Toei, Bangkok in 2009 which proved to be a very popular move with local supporters. Attendances rose sharply over the year and the club took the decision to build two new stands to increase the capacity from 6,000 to 12,000.[1] Match tickets cost 80 baht or 100 baht and are bought from a small ticket office next to the stadium.

Supporters[edit]

Supporters of Thai Port are often referred to as the Khlong Toei Army. The name Khlong Toei Army refers to Khet Khlong Toei, the location of the club. "Nakrob Sad Nam-ngurn" refers to Orange-red Blue Warrior, the Thai Port's shirt colours.

The supporters of Thai Port and Chonburi have forged a very close friendship. Many supporters of Thai Port went to the FA Cup final in 2010 wearing Thai Port colors to cheer for Chonburi against Muangthong United. Likewise plenty of kitted-out Chonburi fans came to support Thai Port in their 2010 League Cup Final against Buriram PEA F.C.

Souvenir Shop[edit]

The club has a very well stocked souvenir shop which is located in the Stadium grounds. The shop stocks replica shirts, scarves and other merchandise.

Kits[edit]

The 2013 season kits are made by Grand Sport and sponsored by Singha Drinking Water and Port Authority of Thailand.

Stadium and locations by season records[edit]

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
13°57′04″N 100°37′28″E / 13.951133°N 100.624507°E / 13.951133; 100.624507 Pathum Thani Thupatemee Stadium 25,000 2007
13°46′00″N 100°33′10″E / 13.766774°N 100.552844°E / 13.766774; 100.552844 Bangkok Thai-Japanese Stadium  ? 2008
13°42′54″N 100°33′35″E / 13.715106°N 100.559674°E / 13.715106; 100.559674 Bangkok PAT Stadium 12,000 2009–Present

Season By Season Record[edit]

Season League[3] FA Cup League Cup Queen's
Cup
Kor Royal
Cup
ACL AFC Cup ASEAN
Club
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1996–97 TPL 34 9 14 11 44 39 41 11th N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 TPL 22 9 5 8 36 35 32 4th N/A N/A N/A N/A
1998 TPL 22 10 7 5 50 27 37 4th N/A Ronnachai Sayomchai 23
1999 TPL 22 12 3 7 31 16 39 2nd N/A N/A N/A N/A
2000 TPL 22 8 6 8 18 21 30 5th N/A N/A N/A N/A
2001-02 TPL 22 6 10 6 26 23 28 6th N/A Pitipong Kuldilok 12
2002-03 TPL 18 10 3 5 25 19 33 3rd N/A Sarayoot Chaikamdee 10
2003-04 TPL 18 9 1 8 29 28 28 5th N/A N/A N/A
2004-05 TPL 18 7 5 6 26 27 26 4th Sarayoot Chaikamdee 10
2006 TPL 22 7 7 8 21 28 28 7th GR Nirut Kamsawad 6
2007 TPL 30 9 9 12 36 43 36 12th Pitipong Kuldilok 7
2008 TPL 30 7 9 14 30 47 30 13th Teerawut Sanphan 6
2009 TPL 30 12 8 10 33 30 44 6th W Not Enter Pipat Thonkanya 10
2010 TPL 30 13 9 8 41 29 48 4th R3 W GR RU QF Sarayoot Chaikamdee 13
2011 TPL 34 12 9 13 33 38 45 7th R3 RU Ekkachai Sumrei 4
2012 TPL 34 8 9 17 32 48 33 16th R4 R3 Olof Hvidén-Watson 10
2013 DIV 1 34 20 5 9 61 40 65 2nd QF R1 Leandro Oliveira 24
2014 TPL 38 15 9 14 44 52 45 13th R4 R2 Leandro Oliveira 10
2015 TPL 34 10 3 21 31 49 33 17th R4 R2 Wuttichai Tathong 6
2016 DIV 1 26 13 8 5 55 30 43 3rd QF SF Rodrigo Maranhão 10
2017 T1  –  –  –  –  –
Champions Runners-up Third Place Promoted Relegated In Progress

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Thailand GK Weera Koedpudsa
2 Thailand DF Prakasit Sansook
4 Thailand DF Elias Dolah
5 Spain MF Sergio Suárez
6 Thailand DF Todsapol Lated
7 Thailand MF Ittipol Poolsap
8 Thailand MF Ekkapoom Potharungroj
9 Thailand FW Pakorn Prempak
10 Serbia FW Andrija Kaluđerović
11 Thailand DF Suchon Sa-nguandee
13 Thailand MF Adisorn Daeng-rueng
14 Thailand FW Wuttichai Tathong (Vice-captain)
15 Thailand DF Anisong Chareantham
16 Thailand MF Siwakorn Jakkuprasat
17 Thailand GK Rattanai Songsangchan
18 Japan MF Genki Nagasato
No. Position Player
19 Thailand DF Panphanpong Pinkong
20 Thailand DF Meechok Marhasaranukun
21 Thailand FW Pinyo Inpinit
22 Spain DF David Rochela (captain)
23 Thailand DF Piyachart Tamaphan
29 Thailand MF Patrick Bentley
30 Brazil FW Josimar
33 Thailand DF Niran Hansson
34 Thailand DF Nitipong Selanon
36 Thailand GK Worawut Srisupha
39 Thailand MF Tatchanon Nakarawong
40 Thailand MF Wanchalerm Yingyong (on loan from Chiangrai United)
88 Thailand MF Piyachat Srimarueang
92 Brazil FW Rodrigo Maranhão
97 Thailand MF Siwapong Jarernsin
99 Thailand FW Tana Chanabut

Note: International players shown in bold.

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Thailand GK Watchara Buathong (to BBCU)

Former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:Thai Port F.C. players.

Honours[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Thai League T1 0 1 1999
Thai League T2 0 1 2013
Thai FA Cup 1 0 2009
Thai League Cup 1 1 2010 2011
Kor Royal Cup 8 1 1968, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1990 2010

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1987: Qualifying Stage
1992: Group Stage
2010: Quarter-finals
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1986–87 Asian Club Championship Qualifying Stage Malaysia Selangor 1-0,1-0
1991–92 Asian Club Championship Group stage Qatar Al Rayyan 3-1
Group stage Maldives Mohammedan SC 1-4
Group stage United Arab Emirates Al Shabab 3-1
2010 AFC Cup Group stage Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng 2-3 0-0
Group stage Hong Kong NT Realty Wofoo Tai Po 2-0 0-1
Group stage Singapore Geylang United 2-2 0-1
Round of 16 Indonesia Sriwijaya 1-4
Quarter-finals Kuwait Al-Qadsia 0-0 3-0

Technical staff[edit]

Name Nat Role
Nualphan Lamsam Thailand President
Charnwit Polcheewin Thailand Vice President
Ong-Arj Korsinkar Thailand Team Manager
Jadet Meelarp Thailand Manager
Piyapan Chaba Thailand Assistance Coach
Ronnachai Sayomchai Thailand Coach
Paramat Promkaew Thailand Goalkeeping Coach
Paitoon Wongsanukar Thailand Fitness Coach
Narakon Chansongkhram Thailand Physiotherapist
Siriwan Srithong Thailand Physiotherapist

Manager[edit]

Manager by year (1996–present)

Name Nat Period Honours
Daoyod Dara Thailand 1996–2001
Niwat Srisawat Thailand 2002–2007
Somchad Yimsiri Thailand 2008
Paiboon Rerdwimolrath Thailand 2009
Sasom Pobprasert Thailand March 2009–July 2011 2009 Thai FA Cup  · 2010 Thai League Cup
Thongchai Sukkoki Thailand July 2011–February 2012
Piyakul Kaewnamkang Thailand February 2012–March 2012
Adul Leukijna Thailand Caretaker role April 2012
Worakorn Wichanarong Thailand April 2012–October 2012
Dusit Chalermsan Thailand December 2012–November 2014
Somchai Chuayboonchum Thailand November 2014–April 2015
Paiboon Lertvimonrut Thailand April 2015-June 2015
Gary Stevens England June 2015–July 2015
Somchai Subpherm Thailand July 2015–October 2015
Masahiro Wada Japan October 2015–July 2016
Jadet Meelarp Thailand July 2016–

Sponsors[edit]

The following are the sponsors of SIH (named "SIH Partners"):

Title Sponsor

Shirt Sponsor

Official Sponsors

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.thaiportfc.com/the-club/profile-club.html
  2. ^ http://www.thailandoutlook.tv/tan/ViewData.aspx?DataID=1040339&Keyword=thai+port
  3. ^ King, Ian; Schöggl, Hans & Stokkermans, Karel (20 March 2014). "Thailand – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 October 2014.  Select link to season required from chronological list.

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