After their formation in 2006, ‘The Horsemen’ joined the third tier Bangkok Area Regional League in 2010, finishing just outside the championship pool places in their inaugural campaign. They went one better the following season as they ended up as runners up in the table before missing out on promotion in the pool rounds.
North Bangkok FC will play in the Thai Regional League Bangkok Region in the 2014 season.
After checking into the Asia Airport Hotel I went downstairs into the Zeer shopping mall for some much needed food after being rather under the weather for the previous thirty six hours. I crossed the pedestrian bridge that straddled the expressway and thankfully found a cab driver who understood my instructions. This was somewhat of a relief as my driver from the airport had seemed determined to take me on a tour of the city before he realised I wasn’t a first time traveller.
The pleasant drive along the Rangsit Nakhon-Nayak Road took me past the many eateries and markets along the side of the khlong. The route was the same as I’d taken a hundred or so metres further on the previous year to take photos at the Bangkok Glass Leo Stadium.
The stadium basically consisted of two long low stands down one side with bench seating, which was linked in the centre by an area for press, cameras and match officials. The players got changed in separate blocks at either end of the stands. The rest of the arena had no spectator facilities, but was surrounded by wire fencing. The far side had a scoreboard on the half way line. It had once been home to Bangkok United before they moved to the Thai Japanese Stadium nearer the city centre.
The weather was in the high thirties for a 4pm kick off, so I didn’t expect a fast paced encounter. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the tempo and action on a perfect pitch with Leo Stadium in the background. Amazingly the match kicked off bang on time, which I found to be a bit of a rarity in Thailand.
The Horsemen were made to pay for their wastefulness as Chamchuri took the lead a couple of minutes before the interval.Number 19 brought down a cross at the back post a fired home to the joy of the fifty or so visiting fans including a little lad who led the chanting on his own!
I purchased a key ring from the club shop before taking a seat in the home section for the second half while enjoying a much needed bottle of water and an ice cream. The home side continued to press, but Chamchuri looked mightily effective on the break.
It had been a decent encounter all in all. I headed back on foot past the buildings in mid construction and where a student was working on an old aeroplane fuselage. I walked over the footbridge over the busy road as the sun set over Pathum Thani to take a taxi to Muang Thong United for the north Bangkok derby against Bangkok Glass.
To see a clip of the emergence of the teams, click on: