Welcome to volume two of my blog paying homage to the football clubs I've visited all over the world and the wonderful people responsible for keeping them going and looking after the stadiums, and in some cases basic grounds.

Since I was a little lad I've been fascinated in football and more so where games are played. With my love of travel and curiosity of the game I wanted to visit as many grounds and see games wherever possible. I was lucky that my Dad also loved the game and spent so much of his spare time taking me to matches. As I got older the boundaries widened owing to my location and increased wages to Europe and indeed the world. The sight of a stand or a floodlight pylon in the distance immediately hightens my senses and eagerness for a closer look.

I hope this site gives you the chance to share in my pleasure and experiences and maybe one day set you on the road to adventure. If you get half as much out of the hobby as I've done I can guarantee some great memories, good friends and stories to pass on to future generations.

Give your local club a go today. They'll be pleased to see you!

Everlasting thanks primarily to my late and very much missed and dearly loved parents; my Dad Bob Bernard and my Mum; Ann, who put up with endless years of football chat and my brothers Nick and Paul who gave me the chance and encouragement to do what I have. Thanks to all my friends who offer encouragement and Sally and Stan who inspire and give me great pride. Young Stan is showing a keen interest in my hobby!

Please feel free to post any comments (please use sensible language - I want everyone to be able to enjoy reading) or ask any questions relating to visiting grounds or events. If you want to see any ground reviewed please let me know. It will take quite some time for everywhere to appear, but make sure you keep having a look as the site is continually updated.

If you click on a lot of the pictures you will get a larger version on your screen.

I have also added links to video clips on youtube where appropriate for those of you who are bored of reading or are filling in time at work. I haven't always gone for the most obvious choices, but items that will be in some cases unusual but always historically interesting.

Click to see volume one of HAOTW.

Rob Bernard

London

September 2015

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bangkok Glass (Thailand)


Bangkok Glass are a professional football club formed in 2006, who are based in Pathum Thani to the north of the Thai capital. For its first three seasons of existence the club plied its trade in the fourth tier of Thai football, before a dramatic move propelled them into the higher echelons of the game.




In 2009 an affiliate of the Bangkok Glass group of companies; BG FC Sport Co.Ltd bought the franchise of Krung Thai Bank FC, who were members of the Thai Premier League. They played their games close to the city centre at Chulalongkorn University, but the new owners moved the club north and began to renovate Leo Stadium.


The German, Hans Emser took the side to third place in their first TPL season, before being replaced by former Thai international player Surachai Jaturapattarapong. He departed after less than a year to be replaced by Carlos Roberto de Carvalho, who would go on to manage his native Brazil.


Phil Stubbins had a reign in charge of team affairs, before another Thailand international player Anurak Srikerd took over in March 2013 on an interim basis, as 'The Glass Rabbits' looked to improve as their stadium had done.

Attaphol Buspakom took over as full time coach in May 2013 as form did improve. Glass reached the final of the FA Cup; going down 3-1 to Buriram United at Thammasat Stadium after taking the lead through a Chatree Chimtalay goal.


However, Glass were not to be denied the following year as they lifted the FA Cup following a 1-0 win against Chonburi at Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok thanks to a goal from Lazarus Kaimbi after Srikerd had taken over as full time boss a few months earlier.

The Spaniard, Ricardo Rodríguez took control of the team for the 2015 season, as Glass finished in sixth position in the Thai Premier League, before Srikerd took control for a third time until he was replaced by Aurelio Vidmar in August 2017.


The Australian coach led the team to a third place in the league as Ariel Rodríguez top scored, but form dropped away the following season; leading to him being replaced by a returning Jaturapattarapong, who was put in temporary charge of the team.

Glass weighed in with a fifth place finish in 2017, with many of the goals coming from  Jhasmani Campos and Surachat Sareepim.



Josep Ferré was appointed as head coach for the 2018 season, as the club went for a new look, changing from their traditional green colours to play in blue and white while the artificial surface at Leo Stadium was torn up and replaced by grass.

Bangkok Glass FC will play in the Thai League 1 in the 2018 season.


My visit

Wednesday 27th March 2013


My free day before the rest of my cricketing pals arrived in Bangkok was going well. All had gone to plan, despite a few misunderstandings with taxi drivers about my intended destinations. It was a murderously hot day, with even the locals commenting on the heat, and I was starting to flag.


Originally I had intended to pop into North Bangkok University to see the Regional League ground of North Bangkok FC, but that would have to wait for another day. 

My new driver headed along the Rangsit Nakhon Nayok road and was confident of where he was going, so I wasn't going to stop him. My instruction to head for the well known Dream World theme park had come up trumps. Before he turned off we saw Leo Stadium, so I ushered him in.


I had been told in advance by my Thai based Twitter pals that Leo Stadium was having a new Main Stand built, and they were bang on, as all kind of construction work that would have UK based health and safety officers having perpetual nightmares was being carried out. The taxi dropped my near the workers.


The gates to the stadium were open because of the work, so I soon found myself climbing the steps onto the large open away fans terrace. To the right was the new two tiered seated stand, which was rapidly taking shape. 



At the far end stood a three tier open terraced home end. There was nothing down the far touchline, although there looked to be room for construction in the future if required. A new control room was being constructed near to the Main Stand. The pitch was an artificial surface.


I continued my look around and saw the new ticket booth taking shape and then a practice pitch between the home end and the main road by another new building, which was to be the club offices and superstore. Glass had very much the look of a club moving forward.


I crossed the road by footbridge and hailed another taxi to take me to the air conditioned shopping mall of Future Park by the Don Muang intersection, observing many renovated boats that acted as restaurants along the khlong as we went. 

I was glad of a sit down and some cold drinks and ice cream before heading to the Thupatemee Stadium for the first of two games that evening.

















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