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


September 2015

Monday, April 22, 2013

BTU United (Thailand)

BTU S.Boonmeerit United is a semi-professional football club, based in the Thawi Watthana District of Bangkok in Thailand. The club was formed as Globlex FC in 2011; playing home matches at Ramkhamhaeng University Stadium.

Globlex played their football in the Bangkok and then Cemtral & West Regions of the third tier Regional Leagues after winning the Khǒr Royal Cup in 2010; finishing no higher than tenth place in their debut season. This was followed up by three thirteenth place endings.

BTU played at Ramkhamhaeng University Stadium while appearing as Globlex FC
The move west across the city to Bangkokthonburi University proved beneficial to the club as it changed its title and took on the nickname of ‘The Dragon’ in 2016. The team finished in fifth place.

The 2017 campaign saw BTU finish in third place with Olveira Silva Diego netting the goals to take the club into Thai League 3 for the 2018 season under head coach Samath Amattayakul.

BTU United will play in Thai League 3 Lower Region in the 2018 season.

My visit

Globlex 0 Samut Sakon 0 (Sunday 7th April 2013) Thai Regional League Central West Region (att: approx 500)

My holiday had gone superbly. The sixes cricket team I represent; Yarrambat of Melbourne, had won the third level Bowl of the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes and I’d had a solid tournament. 

In the week before travelling north I’d visited several new grounds and seen a couple of midweek matches. I had an afternoon and evening to kill in Bangkok before heading to Phuket the following day for more cricket.

After closely scrutinising the websites and Twitter for news of late changes to fixtures, as is not unusual in Thailand, I plumped for a double header on two new grounds not too far apart.

Globlex were based at Rhampangpeng University in the shadows of the majestic national Rajamangala Stadium. Their game was a 4pm kick off, in the searing heat with measured just under 40 degrees. 

With the second match having a 6pm kick off I reckoned on getting in an hour at the first encounter.

As ever in Bangkok a taxi was soon pulling in to transport me, and after a ride up the vibrant Rhampangpeng Road a short walk soon had me outside the stadiums railings where I stood to attention with everyone else inside and out of the arena as the Thai national anthem boomed out. 

Admission was 50 baht (around £1.15) and gained me access to an excellent raised cantilever stand, which was split between home and away fans.

I had seen Sakon the previous season at Thai Honda and once again their following in pink and sky blue was higher than the home support and was loud and colourful. Another raised seated stand was opposite, but not in use for the match; with the pitch surrounded by a running track as are the majority of stadiums in the lower divisions in Thailand.

The match itself was not fantastic, although the build-up play was not the worst. Unfortunately the finishing from both sides was wasteful in the extreme. This was emphasised when the visitors were awarded a debatable penalty on the stroke of half time that was blasted over the bar.

Catering was like many grounds at that level in Thailand, and came courtesy of a van behind the stand. As was the norm, hands were stamped on entry allowing fans to come and go.

After spending fifteen minutes in the company of the friendly Sakon fans at the beginning of the second half, who tried to work out my Boro shirt, I headed for the exit as I had a gut feeling the second game would be pretty special at the PAT Stadium; the home of Singhturua FC.

To see action from the game, please go to my amateur video by clicking here

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