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SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« on: December 14, 2014, 05:54:45 PM »
The Swatcats recently visited Bhutan, playing in the 'King's Cup'.
Now the close season, there will doubtless be many Players released from the Squad - and hopefully some new arrivals. The General Manager has resigned again.
Perhaps his surprising announcements that the Swatcats intended to sign, Thierry Henry, Diego Forlan and Nicholas Anelka, incurred some wrath somewhere !
If anyone has any other Swatcat news, please post it here. Suffering withdrawal symptoms atm.

 
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2015, 08:51:10 AM »
Well here we go !
The Swatcats first season in the Thai Premier starts this Sunday 15th at the King's Stadium at 7pm.
Versus the mighty Muang Thong who finished second last year.
There will be no Henry, Forlan or Anelka on display - the close season has been a quiet one.
There will be a large crowd for sure and Sunday should be quite revealing - to me it seems  that the Swatcats are not likely to be up there with the front runners - a mid table finish ?
But there will be some good teams to watch and plenty of drama ................
 

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2015, 08:57:53 AM »
I did wonder if, as a reward for their excellent season, the team is tossed into the pool with the bigger fish, the result is not a bit of a mixed blessing.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2015, 07:12:15 PM »
Hi Al. The English language website is a bit quiet atm so I don't know much about what's going on. The last commentary I remember was that Swatcats ain't gonna be in the elite but should stay clear of the relegation area. But I fear it's going to be a long season !!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2015, 09:45:10 PM »
Lost 0-1 to last years runners-up ! I couldn't join the 27,972 who attended.
(There may not be a higher TPL  attendance anywhere all season !)
Saw on TV, some empty seats. The team is not confident but when they tune in, that may come.
First home defeat for 2 full seasons.
Recommended dramas to come at the King's Stadium this year.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 05:32:16 AM »
clubwebsite.co.uk/koratfc - the site has come to life - worth a read ...............
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2015, 01:01:44 PM »
Following defeat away to a powerful Suphanburi side last week, the Swatcats face SIAM NAVY at 6pm tomorrow Sunday 1st March. at the King's Stadium.
Ominously, the three sides at the bottom of the TPL are the three promoted from last season - mid-table looks a long way to go.
Never mind, with Thailand's biggest football crowd behind them, fortunes will start to turn soon - hopefully.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2015, 04:07:27 AM »
Happy to report that a slightly wonky 2-1 victory lifts the Swatcats away from the TPL relegation places.
Two beautifully worked headed goals for our boys and a dubious penalty for Siam Navy.
But without looking impressive at all, a win is a win is a win. Well done Lads.
The next game is away at Chiang Rai on Saturday.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2015, 03:35:58 PM »
Swatcats return to TPL action this Sunday AT Chonburi ........
Progress so far - sitting equal 9th on points with the mighty Buriram, Chonburi and BEC TS.
A real test coming !
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2015, 01:36:00 PM »
The Swatcats - a good performance giving the mighty Chonburi a good run for a 2-2 draw.
The next Home game is against high flying Army United on April 25th at 7pm.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2015, 06:51:34 PM »
BIG game for the SWATCATS tomorrow, Saturday, against second placed ARMY FC !
A good result would bring some real hope for the season but I'm not holding my breath !!
Come on SWATCATS.
Kick Off 7pm
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2015, 10:28:16 AM »
Swatcats win 4-2 and rise to a safer looking 9th place in the TPL.
Quite a sporting occasion - 21,000 plus in the crowd and passionate support from the start.
IMO the team were inspired by the astounding workrate and enthusiasm of English centre forward Lee Tuck which seriously unsettled the Army defence early in the game. Good to see Gary Stevens ex. Brighton, Tottenham and England on the touchline and he has put together a good team and a very positive style of play. ( I would also have liked to see Matthew Elliott, an old mucker from Torquay United who was managing Army last year).

Those at the pulsating King's Stadium will have seen 4 really classy goals from the Swatcats.
The second of the 3 scored by Army FC - well I don't expect to see a better strike this season ...................

The Referee quite rightly received almost universal abuse but in extremely graphic language for a succession of strange and inconsistent decisions - Mrs R was upset that the Fans didn't show more understanding - sweet. Personally I think the Thai Football Authorities will need to ask NRFC to encourage the fans to moderate their shocking language as an example, from what is usually Thailand's biggest crowd.

Home again next Sunday - 6pm.
 

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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2015, 01:05:08 PM »
Shocking language at a football match? Well, bless my soul.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2015, 06:48:15 PM »
Thanks for your interest TT. I know you're a keen footy fan.
Virtually the whole crowd were chanting the one word - the 'c' word.
For some long time.
I think I am right in saying that in UK this would attract censure.

 

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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2015, 08:45:24 PM »
No easy answer to this. I just hope they get the problem under control before they get any black and Jewish players in the league!
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2015, 01:31:52 PM »
TT For a long time there have been LOTS of black players in the TPL and the other levels of Thai football !
I doubt that the black players will get singled out for abuse ........
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2015, 10:44:51 AM »
Swatcats were away to old adversaries Ratchaburi last night. 1-1.
I watched the last 35 minutes on TV when the Swatcats were down to 10 men - they defended extremely well and still had the most chances IMO.
A strong performance with deputy centre forward, Adiyiah scoring a good goal.
Next game home to Chainat on Sunday - 6pm k.o.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2015, 04:41:08 AM »
Picking up the threads after the unfortunate demise of the Swatcats English language website....
The Swatcats play 5th placed SUPHANBURI k.o. 7pm at the King's Stadium this Sunday 2nd August.
Now in 10th position, this wobbly outfit look to have a good chance of surviving to contest the TPL next season.
After being fined for allowing 38,000 ? fans into the 27,500 capacity stadium against Buriram recently, Sunday should be a much quieter occasion.
It would be good to see comments on here from anyone who goes to the game which as always, should be worth the 100 Baht entry !
(IMHO good to arrive early to ensure a good exit position AND leave the game a few minutes early if you can).
 

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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2015, 05:29:14 AM »
Roger, you're up early.  Early riser like me eh?  :cheers
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2015, 06:59:14 PM »
Rodger, if you are interested, I tweet regularly @russreport. Please follow me.
Cheers Russ
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2015, 09:52:05 PM »
Hey Thai Wolf.
Thanks for that but I don't tweet.
I always liked your comments on CWS so please add some here when you can, as Paul has brought CWS to an end after years of great efforts.
Would be good to see the Manager replaced but - things could be worse.
Take care.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2015, 08:58:24 AM »
Hi Rodger, why not sign up with twitter. Its dead easy. Go to www.twitter.com, sign up with user name. Put in a search for @russreport and bob's your uncle. You can post (tweet) to me and you can see all my tweets. I tweet about the Swatcats almost every day.
Here is today's example:
"A tough ask tomorrow night. We play top 5 team Suphanburi. I expect a 5th loss on the bounce unfortunately, but hope maybe we might grab a draw. We have played 3 top 5 teams in the last 3 home games no no disgrace in our seeming poor recent form. Certainly no panic....yet!!!!"
Cheers
Russ
 

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« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2015, 09:25:15 AM »
I saw these guys at the Sima Thani yesterday along with Muangthong United.
 

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« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2015, 08:25:46 AM »
Singing in the Rain 2nd August 2015

NRFC 1 Suphanburi 0.

 In possibly the worst conditions I have ever witnessed at a football match, a Lee Tuck stunner separated the teams. An unexpected and needed 3 points. To be fair the Swatcats adapted better to the monsoon like conditions. Suphanburi submitted to the conditions. If they had stuck to their task rather than moaning and groaning about the rain, the outcome could have been different.

A delicious Lee Tuck chip/lob was one of the few moments of class in an otherwise dour battle against the elements

 A great battling performance last night. Well done to the boys. We are real fighters!!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2015, 08:37:12 AM »
Thanks for those encouraging comments T.Wolf - we decided to give this game a miss with the concerns about crowd control. Tried to catch it on the TV but delayed for rain ? A great win. Many there ?
In my mind TPL next season looks pretty much assured ? ATB
 

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« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2015, 11:38:38 AM »
Hi Rodger,
             I reckon about a quarter full, so maybe 5-6 thousand. I was lucky enough to be under cover. I think many thousands decided to return home and watch it on TV rather than sitting in the rain for a couple of hours - good decision with hindsight.

Apparently Lee Tuck was told the match had been postponed so left the stadium for a pizza. An emergency call was made to get him back to play!!! Only in Thailand!!!
 

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« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2015, 10:04:58 AM »
My latest report on The Swatcat's progress

Floundering.

Another disappointing performance and result at Navy at the weekend following a lucky home win against Suphanburi courtesy of atrocious weather conditions leaves us floundering outside the top ten. Our away form continues to disappoint – the loss at Navy, together with the recent defeat at Saraburi are simply not good enough – to gain no points from two out of the bottom three teams is disastrous.
Without our strong home form we would find ourselves fighting to keep ourselves out of the bottom three.

I am encouraged by the increasing use of Adido – I still think he could be a star performer, however his partnership with Lee Tuck has yet to yield real results and we appear to miss Lindemann’s obvious talent when they play together. I do wonder whether Lindemann could be played deeper behind Tuck and Adido, thus allowing all three to play.

A couple of morale boosting performances are now essential otherwise our early season hopes will quickly evaporate.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2015, 06:40:55 AM »
Hey Thaiwolf you seem much more downbeat than last time .....
Thanks for the comments though and it seems we need to improve.
I was watching Arsenal v West Ham at the time !
The next home game is versus Chiang Rai Utd at 7pm on Saturday 15th and I hope to be there with a bouncy crowd to watch a resounding Swatcats win this time !
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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2015, 09:15:11 AM »
NRFC 0 Chang Rai 0

Pretty poor crowd ( 9000 odd I believe) but bearing in mind NRFCs recent patchy form and the atrocious weather conditions in the lead up to the game, hardly surprising. When are football stadia in Thailand going to get more covered accommodation?

Pretty entertaining and evenly matched first half. Chang Rai looked dangerous at times. NRFC attacking in numbers but unable to connect with final ball with the heavy conditions making the judgment of through balls difficult. Chang Rai looked pretty tight at the back

Second half NRFC dominated with some pretty enterprising attacking play and really should have scored a couple
Generally a pretty competent performance – defence rarely tested so our deficiencies were rarely exposed. A point’s a point but should have been 3!!!
 

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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2015, 09:17:49 AM »
Season’s Trends

One of my themes throughout the season has been the fact that NRFC have generally beat those teams whom they ought to beat ie around or below them in the table and lose to those who are obviously superior to them and in the higher reaches of the division. This has led me to the conclusion that our 10-11th place in the league is a true reflection of where we belong.
 Last night’s 0-0 encounter with Chang Rai was a classic example of the team doing “just as expected” and although it could be perceived as 2 points lost, it was a match we could not afford to lose.

However recently, the 2 defeats verses Saraburi and Navy, have of course gone counter to our previous trends – potential 4-6 points lost in my opinion. I suppose that the 4 gained points at home against the powerful Buriram and Suphanburi teams have redressed the balance, but I hope these losses will not prove too important come season’s end….. I for one would prefer the relative security of a comfortable mid table position………….so I can sleep peacefully at night!!!
 

 



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