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Title: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 14, 2016, 06:02:20 PM
I did a search but couldn't find many posts on K Farang on this subject.
Your Swatcats are going through a VERY bad time atm - 3rd from bottom of the Thai Premier.
They lost the last 4 games and are away tonight to BKK Utd who are in second position.
A win would be handy.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on May 14, 2016, 07:32:34 PM
Also the manager has resigned. Should have retained Lee Tuck who has now left Thailand.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 15, 2016, 07:19:31 AM
Hey Caller thanks for that news. I should think the Manager just got out the door before being hung, drawn, quartered and pickled for good measure ! Crowds having dropped from 20K + to about 5K, the Swatcats will need us all to be there next Saturday at 6pm to watch Suphanburi get a real walloping !
Pass another pill Dear ...
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2016, 12:44:51 PM
Hi, I am a new member. I am going to post previews, news and reviews of all Swatcat games. Best wishes
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2016, 12:45:40 PM
Dateline 14th May 2016

 Bangkok United 2 NRFC 1

With the Bangkok Angels flying high and the men from Korat struggling and without a Head Coach it will need heavenly intervention if the Swatcats are to gain anything from this game.

The match commenced with the visitors starting with Tagbajumi and Adeyeah up front, with Chivuta omitted.
The hosts started confidently and went close after 5 minutes and then scored the first goal after 10 minutes with a slick move that split the Swatcat’s defence apart with ease.
The Bangkok side looked impressive going forward and seemed to be able to open up the visitors defence at will, with a couple of good chances going begging.
Despite looking the weaker side tonight, the Swatcats seemed a little better organized and showed a bit more spirit than of late – defence looks very “leaky” though.

After 30 minutes with the Angel’s front men tormenting the visitor’s defence and no shots on goal from the men from Korat there is only going to be one result tonight.

A twice taken penalty in the 32nd minute led to a second for the hosts and the teams went in at half time with the Angels two up.

Second half and some good movement from the Swatcats leading to a fine drive from Lindemann and minutes later a reasonable penalty claim was turned down. The hosts countered with a snap shot hitting the bar.
A Lindemann free kick was well saved by the keeper in the 59th minute and the men from Korat were rewarded for their efforts when a superb 30 yard drive went in off the bar in the 61st minute to make it 2-1.

In the 71st minute Bangkok clattered the post with a well taken free kick and with the Swatcat’s defence tiring, the hosts began to exert pressure as the game entered its final phase.

Outclassed, at times, by a more polished side but there were some encouraging signs – especially in the second half. The team however is creating few chances even with two up front which is worrying.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on May 15, 2016, 02:03:35 PM
Thanks for the write-up, Thaiwolf. And welcome to the forum.  :)

Youtube has a video with some of the highlights of yesterday's game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFa6nEueaIY
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Down under on May 15, 2016, 06:12:13 PM
Thanks Thaiwolf.  Please keep us posted.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2016, 06:32:48 PM
Thanks Alfie and Downunder. I am going to post in future in the thread that Roger started "Nahkon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats". Hope that you will view my posts there. Cheers Thaiwolf
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Administrator on May 15, 2016, 07:04:04 PM
I have joined the two threads together for you. 
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 16, 2016, 08:07:34 AM
Brilliant thank you - sorry about causing confusion.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 16, 2016, 09:00:51 AM
The Swatcats begin their search for a new Head  Coach today after the resignation of Sugao Kambe. My hope is that a strict disciplinarian with some defensive coaching ability is appointed.

I would like to put on record that Sugao Kambe brought the club a long way - third tier obscurity to 8th place in the Premier League is no mean feat. Thank you for your service Sugao San and I wish you good luck in the future.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 16, 2016, 09:05:43 PM
TW someone told me, that the once Thai Under 19 Coach was in place - but I'm not sure on what basis.
IMO it would be good to have a Thai in charge.

BTW whose was the 30 yard drive - the scorer ? Lindemann ?

Sorry to be grumpy but was Kambe in charge when we were in the Regional League ? And he has actually brought us to 3rd from bottom in the TPL despite having the biggest crowds in Thailand at his disposal.

Also do you think they could actually fix that clock - it seems a bit disrespectful that we all face the clock before K.O. to sing and NRFC have failed to repair it in aeons of time. Just a reflection of the shabby stuff at the Club. It's a stuffing clock - you wind it up or put a new battery in ! Just joking.

But I'll be there on Saturday to see a handsome victory.

ATB


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 17, 2016, 08:14:25 AM
I think the U19 coach is just an interim coach.
My thought is that we desperately need a European coach who has some idea on coaching and tactics.I personally would like to see Gary Stevens take the job.

 I agree on the problem with the clock etc but it is really out of the Swatcat's hands because the Stadium is owned by SAT
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 17, 2016, 10:30:39 AM
  Think Lee Tuck will join Leicester City LOL ;D ;D


  Will Swats Cats avoid the drop without him?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 17, 2016, 11:25:45 AM
I think they have the ability to avoid the drop as long as a competent coach is appointed quickly. If things are left too long the team may be cut adrift. They showed second half against Bangkok United that they can still play a bit (without Chivuta too don't forget).

You do not become a useless team overnight - this is a top ten team that has been allowed to disintegrate for whatever reason. My gut feeling is that the squad lost confidence in Kambe's coaching methods. I believe that such feelings were simmering towards the end of last season and things have just been brought to a head this season.

They have another tough opponent in Suphanburi on saturday. They need to show real character and try to take an ugly win. If they lose the fans (as they appear to be doing already) then the rest of the season is going to be  areal struggle.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 19, 2016, 08:16:31 AM
The Swatcats welcome Suphanburi to the 80th Anniversary Stadium on Saturday 21st May at 6.00 pm. By their own high standards, Suphanburi have made a mediocre start to the season but will still provide a great challenge to the hosts.
The home team will be desperate to break a run of 5 defeats and after an encouraging performance against Bangkok United will be looking to lever themselves out of the bottom three.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 20, 2016, 03:58:31 PM
Rumours are surfacing that the Swatcats will appoint a new coach "early next week".
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 20, 2016, 04:43:24 PM
Hey TW that'd be good.
Myself I hope for a Thai Coach.
I also hope they clear out the present lot and start again.
I'll be there tomorrow too - Come on Swatcats !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2016, 08:07:34 AM
Hi Roger,
           here's hoping for 3 points tonight. I don't think there is much wrong with the squad, I think they have lost confidence and really do need a proper coach to knock them into shape. I think wholesale changes could lead to disaster. Priority is to stabilise and ensure that they are not relegated.
Enjoy the game.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 21, 2016, 08:40:24 AM
Hi TW. I meant clear out the whole team of Coaches and let the new Coach start again I agree the playing squad is OK.
 Sorry for not being more clear. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: nookiebear on May 21, 2016, 09:53:46 AM
After Burirams poor start to the season,there will be a few coaches looking for new jobs
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2016, 12:53:18 PM
Dateline 21st May 2016

 NRFC 0 Suphanburi 0

The War Elephants from Suphanburi were the opponents at the 80th Anniversary Stadium, with the home team hoping to end a dramatic losing streak.
In front of about 5-6 thousand fans the hosts opened eagerly with the opponents being closed down effectively. A fourth minute free kick went just over for the hosts as they pressed forward but Suphanburi looked dangerous at times on the break.

In the 20th minute the visitors scored a neat headed goal but it was adjudged offside. The men from Korat then countered with a decent 25 yard drive going over and minutes later a smart passing movement resulted in a shot inches wide. There then followed a period of pressure from the hosts ending with an Adeyeah 8 yard drive being well saved – a guilt edged chance.

The 40th minute saw a lucky escape for the home team. A shot was well saved but the ball ran loose and a resulting point blank shot was kept out by the sprawling keeper.

The second half began with both teams trying to break the deadlock but it took until the 62nd minute before a real chance was produced when a Suphanburi close range header was well saved by the keeper. Minutes later, persistence by Adeyeah nearly produced an unlikely opening goal. This spurred on the home side with a drive going wide and a period of pressure developing.

In the 74th minute a diving header from the hosts went wide with the resulting corner causing chaos in the opponents defence. The Suphanburi defenders resorted to some rather agricultural challenges to keep the Swatcats at bay with a Lindemann drive following one of these challenges going just wide.

Ultimately neither side could break the deadlock, but a vital point for the Swatcats against a disappointing Suphanburi outfit. A much improved performance from the Swatcats. They challenged and harried opponents and showed real spirit – there has definitely been a change in attitude since the departure of Sugao Kambe. The lack of goals is still worrying but I feel slightly optimistic for the future. Bjorn Lindemann was excellent tonight, as was Noah Chivuta but our options up front seem limited  and I think this department needs bolstering for the second leg – neither Tagbajumi or Adeyeah – both talented players, seem to be the answer to our goal scoring problems.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 22, 2016, 06:56:53 PM
Yes

A much better game than last time out.  But Swat cats never looked like scoring.

High balls into the box is no good when you have a small forward line.

Only player number 40 Dominic can use his feet.

Still a point is better than no points.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 23, 2016, 09:47:17 AM
Thanks TW and I much agree with your comments.
I thought Adiyah, Chivuta and Lindemann all played better this time and the whole team seemed much more upbeat holding onto the ball more and recovering it with some appetite. Good to see.
If Swatcats can string a few determined results together then the wins will come and we will get away from the bottom !
Some points - although 3 goal Tagbajumi is as yet unproven he has the height to unsettle Goalkeepers a little and I think he should be played as much as possible - at centre forward he might have poached that glancing header that went across the goal in the second half. Adiyah played with real gusto and although he was tired I was sorry to see him substituted.
Lindemann is useful BUT he should NOT be allowed to shoot outside the box - passing only. Many many attacks came to a wasteful end with his hapless and hopeless longshots - I think he gets puffed out after running 10 yards so just lumps it ! IMO he's over-rated. Our Goalkeeper looked much more confident this time out. Satoshi Nagano played well IMO.
(Sorry I just can't pick up the names of the Thai players since the demise of Clubwebsite ! )

Now wrestling with my better judgement about investing in a night away at Buriram ! MMmmm
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 23, 2016, 10:18:36 AM
Hi Roger, some good points made. Agree that Tagbajumi should be given more time to impress but I hear that his wife (Norwegian) is unhappy and wants to leave Thailand. I still think that Adeyeah is a great talent and he worked hard on sunday. Regarding Lindemann, my guess is that due to our lack of striking ability he has been told to "shoot on sight".
Good performance on sunday but with the Buriram game next my fear is that we will be cut adrift in the bottom three.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 24, 2016, 08:14:07 PM
Hi TW.
My better judgement LOST and we are going to have 2 nights in Buriram  - including watching the Swatcat's famous coming victory in Thunder Valley !!!! And the odds are ?
What have I done ?
It will be fun though.....
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 25, 2016, 08:28:28 AM
Enjoy the trip !! Maybe the Swatcats will surprise us all and snatch a .
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 25, 2016, 10:55:36 AM
NRFC – What’s gone wrong?

A team surfing on the back of two promotions.
 A team finishing a creditable 8th place in their inaugural season in the top flight.
A team attracting crowds which most TPL teams can only dream of.

A team now languishing in the bottom three, crowds diving to a lowly 7000 from a first match day attendance of 32 000 and demos protesting at the way in which the team is run. So what has gone wrong?
Let’s be straight, last year’s 8th place was an overachievement and a situation which I foresaw as hard to follow. A pretty ordinary team, who by dint of weak opposition in Division 1 in their Championship season had got into the winning habit who used this momentum and confidence to make a successful assault in the Premiership.
Pundits were making comments about the coaching methods or lack thereof Sugao Kambe and were baying for his removal. Rumours were circulating about the player’s discontent at the lack of rigorous training and coaching…but still the performances last season masked the underlying problems.

A word here on the fans. Swatcat fans are not used to seeing their team lose at home. Regional League and Division 1 home losses were extremely rare. In fact Premiership home losses were rare too – with only a couple of losses and a home draw with Buriram bolstering the home fan’s enthusiasm and support. It really is no great surprise that the attendances have plummeted. One home win so far and far from entertaining football on view. If Bangkok United played in Korat the 80th Anniversary Stadium would be full every week – Korat is a real football City.

This season the wheels have apparently come off. The loss of Lee Tuck was a blow. The acquisition of new striker Tagbajumi has yet to blossom and the returning Adeyeah does not appear to be the answer to our goalscoring problems. Kambe has gone and in the two matches since his departure there has been a real improvement – both in attitude and tactics.

So what has gone wrong… well nothing really. An overachieving team in their first season in the top flight who really should have finished in the bottom five is going to finish….in the bottom five. Shock, horror!!

One final point. If The Swatcats are relegated – and in my opinion this is a real possibility, it will be a real loss to the TPL. A moderately successful Korat team will attract 20 000 plus attendances. The TPL needs well supported teams if it is to flourish. Here’s hoping that the new coach, whoever he may be, can turn things around and help to maintain the Swatcat’s Premier League status.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on May 25, 2016, 06:06:34 PM
Good reports and posts above.

Anyone know why Lee Tuck left? I always thought he played well.

No mention of the politics behind the running of the club here. My other half always claims that gets in the way of running the club successfully, same as she thinks that affects the quality of the life in the City.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 26, 2016, 08:01:17 AM
The Swatcats enter the Thunder Castle this weekend (KO 18.00 Saturday 28th May TV coverage TS HD3) to face current Champions Buriram United. The chance of a favourable result for the men from Korat is, I’m afraid, zero.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 26, 2016, 08:04:33 AM
Hi Caller, regarding Lee Tuck. Have no factual knowledge but Lee is well known as a "badboy". I'm guessing he was let go due to disciplinary issues/bad influence in the dressing room. Agree with you that he played well last season when selected.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on May 26, 2016, 09:15:22 AM
The Swatcats enter the Thunder Castle this weekend (KO 18.00 Saturday 28th May TV coverage TS HD3) to face current Champions Buriram United. The chance of a favourable result for the men from Korat is, I’m afraid, zero.

I have a feeling in my bones that Korat will win the game. I predict 1 - 0.

I could be wrong though. Maybe the feeling in my bones is dengue fever!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 26, 2016, 09:45:12 AM
Let's hope your'e right Alfie. Stranger things have happened in football.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 26, 2016, 10:37:53 AM
Alfie. Ref. Lee Tuck - yes I liked his bustling and aggression. But he didn't score the goals often enough.
I'm guessing LT crossed the Manager more than once. I recall a game when the Floodlights failed before KO. The game was delayed for an hour or so and when they were ready to go, LT was out having a Pizza ! Probably just a scurrilous rumour.
Good call for the Buriram game - definitely 0-1 Swatcats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 26, 2016, 12:22:16 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Bangkok United away in the FA Cup. Ties will be played on 15th June.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 26, 2016, 04:56:34 PM
Roger, your story about Lee Tuck and the pizza incident is absolutely true !!! The club had to call him to return to the stadium !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2016, 03:06:40 PM
Tweet from Bjorn Liindemann suggests he may be on the way out at the Swatcats.

"Björn Lindemann ‏@blindemann10  15m15 minutes ago
Starting a lot on the transfermarket in Thailland! Really intresting right now! Lets see where i landing next month!:)"
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 28, 2016, 06:49:08 PM
Well TW and All.
Got to hold my hand up on this one !
Just arrived in Buriram to see the game tomorrow - but it's today.
We just came past the Stadium and thought there was a lot of cars parked around.
Words fail me. In my defence I have been conspiring with a Friend to meet tomorrow for the game.
(It's been a distracting couple of days at home for other reasons !)
Bigger ! Never mind we'll go to Phanom Rung tomorrow.
And the Swatcats are 1-0 down atm
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 28, 2016, 09:45:36 PM
Our booked Resort, close to Thunder V, is deserted. Only one customer, us, but lovely rooms. We decided not to do a crazy rush to catch the second half.
Instead. walked a mile around Buriram to find a Restaurant.
The game was on TV but only a splodgy picture. Can see the score but nothing else.
Then they turn the TV off so the 'music' can play.
Then the B'ram fans turn up but I defiantly sing the NRFC anthem. 1-1 to me.
NOT my best football night.
Next year then - if Swatcats are still in the TPL which, I know, we will be. Hopefully.
Good night all. TW ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 08:39:18 AM
Dateline  28th May 2016

 Buriram United 1 NRFC 0

The Swatcats entered the Thunder Castle hoping to avoid defeat against a Buriram side that has not been firing on all cylinders recently.

The match began with the visitor’s defence soon in panic as a short range shot was deflected just wide after a dangerous cross. Unable to gain much possession, the Swatcats were forced onto the back foot as Buriram pressed forward.
After 14 minutes after yet another in a series of sloppy passes in midfield by the visitors, Buriram opened the scoring with a fine 18 yard drive. The men from Korat countered with a shot on the break well saved by the keeper. Poor defensive work then presented Lindemann with a shooting opportunity.
In the 41st minute the visitors got lucky when a deflected shot bounced off the post. In a flurry of chances, the visitors then countered with a dangerous shot then a snap shot from Kaio was well saved by the visitor’s keeper.

Without looking too dangerous, the home team seemed to be in full control of the game as the first half drew to a close.

In the 48th minute a “cheeky” shot off the side of the foot hit the Swatcat’s post as Buriram pressed. The Swatcats then began to gain some possession as the half progressed but without really causing much difficulty for the home team.
In the 66th minute Adeyeah cut inside and shot from 20 yards but the keeper saved comfortably and minutes later Lindemann rounded off a decent passing movement with a sharp drive.

In a spirited final 10 minutes The Swatcats were unlucky not equalize as they continued to harass and pressure the Buriram defence.

A much improved second half performance which could have led to a deserved point.

Although playing with great spirit against a far from convincing Buriram side, it remains difficult to see where goals are going to come from. Sloppy midfield play continued to put pressure on the defence which battled gamely. Defeat against Buriram is no disgrace but they now must concentrate on the next 3 games – all of which are winnable. They have to put away such lower echelon sides otherwise relegation beckons.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 09:56:06 AM
THE TPL now takes a break to allow for Thailand's King's Cup games.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 11:13:53 AM
OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC appoints Milos Joksic as new head coach
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 11:20:56 AM
Milos Joksic is taking over at Swatcats. He did a good job at Pattaya so could be good for struggling side. Will he bring any players with him?

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on May 29, 2016, 12:02:51 PM
Hmm, well he's not exactly set Thai football alight, but a change can be positive for players. Hope that's the case here.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 29, 2016, 04:04:54 PM
Hi TW thanks for your Match Report and the update re. the Manager.
Is he a man from the Balkans ? To manage Thais ? I hope that works.
Incidentally our next game is Home to the said Pattaya Utd - heaven knows we should get 3 points from that game. After losing 6-1 at Ratchaburi, Pattaya lost at home to Sisaket 0-5 yesterday.
Maybe Swatcats can score against them ............

Footnote to my missing the game - we decided to stay over and this morning went to Thunder Valley for a look.
Buriram can certainly teach the Swatcats about PR as well as football. We were welcomed into the stadium even the changing rooms for a look. I was surprised that the whole stadium is built of steel - I suppose the 'thunder' comes when 32,600 folks stamp on that treadplate. It is a great football stadium with the stands bordering the football pitch - tremendous atmosphere I am guessing. Good to be there and play there.
The Staff told us there were only 10,000 there yesterday. I'll try and go next year on the matchday !
Then we were able to drive around the Motor racing track next door.
And eat handsomely in the adjoining food mall. Excellent Club Buriram IMO.

 
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 29, 2016, 04:15:59 PM
As you say TW, Milos Joksic was at, Oh No, Pattaya United, until earlier this month.
Pattaya have lost their last three games.
Did he resign or was he pushed ?
Notwithstanding Pattaya are well above the Swatcats in the TPL and have more than twice as many points !
Watch this space ....

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2016, 05:04:36 PM
Hi Roger, sorry to hear about your Buriram woes. Yes Milos is Serbian. I guess english is the universal language of football coaching, so communication should not be a problem. I don't think he has much of a track record in Thailand but until recently he was doing OK at Pattaya.

Although I'm not sure, I think he will have to resign from his Pattaya post before signing up with the Swatcats. As far as I know he wasn't sacked - but I might be wrong.

Sorry about the vagueness - it is difficult to get information in english.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 30, 2016, 08:58:13 AM
Crucial period for the Swatcats after the international break. They play Pattaya United (H), Osotspa (A) and Army (H). All games are winnable and given the Swatcats recent improvement and the “New Coach” syndrome 9 points should be the target.
If all of these games are won, our relegation woes will be temporarily behind us, however if we lose all three the prospect of relegation will be brought into sharp focus with the inevitable questions being asked of our newly appointed coach.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 01, 2016, 01:20:38 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima FC unveils new head coach, Milos Joksic. Targets top 10 at end of 2016.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 01, 2016, 01:56:11 PM
Hi TW. Yes mid-table is well within reach as soon as the winning habit comes back. Time will tell.
Good luck to Milos Joksic.........
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 01, 2016, 03:32:43 PM
Joksic's first move.

CONFIRMED: Nakhon Ratchasima FC are taking on loan Thailand U23 midfielder, Kasidech Wettayawong from Muangthong United
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: goofy on June 01, 2016, 08:27:12 PM
Hi Tw and Roger,
New member but would like to say a few quick points
A new coach could be a good thing but as has been mentioned previously we need to have our defence sorted out and the goal keeper needs to have a bit more communication. Also we need some good clean ball for the strikers to have a chance at scoring. Observing other tpl teams they know how to liver good passes and also apply pressure, swat cats could improve in this area.
The next game is vital to get a win and gain confidence going forward.
Oh well we can hope !!! Cheers
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 03, 2016, 12:20:33 PM
Hi Goofy, thanks for your input. Totally agree with your well made points. Our strikers have ability but are receiving little service - perhaps the new midfielder will help. I personally think that Lindemann is a luxury that we cannot afford at present.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2016, 01:24:10 PM
OFFICIAL: Nakhon Ratchasima FC unveils Kasidech Wettayawong under 6 month loan contract from Muangthong United
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 04, 2016, 03:09:13 PM
Gotta be good news - KW following in the path of one Sarat Yooyen !
I wondered today what happened to Shota Koide who was one of my favourites. Nothing on WikiP.
Hopefully Wettayawong will be in a similar mould to SY and SK ...
Just hope they don't play jinking Noah on the wing again to make space for KW.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2016, 03:12:38 PM
Hi Roger, I suspect that Lindemann may be on the way out for second leg.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 06, 2016, 02:00:20 PM
The Swatcats visit Songkhla United for the next round of the Toyota league Cup on Wednesday 8th June.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 09, 2016, 08:25:59 AM
Not an auspicious start for the new coach. Swatcats defeated by Division 1 side Songkhla United in the Toyota League Cup.

 FT Songkhla United 4 NRFC 1
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 09, 2016, 08:30:34 AM
The Swatcats welcome Thai Premier League newcomers Pattaya United on Saturday (KO 6.00 pm). This encounter pits new coach Milos Joksic against his former club.
This match is a “must win” situation for the Swatcats, as a loss will potentially cut them further adrift in the bottom 3.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 09, 2016, 04:17:03 PM
Hey TW if that means NRFC are OUT of the League Cup - great !
We have bigger TPL problems on which to focus.
But that's a DIRE result.
Wrong choice of manager IMHO but I hope he proves me wrong.
See you Saturday .............
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 12, 2016, 08:22:28 AM
Dateline 11th June 2016

 NRFC 1 Pattaya United 0

The Rockin’ Dolphins from Pattaya were the visitors today with The Swatcats looking for a rare victory to enable them to improve their precarious position near the foot of the table. The match also was Milos Joksic’s first league game in charge.

The match began in front of a very sparse crowd – possibly fewer than 4000 I would guess – sad times indeed for a club famed in the recent past for its huge fan base. How pitiful the near empty 80th Anniversary Stadium looked tonight.

The Swatcats began on the front foot and put together some decent attacking moves with Tagbajumi looking lively and in the 13th minute after some smart work from Adeyeah, Chanatphon slid in the first goal for the home team.

For the first 30 minutes, Pattaya did not show much ambition up front and seemed content to soak up the home team’s pressure. In the 33rd minute a guilt edged chance was missed by the hosts as a close range header from a corner was miss timed and in the resulting melee a close range shot went wide. The Dolphins then countered with a drive going narrowly wide.

The second half started with Pattaya showing more attack minded intent but following a break by the home team a free kick was smartly saved by the visitor’s keeper and minutes later Adeyeah shot over from 8 yards.
A promising break by the Dolphins in the 60th minute ended with some brave goalkeeping by the home keeper as he came out to smother the resulting shot and in the 63rd minute Pralong Sawandee was sent off following a second yellow card after a silly and innocuous challenge on the keeper.

Pattaya were beginning to get a foothold in the match and one wonders why they only started playing at half time. The hosts seemed to tire and were losing their grip on midfield resulting in pressure being exerted on their defence. Despite this pressure the Swatcats held on to their one goal lead and earned a valuable victory.

A much needed 3 points tonight. The Swatcats looked a decent side tonight – especially in the first half. The midfield seemed more effective and provided more for the frontmen to get their teeth into. I still maintain that Tagbajumi and Adeyeah could form a successful partnership but as yet they have failed to be convincing. We did not miss Bjorn Lindemann (who incidentally was not even named as a substitute tonight).

Against a poor Pattaya team the defence looked OK too. On balance a useful start for Milos Joksic but against stronger teams we will continue to struggle. If we can put away lower echelon teams we should just about survive – and to me, given our poor start that would represent a satisfactory conclusion to the season.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on June 12, 2016, 01:26:44 PM
As you say, TW, much needed points. Now just one point behind Osotspa, who they play next weekend. A win would do wonders for the confidence of Swatcat players, I would think.

(http://i.imgur.com/SRhPzrw.jpg)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 12, 2016, 02:03:12 PM
Hey TW.
The Swatcats much maligned defence performed heroics to get a rare win. With 10 men ! One exception - leaving 2 strikers unmarked in front of goal at the edge of the penalty area in a heart stopping moment. A word of praise for the Swatcats Goalkeeper who seems to be gaining in confidence despite a stream of bad results and some early unsure form. He grabbed safely many good crosses throughout the game and made one amazing save in the second half at the foot of his left hand post !
I thought Tagbajumi showed great effort and some previously unseen skills with Adiyah remaining a threat all the time until he was substituted - these 2 will do well IMO. Is Prompong still around ? Good to bring him on as a late Sub.
After the Swatcats scored I felt they backed off a little and allowed Pattaya to get back into the game - bad tactics. But in the last 20 minutes full effort returned. IMO we just about deserved the win !
You are a Gentleman TW indeed not to have mentioned the appalling performance of the Referee.
EVERY time a player fell over there was a free kick - open season on cheating then. I watched the Swatcats in Regional League days and this was worse 'Reffing' than I have ever seen. Really serious foul play and innocuous stuff was treated the same. And there was no doubt that he favoured Pattaya almost invariably throughout the game IMO - - - but WE got the points.
The admirable Adiyah needs to keep control of himself - understandably infuriated at the goings on, he got very temperamental and was lucky to stay on the pitch after pushing the Referee.

Being a Torquay United supporter in another life I have experience of relegation battles - I know Swatcats can get out of this mess. A few more battling draws and wins will see us looking better.

Mid table still quite possible ! ATB

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 15, 2016, 11:47:59 AM
The Swatcats visit high flying Bangkok United tonight (wed 15th June KO 19.00) in the next round of the FA Cup. Many will think that an exit from the competition tonight may well be advantageous to the team’s Premier League survival strategy.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 16, 2016, 08:05:32 AM
The Swatcats progressed into the next round of the FA Cup with a surprising victory over high flying Bangkok United. Going down 2-0 in the first 30 minutes they fought back to finish 3-3 after 90 minutes. The scores were still after extra time and the visitors secured the victory after winning the penalty shoot out.
Coach Joksic played an understrength side as he secured his second successive victory in charge.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 16, 2016, 08:06:54 AM
The Swatcats visit Osotspa Samut Prakan this weekend (KO Saturday 8.00 pm) for a crucial relegation battle. A victory would mean that they would leapfrog their opponents and lift themselves out of the relegation positions. A big ask but one which would be a fantastic confidence boost in their battle to beat the drop.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2016, 07:43:49 AM
Dateline 18th June 2016

FT Osotspa Samut Prakan 1 NRFC 2

The Swatcats visited Osotspa Samut Prakan in a vital relegation battle. A victory for the visitors would lift them out of the bottom three, leapfrogging the hosts in the process.

The match began with Lindemann in “midfield” but no Noah Chivuta. The visitors started brightly with a Tagbajumi header going wide. They continued to dominate possession and put pressure on the host’s defence. An Adeyeah drive went close followed by a shot narrowly over the bar as the Swatcats swarmed forward – the Swatcats were purring!!! Conversely Osotspa did not offer much up front in the first 20 minutes.

In the 24th minute Peeraphon fired in from 20 yards after a fine run to give the visitors a deserved lead. The Swatcats were looking a far better side than Osotspa and continued to press and in the 36th minute Pralong Sawandee slid in a second after a defensive mix up.

On the stroke of half time Osotspa went close but in truth it was their only real chance so far and as the half drew to a close NRFC seemed in complete control…. And playing like champions.

Osotspa pulled one back with an excellent 25 yard drive in the 48th minute. This seemed to wake up the home side and they pressed forward with real intent for the first time in the match.
Adeyeah then missed a chance after another defensive error and Lindemann went close with an angled drive as the visitors tried to regain their composure.

The hosts were beginning to seize the initiative as what had seemed to be an easy victory for the Swatcats was deteriorating into a fight for survival.

Noah Chivuta was introduced after 66 minutes in order to bolster midfield but Osotspa continued to press. NRFC broke sporadically but not with the purpose shown in the first half

Osotspa looked a different side in the second half but could not make up for their pitiful first half performance – NRFC tired and sat back, allowing Osotspa to play and this nearly cost them the win.

Tonight we played well in the first half but we have not become a great side overnight – Osotspa were poor and on this performance they are certain to join BBCU in Division 1 next season.
I’m not sure what Milos Joksic has done but the team looks better organized, more confident and seem to be moving the ball forward quickly and with more resolve. Three wins in a week isn’t a bad start for the new coach – and he seems to be doing it all with a big smile too!! Well done Milos.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 20, 2016, 01:44:54 PM
NRFC welcome the Army on Wednesday 22nd June (KO 6.00 pm). The hosts will be looking to build on their recent successes and haul themselves further away from the relegation trapdoor.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 22, 2016, 12:38:33 PM
Thanks for the reports TW.
Yes a terrific start for the Coach and a win against 'Army' will seal the progress.
Maybe we can even get a point in the coming game against Muang Thong.
Phew !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2016, 05:09:39 PM
Dateline 22nd June 2016

 FT NRFC 1 Army United 0

The Swatcats entertained Army tonight, hoping to extend their winning streak to three games. In what was a feisty encounter a Bjorn Lindemann penalty separated the teams at full time. This win, coach Joksic’s third victory in a row, lifted the Swatcats further clear of the relegation zone and added some credence to the chance of Premiership survival this season.

Army started brightly with a long range shot but the hosts were soon on the front foot with a couple of chances going wide. The Swatcats pressed forward and a Lindemann effort was well saved, goalkeeper Sunny then brought down the advancing Prompong and Lindemann slotted home the resulting penalty to give the hosts the lead.

Army man Botti was sent off for a blow to an opponent’s head then a further long range effort from the visitors brought the first half to a close.

Nagano was sent off shortly after the second half began following a clumsy block to reduce the match to ten versus ten. Adeyeah then went narrowly wide following a slick pass from Lindemann. Army countered with a diving header going wide as they pushed for an equalizer.

Hassan Sunny then pulled off a first class save from a short range header and then Army went close at the other end as the momentum swung one way then another. An unlikely own goal was saved by the host’s keeper as the Army continued to press forward.

Another workmanlike performance with victory just deserved. Army were allowed a number of chances and might have considered that a point apiece may have been a fair result.
Nonetheless, a further three valuable points gained and the promise of movement up the table seems viable.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2016, 05:28:01 PM
NRFC  visit the SCG stadium on Saturday 25th June (KO 8.00 pm) to take on the mighty Muangthong United. MT are currently top of the league.
A fourth win on the trot for the improving Swatcats? I suspect not!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on June 24, 2016, 12:41:27 PM
The table as it stands today

(http://i.imgur.com/UNpuoLD.jpg)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 24, 2016, 01:13:44 PM
Thanks for that Alfie.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 26, 2016, 06:48:06 AM
Dateline 25th June 2016

 Muangthong United 4 NRFC 1

Top of the league Muangthong took on the resurgent Swatcats at the SCG Stadium. The visitors hoping to continue their positive run of results, the hosts hoping to maintain their “top of the pile” status.
This fixture is a repeat of the season opener in which MT snatched a 1-0 victory.

As the game commenced, the visitors weathered the early expected pressure with Muangthong unable to make their early chances pay. Some desperate defending and mediocre finishing kept the Swatcat’s goal line intact. 72% possession in the first 30 minutes of play by the hosts indicated the dominance of the league leaders.

In the 32nd minute a deflected shot eluded the keeper to give the hosts a deserved lead. Then there followed a further period of constant pressure by the hosts, but on 44 minutes Tagbajumi broke through the middle and slid in an unexpected equalizer - a fine solo effort.

On the stroke of half time the home team regained the lead with a close range shot following a corner.

At half time, at 2-1 the Swatcats were still in the game but clearly playing second fiddle to a talented Muangthong outfit.

The second half quickly saw a fine save from a long range shot by the visitor’s keeper. NRFC countered with a fine effort from a confident Tagbajumi, tipped over by the home keeper.

Muangthong went further ahead with a short range tap in on 54 minutes after a fine break down the left flank. Minutes later the “on fire” Tagbajumi had a goal disallowed for offside after fine work from Chivuta and Lindemann.

MT continued to exert pressure, again dominating possession and producing a couple of decent chances in the process. The Swatcats countered sporadically with Lindemann looking classy in midfield at times but really there was only one team in this contest.
 Muangthong added a fourth goal on 82 minutes to give the score a rather flattering look. A late free kick by Muangthong rattled the bar as they closed out a rather comfortable evening’s work at the SCG Stadium.

Clearly outclassed but not disgraced by the season’s top PLT team. Good spirit and resolute defending kept the score line semi respectable. On balance another pretty solid performance but with no reward – further evidence I believe of the team’s ability to escape relegation.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 26, 2016, 06:48:43 AM
After the tough challenge of Muangthong United, the Swatcats now have two winnable games coming up. On Wednesday 29th June, they welcome fellow strugglers Chainat Hornbills (KO 7.00 pm) and then on 2nd July they visit BEC Tero (KO 7.00 pm).
Six points should be the aim and on current form, an achievable target.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 30, 2016, 12:38:08 PM
NRFC 1 Chainat Hornbills 0

An important battle at the 80th Anniversary Stadium tonight as both teams sought to ease their respective relegation fears. As the second leg commences, a real mid season “6 pointer”.

An encouraging 8000 fans welcomed the two teams. Early sparring led to few real chances but with the hosts playing with more resolve. In a rare foray forward by Chainat, a defender’s clearance bounced luckily off the bar to save an embarrassing own goal.
Lindemann, Adeyeah and Tagbajumi continued to link well and in the 27th minute, the game burst into life when Tagbajumi went close with a diving header after good work from Adeyeah. The Swatcats continued to press, looking dangerous up front and in the 45th minute Nagano went close with a header after a Tagbajumi flick.

The half came to a close with neither side able to break the deadlock but with the Swatcats “bossing” the game.

Chainat began the second half with a flourish with a snap shot well saved. The hosts then continued to press with a Tagbajumi shot on the turn inches wide.
In the 60th minute Lindemann broke the deadlock when he cut in from the flank and unleashed a thunderbolt from the edge of the box to put the home team ahead – candidate for goal of the season perhaps?

In the 66th minute the hosts struck the post after some good work from Tagbajumi. Adeyeah then fired over from 12 yards as they strived to increase their lead. A weak header in the 80th minute apart, Chainat offered little as the hosts battled for a second goal.

Another strong performance against a weak Chainat team - and another stride towards safety.

A couple of observations - Chivuta is now not a regular starter, maybe because of tiredness or injury Noah is being used sparingly and the team are getting used to coping without him (dare I say playing better without him!!!). Bjorn Lindemann has been playing out of his skin – he seems newly motivated. Adeyeah and Tagbajumi are becoming increasingly effective up front – and I think there is more to come. Adeyeah in particular is putting in real shifts, tackling back and dropping deep to help in defence.

All in all this is a different team to that which played in the early season games – well motivated, better shape on the pitch and playing together as a team. All this must be attributed to Milos Joksic and I commend him for his efforts - all we need now is for the fans to start streaming back!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 30, 2016, 02:07:28 PM
TW thanks for that report.
So the Swatcats are now SEVEN points clear of the horror zone and I agree great credit to Milos Joksic.
I'm sure the Fans will return as the recovery continues - 8000 is double the real number there in some games recently.
Maybe Lindemann is better without Noah playing - I'm really pleased to see Adiyah and Tagbajumi coming through.
I thought we had a Guy on loan from Muang Thong ?? If so how's he doing ?
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2016, 11:06:54 AM
Hi Roger, not much info on the new guy - sorry. I think the team are playing better without relying on Chivuta. Lindemann has been a relevation in the last 2 games. I have always suggested (hoped) that Tagbajumi and Adeyeah would deliver. I feel that they could become one of the most potent partnerships in the TPL.

One thing is now for sure. The Swatcats will not be relegated. Now they must just pick up points (especially at home) and ease themselves into a respectable mid table position. I always thought that the 8th place of last year would be a hard act to follow and that has been confirmed this season. In order to progress they need a forward looking, quality midfielder to provide for the guys up front.
Right now, after earlier apprehensions, I am feeling pretty optimistic for the rest of the season. We need to catch Navy, Pattaya and Si Saket, then a top 10 finish is not out of reach.

All the best
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2016, 09:01:54 PM
Dateline 2nd July 2016

 BEC Tero Sasana 2 NRFC 1

The Swatcats entered the Fire Dragon’s den in a bid to continue their recent vein of good form.

The visitors started with Prompong and Adiyiah up front. The game began with both teams probing cautiously but unable to produce much. In the 11th minute, a wonderful long ball from Adiyiah found Prompong completely unmarked in the box but he miss hit his shot and it went wide. Adiyiah then drew a decent save from the keeper with a 12 yard drive.
The Swatcats were now beginning to seize the initiative with some decent forward play and in the 16th minute an Athibordee shot was tipped over the bar by the keeper. Tero countered with a shot well blocked by the Swatcat defence.

In the 24th minute a Lindemann drive was well saved after a well executed break from the visitors. Then slightly against the run of play Tero went ahead in the 29th minute with a smart half volley. Minutes later they went close with a header and in two minutes of madness the Swatcats conceded again in the 31st minute to go two down.

The first half drew to a close with the Swatcat team wondering “How in hell’s name are we two down in this one?”

The Swatcats opened brightly in the second half with a flurry of chances, the newly introduced Tagbajumi looking lively at times. A wonder shot from Linemann from a full 30 yards brushed the bar in the 52nd minute as the visitors strived to half the deficit. More pressure led to defensive panic as Tagbajumi fired in from close range. Surely a goal must come soon.

In the 66th minute a glancing header was saved bravely by the host’s keeper as the Swatcats continued to press. As a result of this action the injured keeper was substituted. 
At the other end Tero missed a simple chance then on the break they were thwarted by the advancing keeper.

In the 84th minute Tagbajumi scored with an angled shot to give the visitors the sniff of a deserved point. Athibordee was then sent off in the 88th minute for a silly kick out at an opponent.

Another decent and encouraging performance. Quite honestly NRFC outplayed Tero tonight. Points will come if the team continues to play in this fashion. Chances are being produced and the defence is looking pretty solid. There are many reasons to be optimistic for the future.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 02, 2016, 09:57:47 PM
Well TW that's disappointing but at least the Swatcats put up a good show. Thanks for the report.
Sorry I missed you at the last game but next time eh ? ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 07, 2016, 08:42:28 AM
The Swatcats visit the Leo Stadium on Saturday 9th July (KO 8.00 pm) to take on the impressive Bangkok Glass. This will be a challenging evening for the men from Korat and they will be hoping to “Rodger the Rabbits” and perhaps grab an unlikely point in the nation’s capital.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 07, 2016, 09:31:04 AM
Not holding my breath TW but you never know ! Come on Swatcats .....
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 10, 2016, 08:47:20 AM
Dateline 9th July 2016

 Bangkok Glass 2 NRFC 1

The Swatcats were the guests at the Leo Stadium tonight, hoping to sneak a point to ease their still lingering relegation fears.

Both sides started brightly with the Glass Rabbits getting the first shot on target in the 5th minute, they then went close again with an effort well defended. The Swatcats continued to battle gamely with Tagbajumi looking dangerous.

A 20 yard drive from an unmarked Bangkok Glass attacker struck the bar in the 15th minute then an angled drive was struck wide as the home team pushed forward. The men in green certainly looked the more polished side in the opening 25 minutes.

With pressure building a long range shot went wide as the hosts strived to open the scoring. The men from Korat were holding on but a home goal seemed inevitable as the half progressed.
In a rare break Lindemann shot wide after good work from Tagbajumi on the flank.

A well struck 25 yard free kick gave the hosts the lead in the 37th minute – a deserved lead in my opinion with the hosts claiming 59% of possession thus far. The Swatcats struck back with a well worked move ending with a Lindemann drive being blocked. From the resulting corner Lindemann struck the bar from 20 yards and seconds later the German blasted in from 16 yards to draw the visitors level.

The second half started with a Lindemann break ending with his shot being well saved as the Swatcats tried to gain a foothold in the game. Bangkok Glass continued to look dangerous up front and they went close from 5 yards in the 54th minute, Nagano then brilliantly blocked a shot in the 71st minute as the hosts again pressed forward.

Noah Chivuta was introduced in the 74th minute with the Swatcats attempting to hang on to their hard earned point. In the 84th minute Swatcat’s hearts were broken when a close range header gave the hosts the lead.
In a late rally by NRFC, a Bangkok Glass defender hits his own bar with a panic clearance and a flurry of chances by the visitors threatened the host’s lead.

Whilst under pressure for large portions of the game, the Swatcats played the ball around effectively at times and will certainly cause problems for lesser teams than Bangkok Glass. I still remain optimistic for the rest of the season. No Noah Chivuta start again tonight and it seems that he is slipping out of contention for a regular berth in the side. It is obvious in my mind that Milos Joksic has turned this team around. Although on paper results do not seem to be too impressive, the performances are most definitely better. The team is breaking forward far more effectively and everyone in the team is closing down opponents impressively in all areas of the field.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 13, 2016, 08:08:39 AM
The Swatcats welcome lower league side Nara United to the 80th Anniversary Stadium tonight ( 13th July KO 7.00pm) in the next round of the Thai F A Cup. I am expecting a victory.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 14, 2016, 07:59:18 AM
The Swatcats progressed to the last 16 in the Thai F A Cup last night, defeating Nara United 2-0.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 14, 2016, 08:00:20 AM
Ratchaburi are the opponents at the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend (Saturday 16th July KO 6.00 pm). Ratchaburi, now without the influential Heberty, will provide a stern challenge for the home team.
The Swatcats really need at least a point from this encounter after 2 consecutive league away defeats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 14, 2016, 01:09:15 PM
Hey TW thanks for those updates.
Ratchaburi seem to have held a spell over the Swatcats in recent years so this would be a good time to put the record straight.
It seems we did ok against BKK Glass so maybe we can get a result.
Certainly we need to start ticking up some points again.
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 17, 2016, 08:34:30 AM
Dateline 16th July 2016

 NRFC 1 Ratchaburi 0

Ratchaburi were the visitors tonight as the Swatcats attempted to seal a victory after two consecutive losses.

On a damp evening, in front of 7 000 fans, the hosts began brightly with Lindemann finding lots of space in midfield. A couple of half chances were created as the the Swatcats pressed. In the 19th minute Lindemann almost sneaked a free kick past the keeper at the near post but that chance aside neither team was looking particularly dangerous – one real shot on target all half by my reckoning.

Pretty much not a first half to last long in the memory with NRFC having slightly the better shape and ambition. I’m afraid to say that it’s halves like this that leads to poor attendances at TPL games!!

Ratchaburi went close with an 18 yard drive in the first minute of the second half then the hosts countered immediately with a close range chance going wide. Adiyiah then got a decent shot on target as the Swatcats pressed. Showing great resolve the hosts surged forward with Lindemann again on target.

In the 59th minute a magnificent strike from 20 yards by Chanatphol broke the deadlock – a deserved reward after some early second half pressure. Minutes late Ratchaburi struck the left hand upright with an 18 yard half volley.
The hosts were now playing some attractive quick passing football and the visitor’s keeper made a great save from an angled drive in the 73rd minute.

A 25 yard free kick was well saved by the home keeper in the 82nd minute in what was one of few chances produced by Ratchaburi

A disappointing first half was followed by a much improved performance in the second half. Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but the team fought well and deserved their victory against an ordinary looking Ratchaburi outfit.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 17, 2016, 03:56:29 PM
Thanks TW and it seems the Swatcats are back on course. Worth noting that we're 7 points clear of the Drop zone now and another win or two will see us climbing towards mid-table. A more than respectable finish to the season is possible.
Lindemann seems to be playing well now ? and I'm guessing Chivuta was absent again.
More points at Chonburi ?
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 17, 2016, 06:02:38 PM
Yes Roger, it's all very encouraging at the moment. Lindemann is on fire and Tagbajumi/Adiyiah are beginning to show real progress. Yes no Chivuta - not sure why but it has to be said that we are playing better without him. Seeing that Ratchaburi - who I thought were very poor - are in 4th place it makes you wonder where we might finish come the end of the season!!

I am becoming a big fan of Milos Joksic.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 18, 2016, 07:54:19 AM
Some stats and facts since Milos Joksic took over:

•   Pattaya -  home win
•   Osotspa -  away win
•   Army-  home win
•   Muang Thong - away defeat
•   Chainat -  home win
•   BEC Tero - away defeat
•   Bangkok Glass - away defeat
•   Ratchaburi -  home win

4 home wins on the bounce
2 of our 3 defeats against top 3 teams
1 vital away win
Only real disappointment was defeat to Tero
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 18, 2016, 07:55:50 AM
The next two games offer the Swatcats the opportunity of gaining 6 points to hoist them up the table. On Wednesday 20th July (K O 7.00pm) they face a currently struggling Chonburi Sharks at the Municipal Stadium and then they take on mid table Si  Saket at the 80th Anniversary Stadium on Sunday 24th July (K O 6.00 pm).
On recent form both these games could yield 3 points and might offer the chance to finally shrug off any relegation fears – let’s go!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 21, 2016, 08:17:55 AM
Dateline 20th July 2016

Chonburi Sharks 1 NRFC 1

The Swatcats dipped their paws into Shark infested waters tonight in an attempt to continue their encouraging recent run.

The match began with the Sharks probing but being comfortably contained by the visitors. The first real incident of interest was a drive by the hosts from 18 yards, smartly saved by the Swatcat’s keeper.
As the half progressed the Swatcats offered little up front as the home team pressed – in truth neither side showed much potency going forward.

In the 28th minute after some good footwork, Tagbajumi struck the upright with an 8 yard shot on the turn – a rare moment of drama in the match so far.

On the cusp of half time a fine 20 yard drive from the Sharks struck the post then Tagbajumi broke through the middle, the move ending with a tame lob over from Adiyiah.
A torrid end to a rather sterile first half in which neither side was able to break the deadlock.

In the first minute of the second half Prince rose to head in to give the home team the lead. The goal spurred the Swatcats into a brief period of pressure culminating in a Tagbajumi equalizer in the 54th minute after the forward fought off a series of challenges.

Adiyiah went close with a header after some good work down the flank by Lindemann in the 62nd minute, the Sharks countered immediately with a speculative header. The Sharks went close with a diving header in the 69th minute and again in the 81st minute with a drive going narrowly wide as they pressed for a late winner. Prompong, on as substitute, missed a sitter in the 90th minute as he fluffed his shot from 6 yards, blowing any chance of an unlikely 3 points.

A much better second half showing, although not one of our best overall match performances. The players fought well – as we have become accustomed to under Milos Joksic and we looked confident but the forwards lacked consistent service. Our recent encouraging performances have relied heavily on Bjorn Lindemann and he was slightly off the pace tonight. A good away point however and continuing encouraging signs from the team.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 25, 2016, 11:09:20 AM
Dateline 24th July 2016

 NRFC 1 Si Saket 1

Fellow Isaan side Si Saket were the visitors tonight. The Koupreys hoping to preserve their position of safety in mid table, the hosts hoping to pull away from the relegation trapdoor.

On a damp evening, the hosts began brightly with a Tagbajumi lob going close. A period of Swatcat pressure developed with 2 or 3 half chances created but Si Saket looked pacey and dangerous on the break at times.
16 minutes into the game and an Adiyiah header tested the visitor’s keeper, then an 18 yard drive went over the bar after some good work from Lindemann.

On 22 minutes the hosts spurned a great chance to go one up when a close range chance was poked just wide. As the half drew to a close a late flourish by the Koupreys presented them with a couple of rare chances.
In a half of almost constant pressure from the home team they might consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead at half time.

The second half began with the hosts again on the front foot and in the 51st minute a Lindemann cross shot was parried by the keeper into the path of substitute Prompong. He was unable to make clean contact and his shot from 3 yards went wide. The home team continued to dominate possession and several half chances were created as they strived for a deserved lead.

In the 63rd minute a drive from Adiyiah went narrowly wide – surely a goal must come soon and with Si Saket producing little up front, surely a winning goal!!

With Lindemann now bossing midfield and Tagbajumi “putting himself around a bit” up front the hosts were looking increasingly dangerous and in the 72nd minute Athibordee whacked his shot against the upright after a poor clearance from the visitor’s keeper. A minute later a well directed header from Tagbajumi, after a fine cross, was superbly saved by the keeper.
NRFC were now well in charge of the match and with Si Saket reeling, the chances continued to come with Bjorn Lindemann featuring extensively in most attacks.
 
Shock horror in the 81st minute the May T was adjudged to have held back the Si Saket forward and a penalty was awarded with May T dismissed for a second yellow. The penalty was dispatched to give The Koupreys an unlikely lead.
The Swatcats fought back and Adiyiah went close twice in as many minutes and in the 90th minute a 25 yard Lindemann free kick thundered against the crossbar.
In added time, justice was finally done when Dominic Adiyiah slotted home after a fine solo run and one two in the box.

This definitely should have been a deserved home win. Our last two games have yielded 2 points whereas I feel 6 should have been the target. Two valuable points given our position in the table but if our aspirations are “top 10”, to quote Joksic, we must learn to convert draws into wins.
A decent performance tonight - we played some good football at times and effort levels and motivation seemed first rate. Goals still seem hard to come by – not sure why.
The Tagbajumi/Adiyiah partnership is still developing and is definitely worth persevering with – with better service I think this duo up front will blossom.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 25, 2016, 01:49:50 PM
Hi TW. Thanks for the report.
I too thought that the Swatcats were in charge throughout but as always, not certain of getting just reward. The dreaded breakaway in the second half led to the Sisaket penalty - the full back had no need to panic as we had 5 defenders in place against the one attacker. Pathetic giveaway.
Overall this was a good performance from the Swatcats and Joksic has definitely livened them up. Lindemann, Tagbajumi and Adiyah played well with solid performances throughout the team.
Why can't we score more goals ??  But unlucky last night having 2 great shots hit the bar and a miracle save from a Tagbajumi header.
Thank heavens for that equaliser from Adiyah - he always gives 100% and is a great asset IMO however until he scored he had wasted a lot of opportunities.
Good stuff Swatcats and onwards and upwards then !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on July 25, 2016, 04:28:44 PM
To stay in football terms.... this topic  is more and more becoming a 1 and 2 between Thaiwolf and Roger  ;D ;D ;D. I am saying this with full respect to the both of you, please do understand me (being also a fanatic foorball fan, not of the Swatcats sorry).
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 25, 2016, 04:43:20 PM
Having a bad day Robert ?
Yes I'm surprised too that there aren't more contributors to this thread.
FYI the Swatcats have a strong Falang following.
Your point is a little unfair - many topics on the Forum get only a few responses and I'd point you towards the 829 views on this thread to date !
Why not come along and enjoy the Swatcats next game against Siam Navy ?

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on July 25, 2016, 04:52:54 PM
Yes, I regularly follow this thread  and went to a few games, but I'm not spending much time in Korat now.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on July 25, 2016, 05:25:27 PM
Having a bad day Robert ?
Yes I'm surprised too that there aren't more contributors to this thread.
FYI the Swatcats have a strong Falang following.
Your point is a little unfair - many topics on the Forum get only a few responses and I'd point you towards the 829 views on this thread to date !
Why not come along and enjoy the Swatcats next game against Siam Navy ?

Hi Roger,

no not having a bad day at all. Like you I am surprised so little contributions to this thread from other foreigners, no need to get upset. Thatswhy I mentioned is was more like a 1 to 2 between you and Thaiwolf. F.y.i. I have been several times to the stadium when only 200 persons were watching and ticket was Thb 100. Enjoy the next game but I will not be attending, sorry.

Robert
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 25, 2016, 05:53:58 PM
Hi Roger. good optimistic post. I share your positive views on the team at the moment. Were it not for our atrocious start, we would be in the top ten based on our recent performances. Watching other PLT teams on TV, I consider that we are currently as good as if not better than most teams in the league (top 4-5 teams apart). We now must concentrate on winning home games like in the past and grinding out some away points.

I am stunned by Bjorn Lindemann's form at the moment - he is running things in midfield and can always pop up with a long range shot. I am confused by Joksic's use of Noah Chivuta - surely our best player of the last few seasons is worth a start.
I also think there is more to come from Tagbajumi amd Adiyiah. Now they are being started together consistently I am sure they will form a great partnership.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 25, 2016, 05:56:25 PM
Hi Caller, thanks for following the thread. I do my reports for anyone who is interested and it's nice to know that people like you are following. Thanks again. Thaiwolf
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Down under on July 25, 2016, 07:53:07 PM
I also attended the game last night T. W. Your report on the game was spot on.  The only thing that I was a little disappointed on was the attendance of the supporters. Perhaps the weather kept them away.  Anyway in Australia I always log in to read your report.  Keep up the good work mate.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 25, 2016, 07:57:17 PM
Robert, not upset at all just responding 'forum like' in a balanced way.
Perhaps you could tell us all in which year you attended the Stadium several times and paid B100 with only 200 people attending ? ( You missed a nought off the crowd? ).
I ask because I have supported NRFC for 7 years and even in the days in the Regional League, we were getting crowds above 2000. And entry was B50.
So some details please.
As you are not interested, why did you 'contribute' ?
You are Dutch so maybe you support Ajax or PSV or ?
But as a football supporter, why not support your local team in Thailand now ?
See you there.
 
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 25, 2016, 08:05:31 PM
Caller - where are you now ?

Down under - yes attendance is disappointing after massive crowds last year.
The 'form' bubble has burst and B150 is a lot for ordinary folks with family ?
Crowd looked about 7000 to me but I think they reported 9000 ?

Robert - how could you miss this fun ?

And Thai Wolf - we should call you Thai Swatcat ?

GLA
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on July 25, 2016, 08:32:00 PM
Robert, not upset at all just responding 'forum like' in a balanced way.
Perhaps you could tell us all in which year you attended the Stadium several times and paid B100 with only 200 people attending ? ( You missed a nought off the crowd? ).
I ask because I have supported NRFC for 7 years and even in the days in the Regional League, we were getting crowds above 2000. And entry was B50.
So some details please.
As you are not interested, why did you 'contribute' ?
You are Dutch so maybe you support Ajax or PSV or ?
But as a football supporter, why not support your local team in Thailand now ?
See you there.


Must have been in 2007/2008 I last watched them. At that time poor quality. To answer your questions see below
Not interested does that mean I cannot comment?
I support Ajax since 1969 and have played myself for 37 years (not for Ajax, haha). Also have been teamcoach for a few years, unfortunately the Bosman arrest was the beginning of the ridicilous money race called Champions league.
Local team, why should I support them? I am not interested in Thai league anyway.

Enjoy your local team


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on July 25, 2016, 09:20:11 PM
Caller - where are you now ?


Primarily in Bkk for now, but that primarily will shift to Bkk and Hua Hin over the next couple of months with an occasional trip to Korat. Next one will be about the 20th August.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2016, 07:32:33 AM
G'Day Down under, Many thanks for your comments. It is gratifying to know that people like you are following the thread. Yes the crowds have been disappointing but the Swatcats are still the second best supported team in the league (behind Buriram).

 To be honest the early season performances did not merit great support - there was little or no entertainment value in their performances. Since Joksic has taken the helm there has been a sea change. I believe the crowds will return once they realise that the team is playing better football.

Just imagine the crowds if we were a top 5 team - wow!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2016, 07:34:58 AM
Hi Roger, Thai Swatcat - afraid not, I was lumbered by birth to be a Molineux man. thaiwolf it will be forever!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2016, 07:44:19 AM
Just a note to fellow posters. Some years ago, I read a forum post inviting anyone interested to join the poster at a Swatcat game.

I responded and went to the game and I have been an avid Swatcat fan for the last 5 years. It is my hope that MY posts will encourage other board members to become fans and enjoy the trials and tribulations of your local team - just like you did with your local team in the past in the UK/Holland/Germany/Austrailia/where ever.

Please post your views and opinions - please keep things positive - and get along to the next home game. a real 6 pointer against fellow strugglers Navy FC.

Thanks again all for viewing the thread.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: dereklev on July 26, 2016, 07:49:27 AM
I might not post in this thread but I do enjoy reading your posts TW :)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2016, 08:24:47 AM
Thanks loads dereklev. I really do appreciate your support.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 26, 2016, 09:44:59 AM
Hi again Robert.

Your comments are welcome despite your lack of interest, of course. We can work on you now !!

The Swatcats moved to the King's Stadium in the middle of the 2008 season and in the early days crowds were in 100's not thousands. When I started going in 2010 I seem to remember things were picking up with 2000+

But it's a different scene now M8 with more than 30,000 at a couple of games last year. The football is better too. Swatcats are in the Thai PREMIER league and worth watching.

As you live in Korat, why not support them ? My teams are Swindon Town FC, Fulham FC, Torquay Utd and Korat - each place I've settled in. I enjoy the local Buzz.

So you played for 37 years - competitively I guess - crikey ! Say 16 years to 53 years = good stint !
I played only a few years until career and women took over but continued on and off playing 5-a-side and Sunday mornings until 10 years ago, at 59. After some early promise I just hacked around.
I'm guessing you were at a high standard to play for so many years.

One of the greatest games in the World is alive and well in Korat so why not enjoy it as you live here now, not in Holland. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 26, 2016, 09:55:18 AM
Good luck in Hua Hin Caller. HH very nice of course but I like Cha am (Tropicana development spot on for me) and Pak nam pran on the coast south of HH.
Myself moving to Chiang Mai area next month where my Missis has a house and then gravitating towards Chantaburi next year some time. Will support Chantaburi as must watch live football !
And TW - how about Thaicat then ?
GL
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on July 26, 2016, 10:24:18 AM
Hi again Robert.

Your comments are welcome despite your lack of interest, of course. We can work on you now !!

The Swatcats moved to the King's Stadium in the middle of the 2008 season and in the early days crowds were in 100's not thousands. When I started going in 2010 I seem to remember things were picking up with 2000+

But it's a different scene now M8 with more than 30,000 at a couple of games last year. The football is better too. Swatcats are in the Thai PREMIER league and worth watching.

As you live in Korat, why not support them ? My teams are Swindon Town FC, Fulham FC, Torquay Utd and Korat - each place I've settled in. I enjoy the local Buzz.

So you played for 37 years - competitively I guess - crikey ! Say 16 years to 53 years = good stint !
I played only a few years until career and women took over but continued on and off playing 5-a-side and Sunday mornings until 10 years ago, at 59. After some early promise I just hacked around.
I'm guessing you were at a high standard to play for so many years.

One of the greatest games in the World is alive and well in Korat so why not enjoy it as you live here now, not in Holland. ATB

Hi Roger,

so it must have been 2008/2009 I went for some games. At that time somebody else was posting about this team and I even picked him up once and take him to the stadium.
I played from 10 to 47 and then stopped because most of my team was moving to another club and I did not want to change. Only played as an amateur, indeed in 2nd and 1st team. Not too good but very fanatic, haha. Due to my work I also played games in other countries than The Netherlands. Was very interesting indeed. As you can understand I loved this game, now at the age of 70 I miss the game still. Anyway tried to get more reactions on this thread and seems to work. Keep up the work because more people read than react.

Have a nice day,
Robert
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on July 26, 2016, 12:46:50 PM
I also enjoy reading your match reports, TW. They are well written. Have you ever been a professional sports journalist?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: TheOddViking on July 26, 2016, 01:22:26 PM
Hi Roger, Thai Swatcat - afraid not, I was lumbered by birth to be a Molineux man. thaiwolf it will be forever!!!

Yes, supporting a team is like a marriage for life. But have you never heard of a mistress?  ;D ;D ;D

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And for the record, I also truly enjoy reading the match reports. They are great. Thanks.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2016, 01:35:41 PM
Thank you Alfie. Professional journalist, afraid not - just a good old footie fan., but thank you for your comments on my reports.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2016, 01:38:03 PM
Ok TheOddViking - you have sussed me - The Swatcats represent my "mia noi!!"
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2016, 01:39:43 PM
The Swatcats visit the Thung Thalay Luang Stadium to take on newly promoted Sukhothai at the weekend. (30th July KO 7.00 pm). The Firebats have followed a similar trajectory to the Swatcats recently. Just like the Swatcats they were promoted from Division 1 and are enjoying a very successful inaugural season in the TPL – currently sitting in a very creditable 8th place

Sukhothai thumped the Swatcats earlier in the season at the 80th Anniversary Stadium but the Swatcats are a much improved side now and I feel will offer more of a challenge to the newly promoted side.

I would be happy with a point but fear that the home team will be a little too strong for the visitors.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 31, 2016, 09:16:37 AM
Hi Guys Sukhothai 1 Swatcats 0. Report to follow later - I'm out of town for a few days so it might be a tad late!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 01, 2016, 03:47:39 PM
Hey TC ! You mean this is not your full time job ???
Just to note some others around us got good results last night ...
So next Sunday's game against Siam Navy is now crucial. CRUCIAL. We need a win - 3 points - no less !
Or we are then riveted to the bottom 4 and BKK Utd up next. UUmmhhh.
Sh*t. I enjoyed the regional leagues anyway.
Looking forward to your comments as usual, ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 02, 2016, 07:58:36 AM
Dateline 30th July 2016

 Sukhothai FC 1 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the newly promoted Firebats at the Thung Thalay Luang Stadium tonight. On a rain drenched pitch in front of an enthusiastic home following, the Firebats pressed forward with some attractive passing movements with Baggio frequently prominent.

Early doors one imagined that the visitors would have a lot of defending to do tonight. The Swatcat’s offensive moves were sparse but in the 10th minute, a swiveling snap shot from 8 yards went just wide.
The Swatcats gradually dragged themselves into contention with another simple chance squandered by Tagbajumi and some useful and encouraging raids forward.

In the 30th minute after some schoolboy soccer antics by the visitor’s keeper, the ball was stroked into an empty net to give Sukhothai a lead they barely deserved. Minutes later an ugly challenge from a defender prevented Biremi from breaking. There then followed a disgraceful interlude with Biremi attacking the Swatcat player – other players inevitably piled in to give the officials a tough job to clear up – my view was that our man was lucky to be still on the pitch.
NRFC countered with Tagbajumi going close in the 40th minute and as the half drew to a close, my view was that The Swatcats were the better side and unlucky to be one down.

With the waterlogged pitch making it increasingly difficult for good, passing football to be played, the visitors opened the second half brightly and confidently with a deflected shot going wide. Tagbajumi then rose like a salmon in the spring to head just over from a well flighted corner.

Minutes later Prompong fluffed a header from 5 yards after a fine passing move. He claimed that a defender’s hand had deflected the ball and in a rather bizarre situation a Swatcat substitute was shown a red card after some “argy bargy” and I’m guessing abusive language, towards the assistant ref. The behaviour of some of the Swatcat players was not acceptable and in my mind pretty disgraceful – show some respect for the officials please boys!!

Back to the football and again the visitors showed the greater resolve going forward with a series of attacking moves. Sukhothai were looking pretty ordinary early in the half and their rare, lame attacks were dealt with effectively by the Swatcat defence.
In the 65th minute Tagbajumi again rose well but his header was inches over the bar. Minutes later a Lindemann free kick went wide. Lindemann again went close seconds later with a drive well saved after some fine work from Tagbajumi.

Biremi spurned a rare chance in the 80th minute as the Swatcats continued to press and in the 84th minute, a Lindemann free kick appeared to be carried over the goal line by the keeper – the officials thought otherwise and this phantom goal was disallowed!!
In a late, late show Baggio drew a fine save from the Swatcat keeper with a swerving drive as the game drew to a close

A slightly fortuitous victory for Sukhothai tonight. At risk of repeating myself, another decent performance from the Swatcats. This team should be higher up the table but with matches running out, relegation still threatens. I still cannot believe that NRFC will be relegated, but with Chainat’s victory tonight they are still “in the mix” for the dreaded trapdoor positions. Next weekend’s game against Navy will be a vital one to win.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 02, 2016, 10:22:53 AM
The Swatcats take on Ratchaburi (away) in the third round of the Chang FA Cup tomorrow Wednesday 3rd August (KO 7.00 pm). Given their current league situation, a defeat might be the best result so that they can concentrate on avoiding relegation.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 04, 2016, 08:16:35 AM
Chang FA Cup 3rd August

Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC 2 NRFC 1

The Swatcats failed to progress to the next round of the Chang FA Cup.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a decisive 16 yard drive from Chakrit. They then absorbed an inevitable and intense period of pressure from the Dragons.

Adiyiah went close with an angled drive in the 36th minute in a rare Swatcat first half foray as the Swatcats held on to their lead.

As the first half drew to a close, it’s hard to imagine that the Swatcats can hold out for a further 45 minutes of pressure but perhaps Ratchaburi may leave gaps at the back as they strive for an equalizer.

The second half began with Ratchaburi again on the front foot but with the Swatcats looking dangerous on rare breaks. Chakrit missed a chance after fine work from Adiyiah in the 62nd minute but the host’s pressure was relentless. The Swatcats defended stubbornly but surely a home goal must come. A host of chances were wasted as the Dragons pressed forward.

With the home side running out of ideas – and time, an equalizer was poked in off the post in the 77th minute. With both teams now seemingly content to play for extra time, the game drifted to finish 1-1 after 90 minutes.

My view is that, at this point, the only hope of victory for the Swatcats will be to hold out for penalties.
In the 2nd minute of extra time Ratchaburi were awarded a penalty which was converted to give the hosts the lead. In the 112th minute the Swatcats spurned a great chance to equalize as they themselves pressed to force the game into penalties. Minutes later Pratan was sent off for an ugly and brutal challenge from behind.

Lindemann went close in the 117th minute but time was running out as Ratchaburi held out for a hard fought win.

Fielding an under strength team tonight (no Lindemann, Pralong, Nagano or Tagbajumi in the starting lineup) this was a competent defensive performance against a determined Ratchaburi outfit. Given their pressure throughout the game a deserved victory for the home team despite a stubborn rear guard fight from the visitors.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 04, 2016, 08:31:29 AM
At a pivotal stage of the 2016 season, the Swatcats take on fellow strugglers Navy FC at the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend, Sunday 7th August (KO 6.00 pm). Whilst not exactly a must win game, 3 points would certainly help to hoist them further away from the relegation trapdoor.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 04, 2016, 10:52:19 AM
TW thanks for the report.... Never mind the Cup - lets press on for mid-table. MMmmmm.
Sunday versus Siam Navy we badly need to win - I'll be there.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Down under on August 06, 2016, 11:25:47 AM
I'm back home. Looking forward to your report.  Go Cats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 08, 2016, 06:12:09 AM
I got to see this game and I must say, for the first 60 minutes the Swatcats were IMO just excellent - in every department except goalscoring that is ! The Coach is obviously driving them and it was good to see many clever touches and our players slipping past attendant defenders almost routinely. The final ball in was often wayward unfortunately.
A fully deserved second half penalty by Lindemann broke the deadlock. Swatcats to this point had been dominant with supporters dreading the breakaway - at some point Navy thundered a shot against the bar. But after a crisply taken second goal the Swatcats looked home and dry.

I take serious issue with the Coach from this point on. Never since we were in the Regional League have I seen such a disgusting display of 'crumple and die' by any team. The Swatcats went negative and decided to play for time. Immediately they handed the initiative to Navy who suddenly looked like Barcelona. Then it was 2-1 and we were hanging on instead of standing up and pressing for 3-0 !

The delaying tactics of the Swatcats were blatant and disgraceful - the Ref after adding just 1 minute to the 1st half (3?) added SEVEN minutes at full-time. In that 7 minutes I reckon the Swatcats cheated another 3 minutes but the Ref blew up early on the 7 !

For me this desperate and unnecessary gamesmanship ruined AND jeopardised a fine performance.
Playing ugly is fine - blatant childish cheating is not.

On the positive side, the Swatcats move up to 13th but only 1 other team has scored less than their 23 goals - (Navy 19). An invaluable win putting mid-table in sight but be mindful that Osotspa and Chainat are pressing hard below us.

With Chiang Rai, BKK Utd and Buriram to come - these points were crucial.



Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 10:58:34 AM
Dateline 7th August 2016

 NRFC 2 Navy FC 1

Navy provided the opposition at the 80th Anniversary Stadium in this “6 pointer” relegation battle. The future of either team in the TPL could be decided by this vital fixture.

In early exchanges Navy looked bright on the break but with Lindemann probing, the home team had more of the play.
In the 7th minute Tagbajumi struck the upright with a swiveling 15 yard shot as the home team pressed and minutes later after a superb run and cross from Lindeman, Adiyiah forced a fine save from the visitor’s keeper.
As the first half drew to a close Chanatphol went close with a curling shot from outside the box then seconds later the home team went close twice with the Navy defence in tatters with the keeper again doing well to keep out Lindemann’s drive.
In a final first half flurry Sawandee Pralong attempted a long range drive which went narrowly wide. At the other end Adiyiah was lucky to stay on the pitch after TV replays showed him striking a Navy player in the face. This incident could have been disastrous because had the official seen the offence, he would have been forced to award a penalty.

The Swatcats produced many chances in the first half with the midfield buzzing and producing some smooth and effective moves but the defence looked loose at times with Nagano missing, presumed injured. The home team’s approach play continued to impress but that final ball into the danger areas was proving hard to find as Navy packed their defence.

The second half began with the Swatcats again on the front foot with continuous pressure and in the 63rd minute a superb Chanatphol free kick was well saved by the keeper.

In the 59th minute a Navy defender wrestled Chanatphol to the ground and a penalty was awarded. Lindemann converted to give the Swatcats a deserved lead.
The Swatcat defence was coping well with occasional Navy breaks but in the 64th minute a snap shot from the visitors rattled the bar – a real wake up call for the home side. Navy now sniffing an unlikely point and now having to attack went close again in the 65th minute.

The men in orange regained their composure and Adiyiah went close, then in the 80th minute a sweet move involving Adiyiah and Tagbajumi ended with a goal from Chakrit, driven high into the net from 10 yards.
Navy ensured a tense last few minutes when they scored in the 82nd minute with a diving header but the Swatcats survived to earn themselves the three points despite losing Chalermpong after a red card for a hefty challenge on a breaking attacker.

Another very encouraging performance and a vital 3 points for the Swatcats – a special mention at this point for Pralong and Lindemann both of whose recent form has been outstanding.
 With this victory they have leapfrogged Army and Navy and now have Pattaya and Si Saket firmly in their sights. There is NO WAY that this team will be relegated given recent performances. Another encouraging sign is that the fans are drifting back – the attendance tonight looked to be around 8-9 thousand
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 11:00:41 AM
This may be contentious I know but I would venture to say that the current performances are BETTER than in most of the games played last season. Our shape is generally better and we have made fuller use of players in the squad. Milos Joksic has got the players on his side and team spirit and confidence seem high. If (when) we survive this season, I think that we can be pretty optimistic about our chances next year – and maybe 20 000 plus attendances!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 11:05:45 AM
With some tough fixtures ahead but with confidence high the next month is going to be interesting. Chang Rai, Bangkok United, Suphanburi and Buriram fixtures loom. I can see no 3 pointers there but if the team can grab a couple of points, we should stay clear of the bottom 5.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 08, 2016, 12:21:25 PM
Hi TW - I missed the Adiyah incident but I guess that was when the Ref. went out to talk to the Linesman, but no action was taken ? Adiyah may have been provoked but he needs to cool down.
So ANOTHER red card this week - team discipline is not good and IMO the Swatcats lost composure after going ahead ? The 'crumple and die' tactic was quite unnecessary but I know many teams in Thailand indulge the same. SEVEN minutes added !!
Otherwise the Coach has got the team playing with great skill and touches and I agree that we look more convincing than last year - except in the final ball and goalscoring Department. 
Yes Lindemann and Pralong are playing well. Many others too. The second goal from Chakrit was a clinical finish - more of that please.
A bigger crowd as you say. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 12:48:50 PM
8 games to go – my predictions. How important are those last 4 games?

Chang Rai (a) ------------------0 points
Bangkok United (h)--------  ---0 points
Suphanburi (a)------------- ----1 point
Buriram (h)---------------------0 points
Pattaya (a)----------------------1 point
Osotspa (h)---------------------3 points
Army (a)  -----------------------3 points
BBCU (h)------------------------3 points         
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 08, 2016, 02:21:47 PM
Hi TW. Had a look at Flashscore.com to check how those 11 more points might leave us placed.
Last season we were 8th on 49 points but 45 points would have given us 8th too.
Your 11 points would take us to a total 39 points this year.
I'd like to think we can get 11 more but of course, we can't rely on beating those lower sides .......
Next home game versus BKK Utd - a nice surprise please Swatcats !
Still plenty to do this season.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 03:30:01 PM
Nice research Roger. Hope my predictions are right!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 08, 2016, 05:12:26 PM
Yes a sobering thought - if we get those meagre points in the next 5 games, we're likely to be near the danger zone again with Osotspa, (currently flying below us), next up.
Come on Swatcats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2016, 05:51:52 PM
Chances are other struggling teams will not be picking up many points but agree we could still be in trouble.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on August 09, 2016, 09:42:36 PM
The league table as of today.


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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 10, 2016, 08:30:39 AM
Thanks for posting table Alfie. Any chance that you could post every week? Cheers
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 10, 2016, 08:33:52 AM
The Swatcats journey north to take on Chang Rai United this weekend (KO 6.00 pm Sunday 14th August). In my opinion, to achieve anything from this tough encounter would be a bonus. I would be happy with a point.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on August 14, 2016, 06:52:20 PM
Just watched the first half of Chiangrai United against Nakhon Ratchasima on ILKEHDTV. Very poor pitch by-the-way. Score still 0-0. Goal Nakhon Ratchasima nr 33 was disallowed due to offside, sharp eye linesman? Just minutes later he again put his flag up but this time for sure not offside of nr 33.

In 62 minite Tagbajumi scored 0-1 after counter. In 69 minute Tagbajumi committed a foul and from the freekick Chiangrai United scored 1-1. Attack from kick-off and Tagbajumi scored 1-2!
After that I am watching Dutch game. Just checked and Nakhon Ratchasima did win. Red card for Tagbajumi in minute 76. Good result winning away.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 14, 2016, 08:10:38 PM
Yes Robert Chang Rai 1 Swatcats 2 Now 7 points clear of the drop and up to 11th in the league. WOW!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 14, 2016, 08:12:39 PM
Alfie, where's that table :)))
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on August 14, 2016, 08:24:59 PM
Standings with games being played now included.






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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 14, 2016, 08:38:25 PM
Sounds like Tagbajumi had an interesting evening - 2 goals - then sent off !
That's a great win and I had some hopes for it.
Next week I predict we'll hold BKK Utd. At least.
TW - happy with 3 points ?
I missed it on TV due to picking up the Missis at the Bus Station and then when we stopped for food - the Suphanburi game was on their TV. Shoot !
Well done to the Manager for picking this lot up ........
Robert - thanks for the table.
The Swatcats must be suffering vertigo by now.
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 14, 2016, 09:20:18 PM
Happy Roger? I'm bloody ecstatic. We're safe now. Report to follow tomorrow.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 15, 2016, 08:00:00 AM
Dateline 14th August 2016

 Chang Rai United 1 NRFC 2

 An in form NRFC took on the fancied Chang Rai tonight hoping to haul themselves further clear of the bottom three.

On a damp evening the visitors opened brightly with Tagbajumi, then Lindemann going close in the opening minutes. Chang Rai countered with a shot narrowly wide. The Swatcats were more than holding their own in the first 20 minutes, counter attacking effectively and keeping the home defence on its toes.

In the 21st minute, Tagbajumi was incorrectly adjudged to be offside as he chipped the ball into the net. Literally seconds later, he was again on the wrong end of an incorrect offside decision as his drive was saved by the keeper.

At this point, 25 minutes into the match, Chang Rai’s attacks were looking ponderous and on balance, the visitors were on top with Lindemann and Tagbajumi looking dangerous. The Swatcat’s attacks were getting more frequent with a Lindemann drive being deflected wide and an Adiyiah flick going close.
Chang Rai went close in the 37th minute with a 12 yard drive but this was an isolated real chance for the men in orange and black.

A very encouraging first half performance with the Swatcats producing most of the chances and dominating for long periods of play.

The second half kicked off with my thought that we have been in this situation a few times this season and have conceded second half goals – can we hold out?

Lindemann had a great chance to break the deadlock in the 50th minute as he broke through the defence but he stumbled and was unable to get his shot in. Chang Rai were then unlucky in the 56th minute when they had a flurry of shots with the final effort flying over the bar.
The home team was beginning to get a foothold in the game and they were now exerting a certain amount of pressure on the Swatcat’s defence.

In the 62nd minute Tagbajumi was released superbly by a through ball and he stroked the ball neatly into the net to give the visitors a deserved lead.
The home team equalized with a scrappy goal following a free kick in the 70th minute but seconds later, following the restart a long clearance found Tagbajumi who blasted the ball into the net to restore the lead.
In a period of frenetic action Lindemann went close as the visitors pressed, Chang Rai then struck the foot of the post as both teams battled for supremacy.
Tagbajumi was dismissed for a second yellow in the 75th minute as the action became more intense.

With both sides tiring in the heavy conditions the game became a slugging match with neither side willing to concede – becoming a real test of character for both sides.

A Chang Rai header from a corner went just over, then a looping shot went wide as the home team searched for an equalizer in the closing minutes. The Swatcats were now playing deep and inviting the Chang Rai attack to press forward – a mistake in my opinion – one that I hope is not punished!!

The Swatcats held on for a vital and famous victory to hoist themselves well clear of the relegation zone.
 
The team is playing well and producing some good football. Tonight was a real test of character and a tremendous 3 points. With Chainat, Army and Navy all losing this weekend and our last 4 games all winnable against fellow strugglers I now feel confident that relegation will be averted.
Well done to the team and in particular coach Joksic!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 17, 2016, 01:55:29 PM
NRFC welcome second in the table Bangkok United to the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend (KO 7.00 pm, Saturday 20th August – note change of date from Sunday 21st in order to give the Thai national team an extra day for preparation).
A tough test for the in form Swatcat squad.
I think goals may be hard to come by against a well coached Angels defence and this coupled with a formidable attacking force from the visitors leads me to believe that a home defeat is on the cards.

Mind you, given my past record on predictions……….Home win!!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 19, 2016, 06:28:17 AM
TW thanks for the report on the Chiang Rai triumph.
I shall be there Saturday to watch the Swatcats wallop BKK Utd ! Yes wallop !
If you're around the main entrance area around 6pm thereafter it would be good to say Hi as I'll be off next week to Chiang Mai for some many months. (Look for a white haired old git drinking Chang !). ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 19, 2016, 07:55:35 AM
Hi Roger, thanks, it's a pleasure.

Would love to meet up but can't make it for 6.00. If you are around about 6.15-6.30 I will look out for you. You will easily recognise me - I'll be wearing an orange shirt!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on August 21, 2016, 06:17:49 AM
Latest results plus standings

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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 21, 2016, 01:05:56 PM
Thanks for posting Robert
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Post by: Robert on August 21, 2016, 02:41:14 PM
Thanks for posting Robert

Only in Dutch but think no problem.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 21, 2016, 03:38:18 PM
Hup Holland!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 21, 2016, 03:39:03 PM
Dateline 20th August 2016

 NRFC 1 Bangkok United 1

NRFC faced a stern test of their credentials as they took on the high flying Bangkok United at the 80th Anniversary Stadium.

The home side started brightly with Tagbajumi shooting over in the 2nd minute then Adiyiah was on target after a fine run. Adiyiah then fired inches wide after a fine passing move.
Bangkok United attacked sporadically but their moves were looking somewhat sterile early on but the signs of class were becoming increasingly apparent as the match progressed – they have a talented squad.

In the 13th minute a fine break, with astute use of the long ball, Tagbajumi made the opposition keeper work with a low drive. The Angel’s goal now seemed under constant danger as Adiyiah again made the opposing keeper work to keep out a drive.

In a goalless first half, the Swatcats demonstrated that they can compete with the best that the TPL has to offer, in some ways they were unlucky not to be ahead.

The second half commenced with Bangkok on the attack but then a dangerous counter attack ended with Lindemann shooting over. With the home team exerting some fine pressure, Bangkok countered with Mario and Jaycee both going close.

In the 56th minute the deadlock was broken when Chakrit drove home from 10 yards, then in the 61st minute on the break, with 3 attackers faced by one defender, the Swatcats spurned a great chance to put the game to bed with a poor cross ending the move. Chakrit then went close with a fine low drive.
On 65 minutes Mario hit a far post shot that was smothered by the home keeper, Korat then defended as series of crosses with Bangkok looking increasingly dangerous.

The Swatcats then began to sit back - too deep in my opinion and allowed intense pressure from the title contenders. This was going to be a testing 20 plus minutes as the visitors swarmed forward hoping to keep their title hopes alive.
In the 76th minute Lindemann conceded a foul just outside the box and from the resulting free kick, Boscovic struck the bar with an excellent dipping drive - game on!! Minutes later a Jaycee header was cleared off the line with the Swatcat’s defence looking slightly panicky.

Prompong, on as a substitute, had a great chance to put the Swatcats two up in the 84th minute following a superb through ball from Chivuta, but Bangkok broke immediately and the inevitable happened as Jaycee cleverly back flicked the ball into the net to draw the Angels level.

A fantastic performance in which they matched the skill and endeavour of arguably the best team in the TPL. Great atmosphere at the 80th Anniversary stadium with a decent crowd (14-15 thousand would be my guess) and I feel renewed hope and enthusiasm for the team.
One only wonders what the result would have been had the home team not decided to play so deep in the last 20 minutes – inviting as they did, the visitors to exert massive pressure. No team can hope to hold out a team containing danger men Jaycee, Boscovic and Mario Gjurovski for that amount of time. One only hopes that lessons have been learnt. There is no doubt in my mind that 3 points were thrown away by this tactical error. “Game management” should be on the agenda at the next team meeting!!!

Were it not for the team’s appalling start they would be fighting for 5th or 6th place given their recent form under Joksic. The form table based on the last 6 results puts us fifth – what a remarkable turnaround.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 21, 2016, 03:39:51 PM
The TPL now takes a couple of weeks break to accommodate the Thai National Team’s fixtures. Action starts again on the weekend of 10-11th September when the Swatcats have the opportunity to leap frog Suphanburi into the Holy Grail that is 10th place.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 22, 2016, 06:10:25 AM
Hi TW. I agree the Swatcats put in a really great performance - in the first half the class of BKK Utd was evident and I thought they had the majority of the possession. But the Swatcats were 'up for it' and trying to match them skill for skill. No doubt of that.
A word for the Swatcat goalie - just excellent in the first half.
The Swatcats came out for the second half in dominant mood - deservedly taking the lead to the delight of the crowd. BKK took the fight to us in some style and I felt we would be lucky to hang on.
As for the change of tactics ? Did we hang back or were we forced back ?

I was initially pleased after we scored as we seemed to go on attacking rather than revert to negative 'crumple and die' as in the previous home game. But a black mark late on for the defending Swatcats No 8 when a BKK attacker went down outside the area - noticing this (but 2 metres away), he jack-knifed and fell to ground as if he had been shot by an elephant gun ! Pure cheating - he should have been given a yellow card. Our Hero No 8 then managed to jump up quickly before the Trainer came on. Prat.

To me the Referee seemed to favour BKK throughout - eg Prompong was clearly felled when in full flight relieving a spell of pressure down the left wing but no foul given. It was unfortunate that the BKK goal then came the subsequent attacking moves.

I expected to see Tagbajumi in confident form after his Chiang Rai exploits but I thought his touch was very poor throughout. Good to see Prompong back and would have loved to see him score - he needs a goal. Good also to see Chivuta have a run out.

BKK after some minutes of panic when going behind, composed themselves again and fought back well. I was stunned when the Ref. gave 5 minutes extra time seemed like 2 to me. In the last home game the Ref. awarded 7 which might have been 10 or more.

Well done the Swatcats. And well done Mr Joksic !

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 22, 2016, 08:07:13 AM
Hi Roger, yes good point - we were "forced back" by a very talented set of forwards but there does seem to be a theme of us sitting deep during second halves of games. I wonder, seeing some of our team lying flat out at the final whistle, whether our general fitness is questionable.
Nontheless a great performance. I look forward with optimism to next season. If Milos Joksic stays and we can add a couple to our squad (a holding midfielder and a striker), a top 10  finish is definitely possible. Regarding poor old Noah Chivuta whom I like alot, If we are not going to play him (a mistake in my mind) let him go to another team who will make better use of him.

Striker wise, much as I love Tagbajumi and Adiyiah, we are not scoring many goals so we must have a look at trying a new combination. The goal scored by Jaycee on saturday (the back heel flick) is not one that Tagbajumi would score - we need someone who can "sniff out" goals. Tagbajumi's ball control is poor and he does not use his obvious height advantage to create chances.

Adiyiah is worth his place for his workrate and challenging back as well as his undoubted pace and ball skills.

The players can now have a rest and come back refreshed to have a shot at 10th place (9th is beyond us) which was Joksic's target when he came.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 22, 2016, 08:35:20 AM
Yes TW I noticed a fitness issue - mind you I think the Swatcats had to make up a difference in class and composure, by extra physical input !

Backing off - certainly in the previous home game and then combined with prolific 'collapse and die' tactic. Against BKK I thought we did try to battle on at 1-0 but couldn't hold them.

After BKK equalised, I noticed Lindemann slowed right up, head down and all. Fitness or attitude or both ?

Can't find fault with Adiyah who always gives 100% and has acceleration, pace and skill as you say.

I don't suppose Ivan Boscovic would like to come back ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 01, 2016, 05:42:31 PM
Oh heck!! Bjorn Lindemann announces that the squad has only been paid half salary this month. Could be that the Swatcats are in financial trouble!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on September 01, 2016, 06:48:55 PM
Does everybody understand the pun behind their nickname? I don't remember if it was already explained here before.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 01, 2016, 07:57:41 PM
That's bad news TW.
As a Torquay United fan, I'm well used to such crises but I'm surprised anyway.
Even though crowds are less than half average of last season.
My solution - cut 10 out of the squad of 35 ? - divest 3 coaches - and maybe say a prayer.
It'll be OK M8. Watch the crowds roll in now we are winning !

And Anton - why not tell us ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 01, 2016, 08:20:24 PM
Problem is Roger 20 000 fans paying 60-150 bt is peanuts. Probably doesn't pay Adiyiah's salary. Our real money comes from Mazda and True.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 01, 2016, 08:28:20 PM
Not sure if it’s a pun Anton – more of a derivation.

My understanding is that the term Swatcat is a derivation of “miaow si sawan” ie grey cat – hence the grey cat mascot.

The original Siamese cats were derived from an original breed of “miaow si sawan” – sorry about spelling, that were bred in Korat … I might be wrong though!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 01, 2016, 08:33:35 PM
 Courtesy of wikipedia

The Korat (Thai: โคราช, มาเลศ, สีสวาด, rtgs: Khorat, Malet, Sisawat) is a slate blue-grey short-haired breed of domestic cat with a small to medium build and a low percentage of body fat. Its body is semi-cobby, and unusually heavy for its size. It is an intelligent and playful[1] active cat that forms strong bonds with people. Among the Korats' distinguishing characteristics is its heart-shaped head and large green eyes.[2]

The Korat is a natural breed, and one of the oldest stable cat breeds. Originating in Thailand, it is named after the Nakhon Ratchasima province (typically called "Korat" by the Thai people). In Thailand, the breed is known as Si-Sawat, meaning "colour of the sawat seed".[1] The Korat is known colloquially as the "good luck cat".[2] Traditionally, they are given in pairs to newlyweds or people who are highly esteemed, for good luck. Until recently, Korats were not sold, but only given as gifts.[1]


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on September 01, 2016, 11:57:52 PM
Not sure if it’s a pun Anton – more of a derivation.

My understanding is that the term Swatcat is a derivation of “miaow si sawan” ie grey cat – hence the grey cat mascot.


Thanks Thaiwolf, that's what I thought too; but then I thought also of a second meaning derived from the American cartoon series SWAT Kats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWAT_Kats:_The_Radical_Squadron). Hence the pun or double meaning turning simple Korat cats into special, hard fighting Korat cats (SWAT being, in this case, the acronym for Special Weapons And Tactics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWAT)). That cartoon was popular in the Nineties, Nakhon Ratchasima FC was founded in 1999.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on September 02, 2016, 12:14:26 AM
Courtesy of wikipedia
(...)
In Thailand, the breed is known as Si-Sawat, meaning "colour of the sawat seed"

For the records, "sawat seeds" are nickernuts, i.e. beans of Gray Nicker (Caesalpinia bonduc).
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 02, 2016, 06:20:14 AM
Thanks for the research TW and A.
Anton, years ago I'd thought the USA connection with Korat was probably behind the NRFC moniker but I was enlightened by a sage some time ago.
And I do think that TW's 'grey cat mascot' has it ! The Cat has it !
Those cartoon characters look to be right out of 'Little Red Riding Hood' ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on September 02, 2016, 07:00:04 AM
Anton, years ago I'd thought the USA connection with Korat was probably behind the NRFC moniker but I was enlightened by a sage some time ago.

So no double meaning in your opinion?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 02, 2016, 08:01:19 AM
Nice theory Anton. Thanks for your contribution.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 02, 2016, 08:04:39 AM
I wonder why we don't have a grey kit!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 02, 2016, 08:14:42 AM
Anton. No double meaning.
Earlier as a Fan, I wondered if the nickname was related to the US special forces.
I was then enlightened by a Friend and accepted the Grey Cat likelihood.
One assumption replaced by another years later. Not 2 meanings at the same time.
Is that OK ?

TW - grey ain't much good as a footy strip apparently. Was it Man Utd that changed the all grey kit they were wearing at half-time one game years ago ? I think Sir Alex said the players claimed they couldn't see each other well enough - a floodlit game maybe ?

Off for a walk now.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on September 02, 2016, 08:31:56 AM
Is that OK ?

OK Roger, thanks for clarification. A bit disappointing maybe. At least now I can answer better my non-anglophone friends when they ask me, periodically, about the meaning of Swat Cats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 02, 2016, 12:03:53 PM
Hi didn't really get your 'double' question so I tried to explain. Mai pen lai.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on September 02, 2016, 10:15:09 PM
Did you know there is a word in Thai with the same pronunciation but slightly different spelling and a different meaning? 

สวาท (different last letter)

Play "sawaat"? เล่นสวาท    :D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on September 03, 2016, 12:52:18 AM
สวาท (different last letter)

Thank you Alfie, I didn't know that term and that expression.

Funnily, the Thai Wikipedia page about NRFC is currently spelling Swat Cats precisely like that: สวาทแคท (see yellow circle in the image). A twisted reverse transliteration of สวาด; or a straight transliteration of S.W.A.T.? Personally I opt for the second because also the word Cat is being transliterated and not translated.

Moreover, the explanation they give just below reads something like: "Master killer cats" เจ้าแมวพิฆาต, which would suggest a derivation from S.W.A.T. rather than from sawat สวาด. That same identical explanation is given also on the English Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakhon_Ratchasima_F.C.).

Furthermore: if no double sense, why drop the first "a" from "sawat" turning it into "swat"? Even easier, why not choose Grey Cats or Silver Cats or similar?

Are these elements enough to relaunch the question of a double meaning in the nickname? Please forgive me Roger: you will begin to understand that I'm not the K-F provocateur but only the K-F master pedant. Perhaps telling us more about your source, that well informed friend of yours, would help wipe out all doubts?

Click on the image to open the Thai Wikipedia page. I wish I could check it out on the NRFC official Website, but apparently it is down at the moment.


(http://i.imgur.com/RHxrpjV.jpg) (http://th.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B8%AA%E0%B9%82%E0%B8%A1%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%9F%E0%B8%B8%E0%B8%95%E0%B8%9A%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%A5%E0%B8%88%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%AB%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%94%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%8A%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%A1%E0%B8%B2)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 03, 2016, 08:28:32 AM
That's a long break TW - next game 10th at Suphanburi followed by Buriram at home.
If we can get more than one point out of those 2 games - good.
Any more news on the Players wages ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 03, 2016, 11:37:06 AM
Hi Roger, no more news on the salary issue. Can’t help thinking that the tweet by Lindemann that announced the problem was nothing more than the usual “tweet before you think” that footballers and their ilk are prone to – I certainly hope so.

I will keep the thread up to date with anything that I pick up.

Regarding the Suphanburi and Buriram games, Suphanburi are having a poor season and Buriram are not the force that they were so maybe a point or two may be coming our way.

I am looking forward to our games after that – Pattaya (A), Osotspa (H), Army (A) and BBCU (H) – bizarrely all 4 teams below us in the table. I will certainly be travelling down to Patters for a weekend of R and R and perhaps may venture into Bangkok for the Army fixture.

Top ten (Joksic’s target) is certainly within reach!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 03, 2016, 12:46:52 PM
I'd guess that Lindeman and Chivuta are the top earners. Anyway, let's hope these Guys get paid ok. Re. your earlier comment about crowds - an extra 10,000 on the average crowd generates around B2 million monthly which pays quite a few stars. And 5-10 less in the squad and savings on back room staff and it all comes together a little.

I see Suphanburi have the same 'poor' tally of points as we do and they have conceded less goals than all except Muang Thong and Chonburi. Swatcats have gained 8 points in the last 5 games to their 4. Yes it's winnable !

Buriram will be a different matter though. And the last 4 games - some good results and as you say, 10th place can be ours !

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 04, 2016, 10:07:18 AM
The climax to the 2016 TPL season is upon us and a time to look forward – and back to the journey of the team during the year.

With 6 games to go, my feeling is that the team is 100% safe from relegation – relegation that until 2 months ago looked a distinct possibility. The season started badly, with unexpected home defeats, poor performances and dwindling attendances. The team was in crisis – the team lacked spirit and pundits in the know were suggesting that Sugao Kambe’s coaching methods were lacking. As a mere on looking fan, I sensed that the players were lacking motivation and had lost respect for the coach.

The matches and performances lacked any kind of entertainment merit and I was not surprised that the fans voted with their feet – a nearly empty stadium at some of those early home marches was most disconcerting – but at least it was easy to get out of the carpark after the matches!!

The inevitable happened and Kambe was replaced. Milos Joksic, who had brought Pattaya United up into the Premier League, was appointed. He set a target of “top 10” and we all (well I did) cried “No chance!!!”.

What a revelation. An immediate change and some encouraging but not spectacular results. I am no tactician and upon asking some expert friends they could not detect an appreciable change in tactics but there was nonetheless a change. Joksic dropped local hero Noah Chivuta from the starting lineup and Bjorn Lindemann seemed “bjorn again” playing out of his skin match after match. He also made changes at the back and started playing Tagbajumi and Adiyiah together up front.

The squad seemed rejuvenated and a real spirit emerged on the pitch. Results continued to yield points as the team eased away from the bottom three. As I write the team sits in 11th place on the same number of points as 10th place Suphanburi.

So with games against Suphanburi and Buriram United next to test the team’s mettle and then 4 comparatively easy games against teams in the bottom five to conclude the season, a top ten finish does seem, after all a possibility.

So what of the season - well considerable relief if we avoid the drop, pleasure at seeing the improvement in the latter half of the season and optimism for next season – I really do think that the team are playing better now than they did last season.

A topsi-turvy season for sure keeping us all on tenterhooks for large parts…but hopefully with a happy ending.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 04, 2016, 02:48:56 PM
Thanks TW. Did you see the thread is coming up to 1300 views. You're famous !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2016, 01:35:36 PM
1300, that's very gratifying Roger. Fame will not affect me!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2016, 01:36:16 PM
Just a reminder that the TPL recommences this weekend. The Swatcats travel to Suphanburi (KO 6.00pm Saturday 10th Sept) hoping to gain a victory that would elevate them to a comfortable 10th place in the league.
Suphanburi have been struggling this season and thus I feel that there is a real chance of a point or even a victory for the visitors.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 11, 2016, 08:17:05 AM
Dateline 10th September 2016

 Suphanburi 3 NRFC 1

10th plays 11th as in form NRFC take on the underachieving War Elephants in this weekend’s fixture. Suphan finished an excellent 3rd in the TPL last year but this season they have struggled to string together a decent run of results.

The visitors opened confidently, dominating possession but the home team manufactured 2 decent chances on the break in the 15th and 16th minutes. In the 22nd minute Lindemann, on his old stamping ground, broke thought the Suphan defence and his low drive was well saved by the keeper.

In the 32nd minute after a fine break down the right flank Tagbajumi headed just wide and in a half of few real chances, a real opportunity to break the deadlock. Suphan then rallied and Chappuis went close from 10 yards on the cusp of half time.

A competent and well controlled first half performance with some decent build up play in midfield.

The second half began with a bang with a Darko Tasevski shot that thundered off the angle of the upright and the crossbar – the goal frame may still be shuddering!!!

In the 54th minute Suphanburi went ahead with a well worked glancing header. The Swatcats then pressed forward searching for the elusive equalizer but with little effect - in fact Suphanburi looked the more dangerous of the two sides and in the 67th minute the home side went two up with an unchallenged tap in from a corner. Lindemann immediately countered with a fine drive but it now looked all over for the visitors.

In the 82nd minute after the ball was needlessly given away just outside the box the ball was slotted home to put the home side three up. Minutes later the Swatcats had a chance cleared off the line and from the resulting clearance, Pralong Sawandee clouted the ball into the net from 25 yards to give the score a more reasonable appearance.
In the 92nd minute the Swatcats were awarded a very dubious penalty decision. Lindemann drove the penalty way over the bar – perhaps justice was done!!!

The team looked and performed like a decent team tonight and the spirit seemed good despite recent rumours of player’s salaries not being paid. Chances however were as usual at a premium despite decent build up at times – we are by no means a free scoring side!!
Defensive lapses in the second half cost us the points but full marks to Suphanburi for a deserved home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 11, 2016, 08:42:21 AM
Thanks TW. Good to know the Swatcats played OK - shame on Lindemann, missing that penalty which would have made the score look respectable.
Buriram up next - they had a good result yesterday but anything can happen.
Then a clean run in hopefully and no relegation worries.

I think Joksic will have a clear out ready to build on our improvements for next season.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 14, 2016, 02:04:57 PM
It’s the BIG one this weekend as the Swatcats welcome a stuttering Buriram side to the 80th Anniversary Stadium (KO Saturday, 17th September 7.00 pm). After the debacle of last year’s overselling of tickets (which resulted in an all time record TPL attendance figure) one wonders what the attendance will be this time round.
I expect a tough match and would be more than happy with a point. With the Swatcats in 11th place but only 4 points above the relegation spots, a point would be most welcome.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 14, 2016, 02:32:07 PM
Hi TW.

It's a mark of the quality of Buriram that when they have a stuttering season they still win 6 more games, draw 5 more games and score more than twice as many goals as our beloved Swatcats.

I'd guess the crowd will be around 15,000 so no parking problems.

A tough match indeed and a point at least is much needed with 4 scraps against relegation threatened teams to come. I hope to catch it on TV.

Enjoy !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on September 14, 2016, 11:59:42 PM
The league table as it stands today.


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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 15, 2016, 04:29:28 AM
Thanks Alfie.
Looks like any 3 from the bottom 8 are at risk !
Including the Swatcats who are but 4 points clear, as TW pointed out !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 15, 2016, 09:31:25 AM
If one looks at the last 5 match form, Sisaket and Pattaya look doomed!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2016, 09:07:52 PM
Hot news.Swatcats beat Buriram 2-0
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on September 17, 2016, 11:56:26 PM
Yes great game.

Both teams hit the woodwork.

Korat ran out the winners, with a late goal to make sure of the points.

20 seconds before the second goal, Buriram hit the Korat goal post,

so close to being 1-1

Good crowd, pity about the double parking, my car blocked in for 25 after the game!!!

 



Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 18, 2016, 07:09:06 AM
Wow a great result. And very much needed !
BBCU are already down and 2 of the next 6 teams above them will be relegated.
The Swatcats are just 4 or 5 points clear with 3 teams below us having a game in hand, (even with us having beaten B'ram !) but barring a total collapse of form and luck - we should be safe.
The TPL is a real cliffhanger for the relegation spots this year.
The low placed teams we play in our last 4 games will be scrapping for every point.
Bournemouth - it seems like the Swatcats got the run of the ball, for once !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 10:30:27 AM
Dateline 17th September 2016

 NRFC 2 Buriram United 0

The “Big Dawgs” of Isaan clashed tonight seeking the temporary bragging rights of the region.

In front of a feisty crowd of 22 000 fans (nice to see the stadium almost full to capacity), the Swatcats went immediately on the attack with Bjorn Lindemann hitting the woodwork with a thumping header from a well flighted corner in the first minute. Tunez then went close with a close range flick as the match immediately burst into life.

In the 6th minute a quick counter attack ended when Lindemann drew a fine save from the visitor’s keeper – can this tempo last for the remaining 84 minutes!!

The game settled into a midfield battle with both sides jostling for dominance with Buriram looking more polished but being more than matched for endeavour by the home team. Diogo in particular looked real class.

On 21 minutes a free kick on the flank from Lindemann again brought the opposition keeper into action – Bjorn really is on fire at the moment!!! Minutes later Chanatphon went close with a 20 yard free kick.
After a quickly taken free kick, a cross was launched into the box and found Tagbajumi who bravely headed into the net to give the Swatcats a 30th minute lead.
Buriram then began to exert pressure with a couple of half chances created and in the 44th minute, in a somewhat harsh decision, a penalty was awarded for a challenge inside the box. The penalty taker spurned the chance to level the game, sending the kick narrowly wide.

As the half drew to a close, on chances alone, the home team was in charge but with Buriram’s pedigree and experience, they were still in the game.

The second half began with the home team probing and Buriram looking largely flat going forward. In the 59th minute the visitors went close with a close range shot going wide. They continued to press and Diogo was unlucky when his shot was deflected wide in the 66th minute. The home team countered and a Lindemann break led to a dangerous cross which was almost converted into a second goal as Chakrit flicked it over the bar.
In a further break by Tagbajumi in the 78th minute, continued with a superb ball into the box from Lindemann, May T failed to convert what would have been a killer goal. The home team continued to flow forward confidently putting the Buriram rearguard under pressure but Buriram broke and hit the right upright with a diving header in the 82nd minute – a close shave for the men in orange!

In a frenetic and emotional finale to the match, Buriram again hit the post but the home team immediately countered and Lindemann provided the “icing on the cake” with a superb solo effort to put the Swatcats two up.

A great contest and a most satisfying result for the men from Korat. The team is continuing to put in decent performances. I have said it before but it bears repeating, the team is playing better under Joksic than they were at any point last season – and we finished 8th.
In terms of TPL dynamics, Buriram are certainly not the force they were and NRFC seem to be in the ascendancy. Tonight the Swatcats proved again that they can compete at the highest level… I think next season they may raise a few people’s eyebrows!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 10:42:27 AM
I vow never to predict Swatcat matches again!!!

I made the following predictions some weeks ago

8 games to go – my predictions. How important are those last 4 games?

Chang Rai (a) ------------------0 points
Bangkok United (h)--------  ---0 points
Suphanburi (a)------------- ----1 point
Buriram (h)---------------------0 points
Pattaya (a)----------------------1 point
Osotspa (h)---------------------3 points
Army (a)  -----------------------3 points
BBCU (h)------------------------3 points     

  Who would have guessed that we would gain 7 points from Chang Rai, Bangkok United, Suphanburi and Buriram???

We will probably lose the next 4!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 10:45:47 AM
Yes Roger 5 points clear of the drop - that's more than enough - time to relax!! If Chainat had lost yesterday, we would be 7 points clear.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 18, 2016, 02:26:57 PM
I tried to paste the Table from Flashscore but it's ending up in a mess ? Alfie where are you ?

TW thanks for the report - a great crowd and the game sounds amazing. Good to see Lindemann buzzing and let's hope he's not laying it on to get a new Club next year !

Your forecast of 1 point for the last 4 games was a bit cautious - now if we can get the 10 points you predict for the next 4 games surely we might even pip Suphanburi and get 10th position.

I'm not sure about relaxing - arithmetically we can go down if 2 of the sides below us have a really strong run and we don't. Without those 3 points yesterday it'd be looking scary.

And well done Mr Joksic - hard to remember we were bottom not too long ago.

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on September 18, 2016, 03:23:36 PM
Not being Alfie and only with Dutch text. If you make a copy either through SnippingTool, save it as a jpg file and attach it to your reply it will show up like below:



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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 18, 2016, 03:45:41 PM
Thanks Robert.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on September 18, 2016, 04:59:06 PM
No problem, just click on the picture to see it bigger.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 05:07:35 PM
Yes thanks Robert
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 05:20:45 PM
Robert, thanks for advice on table - I didn't even know I had a snipping tool!!! Have saved it as a PNG but when I try to post, it says file is too large. any advice. Thanks
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 05:24:10 PM
Table as today - thanks to Robert for advice

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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 05:25:41 PM
Ahhh - got it - save as jpeg - thanks Robert, I've learnt something new!!! Roger, I will post table every week.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 18, 2016, 08:28:24 PM
No stopping me now that I have learnt about the snipping tool!!!

Swatcat's position after each match

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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 20, 2016, 02:58:33 PM
TW I caught a replay of the game - Buriram seemed strong in the second half.
Lindemann's goal - he started his run in our own half and held off the tugging defender all the way. Excellent dink to finish. Great goal.
Was it one pass after the ball bounced off our own post (again) ?
Perhaps Alfie can post the table updated for the Sunday games - results went our way !
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2016, 04:21:15 PM
Updated table after sunday's game for you Roger

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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 20, 2016, 04:43:43 PM
Thanks TW. Suphanburi lost on Sunday - a strong run will get us 10th place now !
Come on Swatcats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2016, 04:58:35 PM
Yes, 17th to 10th would represent an admirable progression. Something to build on for next season. I think 10th place is within our grasp.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2016, 05:01:22 PM
Dream I know but if we won all of our last 4 games, it would give us 47 points!!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 21, 2016, 08:12:17 AM
The Swatcats embark on their final push for a top ten finish when they take on Pattaya United this weekend (KO  6.00 pm, Sunday 25th September).  They should be looking to increase their points total in this fixture.
Their last 4 games are all against relegation threatened teams so a decent haul of points is a distinct possibility.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on September 25, 2016, 06:18:58 PM
Watching the game now but very dramatic defending by Swatcats, resulting in 1-1 after 16 minutes! Already noticed that left back was not too good and now he brought someone down resulting in a penalty. Score now 2-1 for Pattaya. Lindemann very lucky not getting a red card! Again very poor defending, 3-1 to Pattaya. Was just thinking Swatcats would not end the game with 11 player then indeed happened. Now down to 10 men. Halftime now, Swatcats performing not too good in this game. Now 4-1, think game lost now. Can somebody please tell players that pulling socks above the knee does not automatically mean you are a good professional footballplayer!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 26, 2016, 04:11:02 PM
Thanks for your comments Robert. Not a brilliant performance was it!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 26, 2016, 04:12:06 PM
Table after match day 31

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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 26, 2016, 04:13:09 PM
Dateline 25th September 2016

 Pattaya United 4 NRFC 1

The Swatcats rolled into “sin city” searching for points to help achieve a top ten finish and possibly place one of the final nails in the coffin in the Blue Dolphins’ fight for premier league survival.

 The visitors began with a bang with a goal from Pratan in the 3rd minute – a fine, powerful header from a well flighted corner.
The blue dolphins fought back with a series of raids forward, looking effective and particularly dangerous. With the Swatcat defence conceding a series of free kicks, one sensed that this could still be a long night for the men from Korat.

In the 10th minute an angled shot from Pattaya struck the post and minutes later a lob went inches over the visitor’s crossbar.
In the 16th minute a free kick was awarded just outside the box and the kick was expertly converted to equalize the score. The home team continued to probe and looked a decent team going forward. The Swatcats looked jaded and seemed to have no answers as Pattaya pressed.

Pattaya went ahead when a disputed penalty was awarded and converted in the 31st minute - a lead they probably deserved. In the aftermath Lindemann was lucky to stay on the pitch following a head butt on an opponent. Minutes later a rare chance for the Swatcats as a half volley was well saved and from the resulting corner Tagbajumi headed wide.

After conceding yet another free kick, a whipped in cross was headed into the net to give the Blue Dolphins a 3-1 lead as the first half came to a close. In added time Chanatphol was dismissed for a dangerous tackle. All in all a bit of a horror show from the visitors so far.

With the match all but a dead rubber, the Swatcats failed to make the home team feel under any real pressure as the home team searched for a fourth goal and in the 60th minute Pinto, completely unmarked inside the 6 yard box, headed in to complete his hat-trick.

A now demoralized Swatcat team played out the final 30 minutes hoping not to concede again and presumably left to wonder “what went wrong tonight?”

Not too many positives to be taken from this encounter. A stuttering performance with no real cohesion between defence, midfield and attack.  Few real chances were made and the defence looked very shaky throughout. The team was well beaten by a side tipped for relegation by many and the result was a bit of a shock to the many fans that made the long journey to watch the match – in short a reality check for the Swatcat team.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 26, 2016, 04:52:44 PM
Robert thanks for comments - were you at the game or watching on TV ?
TW I hope your R and R made up for the sad performance.

I was watching Chonburi v Sisaket on the TV - Chonburi lost a 2-0 lead to 2-2 and I thought the Swatcats would be dropping from 11th to 12th. Fortunately Chonburi got 2 late goals to win 4-2.

Not a great time for the Swatcats to lose cohesion or form or in Lindemann's case - sanity ! Head butting ! The Swatcats need points from the last 3 games or it could be embarrassing.

I looked at the TPL top scorers for fun. Tagbajumi has a creditable 9 now and Lindemann 6.
Our old Boskovic has 20 ! The first Thai in the list is in the 9th rank, Augustinho Marques with 15 goals.

Roll on Round 32 - October 19th.


 
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 26, 2016, 05:11:52 PM
Roger, a correction if I may. It's not our Boscovic. It's Drogan Boscovic. Ours was Ivan!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 26, 2016, 05:13:59 PM
Thanks Roger. Yes I enjoyed my weekend. Just got back. Disappointed for the massive away support. The Swatcats were very poor.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 26, 2016, 05:30:48 PM
OK TW thanks for that. I don't feel so bad now !
Any idea where Ivan is then ?

Do you think the Boys might have been out on the Town Saturday then ?
Would that explain the disaster on the pitch ?

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 26, 2016, 05:44:15 PM
Ivan is currently at SiSaket but doesn't get many starts. The boys were out with me in LK metro until 2 am!! My fault for the loss then!! (Only joking of course, I'm sure they were all tucked up in bed with their teddies by 10pm)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on September 26, 2016, 06:18:17 PM
Robert thanks for comments - were you at the game or watching on TV ?
TW I hope your R and R made up for the sad performance.

I was watching Chonburi v Sisaket on the TV - Chonburi lost a 2-0 lead to 2-2 and I thought the Swatcats would be dropping from 11th to 12th. Fortunately Chonburi got 2 late goals to win 4-2.

Not a great time for the Swatcats to lose cohesion or form or in Lindemann's case - sanity ! Head butting ! The Swatcats need points from the last 3 games or it could be embarrassing.

I looked at the TPL top scorers for fun. Tagbajumi has a creditable 9 now and Lindemann 6.
Our old Boskovic has 20 ! The first Thai in the list is in the 9th rank, Augustinho Marques with 15 goals.

Roll on Round 32 - October 19th.

Hi Roger,

I watched the game on ILKIHDTV for only Thb 30. To be honest that was not even worth the small amount.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 27, 2016, 08:05:45 AM
ThaTPL now takes a break to accomodate preparation for the Thai national team's WCQ.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 28, 2016, 10:23:24 AM
TPL fixtures recommence on 19th October.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on October 02, 2016, 04:44:45 PM
Meanwhile they moved their gadgets shop inside The Mall new wing, second floor. Photo taken today.


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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 08, 2016, 03:00:15 PM
Apparently, the Swatcats have adopted a new shirt crest for next season. Do you like it?

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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 08, 2016, 03:38:20 PM
Hi TW.
No !
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on October 08, 2016, 05:57:32 PM
I do! Wonder if they'll change the crest on their shop?

That was packed earlier with a large crowd gathered outside as some of the players turned up for the opening.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 08, 2016, 06:33:42 PM
Hi Roger, I'm not really keen on it - maybe it will grow on me.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on October 08, 2016, 06:54:47 PM
Apparently, the Swatcats have adopted a new shirt crest for next season. Do you like it?

I prefer the current one, although I'm not in love with it, either. Why change anyway? To sell more shirts?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on October 08, 2016, 08:38:01 PM
Perhaps the new cat image looks more like a Korat cat than the original image.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 09, 2016, 08:13:27 AM
Good point Alfie
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 14, 2016, 03:58:26 PM
Following the King’s death, the rest of the TPL season will not take place and the two cup competitions will be decided by lottery. This means that Muang thong United will be declared champions and BBCU, Chainat and Army will be relegated. They will be replaced by UMT Ubon United, Thai Honda and Port.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 14, 2016, 04:24:31 PM
Thanks TW. Sorry to hear that.
Does this mean that the Thai World Cup campaign will be cancelled too ?
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 14, 2016, 04:34:12 PM
Next WCQ matches will be played in neutral countries behind closed doors.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 15, 2016, 04:16:14 PM
Seeason may yet go on. Seems like there has been an about turn by the FAT. Sport may be exempted from entertainment ban. Meeting on monday to clarify situation.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 15, 2016, 04:55:53 PM
Thanks for that TW. Waiting with bated breath ....
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 15, 2016, 05:08:44 PM
Chainat and Army have threatened court action if they are relegated. My gut feeling is that the remaining 3 games will be played.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 15, 2016, 07:09:41 PM
I hope so TW.
Was planning to come down for the last game - BBCU.
And - who are you calling FAT ?
Just joking.
Whatever they decide is OK.
Excuse me - Army threaten Court Action ?
And it's 3 or 4 games for some ....
King Bhumibol - R.I.P.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 17, 2016, 02:28:45 PM
Confirmed by FAT meeting today. The rest of the TPL season has been cancelled. BBCU, Chainat and Army relegated. MT United confirmed Champions.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 17, 2016, 02:36:46 PM
Thanks TW. See you next season then !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 17, 2016, 02:40:52 PM
Yes OK Roger. I will update on any off season transfer news.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 18, 2016, 09:13:40 AM
The Latest Drama – my take.

First I would wish to offer my sincere condolences to the Thai people following the King’s death.

However…. this drama should not be able to hide itself under the shield of grief that is currently present in Thai society. This drama has been brought about by the usual blatant ineptitude of the FAT – if there is a wrong decision to be made, it would seem that the men in charge are the first in queue to make it.

We now have the ridiculous situation where it is OK to ogle girls (boys) in scanty attire and feathers at Alcazar and their like but not OK to watch the premier football league season draw to a conclusion.

The FAT jumped the gun – no other way to describe it. By making the rash and early decision to cancel the season they gave the nod to individual clubs to say “Ok the season is over that’s fine by me” – 4 clubs followed this lead – one of whom stood to retain premier league status by accepting the cancellation.

The FAT decision has once again led the TPL into a period of uncertainty and unending court action. I personally am growing tired of the off pitch dramas – I am a simple FOOTBALL fan. These dramas erode the confidence of ordinary fans in the league leadership.

Chainat and Army have been robbed of the chance to retain Premier League status by playing FOOTBALL and I feel for them. If I were a Chainat or Army fan, I would now be considering whether to support this league in the future – more much needed fans lost, maybe forever.

In my professional life I was taught to communicate, negotiate and consult before any decision was made. Had the FAT followed these innate professional procedures, this whole drama would not have unfolded.

What the FAT should have done:

Step 1 – check what the situation was regarding the parameters of the entertainment ban before cancelling the season.
Step 2 - Consult with the clubs.
Step 3 - Negotiate the ways in which Thai football could pay its respect to the Nation’s loss
Step 4 - Consider all the football implications of any decisions made.
Step 5 - Make the decision.

In my opinion, taking FOOTBALLING angles and the need to show respect, the following decision should have been taken.
The season should be allowed to conclude. The matches to be played behind closed doors (with the usual full live TV coverage available). 1 or 2 minutes silence pre-match, black armbands of course and teams to wear plain (no adverts or logos) black and white strips. This I feel would have shown full respect and would have received a positive response from the Thai people.

This drama was self inflicted and avoidable and to be honest my only thought now is “How long until the next disaster befalls Thai football… I don’t think we will be waiting long.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 18, 2016, 02:16:32 PM
TW. Thanks for that and it is indeed disappointing that the season ends this way.
I understand your frustration with the FAT but maybe their decision was taken after a
Step 1 consultation.

A difficult one for Chainat and Army but the Clubs will accept it in the end.

As you say, sincere condolences to Thailand for the loss of the King

Please keep us all updated with Swatcat news in the close season - much appreciated.
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Post by: Roger on October 26, 2016, 05:04:42 PM
Hello TW. Here is Mr Pongolle, ex Liverpool, playing for Chainat, discussing the present predicament of his team ! With 3 games to play, Chainat could have got 39 points and finished ahead of the Swatcats on 35 points - in theory ! ATB

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04ctxkx
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 31, 2016, 06:37:04 PM
Rumours are circulating that Bjorn Lindemann is set to leave the Swatcats. He is apparently looking for another club. Further I have received personal tweets suggesting that Noah Chivuta is unhappy with the way the manager is treating him.

Seems to me that the club is is in a certain amount of turmoil.

On a different note the club will not receive its licence to compete in the TPL until its floodlights are upgraded. Seems strange that they were good enough for the SEA games but not good enough for the TPL.

I hope I'm wrong but all this suggests that the club is about to fold. I'll keep you all posted.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 31, 2016, 07:24:36 PM
Update. unconfimed but it seeems like Noah Chivuta has left the club.
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Post by: Roger on November 01, 2016, 05:14:42 AM
Hey TW. Noah hasn't had a lot of games this year - saw that one coming. As for Lindemann he's been important in the second half of the season and if he goes it'll be a loss for sure. Did the wages get paid ?
Floodlights - don't get that - I think they are excellent, (compared to Torquay United !).
Thanks for the update.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 01, 2016, 12:45:01 PM
A source close to the club (but as yet unconfirmed) has informed me that Tagbajumi and Nagano are set to leave the club.

For season 2018 each club can only use 3 non asian players (1 asian, 1 SE Asian and 3 foreign) so perhaps it is prudent to offload foreign players early and not give them year plus contracts.

Nagano has not figured under Joksic and Tagbajumi has hardly set the world on fire. These foreign players were all on at least 10 times the salary of thai players so again maybe a good idea to clear out.

Here's hoping that the team are simply rebuilding.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 11, 2016, 07:39:51 AM
Nakhon Ratchasima FC have signed Kritsada Hemwipat from Sukhothai FC and Eakkanut Kongket from Khon Kaen United.

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Post by: Roger on November 11, 2016, 07:43:34 AM
Thanks TW. Looks like preparing for next season then.
Do you know anything about the 2 players signed ?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 11, 2016, 07:58:41 AM
Hi Roger, sorry I have no information about the two newcomers. The signings are however an encouraging sign and my earlier post about the demise of the club seems to have been somewhat premature!!! Still no real confirmation concerning the fate of our foreign players. Early indications are that Joksic is hoping to build a young "thai player" based squad and perhaps get rid of some of the high earners.

Finances seem to be a real problem with many TPL clubs (although Chang Rai have been "splashing the cash" on a number of expensive signings) so perhaps the Swatcats are re-aligning their financial circumstances and consolidating their position.
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Post by: Alfie on November 11, 2016, 09:45:32 PM
Apparently Kritsada Hemwipat is a 32 year old midfielder and Eakkanut Kongket is a defender.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 12, 2016, 07:25:20 AM
Thanks for that Alfie.

Marco Tagbajumi has left the club and has signed for Stromsgodset (Norway)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 12, 2016, 10:35:57 AM
So that's Noah, Bjorn, Marco, Nagano all going or gone.
We still have Adiyah hopefully ?
Having a look around I see that Lee Tuck is now at Abahi Ltd in the Premier League, Dhaka, Bangladesh and David Le Bras is at Phrae United in Thai Div.2.
Roll on next TPL season ....
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on November 12, 2016, 11:14:03 AM
David Le Bras is at Phrae United in Thai Div.2.

I bumped into him in Lopburi last year.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 29, 2016, 12:38:19 PM
Thai football restructuring plans 2017 onwards
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 08, 2016, 01:46:49 PM
Latest transfer news

Reports suggest that Nakhonratchasima FC have signed ex-Thailand NT forward, Kirati keawsombut.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 08, 2016, 01:48:16 PM
Reports also suggest that Junior Negrao (ex Pattaya United but now free agent) is moving to Nakhonratchasima FC .
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 08, 2016, 01:55:22 PM
Udon Thani Fc have purchased BEC Tero Fc. Thus "buying" a place in the Premier League. The team will play in Udon but in what name has not been announced. Maybe BEC Tero Udon Fc might be an option. In a bizarre situation the original Udon Thani team will continue to play in the third tier of Thai football.

Meanwhile Pattaya United appear to be safe from extinction having been bought by a consortium for 50 million Baht. Where they will play is still unknown as their present ground in Nong Prue is not up to TPL standards. Udon Thani had previously failed in their attempt to buy out the Blue Dolphins.

Yes, I know .....only in Thailand!!!!
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Post by: Roger on December 08, 2016, 06:10:34 PM
Thanks TW ! What do you think about those two signings ? ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 09, 2016, 07:12:36 AM
Hi Roger,
           I know very little about Kirati Keawsombut – but he has played for Thailand in the past.  I assume that because in the picture he is wearing Swatcat training gear his transfer is a done deal. Junior Negrao’s deal is still on hold. In my opinion he would be a great acquisition - a strong free running forward.

It seems that the coach is trying to replace Tagbajumi and Lindemann.

The team building for next season is well underway and I certainly have great confidence in Milos Joksic. He is making the team “his team” and I am looking forward to seeing how the team performs next season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 12, 2016, 07:51:31 AM
Junior Negrao has signed for a Korean club. He will not be joining the Swatcats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 15, 2016, 12:47:22 PM
The Swatcats have announced a friendly against Isaan rivals Buriram United. A chance to see how the 2017 team is developing. KO 6. O0 pm or 6. 30 pm (depending on where you look) 23rd December. Tickets 80 bt.
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Post by: Roger on December 15, 2016, 02:03:57 PM
Anton, I can see you've been taking pictures at TW's house !
Seriously, which Hotel is that ? I need a room Saturday.....

TW has Lindemann actually gone ?
Thanks for the info.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 15, 2016, 03:17:52 PM
Hi Roger, both Lindemann and Chivuta are listed as free agents looking for new clubs so I assume they have both left the club.

55 not my cushions. Mine have the new cat crest:))
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Post by: Anton on December 15, 2016, 03:19:37 PM
Seriously, which Hotel is that ? I need a room Saturday.....

Roger, I sent you a PM.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 22, 2016, 07:03:57 AM
Don't forget tomorrow's (friday) high profile friendly against Buriram. KO 6.00 or 6.30. Go along and have a look.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 22, 2016, 11:19:24 AM
According to the Swatcat official website, both Noah Chivuta and Bjorn Lindemann will play in tomorrow's friendly. Rather strange as both are now free agents and looking for new clubs.
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Post by: Roger on December 22, 2016, 06:01:54 PM
Hi TW. Well that's more than strange as Noah struggled to get a game at all last year !
Lindemann well that's good news. No one else wants him atm ?
Is Adiyah still with us ?
I'm gonna catch the game at Chiang Rai this season if I can.
MC and HNY to you and many thanks for your unending efforts.
Nakhon Ratchasima FC .................
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 22, 2016, 08:35:45 PM
Hi Roger, website suggests (I think) that the match is an opportunity to say goodbye to Noah and Bjorn. Sounds like bollocks to me!!  Yes Adiyeah is still with us.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 23, 2016, 05:52:37 AM
TW. I'm guessing that neither player can get another Club and that Noah wants to stay, (last chance to prove himself) and Lindemann wants to go ! Very odd ! We'll see.
Thanks.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 23, 2016, 06:45:53 AM
Yes, agreed Roger. Very strange. I wonder if Lindemann really wants to stay and is holding out for a good contract. Much as I love  Noah,  I don't think he figures in Joksic's plans - pity.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 23, 2016, 12:25:33 PM
Zambian MF Noah Chivuta set to play emotional farewell match for Korat vs Buriram United later today
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Post by: Anton on December 23, 2016, 03:25:37 PM
Zambian MF Noah Chivuta

Now I know who's the black guy I used to spot from time to time at Tesco  :)
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Post by: Alfie on December 23, 2016, 04:41:56 PM
According to the Swatcat official website, both Noah Chivuta and Bjorn Lindemann will play in tomorrow's friendly. Rather strange as both are now free agents and looking for new clubs.

Advertising the players for sale in an unimportant match? Other teams can see if they're what they want.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 23, 2016, 06:17:13 PM
Alfie - I don't think the Swatcats will get a transfer fee for either player ?
Noah and Bjorn won't be sold - but will just move on. . .

Anton - I met Noah Chivuta in 'Rim Living' about 3 years ago and he is a complete Gent. And maybe as TW says, it's a farewell game.
Noah could stay in Th. but might have to move down the Leagues.

Bjorn just needs to find a Club that rate him as highly as he rates himself.
So he'll stay maybe.

I have a Friend ex-USAF called Danny who is rather black and slim just like a footballer.
He's often in Tesco's. Hope he reads this.

Come on you SWATCATS.


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 24, 2016, 07:02:25 AM
Buriram's squad is so big they need two coaches !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 24, 2016, 07:03:49 AM
Hi Guys, Chivuta and Lindemann are free agents ie no contract. No transfer fees will be accrued by the Swatcats.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 24, 2016, 07:05:23 AM
Wow I hope the black and orange kit NRFC are wearing tonight is our new home kit - stunning. The new cat emblem is growing on me too!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 24, 2016, 07:06:27 AM
Pretty good turn out from Buriram for a friendly
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 24, 2016, 07:07:41 AM
Dateline 23rd Dec 2016

Friendly FT NRFC 0 Buriram United 2

 In front of around 3-4000 fans, a toothless display from the home side resulted in a victory for a polished Buriram outfit. The Swatcats were unable to produce any meaningful chances and Buriram punished some poor defending to run out comfortable winners.

Noah Chivuta and Bjorn Lindemann were brought on at half time and both did indeed inject some much needed quality but were unable to influence the final result.

 Although only a friendly and against a top opponent, I feel that, on this performance, goals may be hard to come by in the coming campaign. Based on this match, Lindemann will be missed and we can only hope that a replacement of real quality is being investigated.
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Post by: Roger on December 24, 2016, 07:28:19 AM
Thanks for all that TW.
Great pics. It would be good to see Noah given another chance and as for Bjorn, I think he might not get a new TPL Club. If he goes he will be missed - certainly he was outstanding in the second half of last season.
Is Prompong still around ?
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 24, 2016, 07:35:57 AM
TW one more ?
I looked at Flashscore for 2017 fixtures - nothing yet . .
Then I tried Soccerway and it appears to be blocked !
We want to catch Chiang Rai (away) if we can.
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 24, 2016, 08:14:02 AM
Hi Roger, I think I saw Prompong warming up with the subs. 2017 fixtures are not out yet. I think the season starts mid feb.
I will post fixtures as soon as  they are announced.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 25, 2016, 05:37:27 AM
TW I see we just missed out on signing Oscar from Chelsea.
£52 million and £400,000 a week.
Absolutely obscene.
Never mind - we've got Prompong !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 26, 2016, 09:01:07 AM
Former Buriram United & Chonburi FC midfielder Naruphol Ar-romsawa has joined Nakhon Ratchasima for the 2017 season. I believe he played 2 times for the Thai National side and he won honours with Buriram in season 2015.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 27, 2016, 10:20:58 AM
Thai Honda FC have signed Decha Sa-ardchom from Nakhon Ratchasima FC
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 27, 2016, 10:46:53 AM
At least we came runners up in one category !!!

PLT attendance figures 2016
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Post by: Roger on December 27, 2016, 12:00:45 PM
Thanks TW. So the Swatcats get more through the gate than the mighty Muangthong United. That's terrific. With a better start to the season - Swatcats would have been close to the Buriram average. (I wonder how they ranked in 2015 ?).
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 27, 2016, 12:10:34 PM
Your wish is my command Roger. Attendances 2015 - includung the infamous 34 649 attendance at the 80th Anniversary Stadium V Buriram. This still ranks as the highest ever Premier League attendance in history !!
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Post by: Roger on December 27, 2016, 12:34:14 PM
Thanks again TW. Swatcat crowds dropped 35% in 2016 !

And Buriram lost 20% as they failed to repeat their 2015 title.

Table topping Muangthong Utd only got an extra 6.6% in a title winning year.

That 34649 crowd in 2015 was a scandal - we lost our Falang website because 'Paul' ? was so outraged at the irresponsibility of it. Did you ever consider taking the website on ?

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 28, 2016, 07:10:59 AM
Hi Roger,
                Thanks, but no, I did not think seriously about taking over the website from Paul. In my estimation my use of my twitter feed (@russreport), my Swatcat blog and use of brilliant fora such as koratfarang was always going to be a more effective way of disseminating information to those interested in the Swatcats.

The biggest problem for farangs interested in Thai football is getting information. I find that most of my information is obtained via other farangs. I get this information through my twitter feed.

I thank you for your continuing support and perhaps I will see you in Chang Rai for the game - I suspect that Chang Rai may be a major force this season. They are busy building a very strong (and expensive) squad !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 28, 2016, 02:12:00 PM
TW. 'Paul' was maybe the original Falang fan and saw the Swatcats from the outreaches of the regional leagues to TPL glory.
Be good to see you at Chiang Rai !
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Post by: Robert on December 28, 2016, 02:40:02 PM
TW. 'Paul' was maybe the original Falang fan and saw the Swatcats from the outreaches of the regional leagues to TPL glory.
Be good to see you at Chiang Rai !

Hi Roger,

any idea how long Paul is a fan of the Swatcats? When I just arrived in Nakhon Ratchasima (2007) I took another chap who was writing about the Swatcats to the stadium here in Nakhon Ratchasima. Do not remember his name but thought was not Paul. So me too have seen them playing in lower leagues. Still remember the price of Thb 100 for special seats (next to official one). As already wrote before not too many spectators at that time, performance was poor IMHO.

Regards,
Robert
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 28, 2016, 03:52:43 PM
Hi Robert,
 It was possibly me who went to the match with you. I was contributing to Paul’s website when the Swatcats were in the regional league – dreaming of Premier League status. Did we meet up at the Walrus before the match?
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Post by: Robert on December 28, 2016, 04:46:12 PM
Hi Robert,
 It was possibly me who went to the match with you. I was contributing to Paul’s website when the Swatcats were in the regional league – dreaming of Premier League status. Did we meet up at the Walrus before the match?

What is your first name then? I was coming to the Sports and Cocktail bar before name changed to the Walrus. By the way now named Up-to-you. At that time I think I was driving black Honda City. Do not remember if pick-up was at The Walrus, sorry.
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Post by: Roger on December 29, 2016, 05:59:23 AM
Hi Robert and TW.
Paul was Head of the English school opposite the Chaopraya Hotel nr. Yamoo and he returned to the UK for further studies, (with his Thai Family).
I remember paying just B50 to watch from the main stand - 2010.
Paul used to go to Sports Bar (then Briony's) and Walrus (then Steve's) occasionally.
So TW we nearly bumped into each other then !
ATB

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Post by: caller on December 29, 2016, 09:42:09 AM
It's interesting that attendances are down across the board. I'm not sure if that's due to the curtailed season, but it does suggest that there is a bigger problem - maybe prices, or maybe fickle fans who only want to see their team winning?

I doubt I will go to another game at the Swat Cats and truth be told, I won't miss it. I found the stadium dispiriting and clearly not suited for football.

I may turn my attention to Hua Hin!

On a side issue, has the Sports bar / Walrus re-opened as a farang style bar? I remember both Paul and Steve (RIP), who was a most welcoming host. Never found that in the other places.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on December 29, 2016, 11:41:16 AM
has the Sports bar / Walrus re-opened as a farang style bar

I passed by the former Walrus recently, it changed name, it is now called "Laeu Tae" แล้วแต่ in Thai and "Up to you" in English. Piano bar style with a Thai musician performing at that moment (around 10 pm). It changed completely from what I remembered, nothing left to recognize the Walrus in it.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 29, 2016, 03:41:31 PM
Anton yes the 'Walrus' is now Thai style food I understand. No longer a 'Falang' haunt ? It was friendly when Steve was there - he always made the time to chat . . .
Caller the 'Sports Bar' I knew was around the corner from the 'George' and a great place when Briony ran it. I'm told it has just closed again now.


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on December 29, 2016, 04:09:54 PM
TW. 'Paul' was maybe the original Falang fan and saw the Swatcats from the outreaches of the regional leagues to TPL glory.
Be good to see you at Chiang Rai !

Hi Roger,

any idea how long Paul is a fan of the Swatcats?


I assume Paul is the same guy who ran the koratfc club website, If so, the answer appears to be 2007.
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I can no longer support this board or this club anymore - which in no way resembles the club I started supporting in 2007 anyway.

http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/koratfc/87605/News/view/892861 (http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/koratfc/87605/News/view/892861)

I also assume he is the same guy who used to promote the swatcats on k-f (posting as Vinnie) - http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=2327.msg24350#msg24350 (http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=2327.msg24350#msg24350)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on December 29, 2016, 04:14:13 PM
On a side issue, has the Sports bar / Walrus re-opened as a farang style bar? I remember both Paul and Steve (RIP), who was a most welcoming host. Never found that in the other places.

Anton yes the 'Walrus' is now Thai style food I understand. No longer a 'Falang' haunt ? It was friendly when Steve was there - he always made the time to chat . . .
Caller the 'Sports Bar' I knew was around the corner from the 'George' and a great place when Briony ran it. I'm told it has just closed again now.

Roger, before the Walrus was called the Walrus it was called the Sports Bar and was run by a English guy called Paul. I think that is what Caller meant, rather than the other sports bar run by Briony.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on December 29, 2016, 05:47:13 PM
That's right Alfie. I was referring to the Sports bar that eventually morphed into the Walrus.

So if the current Sports bar has closed (no surprise) that leaves only two farang bars in the centre.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 29, 2016, 06:08:49 PM
Alfie and Caller - Thanks I didn't know that.
Thanks again and let's just hope that the Swatcats win some games 2017 !
So Caller - the two Bars left are G & D and Check Inn ?
And Oasis . . .
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on December 29, 2016, 06:10:43 PM
The name Vinnie sounds familiar to me.

Before the bar was renamed into The Walrus its name was "Sport & Cocktail Bar" IMHO. At that time Paul was in charge but he left. If my memory is correct then Steve took over. After Steve Martin took over and then a Dutch guy called Tony was the owner. Unfortunately for me the typical Dutch items plus the perfect steak are no longer on the menu.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on December 29, 2016, 07:52:27 PM
And Oasis . . .
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Never heard of Oasis. Where is it?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 30, 2016, 06:26:12 AM
To find Oasis - going past the Military Hospital, at the traffic lights by the Bung Ta Lua car park, turn right and go past the newish Kwanruen Park hotel to the traffic lights at the crossroads with the 'Big Wall' ahead on your left. Turn right and 'Oasis' is on the immediate left.

OR ! At the 5 roads junction, go over the railway line  and turn right at the traffic lights (there's a large 7/11 on the corner). Continue straight and past the first traffic lights on to the same junction described above. 'Oasis' is then on your right just before those lights.

Hopefully.

BTW all, I was in error describing the bar close to the G & D (Sports Bar), which has just closed. I think it had been renamed 'Beer Garden' or something like that. Thanks for the 'Walrus' history which was new to me but the reign of 'Fred' is omitted ?

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: dereklev on December 30, 2016, 07:12:02 AM
To find Oasis - going past the Military Hospital, at the traffic lights by the Bung Ta Lua car park, turn right and go past the newish Kwanruen Park hotel to the traffic lights at the crossroads with the 'Big Wall' ahead on your left. Turn right and 'Oasis' is on the immediate left.

OR ! At the 5 roads junction, go over the railway line  and turn right at the traffic lights (there's a large 7/11 on the corner). Continue straight and past the first traffic lights on to the same junction described above. 'Oasis' is then on your right just before those lights.

Hopefully.

BTW all, I was in error describing the bar close to the G & D (Sports Bar), which has just closed. I think it had been renamed 'Beer Garden' or something like that. Thanks for the 'Walrus' history which was new to me but the reign of 'Fred' is omitted ?

Enjoy.

Fred came after Steve and before Tony. There has not been a Martin.
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Post by: caller on December 30, 2016, 07:15:19 AM
So Oasis isn't so central then? Is the beer garden closed or not?
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Post by: Roger on December 30, 2016, 07:22:22 AM
Caller - as you say, 'Oasis' is indeed, not so 'Central'.
I was told by a Friend that the 'Beer Garden' had closed - others may confirm that ?
Derek - was 'Martin' Steve's surname ?

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Post by: Robert on December 30, 2016, 09:01:51 AM
To find Oasis - going past the Military Hospital, at the traffic lights by the Bung Ta Lua car park, turn right and go past the newish Kwanruen Park hotel to the traffic lights at the crossroads with the 'Big Wall' ahead on your left. Turn right and 'Oasis' is on the immediate left.

OR ! At the 5 roads junction, go over the railway line  and turn right at the traffic lights (there's a large 7/11 on the corner). Continue straight and past the first traffic lights on to the same junction described above. 'Oasis' is then on your right just before those lights.

Hopefully.

BTW all, I was in error describing the bar close to the G & D (Sports Bar), which has just closed. I think it had been renamed 'Beer Garden' or something like that. Thanks for the 'Walrus' history which was new to me but the reign of 'Fred' is omitted ?

Enjoy.

Fred came after Steve and before Tony. There has not been a Martin.

I do know another Martin so maybe there I made the mistake. Did not remember the name Fred. Only been once there when he was in charge. Thanks for helping me with my memory  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: dereklev on December 30, 2016, 09:23:53 AM
Caller - as you say, 'Oasis' is indeed, not so 'Central'.
I was told by a Friend that the 'Beer Garden' had closed - others may confirm that ?
Derek - was 'Martin' Steve's surname ?

No Steve's surname was Neve.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on December 30, 2016, 09:55:31 PM
the two Bars left are G & D and Check Inn ?
And Oasis . . .

Went on a quick tour tonight between 21:00 and 22:00. George and Dragon almost empty, maybe 2 patrons; Check Inn just a little better, maybe 5 or 6 patrons; Oasis crowded.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 04, 2017, 11:01:18 AM
The 2017 season kicks of on 11-12th February (TBC), so I though it was time for a season preview.

I am really looking forward to the 2017 season. I am expecting a bit of a bounce after the national team’s splendid performances in the Suzuki Cup, perhaps with attendances up and expectations high.

As usual at the start of any TPL season there are still unknowns, but here’s hoping for a successful campaign. Top of the pile I expect the usual suspects. My team of the year last season was Bangkok United – I expect them to be fighting for the title this year. Muangthong United, AKA the Thai National team, will be there with them and don’t write off Buriram United – they impressed me in the recent friendly at Korat.

With many teams seemingly cutting back on “expensive players”, Chang Rai and to a lesser extent Sukhothai have been splashing the cash – I admire their ambition but can you simply buy success? Sukhothai had an excellent first season in the top flight, but as my team Nakhon Ratchasima has found, that second season can be a real challenge – especially if the team overachieved in their first season.
I expect Bangkok Glass, Sukhothai and Chang Rai to complete the top six.

I know this is contentious but I firmly believe that the Tero/Udon situation is a great move for the long term sake of the Premier League. Football purists I know will disagree but geographically and demographically the league needs teams that cover the whole of Thailand – come on in Chang Mai and Songkhla and make it quick!!

At the wrong end of the table the three incoming teams will find the going tough together with Super Power, Pattaya and Navy who will all be battling for survival. In the lower echelons Si Saket will be safe.
Disappointment of the 2016 season were Suphanburi and I cannot really see why the coming season will be any different. Ratchaburi will continue to be a solid top eight side and one hopes that Chonburi can get their act together to join them in the top eight. The latter seem to have a crisis of confidence and lack of direction at the present time but I still see a decent finish for the team.

Finally the Swatcats, a strong finish in the last campaign under the stewardship of Milos Joksic leads me to believe that, despite the seeming loss of Tagbajumi, Lindemann and Chivuta, a top ten finish is on the cards. I for one would again just be happy with survival (the league needs a sustainable team from Korat) but I personally am disappointed with the team’s lack of ambition – they need to “kick on” now and fully establish their position at the top table.

I hope that we all enjoy a competitive well fought season, with no dramas or crises. We have all has enough of the shenanigans – let the battles commence!!


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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 05, 2017, 07:58:49 AM
The Swatcats continue to build their 2017 squad with the signings of Victor Igbonefo (Navy FC), Antonio Pina (Pattaya United) & Krste Velkoski (Incheon United)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 05, 2017, 08:35:09 AM
Some information on the latest signings – apologies for the brief descriptions – information is hard to come by.

Victor Chukwuekezie Igbonefo is a Nigerian-born Indonesian naturalized Indonesian . Considered one of the best defenders in the Indonesian Super League because of his height, intensity, and discipline.

Krste Veloski is a Macedonian striker

Antonio Pina is a Brazilian midfielder
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Post by: Roger on January 05, 2017, 11:23:37 AM
Thanks TW - I read your earlier comments about the coming season - I love your optimism. You are a TOP fan ! Those new signings look useful - with Adiyah and Satoshi Nagano does that fill our quota ? Igbonefo looks a 'bruiser' and let's hope Veloski is a gem. I guess Joksic knows Pina well as he comes from Pattaya.
Hoping for the best !


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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 05, 2017, 01:28:00 PM
Hi Roger, I think Nagano has gone. These 3 signings represent real and needed ambition. I'm looking for a really strong season ahead. I would love to challenge for top 6!!
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Post by: Roger on January 06, 2017, 06:09:59 PM
Caller - ''Why generally is Korat such an unattractive and ugly City?''
Is that really so ?
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Post by: Roger on January 07, 2017, 02:10:23 PM
Hi TW and looking back I see you mentioned Satoshi Nagano in an earlier post.
I'm sorry he has gone - he was around for a few seasons and one of our more consistent players IMO. Good luck to him - he did well for us.
In fact Shota Koide, Yusuki Kato, (who went to Ratchaburi ?), and Satoshi were all fine Japanese players who helped us rise from the Yamaha to the TPL.
Shota Koide and the on-loan Sarach Yooyen made a lively midfield in those days !
ATB


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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 10, 2017, 05:05:42 PM
I was asked by Tim of Portfcsandpit.com to give my views on the Swatcat’s new season. I have copied my views below.


How will your team fare in 2017?:

 Nakhon Ratchasima has the stadium, a huge fan base and now has survived two seasons in the Premier League. Each season from now on, my hope is that the club can maintain its Premier League status, however cementing its place as a top ten team would be a real bonus.

I do not think that the Swatcats will be able to compete with the big boys in the near future. The team needs to develop the ability to attract top Thai players to the club – it would appear that present financial constraints preclude this from happening.

I have great confidence in Milos Joksic. When he took over last season, the team was in a mess, struggling on the brink of potential relegation. His introduction had an immediate effect on the attitude and tactics of the team. In my view the team was playing better in the latter half of the season than they were in the previous campaign when they finished a very creditable 8th place



Who is your most exciting new signing?:

Victor Igbonefo, Antonio Pina and Krste Velkoski have all been recently signed. Of the three, I am most looking forward to seeing Igbonefo.


Which departed 2016 players will you miss the most?:

 Milos has ditched Tagbajumi, Nagano,Lindemann and Chivuta (a mistake in my mind regarding the latter two) and has begun to mould the team into HIS team with some astute signings. The only foreign player retained has been Dominic Adiyeah. Of these football wise Bjorn Lindemann will be missed. Personality and effort wise Noah Chivuta will be a great loss.


What changes would you like to see at your club?:

 I am pretty happy with the way things are going. People are continually suggesting that the club is badly run (as are many Thai clubs) but as a mere supporter, I see that the club has risen from tier 3 and has initially cemented itself as a mid table team. In the future I would like to see the club to have real ambition and aim for top 5 - everything is in place. 20k attendances would be the norm if the Swatcats were successful.


Which teams will finish at the top of T1?:

Bangkok United but with a massive challenge from Muangthong United


Which teams will go down to T2?:

Pattaya, Superpower and Navy will be battling to avoid relegation. I think Thai Honda, Ubon and Port will all, for various reasons, survive.


Which fixtures are you most looking forward to in 2017?:

Buriram United of course, but all of the Isaan team's games will draw big crowds. I would like to think that the Swatcats could emerge as the top team in Isaan.


Finally, if you could change one thing about Thai football, what would it be?:

Many things need change. Decisions made at the top in recent years have turned the TPL into a bit of a circus but as we have recently got a new crop of chiefs in, I don't see much hope of change. The league needs stability and strong leadership to avoid continual name changes, location changes and teams just dropping out of the league. I would also like to see more professional behaviour on the pitch by players and of course better standards of refereeing.
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Post by: Roger on January 10, 2017, 06:36:01 PM
10/10 or 20/20 TW.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 13, 2017, 07:27:16 AM
Less than a month to go. Opening day fixtures on 11th Feb see the Swatcats open their campaign at Sukhothai. I will post further fixtures when they become available.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 15, 2017, 08:29:35 AM
Korat has apparently obtained a new team. Huai Thalaeng United (Nakhon Ratchasima Huai Thalaeng United Football Club). They were formerly known as Sri Ratcha FC, then Pattaya City. They will compete in the Thai League 4, North Eastern Division and will play at the 80th Anniversary stadium. 
They play in orange and black and their nickname is (wait for it!!!), the Killer Engines!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 15, 2017, 08:34:28 AM
Goalkeeper Kampol has apparently left the club. The team are searching for a replacement. More details to follow.
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Post by: Alfie on January 16, 2017, 10:59:45 AM
Korat has apparently obtained a new team. Huai Thalaeng United (Nakhon Ratchasima Huai Thalaeng United Football Club). They were formerly known as Sri Ratcha FC, then Pattaya City. They will compete in the Thai League 4, North Eastern Division and will play at the 80th Anniversary stadium. 
They play in orange and black and their nickname is (wait for it!!!), the Killer Engines!!

Hi TW. This seems odd to me. Perhaps you can answer my questions, if you can, to help me understand it.

What is the benefit to Korat FC of obtaining another football club?
Why does Korat FC want to take on financial responsibility for Sri Ratcha FC/Pattaya City?
And do you think that a club that was based in Chonburi will just all move to Korat?

Thanks in advance. :)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 16, 2017, 02:07:22 PM
Hi Alfie, I will try to answer but as you know information is hard to come by. Apologies for posting in the Swatcat section. I thought Korat football fans might be interested - so here goes!!!

The new team have nothing to do with Nakhon Ratchasima FC (aka the Swatcats) although I am sure that an informal relationship will develop with them both renting the same stadium.

As is common in Thai football, a rich guy who wants a football team can simply "buy " the license of another team, move the "team" wherever he wants, rename it  and call it his own. He then can take the place of the former team in the league. This is apparently what has happened.

I very much doubt that the will be any resemblance between Pattaya City and the new Korat team although perhaps the new owner might bring a couple of the players and perhaps the coach.

I personally think that Korat could possibly support 2 premier league teams, let alone one in the premiership and one in the fourth division - Korat is a football mad city.

I suspect that the life of the new team will be limited - unless they have a super rich sugar daddy to support them financially, although I guess the team will be comprised of amateur players, there are still massive overheads running a team.

Hope I've managed to answer your questions. TW
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Post by: Roger on January 17, 2017, 03:49:57 PM
TW so we've lost Lindemann, Tagbajumi, Nagano and Kampol (who I rated highly).
Let's see how it goes ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 17, 2017, 04:44:02 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima(T1) will host Sisaket(T1), Roi Et Utd(T4) and Nong Bua(T2) in "Esan Derby Cup" on the 27th to 29th Jan.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 17, 2017, 04:45:32 PM
The Swatcats have unveiled their 2017 season shirts.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 18, 2017, 04:42:53 PM
Swatcat's first 6 fixtures. No dates available yet
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Post by: Roger on January 18, 2017, 06:03:53 PM
Hey TW.
Game 5 and 6 - B'ram and Muangthong both Away.
Hope we are mid-table after 6 games.
Thanks. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 19, 2017, 12:14:15 PM
Swings and roundabouts Roger. We should beat Tero and Pattaya but  you are right, Buriram and MT look very tough.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 19, 2017, 02:46:02 PM
Former Swatcat favourite Bjorn Lindemann has joined Navy F C.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on January 21, 2017, 10:57:36 AM
Hi Alfie, I will try to answer but as you know information is hard to come by. Apologies for posting in the Swatcat section. I thought Korat football fans might be interested - so here goes!!!

The new team have nothing to do with Nakhon Ratchasima FC (aka the Swatcats) although I am sure that an informal relationship will develop with them both renting the same stadium.

As is common in Thai football, a rich guy who wants a football team can simply "buy " the license of another team, move the "team" wherever he wants, rename it  and call it his own. He then can take the place of the former team in the league. This is apparently what has happened.

I very much doubt that the will be any resemblance between Pattaya City and the new Korat team although perhaps the new owner might bring a couple of the players and perhaps the coach.

I personally think that Korat could possibly support 2 premier league teams, let alone one in the premiership and one in the fourth division - Korat is a football mad city.

I suspect that the life of the new team will be limited - unless they have a super rich sugar daddy to support them financially, although I guess the team will be comprised of amateur players, there are still massive overheads running a team.

Hope I've managed to answer your questions. TW

Hi TW, yes, thanks for that. I understand it now. Cheers. :)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 23, 2017, 09:58:07 AM
Friendly result : Port FC 2 NRFC 0
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 23, 2017, 08:06:06 PM
Esan Derby Cup 27th/29th Jan at the 80th Anniversary Stadium

4pm Sisaket v Nong Bua, True4U / 7pm Nakhon Ratchasima v Roi Et, TrueVision.

The final/3rd place playoff played on 29th.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 25, 2017, 09:12:42 AM
Update:
The forthcoming Isaan Derby football tournament at the 80th Anniversary stadium will be televised live on TV on True Channel TS2 (channel 45).

The schedule is as follows:

Friday 27th Jan 1600 hours Si Saket V NPFC (Nong Bua), 1830 hours Nahkon Ratchasima V Roi Et
Sunday 29th Jan 1630 hours Third place playoff, Final 1900 hours.

Admission price is 80bt per day.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 27, 2017, 07:03:17 AM
Isaan Derby Football Tournament – Update ***starting today, first match 1600***

With Isaan having 5 teams in the TPL this season – Si Saket, Ubon UMT, Buriram, Udon Tero* and Nakhon Ratchasima, Isaan is rapidly developing into the epicenter of Thai domestic football.

Although this tournament is perceived as a series of glorified friendlies, the winner will have the Isaan bragging rights albeit without the presence of the mighty Buriram or TPL newcomers Ubon and Udon.

* The future of football in Udon is still shrouded in mystery. There will still be a second tier team based in Udon – named Udon UMT United but the potential buyout of BEC Tero by backers in Udon, has still not been cemented. The latest is that “Udon Tero” will play in the Bangkok area for two seasons then move to Udon. The new club’s name and where exactly where they will play is yet to be decided.

With the new season less than 3 weeks away this situation is typical of the current fashion in which Thai domestic football is being managed.
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Post by: Roger on January 27, 2017, 07:06:49 AM
Thanks for all that TW.
Coming back to Lindemann - signing for Navy is a surprise - they seem to me to be a much smaller Club than our Swatcats. Money ?
I'm guessing there was something personal with the Club or Korat.
He was well appreciated I thought.

The Port result not very encouraging.

ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 27, 2017, 08:17:32 AM
Hi Roger,
                Re Lindemann. He is getting on a bit – born 1984 – 32 years old and he has had 11 clubs since 2003. 60 games per club seem to be his limit!!!

Although I rated him as a player, he did have spells when he didn’t figure in the team and I remember putting in one of my reports that “Lindemann was not missed” when not in the team.

I also observed him warming up and at times he looked lazy and seemed to have a “couldn’t care less” attitude – definitely not the type of player that I would want as a coach.

There is also the well publised report of him only receiving half of his salary one month. It seems strange that no one else cited lack of salary and I do wonder whether he was not turning up for training or some other misdemeanor that led to him having his pay docked.

We played OK at Port - don't worry !!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 28, 2017, 09:12:26 AM
Isaan Derby Tournament Update – First day fixtures.

FT Si Saket 1 Nong Bua Pitchaya FC 2

Premier League Si Saket took on the plucky Nong Bua Gamecocks in the opening game of the tournament. An impressive Nong Bua overcame the Premier League outfit with an aggressive display of attacking football, spurning a couple of guilt edged chances on the way to a well deserved victory.

Nong Bua will take on Nakhon Ratchasima in Sunday’s final. I anticipate a strong challenge from the second tier side that played impressively this afternoon.

Attendance; me, a stray dog and 31 others.

FT Nakhon Ratchasima 4 Roi Et United 0

Before a crowd swelling to around 1-2000, the hosts took on the White Squirrels from Roi Et.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 5th minute with Dominic Adiyiah dragging a shot wide of the keeper from 12 yards. Velkoski had a great  chance to put the Swatcats 2 up in the 16th minute when he sent a header wide after a fine cross from Adiyiah.
Chanatphon put the hosts 2 up with a well taken free kick in the 41st minute.

In the 61st minute Chakrit scored the third after a fine flowing break – at this point the difference in class between the two sides was becoming increasingly apparent.

A controversially awarded penalty in the70th minute gave Adiyiah the chance to put the Korat side 4 up but the Roi Et keeper saved the shot. The Swatcats put the icing on the cake with a late 4th goal. A tap in by Sarawut after good work from Adiyiah.

The team looked lively up front with Pina Velkoski and Adiyiah combining well to create many chances. The defence looked sound, although truth be told it was not severely tested tonight.

Nong Bua will provide a greater challenge in the final on sunday.

Attendance 1-2000
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Post by: Roger on January 29, 2017, 06:40:40 PM
Thanks for that TW.
You must be proud of your Wolves smacking Liverpool 1-2 !
I watched it live and IMO Wolves deserved it.
Second goal a beauty ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 30, 2017, 07:14:15 AM
Yes, Thanks Roger. A brilliant performance. I just wish they could translate that type of form into their league matches.
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Post by: Roger on January 30, 2017, 03:47:39 PM
And another TW - the Swatcats win the Isaan Crown - a 5-1 victory.
Saw the last 1/2 hour on TV and we looked ok.
Their goal a penalty - for a brilliant clean tackle that took the ball !
Did you go ?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 30, 2017, 05:14:09 PM
Yes Roger, went to all 4 games - good entertainment and a trophy lifted to boot !! - report to follow
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 30, 2017, 05:16:21 PM
Isaan Derby Tournament Update – Second day fixtures.

FT 3rd place play off - Si Saket 5 @ Roi Et FC 2

Roi Et played some pretty passing football in midfield at times but they were overpowered comfortably by Premier League outfit Si Saket. Si Saket looked stronger as the game progressed with Roi Et unable to produce much of a threat up front.

Attendance : 500

FT Final – Nakhon Ratchasima FC 5 Nong Bua Pitchaya FC 1

A first half blitz during which Nahkon Ratchasima raced into a 3 nil lead within the first 16 minutes effectively extinguished Nong Bua’s hopes of winning the Isaan Derby trophy.

Make no mistake, Nong Bua are a decent side as shown by their defeat of premier League side  Si Saket in the first round of matches, but they found it difficult to cope with the skill and pace of Dominic Adiyiah who was ably supported by Pina and Velkoski.

Nong Bua opened brightly but were soon swamped by the attacking force of the hosts. Using long and rangy balls down the flanks, the home team opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Nattapong headed in after fine work from Adiyiah. Two minutes later Adiyiah broke though the middle of the park and finished a fine solo effort to make it two nil.
The game was effectively sealed when the Swatcats scored a third in the 16th minute when Eakkanut Kongket lashed home from 8 yards. The Swatcats remained in complete control for the rest of the first half with the Gamecocks unable to mount any real challenge.

The second half began with the home side pressing and in the 49th minute a long ball over the top caught the Nong Bua defence napping and Chakrit slotted home the fourth.

Nong Bua went close with a long range shot in the 55th minute and again in the 58th minute with a header cleverly tipped over the bar by the home keeper but Korat countered with an Adiyiah drive drifting narrowly wide.
Roi Et scored a consolation goal with a penalty kick in the 83rd minute but the hosts countered with a late tap in from Sarawut to seal a well earned victory and lift the inaugural Isaan Derby Cup.

Trying not to be too optimistic and this weekend’s opposition has not been the greatest, but the team looks very fluid and pacy going forward. Adiyiah seems on fire and Pina and Velkoski look very competent.
Although the defence has not experienced much direct pressure, Igbonefo looked rock solid at the back – some good signs for the coming season.

Attendance : 3200

Footnote ;  A most enjoyable festival of football with plenty of goals. How good would this entity be, if next year Buriram and Ubon UMT joined the fun? I hope that this does become an annual event – well done to the club’s administrators

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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 30, 2017, 05:19:03 PM
Swatcats Squad numbers 2017
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 02, 2017, 05:28:12 PM
Former Swatcat keeper Kampol has joined newly formed TPL team Police Tero.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 03, 2017, 06:57:59 AM
TPL Club news.

BEC Tero’s proposed move to Udon Thani has been postponed. Tero have now been taken over by Police and will play in the TPL under the name of Police Tero in a stadium near Bangkok. Meanwhile Udon Thani  have built a new stadium in readiness for the proposed move – what a mess.
 It is suggested that Police Tero will play in the league for 2 seasons then the move to Udon will take place.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 04, 2017, 07:55:24 AM
Swatcat's opening TPL weekend fixture changed.

Due to Sukhothai's CL tie vs Shanghai, Sukhothai vs Nakhon Ratchasima will be played on Monday 13 February instead of 12 February.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2017, 07:56:43 AM
*****NEW SEASON KICK OFF *****


A reminder that the 2017 TPL season kicks off this weekend.

 I have attached the Matchday 1 fixtures.

Please note that the Sukhothai v Nahkon Ratchasima game has been put back to the 13th Feb to give Sukhothai more time to recover after their ACL adventure in China.



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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2017, 07:58:58 AM
The Swatcats belatedly kick off their third Premier League campaign when they take on the Firebats of Sukhothai on Monday 13th February.
Sukhothai had a most successful inaugural year in the Premier League last season and will be looking to replicate that success this season. A tough start for the Swatcats and to get anything from this game would be a bonus.

Thaiwolf's prediction - home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2017, 08:04:57 AM
The new season's fixtures are slowly materialising!!! I have attached the latest available - the first 3 weeks fixtures - sorry Roger no details of the Chang Rai matchup yet!!

Of interest, the TPL is now experimenting with selected friday night games televised live on truevisions. Many of you know of course, but just a reminder that all TPL games are televised live. Why not tune in for the Swatcat games or better still come and watch the games live at the 80th Anniversary Stadium!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2017, 08:31:39 AM
Nice image of the squad with the Isaan Derby Trophy
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on February 07, 2017, 10:13:28 AM
Hi TW and thanks for that update.
Will catch the Sukothai game on TV. Hopefully Sukhothai will be jaded after their adventures ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2017, 06:28:21 PM
Former Swatcat favourite Noah Chivuta has joined Tier 2 side Trat. I wish him well.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 10, 2017, 07:10:49 AM
TPL 2017 season kicks off tomorrow. Follow the matches on Truevisions or better still support your local team at the 80th Anniversary Stadium. The Swatcats first match is at Sukhothai on MONDAY 13th Feb at 1900 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 10, 2017, 11:26:03 AM
Former Swatcat favourite Satoshi Nagano has joined Bangkok FC (not Bangkok United). He is the third over 30 year old foreign player to be disposed of by the club.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 11, 2017, 07:37:52 AM
Sukhothai v Swatcats game. Usual chaos reigning in the TPL. Confusion over the date of the game. Most sites are stating sunday kick off but some sources say monday!!!

I am, at this moment trying to confirm either way!!! I will post when I know for sure. Apologies.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 11, 2017, 08:01:50 AM
Confirmed Sukhothai v Swatcats SUNDAY 12th Feb . Live on TV 1900 hours Truevisions Channel 45 True sports 2
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Post by: Roger on February 11, 2017, 01:54:36 PM
Thanks TW. Will try and watch it live ! A Swatcat win I think ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 11, 2017, 03:57:44 PM
Three points would be nice Roger
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Post by: Roger on February 12, 2017, 07:11:54 PM
Hi TW. Up here - nothing on TV at all due to important live investiture.
I see Soccerway is CLOSED by Govt.
But Flashscore say Swatcats are 0-1 UP
Now footy is backbut Bangkok Utd v Navy.
Mai pen lai . .
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 12, 2017, 08:02:46 PM
FT Sukhothai 0 Swatcats 1 Report to follow. Sorry you missed it Roger.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 13, 2017, 06:59:10 AM
Roger - re TV coverage. Sorry you missed the match. I assume you know that True Sports 2 (channel 45) is a different channel to True Sports 2 HD (channel 667).
Bangkok V Navvy was on TS2 HD. The Swatcat game was live on TS@ (channel 45). It confuses me too!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 13, 2017, 07:25:07 AM
Dateline 12th Feb 2017

 FT Sukhothai 0 NRFC 1

The Swatcats began their 2017 campaign at the home of the Firebats hoping to get their season off to a flying start.

Playing in a fetching sky blue and white kit the visitors opened brightly with Adiyiah testing the home keeper in the 2nd minute with an angled drive. A minute later Adiyiah again drew a fine save from the keeper but was ruled offside.
Midway through the first half, and the Swatcats continued to “rule the roost” with Sukhothai seemingly unable to string passes together - early days but the visitors seemed in charge.

The men from Korat opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Chakrit rifled in an angled drive from 14 metres - Sukhothai look tired - maybe their Chinese exploits in the ACL are catching up with them.

As the first half drew to a close, it was becoming a “one man show” as Adiyiah again went close in the 40th minute - Sukhothai were yet to register a shot on goal.

The second half commenced and I just do not think that Sukhothai could play as badly as they did in the first half. I think this one may be down to how well the Swatcats can keep their concentration.

Bireme went close for the hosts in the 51st minute - their first real chance. They looked a little livelier after half time but the Swatcat players seemed quicker to the ball and more dangerous going forward.
With 20 minutes to go, the hosts were growing in confidence and were getting more of the ball. Although creating no clear chances, they fought themselves back into the game and were putting pressure on the visitor’s goal.

In a rare second half foray, Adiyiah shot wide as the Firebats continued to press. Although under considerable second half pressure the Swatcat defence looked solid with Igbonefo particularly impressive

A bright attacking performance in the first half followed by a strong rearguard action in the second half.  An encouraging start to the season by the Swatcats. The team line up looks balanced and they look impressive going forward. Our new acquisitions look to have settled in effectively and this performance leaves me fairly optimistic for the season ahead.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 13, 2017, 07:41:47 AM
Match1 day 1 - Results and table
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 13, 2017, 09:30:36 AM
Swatcat line up at Sukhothai
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Post by: Roger on February 13, 2017, 03:14:13 PM
TW thanks for ALL of that. Good to start with some points as there's nothing worse than getting stuck at the bottom as we did last year !
So Adiyah and Igbonefo impressing - that's good.

(I only have one True channel that's 24 on this PSI package). ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 13, 2017, 04:40:44 PM
Hi Roger - I think we might shock a few folk this season. I have been impressed with them so far.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 14, 2017, 10:25:25 AM
Swatcat first leg fixtures. Please note typo error for matches 4 and 5.
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Post by: Robert on February 14, 2017, 11:39:39 AM
Hmm, kickoff on 31st December 1969. I will be for sure too late to watch these games.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 14, 2017, 02:11:42 PM
Hmmmm I wonder why we let Bjorn Lindemann go. His new coach at Navy accuses Lindemann of "not being fit" and "not understanding team tactics". Perhaps they will dock his pay!!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 15, 2017, 07:04:54 AM
The Swatcats welcome BEC/Police/Udon Tero this weekend (Kick off 1800 hours Sunday 19th Feb). TV coverage True TS HD3 Channel 668).
Both the Fire Dragons and the Swatcats experienced a successful match day 1 result but I feel that the hosts may just edge this encounter.

Thaiwolf prediction – Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 18, 2017, 11:25:16 AM
Tomorrow's match.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 20, 2017, 09:21:56 AM
Dateline 19th Feb 2017 – Match day 2.

 FT NRFC 1 Police Tero 1

The Swatcats welcomed newly formed Police Tero FC in the inaugural home match of the 2017 TPL season. The Fire Dragons started with ex-Swatcat keeper Kampon in goal.

In front of a healthy crowd of 12 250 fans, the home side had the better of the first 30 minutes although Tero played some neat passing football at times. With Adiyiah a constant thorn in their side, Tero withstood early pressure and in what was otherwise an uneventful opening. Only a long range Adiyiah shot in the 15th minute and a fine free kick from Chanatphon set the pulse racing.

Tero did not put a single shot of any substance on target in the first half.

Tero went ahead in the 53rd minute after a needless and clumsy challenge by Igbonefo gave Tero a penalty. After going one down the hosts panicked and resorted to the long ball with little effect. They rarely looked dangerous and indeed Tero went close in the 63rd minute and again in the 79th minute with a shot hitting the bar.

In the 85th minute a bullet header from Adiyiah was saved by the keeper and Igbonefo tapped in the deflection. The goal was disallowed as Adiyiah was correctly adjudged to have been offside.

Well into injury time, the hosts leveled when a Chakrit shot was deflected into the goal. Ironic but pleasing that the  5 minutes added on time led to the goal after Tero’s infuriating time wasting tactics earlier in the game.
With literally seconds to go a quick break by Tero saw a shot slide wide in what would have been an undeserved winner.

A disappointing and frustrating night for the Swatcats although salvaging a point was an obvious bonus. The lack of penetration against Tero’s well organized defence is something to work on. In truth, penalty apart, Tero had few chances but I guess they deserved their point.

Still unbeaten but we must win these home games. 4 points against two decent sides is a fine start to the new campaign and I foresee a fairly successful season ahead.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 20, 2017, 09:25:07 AM
Match day 2 Results and table
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 20, 2017, 09:27:26 AM
Match day 3 fixtures
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 20, 2017, 09:47:20 AM
Match day 3
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Post by: Roger on February 20, 2017, 11:12:42 AM
Hi TW and thanks for the reports.
A good start and at least it's a positive outlook even if not too impressive.
I see Chiang Rai are flying high !
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 21, 2017, 08:00:17 AM
Yes Roger, Chang Rai will be fighting for the top 4 this year - they have splashed alot of cash!! Wish we could do the same.

Yes disappointing against Tero but I suspect they will be a decent team this year. I still think that the Swatcats will have a decent mid-table finish.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 22, 2017, 06:53:48 AM
The Swatcats go east this weekend to take on the Sharks of Chonburi (KO 1900 hours Sunday 26th Feb – TV coverage Truesports HD2). The Sharks have been experiencing traumatic changes within the club and are certainly not the force they once were. The thus far unbeaten Swatcats will expect to remain unbeaten after this encounter.

Thaiwolf prediction – score draw
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 26, 2017, 01:54:34 PM
Thaiwolf encounters a Shark.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 27, 2017, 12:51:53 PM
Dateline 26th Feb 2017 – Match day 3.

 FT Chonburi Sharks 0 NRFC 0

The Swatcats travelled east to take on the Chonburi Sharks in this weekend’s fixture. The match began with both sides sparring but with little end effect and both defences able to cope with what few half chances were created.
In the 7th minute a flailing Victor Igbonefo was lucky not to concede a penalty with a clumsy challenge just outside the 18 yard box. The resulting free kick struck the bar with the visiting keeper well beaten.

Poor balls in the final third prevented either side from creating real chances and at times the fans were subjected to periods of ping pong soccer with both sides alternately belting it long rather than playing it through midfield.
In the 16th minute Andre Luis tested the keeper with a snap shot and in the 47th minute, a well crafted move resulted in a Dominic Adiyiah drive that was well saved by the home team’s keeper, were rare moments of class in an otherwise dull first half.
A couple of half chances from the Sharks as the half progressed gave them the edge as the first half concluded.

The second half began with attacking moves from both sides again breaking down with poor final balls, but in the 52nd minute Chonburi went close with a looping header after a fine cross. The home team began to exert increasing pressure with the men in orange confined to rare breaks forward.
Despite this pressure, clear cut chances were at a premium as the Swatcats defended doggedly, snuffing out any potential threats. The match petered out in a rather uninspiring way with the match ending in a dull stalemate - a useful point for the visitors but with home advantage, Chonburi will be disappointed with their lack of firepower up front.

A poor spectacle tonight with two teams destined, on their performances tonight, for mid table mediocrity. Neither side provided any real and consistent class up front with both keepers experiencing a relatively quiet night.
A dour and determined performance from the Swatcats, which keeps them unbeaten. Still only two goals from three matches which is a worry but 4 points from our opening two away games is encouraging and if we can maintain a decent home record we should be heading for a mid table finish.
Defensively (only one goal conceded so far and that was a penalty) we look sound, but Victor Igbonefo looked sluggish at times tonight and I think stronger teams will expose his lack of pace.

A mention has to be made about the Swatcat’s support tonight. The away section was sold out and the fans were noisy and relentless in their support of the team - well done to the fans. I feel sure that the players appreciate their support.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 27, 2017, 12:52:58 PM
Swatcat fans at Chonburi
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 27, 2017, 12:54:17 PM
Match day 3 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 28, 2017, 09:48:42 AM
The Swatcats welcome Pattaya United to the 80th Anniversary stadium on 4th March at 1900 hours (TV coverage True sports 6). A vital fixture for the hosts who will expect to remain unbeaten.

With two very challenging fixtures to follow -  Buriram away and Muang Thong away, 3 points are essential against the “Rockin’ Dolphins”.

Thaiwolf prediction ; home win.
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Post by: Roger on February 28, 2017, 11:46:21 AM
Thanks TW - let's hope for 3 points or we might be in the bottom half on the way back from Muang Thong !
Good pics from Chonburi. ATB
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Post by: Teessider on February 28, 2017, 03:59:45 PM
Watched some of the games recently and it struck me that they play like Middlesbrough. That is that they are more concerned about conceding than scoring.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 28, 2017, 07:28:08 PM
Yes, fair point Teessider. I think particularly away from home they are trying to pick up more points. At home they play a more attack minded game. Great teams always have a tight defence.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 01, 2017, 11:07:45 AM
Further to Teessiders’s post.

Last season The Swatcats home record was acceptable W7, D4, L4 (and by the way due to the early curtailment of the season we missed two very winnable home matches v BBCU and Superpower Samut Prakan). This record was due in part to the team’s home support.

The away record however was poor W2, D1, L12, (we have already collected one win and one draw in our first two away games). I think that Teessider is right that the team is playing defensively.
 I suspect that coach, Milos Joksic, has identified our away form as poor and has tightened things up at the back.

If these tactics can improve our away record and if our home record continues to be OK, the team will be heading for a successful season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 01, 2017, 02:24:13 PM
Apologies - correction to my last post. The Swatcats won 3 not 2 away from home last season!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2017, 10:45:12 AM
Dateline 4th March 2017 – Match day 4.

 FT NRFC 2 Pattaya United 2

The Swatcats took on the Rockin’ Dolphins from Pattaya at the 80th Anniversary Stadium aiming to keep their unbeaten record intact. The official attendance was stated as 9018 but my observation was that they were considerably more - maybe 14-16 000 at the ground. Maybe a “typo” and in reality there were 19 018 in attendance !!

Pattaya started brightly, being able to breach the hosts defence at will with raids down the flanks. In fact the hosts were lucky not to go one down in the second minute when a crisp cross was not converted. In fact, Pattaya impressed as they dominated the first 20 minutes. The Swatcats meanwhile looked limp and without creative ideas and chances - even half chances were rare.

In the 14th minute Pattaya cut through the hosts defence like a knife through butter as a cross was nodded in by an unmarked Wellington. One has to ask “whose responsibility was it to pick up the tall Wellington?” – Igbonefo one assumes!!!
Pattaya created another clear chance in the 26th minute with a snap shot well saved by the home keeper. The Swatcats continued to “huff and puff” with little reward as the half progressed.

The host’s first real chance came in the 29th minute when good work from Adiyiah set up a shooting chance for Naruphol that was parried by the visitor’s keeper.
 Minutes later Velkoski converted a penalty to draw the Swatcats level. I have watched the replay several times and I still cannot see why the penalty was awarded!!
Adiyiah then went close on the cusp of half time as the hosts began to press.

The second half began with the men from Korat showing greater resolve but they were nearly shocked in the 48th minute when a low shot almost squirmed through the keeper’s hands.

In the 56th minute, their endeavours were rewarded when a superbly fashioned move terminating in a controlled finish from Velkoski gave them the lead – a cracking goal!! He was later denied a potential hat-trick with a poor offside decision going against him.

With the home defence looking unsure at times and an absolute sitter missed by Pattaya in the 70th minute, the inevitable happened when Stojanovic stabbed home in the 77th minute after some shambolic defending by the hosts.

Velkoski missed a golden opportunity in the 80th minute when he shot over when an empty net beckoned – I think even I could have slotted that one in – with my legs tied together!!! A minute later Chakrit spurned another great chance to win it for the Swatcats.

With time running out, tempers boiling and the hosts desperate for the winner, Adiyiah and Lee Won Young were both dismissed for a fracas on the Swatcat goal line. Lee appeared to head butt Adiyiah who responded with a left jab to the face.

Another point gained – and still unbeaten, but it may be perceived as two points needlessly dropped. Another mediocre performance in which the defence looked very vulnerable at times - I’m still having doubts about Igbonefo’s obvious lack of pace. Up front we looked toothless with very little real quality with the final ball in evidence - only 4 chances created all match.


Against a team who most people may suggest will be relegation candidates come the end of the season, the Swatcats were made to look very ordinary. One worries what quality teams will do to this team. My preseason optimism is gradually waning match by match……

…………..Mind you - what do I know; maybe they’ll beat Buriram on Wednesday!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2017, 10:46:40 AM
Match day 4 stats
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Post by: Roger on March 05, 2017, 01:09:13 PM
Thanks for that TW. Just to cheer you up, I observe that atm the Swatcats are above Chonburi, Sukhothai and Ratchaburi who were strong last year. Maybe the Swatcats will surprise us against Buriram and Muang Thong. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 07:53:01 AM
Thanks Roger - yes, fingers crossed for wednesday!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 07:54:21 AM
Fixtures are now coming in thick and fast before the international break with the second of 3 games within seven days.

The Swatcats enter the Thunder Castle to take on fellow Isaan contenders Buriram United in this midweek match day 5 fixture. (KO 1800 hours wed. 8th March, TV coverage Truevisions TS HD 3 channel 668).
Buriram are no longer the great force of past seasons but will still represent a massive challenge for the visitors.

Thaiwolf prediction ; score draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 07:55:41 AM
Sunday's results and updated table
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 07:56:51 AM
Wednesday's full fixture list
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 09:56:59 AM
Swatcats unbeaten thus far. Any odds on remaing unbeaten - next 2 games Buriram away followed by Muang Thong away :((
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Post by: Roger on March 06, 2017, 10:58:13 AM
TW - 25% chance of remaining unbeaten ? Say lose one, draw one ?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2017, 11:01:16 AM
I'd be happy with 1 point frm 2 games!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 07:36:11 AM
Dateline 8th March 2017 – Match day 5.

 FT Buriram United 4 NRFC 0

The clash of two of Isaan’s football superpowers took place in the Thunder Castle in this midweek encounter.

The game began with the hosts pressing forward with Diogo looking dangerous. The Swatcat’s defence coped effectively with the early raids forward, lying deep and content to soak up early pressure.

On 16 minutes Coelho nodded in following some slack defending to give Buriram the lead and 3 minutes later the Swatcats went two down when an unmarked Supachok drove home from 10 yards.

With the Swatcats not able to mount a semblance of an attacking move, one is tempted to say already - 20 minutes in - game over.

Buriram continued to dominate with the visitors only able to muster a couple of half hearted long range shots. With the visitor’s defence in total disarray time after time it was ultimately punished as Coelho made it 3-0 with a 12 yard drive.

The second half began, echoing the first half dominance of the home team with the Swatcats again unable to mount any sustained forward play. The continued lack of coverage by defenders inside the box is both worrying and likely to lead to more goals in this one-sided encounter.

In a rare foray forward Akekenat poked the ball just wide from 4 yards - the first Swatcat chance of the match in the 66th minute!!!  Velkoski then missed from 2 yards after good work from Athibordee.
A slightly better performance in the second half but I suspect that Buriram had, by this time, taken their foot off the gas.

Late drama in the 76th minute as Chalermpong was dismissed for a cynical challenge on Diogo. Why Diogo was not himself sent off for retaliating with a brutal shove is a complete mystery to me.

In the dying seconds the visitors conceded a penalty that Diogo converted to complete the scoring for Buriram.

Painful to watch and generally a poor performance against an obviously more talented side. Clueless in defence, toothless up front - there’s not much more to say.
I would have liked to have seen more fight and ambition and to sit back from the start is asking for trouble against a side like Buriram. This tactic effectively allowed Buriram to put the game to bed within the first 20 minutes.

Not a disaster but it does signal that we are not capable of competing with the top teams….and Muang Thong to come at the weekend!!!

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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 07:39:50 AM
Match day 5 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 08:13:30 AM
In their second consecutive challenging away fixture of the week, the Swatcats take on high flying Muang Thong United at the SCG Stadium.
(KO 20.00 hours, 11th March).
I see little hope that the visitors will compete with the Premier League big boys and my only hope is that they can leave Northaburi without a drubbing.

Thaiwolf prediction ; I haven’t got a single prediction right so far, so here goes - away win.
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Post by: Roger on March 09, 2017, 09:02:17 AM
TW - Oh Dear ! But an away win at Muangthongis coming - agreed. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 09, 2017, 09:36:27 AM
I love your optimism Roger.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 10, 2017, 08:47:52 AM
Off on my annual pilgrimage to Buriram for the World Superbike Championship races this weekend, so my reports etc might be slightly delayed. Hope I have something positive to report following the match v Muang Thong United.
Have a great weekend everyone.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 10, 2017, 03:57:44 PM
Thaiwolf at BRIC with Milos Joksic double thumbs up.
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Post by: Roger on March 12, 2017, 07:09:48 PM
Sorry Mate but a few motorbikes in a race is no excuse for letting the football stuff slip ! BTW nothing positive to report on the Swatcats !
Hope you had a great weekend and we can forgive you this one abberation.
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 13, 2017, 06:55:00 AM
Thanks Roger. Heard the MT result. Report to follow maybe tomorrow - I'll try to be positive!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 13, 2017, 04:33:31 PM
Dateline 11th March 2017 – Match day 6.

 FT Muang Thong United 2 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the mighty Kirins at the SCG Stadium with pundits remarking that due to the Swatcat’s sky blue and white change strip, the spectacle looked remarkably like a Manchester derby!!

The opening 20 minutes saw both sides sparring with no clear chances created but the visitors did seem to be showing more forward intent than against Buriram.
In the 20th minute Muang Thong broke the deadlock when Mongkol Tossakai nodded in after some ping pong heading following a corner. The Swatcats countered with a shot testing Keeper Kawin and a brief period of pressure.
The half – a half of few chances, concluded with the Swatcats still in the game following a pretty decent first half performance.

After the break, in the 48th minute, Velkoski came close to equalizing with a well directed header going just over the bar but minutes later, Teerasil Dangda effectively sealed the victory with an acrobatic tap in - this was his 100th TPL goal – a fine achievement.

A rare substitution appearance for Prompong in the 65th minute will, I know, please some Swatcat fan diehards but he rarely had opportunities to influence the game in a meaningful way.

The game meandered to a close with neither side able to trouble each other’s keepers to give the Kirins a well deserved 3 points.

A better performance than against Buriram with the team looking better organized in defence and showing more ambition going forward.
So 6 games in and heading for the International break, the Swatcats find themselves languishing just above the relegation spots. The position may not, in fact, be as bad as it seems. Of our six games played four have been away fixtures - with two of those away games against top 4 opposition.
Our form however has been mediocre thus far and one can only hope that it is because it is taking time for the new players to settle in.
Early days I know but I feel that we may be in for a tough season. I cannot see too many teams weaker than the Swatcats in a strengthening Top Tier hierarchy.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 13, 2017, 04:36:27 PM
Match Day 6 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 13, 2017, 04:37:26 PM
The Premier League now takes a break to accommodate the National team’s World Cup Qualifying games. Games recommence on Monday 3rd April.
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Post by: Roger on March 13, 2017, 06:31:57 PM
Thanks TW.  ;D
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 23, 2017, 08:23:08 AM
I went along to the 80th Anniversary Stadium yesterday to watch The Swatcats take on “the other team in Korat”, fourth tier team Huai Thalaeng United. The Swatcats ran out 6-1 winners. Huai Thalaeng  were obviously outclassed but it was good experience for the “Killer Engines”.

I wish them well – maybe a second Tier 1 team for Korat in years to come!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 29, 2017, 08:04:57 AM
Tier 1 matches recommence after the international break on MONDAY 3rd April, with the Swatcats taking on winless and bottom of the table Superpower Samut Prakan at the 80th Anniversary Stadium. (KO 20.00, TV coverage Truesports HD3).
This is a “must win” fixture for the stuttering Swatcats. A defeat would confirm the worst in my mind and is unthinkable.

Thaiwolf prediction ; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 02, 2017, 05:36:22 PM
Just a quick reminder, Swatcats V Superpower tomorrow (Monday) 20.00. Come along and support your local team.
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Post by: Bournemouth on April 03, 2017, 08:25:23 AM
Yes I coming along tonight. Bringing three others ( there first time ) to see Swatcats.

We will be in the West stand wearing orange shirts, you can't miss us 5555

Why the late kick off?



 
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 03, 2017, 03:58:45 PM
Great Bournemouth. Have a great night - get there early to park up. Late kick off is so that the matches on T V do not clash too much ie viewers can watch a 6 oclock game followed by an 8 oclock match.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 03, 2017, 04:01:33 PM
By the way Bournemouth, please post your views on your experience. Thanks
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 04, 2017, 10:32:40 AM
Match Day 7
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 04, 2017, 10:34:05 AM
Dateline 3rd April 2017 – Match day 7.

 FT NRFC 4 Superpower Samut Prakan 0

Struggling and winless Superpower Samut Prakan were the guests in Korat tonight.

A disappointing crowd of 4114 saw the hosts open brightly, utilizing acres of space in midfield as Superpower struggled to maintain any sort of sustained possession. Dominic Adiyiah was, as usual, a constant threat as the men in orange probed.

The Swatcats opened their account in the 14th minute when a 35 yard free kick from Pina crept past the flailing Superpower keeper – a fine effort. Seconds later Athibordee went close with an angled drive.
Unbelievably, in the 17th minute Pina again scored with a long range free kick – this time from a full 40 yards out. The keeper must take some responsibility for fumbling on the line but another fine effort from the Brazilian.

In the 26th minute Chakrit drew a fine save from the keeper after good work from Adiyiah as the hosts continued to look dangerous. The pressure paid off in the 35th minute when Akekanat Kongket  drove home from 7 yards following a corner.
In the 37th minute Superpower produced a rare chance after some slack defending but as the half drew to a close the Swatcats were well on top.

The second half commenced with Dominic Adiyiah breaking and drawing a fine save from the keeper. The hosts seemed to have taken their foot off the gas early in the half, but in the 75th minute they scored a fourth when Naruphol scored with a curling effort after great work from Adiyiah.

With Superpower restricted to occasional speculative long range efforts, the home defence was rarely tested tonight and with the hosts putting away their chances with relative ease, this was an easy victory.
Make no mistake, Superpower were very poor tonight and based on this performance they will be playing Tier 2 football next year. The Swatcats played well but I still think they will continue to struggle against more impressive opponents. A fine 3 points however and their only losses thus far have been against the mighty Buriram and MuangThong.

Top ten?? maybe…but only just!!!

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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 04, 2017, 10:35:18 AM
Match Day 7 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 05, 2017, 08:31:46 AM
The Swatcats visit Si Saket in the next T1 round. Si Saket have been struggling so far this season and the Swatcats might be expecting at least a point. KO 17.45 Saturday 8th April (TV coverage True sports 2, channel 45).

Thaiwolf prediction: away win.

**** Although details are a little sketchy (this is Thaialnd after all), it would appear that there is going to be big screen showing of the game at Saveone market with a sponsors show preceding it.
The show begins at 16.00 with kick off of course at 17.45 ****
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Post by: Roger on April 05, 2017, 08:58:20 AM
Thanks for all that TW.
A fine win under the belt - one more against Sisaket will give the Swatcats a respectable position. Survival in the TPL is essential of course but the team don't really seem to be moving forward at all do they ? And the 4000 crowd against Superpower was just a few more than the Regional League days !
The Club seems to have lost it's buzz - on and off the field.
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 05, 2017, 09:15:07 AM
Hi Roger, yes the attendance was poor. A combination of Monday night kick off and poor opponents - crowds were down generally at other matches but 32 000 at Buriram!! We will be back to 10k plus if we keep competitive.

Regarding progress, I disagree a little. The team has moved forward but as we all know the nearer to the top the harder progress becomes. Our squad is the strongest in years with real depth and I continue to have faith in the coach.

If we finish in the top 10 (and I think we might), we will have achieved 3 reasonable end of season positions in our 3 Premier League seasons. We have to remember we were a Tier 3 team 6 years ago.

Cementing ourselves as a true T1 team  should be our priority - anything more is a bonus.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 05, 2017, 02:45:06 PM
Match Day 8
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 08:08:54 AM
Really enjoyed my experience of the “Beer Leo” big screen event at Saveone market in Korat last night. I hope it becomes a regular event for Swatcat away games – great atmosphere!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 09:49:47 AM
Dateline 8th April 2017 – Match day 8.

 FT Si Saket 3 NRFC 3

The Swatcats visited the Kouprey’s paddock searching for points to help preserve their mid table position.
The visitors began on the front foot probing for an early breakthrough and in the 14th minute they were rewarded for their early labours when a fine 22 yard drive from Decha Srandee opened the scoring. One minute later Athibordee slotted home a second after a finely crafted move. The visitors were off to a roaring start!!

The hosts pegged one back in the 25th minute with a superb 25 yard drive from Assumpcao but with the first half coming to an end Adiyiah spurned a guilt edged chance to put the game to bed when he fluffed from 6 yards out.
The Swatcats were then punished for that miss when, on the stroke of half time the Koupreys equalized when a well taken free kick from Assumpsao squirmed past the keeper

The second half began with the Swatcats falling into an old and much maligned stance – they sat back and allowed Si Saket to come onto them. This led to an almost constant pressure from the Koupreys and a couple of clear cut chances being produced. Inevitably a home goal came when Assumpsao completed a brilliant hat trick in the 88th minute with a simple tap in.

In an exciting climax to this thrilling match, the Swatcats snatched a point when Akekanat Kongket equalized with literally the last touch of the match. In a match that had almost everything thus far, the referee completed the occasion when he elected to send off the scorer for a reason I could not determine

A superb encounter, with the Koupreys overcoming the Swatcat’s early surge. A disappointing second half for the visitors with Si Saket deservedly going ahead with a superb halt trick from Assumpsao.
A decent performance from the Swatcats and certainly nothing to worry about. Their present position - give or take a place or two, is where I suspect they will end the season.
In truth a slightly fortuitous point for the Swatcats thanks to a last second equalizer…… but great entertainment.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 09:51:13 AM
Match Day 8 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2017, 09:52:14 AM
The League now takes a weekend break to accommodate Songkran. Fixtures recommence on 18th/19th April.
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Post by: Roger on April 09, 2017, 01:12:32 PM
Thanks TW. Saw the Chonburi game on TV.
Onwards and upwards then.
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Post by: Alfie on April 09, 2017, 09:57:56 PM
Thaiwolf at BRIC with Milos Joksic double thumbs up.

I was there today. I also went inside the Thunder Castle. It looks nice although the grass needs some improvement IMHO. I also went inside the players changing rooms, the ref's room and the press conference room. I was surprised they let anybody walk about in there.

It was interesting to see the difference between the home team changing room and the visiting team changing rooms. No lockers for the visiting team and only half as many showers and baths for the visitors!
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Post by: Roger on April 10, 2017, 06:54:35 AM
Yes Alfie. Being able to look around - that's great PR at Buriram - and all free ?
A sparse dressing room for the Visitors is an old custom but bad manners !
The floors of the stands are steel treadplate - which is where the Thunder comes from I guess.
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Post by: Alfie on April 10, 2017, 05:33:32 PM
Yes Alfie. Being able to look around - that's great PR at Buriram - and all free ?

Yes, all free. The doors were mostly all open (I noticed only one was locked). There were plenty of staff around sitting and observing but most of the doors were unlocked and the staff allowed us to enter unlocked rooms at will.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 16, 2017, 06:48:30 PM
The Swatcats take on Ratchaburi Mitr Phol at the 80th Anniversary Stadium on Wednesday 19th April (KO 20.00, TV coverage Truevisions TS2 channel 45). Ratchaburi are currently in 9th place - a single point above the men from Korat.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Roger on April 16, 2017, 07:58:15 PM
Thanks TW - I'll watch that if I can.
Ratchaburi are a bit of a bogey team and they pinched one of our Japanese stars a few years ago ? Don't worry. 3 - 0 to the Swatcats
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Post by: Roger on April 19, 2017, 02:51:28 PM
Hi TW. I watched Chonburi lose 1-5 to BKK Utd on TV last night. I thought Chonburi were doing ok with our old friend Foda Diakite playing well - but it went downhill fast as the game went on. Is that R.Marques an ex Swatcat ?
I hope to be able to catch the Swatcats on TV later. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 19, 2017, 02:55:53 PM
Yes, A real shocker for the Sharks - they were very poor. Marques is not ex-Swatcat as far as I know. Revving up for tonight's match, hoping for 3 points.
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Post by: Roger on April 19, 2017, 03:22:16 PM
I checked it on WikiP. We did have a Rian Marques in 2012, one of two expensive Brazilians who were holed up in BKK and very highly paid. But RM never actually played a game. He turned up later at Thai Honda. The RM at Chonburi might be a different one though.

Yes 3 points - definitely !!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 20, 2017, 10:27:56 AM
Dateline 19th April 2017 – Match day 9.

 FT NRFC 1 Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC 1

The Swatcats entertained Ratchaburi tonight. A sparse crowd of 4700 saw Ratchaburi open brightly with Cameroonian Essombe – who incidentally looked very dangerous all match, shooting narrowly wide in the second minute. The hosts countered with a rare moment of class when Pina drew a tremendous save from the keeper with a 20 yard drive. This shot was, to be honest, the Swatcat’s only real chance of the half.

The visitors looked dangerous up front, with the host’s goal line under threat and their defence looking vulnerable. With the rangy Essombe up front, they created a couple of decent chances.
In the 24th minute a well struck free kick hit the bar and El Jadeyaoui headed in the rebound to give the visitors a deserved lead.

A painful first half for Swatcat fans to watch with Ratchaburi dominating and the hosts chasing the game with little success.

The second half saw the introduction of Adiyiah - within seconds he announced his presence when he dabbed in from 4 yards after a fine cross from Velkoski. In a much more spirited second half performance the Swatcats took the game to a tiring Ratchaburi although the continuing tactic of lobbing long balls over the top was not very sophisticated - or effective!!
Adiyiah nearly bagged himself a brace when in the 57th minute he wriggled and turned in the box to swivel and send his shot narrowly wide – a classy touch from the Ghanaian. Minutes later Velkoski caused havoc in the visitor’s defence when his low cross was scrambled clear.

In a final flourish, Essombe headed just wide and yet again Adiyiah was nearly on target as both teams battled for a winner.

Not a bad performance but another unconvincing home result from the Swatcats tonight. Full marks to Ratchaburi who performed well and were able to neutralize the hosts attacking force. In the first half there was only one team in it with Ratchaburi unlucky to be only one goal up at half time.

Without Adiyiah the Swatcats looked totally toothless up front and with Ratchaburi seemingly able to carve up the host’s defence at will, the salvaging of a point was a real bonus for the home team.
A top ten finish is looking increasingly unlikely as each week passes - let’s hope that the team is not dragged into a relegation dogfight.
 I think we all will have to acknowledge that this season, we have a moderately talented team that is trying hard but will at best be a very ordinary mid table outfit ……. OK with me but what waste of potential!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 20, 2017, 10:29:09 AM
Match Day 9 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 20, 2017, 10:46:42 AM
Roger, have you noticed how well Lampang FC are doing in Tier 2. Maybe Premier League next year !! I assume your new abode is quite near.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 20, 2017, 10:48:16 AM
The Swatcats take on Suphanburi this weekend, 23rd April (KO 19.00, TV coverage Truevisions
TS HD2, channel 667). The War Elephants have recently replaced their coach after a disappointing start to the campaign and the fans will be looking for an improvement in their current form.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw
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Post by: Roger on April 20, 2017, 12:52:51 PM
Thanks for all that TW.

It seems that the defence has settled down now and Adiyah and Velkovski can still threaten. But it looks like a mid-table season at best, as you say.

A few weeks ago I bemoaned the absence of momentum at the Club. A crowd of just 4700 is very very disappointing again. When we were in the Yamaha League there was a real buzz before the game, entertainment at half time and so on. I wonder if NRFC have lost ambition in the face of the domination of Buriram and MT ? At one time it looked as if the Swatcats could challenge that grip - but it's not happening is it ?

Re. Lampang, thanks for the idea. It's about 110 km, Chiang Mai 100 km - Lamphun would be my nearest at 70 km. We may try to get to Chiang Rai but that's 250 km at least.

ATB
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Post by: Roger on April 20, 2017, 12:55:37 PM
Oh TW - I caught MT v Sisaket on True. Good game.

Bournemouth - did you go last night - what did you think ?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 21, 2017, 05:05:18 PM
Can’t get to Suphanburi? Watch the Swatcats live on the big screen whilst gulping cold Leo beer!!!

The match is being shown at Saveone market 19.00 Sunday 23rd.

I went to watch the recent showing of the Si Saket game at Saveone – it was most enjoyable with great atmosphere - I would recommend a visit.
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Post by: Roger on April 23, 2017, 06:55:45 PM
TW and all.
Suphanburi v Swatcats is on True channel 24 - now !
My first game of the season.
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 23, 2017, 10:31:18 PM
How unfortunate for you Roger - report tomorrow
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:09:45 AM
Dateline 23rd April 2017 – Match day 10.

 FT Suphanburi FC 4 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the War Elephants of Suphanburi in this mid table clash. The visitors had a dreadful start when a defensive error let in Chananan who drove in on 5 minutes to put the hosts one up. Matters got worse in the 17th minute when a free kick found Dellatorre unmarked in the box - he simply lobbed the ball over the keeper into the net. 4 minutes later more schoolboy style defending allowed Madrigal to prod home the third.

With the game virtually all over after 20 minutes and the visitors managing only sporadic raids forward, Suphan added to the Swatcats woes with a fourth in the 44th minute when a completely unmarked Nicolas Velez tapped in from 6 yards – one has to ask, where was the bloody defence!!

The Swatcats mustered only one first half chance when Adiyiah drew a fine save from the Suphan keeper in the 40th minute.

A humiliating first half against a far from convincing Suphanburi outfit. The visitors looked shell shocked as they left the field at half time.

With Suphan taking their foot off the gas, the Swatcats regained some composure in the second half - although to be fair, it was simply damage control. A long range free kick which stung the visitor’s keeper’s hands as Suphan looked for a fifth and a Pina drive in the 59th minute were the highlights but in a half of little consequence neither side impressed.

One can put no gloss on it, another pretty ordinary performance. I’m trying hard not to overreact but I see little reason for optimism. We have now won 2 out of the first 10 games - one of which was against Superpower - a team already destined for Tier 2 oblivion.
A top ten finish is now off the wish list – bottom 5 with a forlorn hope that there are 3 weaker teams below us, is now the reality.

I am no tactician and my depth of knowledge of the finer points of the game is weak but I have 2 observations. Victor Igbonefo is not up to it at this level - he looks out of his depth and we will continue to leak goals if he remains - act now Milos. Secondly if we do not acquire a big target man to compliment an obviously talented Adiyiah we will not score many goals. Velkoski may be a good player but he does not fit the bill for our requirements.
A situation where a team leaks goals and cannot score is a recipe for disaster. If massive measures are not taken now, I fear the worst!!

Our next game is against is against an in form Bangkok United. I dread to think what the score might be………….. and I wonder how empty the 80th Anniversary Stadium might be !!

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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:12:08 AM
Match Day 10 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:22:30 AM
What did you think about the performance last night Roger?
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Post by: Roger on April 24, 2017, 10:29:10 AM
Thanks TW. I couldn't quite believe my eyes.
All 4 Suphanburi goals looked so easy.

I thought the Swatcats put a lot into the 2nd half despite being out of the game by then. Adiyah put in a 100% shift. But the team lacks composure and confidence.

I agree with you about Igbonefo and I find goalie Chalermpong unconvincing too.

But all is not despair ! The TPL league table shows that only the teams in the Top 5 have LOST less games than the Swatcats. (Clutching for straws eh?).

As for 'massive' measures from Milos. This is HIS squad now so I'd worry about his next moves. And with crowds down to 3-4 K, where's the finance coming from ?

ATB

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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:49:29 AM
Hi Roger, yes good assessment. By "next measures", I really meant drop Igbonefo. You are right, all 4 goals came from nowhere and seemed so easy - no real leader at the back. As to our goalscoring problems, why not give Prompong a run. We still have a foreign player slot available - we must get in a striker at next transfer window.

Who knows we may now go and beat Bangkok United next weekend but I'm feeling pretty pessimistic at the moment.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 24, 2017, 10:51:13 AM
Relegation matters - my assessment

Early in the season I acknowledge, but given The Swatcats recent performances, are they likely to be relegation candidates.

Super power very weak and are all but down already and thus are my first choice for relegation. Si Saket are weak - I would say on a par with the Swatcats and may be for the drop. Thai Honda will suffer as the rigours of Tier 1 football take their toll - I think they will go down.
Navy and Pattaya are better sides than the Swatcats and although they will struggle, I think they will survive. Sukhothai have disappointed so far and I think they may be a surprising candidate for relegation. After a successful first season in tier 1, like the Swatcats last year, they have found the second season very challenging.

So who are headed for Tier 2? - Superpower and any 3 from the following 4 - , Thai Honda, Si Saket, Sukhothai and NRFC.
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Post by: Roger on April 24, 2017, 12:45:01 PM
Nil desperandum - bring back Prompong - and David Le Bras !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 25, 2017, 01:28:33 PM
The Swatcats entertain in form Bangkok United this weekend. (KO 19.00 Saturday 29th April, TV coverage Truesports HD2 channel 667). The Angels have scored 10 goals in their last 2 fixtures and will severely test the home team’s shaky defence. Defeat could plunge the men from Korat into deep relegation trouble.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
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Post by: Roger on April 29, 2017, 05:23:33 PM
Good Luck tonight TW ! I hope to be watching on the TV and following another game on the computer at the same time. Swatcats 2-0 !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 29, 2017, 06:31:31 PM
Thanks Roger, just arrived at the ground. Fearing the worst tonight.. but hope springs eternal......
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 30, 2017, 11:25:17 AM
Dateline 29th April 2017 – Match day 11.

 FT NRFC 0 Bangkok United 0

The Swatcats welcomed high flying Bangkok United this weekend, with the men from Korat hoping to halt a disappointing run of results. The Bangkok Angels have scored 10 goals in their last 2 fixtures and will provide formidable opposition.  The attendance was 4531.

After a bright start from the visitors, Velkoski shot over, with an empty net beckoning, after a defensive lapse by Bangkok’s keeper. This was followed by periods of Swatcat pressure with Adiyiah the main threat. Whilst the Swatcats seemed to be in the ascendancy, Bangkok showed glimpes of class and their ability to get men forward quickly was superb and continued to cause the Swatcat defence problems.

In the 19th minute, an Adiyiah cross struck the hand of a defender - a bolt on penalty not awarded and minutes later after a fine flowing move, Athibordee shot wide - he should have done better!!

In the 32nd minute after a great solo run from his own half, Decha Sarandee drove just over from 14 yards - minutes later Boscovic sent an angled drive just wide. Minutes before half time the host’s keeper Saranon made a remarkable save from Boscovic to keep the scores level.

At half time, honours were even but with the hosts creating 3 or 4 clear chances, they were probably unlucky not to be ahead.

The second half opened with The Angels pressing but in the 50th minute Adiyiah went close with an angled drive well saved by the keeper. One sensed that Bangkok had upped their effort but the Swatcat’s defence was able to cope with any threats pretty well. Meanwhile the hosts broke sporadically with effective use of the flanks. In the 62nd minutes one of these breaks culminated in a chance for Adiyiah whose shot was well saved. Athibordee then shot over from 20 yards.

In the 64th minute an audacious flick from Adiyiah went just wide and with the hosts continuing to exploit space on the flanks a goal was looking likely.
In the 68th minute the Swatcats were again denied a penalty kick when Adiyiah was pulled down by the keeper and minutes later Chanatphon’s shot drifted inches wide.

Mario spurned a great chance to seal the win when he shot tamely in the 81st minute and in a final drama the hosts were denied a third penalty when the keeper upended Chakrit inside the box. The referee adjudged the offence to be outside the box

A much improved performance from the Swatcats and a real fillip for their fans. Against a tactically more astute team, they battled throughout and produced a number of chances, particularly in the first half. If, and it is a big if, they can produce this form consistently they should just keep clear of relegation woes.
Tonight they were unlucky not to gain all three points. This was their 6th draw - if 2 or 3 of these draws had been converted to wins, the team would be in a far more comfortable position.
Converting 3 of those draws into wins would put the team on 18 points - and 7th place in the league!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 30, 2017, 11:27:08 AM
Match Day 11 stats
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Post by: Roger on April 30, 2017, 11:35:51 AM
Hi TW. Was able to watch the game on TV again and as you say, SWatcats much improved.
Swatcats should have had 2 penalties, if not 3. If they can play this well, they should avoid the relegation scrap. Adiyah does well but his finishing ? Victor played better.
Had my other eye on Flashscore watching the National League stuff. Phew!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 01, 2017, 08:00:37 AM
The Swatcats travel to Sattahip to take on fellow strugglers Navy on Wednesday 3rd May (KO 1800 TV coverage TBC). This is a match that the Swatcats ought to be looking for points but I do have grave doubts that they will deliver.

Thaiwolf prediction; home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 02, 2017, 02:14:01 PM
Update; Tomorrow’s match V Navy is to be shown on “True spark jump” – Truevisions channel 41 (Yep it’s a new one to me!!). KO is 18.00. Just a reminder – you can watch the match on the big screen at Saveone market.
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Post by: Roger on May 02, 2017, 02:23:13 PM
TW. I hope to be going to the game v. Thai Honda on Saturday, 7pm.
Would be good to meet for a beer outside about 6-6.15 if you are around. R
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 03, 2017, 07:51:50 AM
Hi Roger, yes it would be nice to meet up. I will sit on the wall outside the main entrance from 6 0’clock.
Thaiwolf
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 04, 2017, 09:33:51 AM
Dateline 3rd May 2017 – Match day 12.

 FT Navy FC 0 NRFC 0

An important match for both clubs in this midweek clash in Sattahip. Ex Swatcat favourite Bjorn Lindemann is now a Navy player - will he help to put the Swatcats to the sword – or should I say to the cutlass?

After a low key start in which neither side mustered a real chance, the match meandered towards half time with nothing of substance to report. The only point of interest was a penalty claim by the visitors - it looked a clear trip on Chanatphon as he broke into the box but it was deemed to have been a dive and he was booked.
By half time, Navy had managed a single, weak shot and a speculative header - the visitors managed one effort on target!!

The second half commenced with the hope that either side would produce some sort of entertainment for the watching fans. Unfortunately the match continued on its aimless path. The match came to life in the 55th minute when a well struck Navy free kick struck the post - a unique moment of class in the match thus far.

In the 78th minute, with the visitors yet to register a single second half shot on goal, a second Navy free kick went narrowly over the bar.
 In a final Swatcat flourish, Naruphol was inches wide with an angled shot and minutes later he again managed a decent shot on target that was saved by the keeper.

A valuable point but another frustrating evening for Swatcat fans. This match clearly displayed why both of these sides will struggle as the season progresses. In an encounter painful to watch, neither side attacked with any real intent. The Swatcat’s fighting spirit exhibited against Bangkok United during the last match, was absent. I see very little in the current squad that gets my pulse racing - Dominic Adiyiah apart - the team is just…ordinary. Results are confirming this and so will their league position at the end of the season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 04, 2017, 09:34:45 AM
Match Day 13 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 04, 2017, 09:35:48 AM
Mazda meets Honda head on as the Swatcats take on Thai Honda Latkrabang this weekend, (Saturday 6th May, KO 1900, TV coverage Truesports 7). The Bangkok side has been struggling after its promotion from Tier 2 and should be easy pickings for the hosts.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2017, 10:33:28 AM
Dateline 6th May 2017 – Match day 13.

 FT NRFC 1 Thai Honda Latkrabang 0

Mazda Swatcats revved up to outpace the Bangkok based Thai Honda in this potential relegation battle.  The attendance was 4227.

The hosts opened brightly, creating their first chance in the first minute when Kirati Keawsombat drew a fine save from the keeper after good work from Adiyiah.
In the 10th minute Jesus shot over from 18 yards after a fine break forward - an early warning for the hosts!! The Swatcats immediately countered when Athibordee curled an angled shot just wide of the post.

In the 19th minute the Swatcats broke the deadlock when Athibordee stroked home from 12 yards after a fine flowing movement and then in the 29th minute a brilliant charge forward from Chakrit produced a drive which drifted just over the bar.
In the 34th minute a further warning for the hosts as an unmarked Jesus headed just wide then Adiyiah caused panic in the opponent’s defence with a mazy run into the box ending with a Chakrit effort being blocked.
Although the hosts were “bossing” the match during the first half, Thai Honda broke forward effectively - producing real chances in the 16th and 26th minutes - and certainly stretched the Swatcat’s defence, which looked fragile, at times. A half in which both sides created chances - maybe due to two equally weak defences.

The second half began with the hosts again on the front foot with Kirati Keawsombat charging forward only to be unceremoniously brought down just outside the box preventing a clear scoring chance. Unfortunately Kirati’s fall seemed to have seriously damaged his arm and he was stretchered off in great pain - sportingly many Thai Honda players helped to remove the gurney from the pitch.
The resulting free kick from Pinawas well saved.

In the 57th minute, Honda scored a headed goal that was wrongly, in my opinion, given as offside and with advertising boards being scattered by the maelstrom and thunder claps beckoning, the teams were taken off the field of play after an early monsoon shower hit the 80th Anniversary Stadium. Fans flocked to gain cover in the main stand but a sudden wind change gave everyone present in the stand a thorough soaking!!

The game recommenced after 20 minutes and as the game descended into farce like conditions on the waterlogged pitch, the Swatcats were able to hold on to their slender lead despite Thai Honda going close in the 65th minute and again in the 77th minute. The Swatcats themselves may have increased their lead with a Pina drive.

An invaluable 3 points for sure but let’s not get carried away. Thai Honda, despite the fact that they created many chances are not a strong side. In fact they could make a case for deserving a point. The Swatcat’s defence looked very vulnerable at times and although they created many chances they still lack the “cutting edge” up front.
We now sit in a comfortable 12th place in the league - we have taken points off all six teams below us and we are 8 points above the drop zone. Although there are some grounds for optimism, I still think that we will continue to struggle against top ten teams - a big striker please - and soon!!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2017, 10:34:35 AM
Match Day 13 stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2017, 10:37:43 AM
Maelstrom halts Tier 1 match in Korat.

The Tier 1 match between Nakhon Ratchasima FC and Thai Honda FC was briefly halted after a monsoon like shower hit the 80th Anniversary Stadium.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 07, 2017, 06:25:33 PM
Thanks for that TW - seems fortunate that I was delayed for a day by bad weather up North (and a sick dog + a leaking roof) - it doesn't look much fun at the Stadium !

Never mind - 3 points in the bag as you predicted. Maybe the team will do better as the season goes on. The defence seems to be doing ok even if not inspiring confidence.
As for a big striker, let's get Tagbajumi back ?

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 07, 2017, 06:31:33 PM
Yes, very heavy rain,

I got soaked.

Swam back to the car.

Next home game 14th May Swatcats v Port F.C   kick off 18.00

See your there



Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 08, 2017, 08:11:43 AM
The Swatcats welcome Port FC to the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend (Sunday 14th May KO 18.00 TV coverage Truesports 7). An inconsistent start to the campaign for Port, producing euphoria then despair amongst their fans but with the Swatcats being the draw specialists one is tempted to suggest that a draw may be on the cards. I am going to stick my rather fragile neck out and go for a home win.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2017, 08:11:52 AM
Dateline 14th May 2017 – Match day 14.

 FT NRFC 0 Port FC 0

Port FC were the guests at the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend. With the pitch conditions not conducive to a pretty short passing game, my early thought was “who will better adapt to the conditions tonight?”

On a heavy pitch and before a crowd of 5835 the hosts opened brightly with Chakrit incorrectly ruled off side with the goal at his mercy on 6 minutes, seconds later Akekanat shot wildly over from 12 yards. There then followed a series of crosses and a period of pressure but the Swatcats were unable to convert.
Port were looking pretty tame on their forays forward and 20 minutes in, the hosts were well on top.

In the 26th minute after a frenetic melee in the Port 6 yard box, the ball was cleared then Velkoski drew a smart save from the keeper with an angled drive. From the resulting corner Akekanat headed narrowly wide.

On 35 minutes Chanatphon shot just wide from 20 yards then Adiyiah drove into the keeper’s midriff. In now almost constant pressure Adiyiah again went close then Velkoski was just wide from 12 yards.

A decent first half showing from the Swatcats but nothing to show for all their pressure - a cliché but it was all one way traffic - one hopes the team will not be punished later!!

The second half began with Pakorn going close for Port and minutes later a good chance was spurned as Tana Chanabut shot over - Port seemed to have woken up!!
In the 55th minute an excellent through ball put Akekanat clear but the keeper parried the shot and the ball was cleared.
Port were getting forward more and gaining confidence but still unable to create a clear chance but with Josimar always looking likely to cause problems for the host’s defence. In the 73rd minute Port went close when a near post header was scrambled away.

In the 79th minute Velkoski misdirected a header following a decent cross from Akekanat as the Swatcats pressed for a late winner. Port countered with a late break which put the home keeper under pressure,

The team gave it a good go this evening creating many chances in the first half however the inability to convert pressure into goals continues to be a problem. Second half they allowed a weak Port team to get back into the game - a game that should have been put beyond Port in the first half.
The Swatcats will not go down based on this performance but how long will the long suffering fans have to put up with these disappointing results.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2017, 08:13:10 AM
Match Day 14 stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2017, 08:14:19 AM
The Swatcats venture down the road into deeper Isaan when they take on Tier 1 newcomers and fellow Isaan challengers Ubon UMT United on Wednesday 17th May (KO 19.00, TV coverage Truesports 7)
The Eagles, under English coach Scott Cooper, have had a successful start to their inaugural season in the Premier League and will provide a tough challenge to the men from Korat.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 15, 2017, 08:57:06 AM
Thanks TW. Great report and pics. I'll be watching on Wednesday hopefully.
And hopefully. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 15, 2017, 05:53:45 PM
Maybe another 0-0 draw on Wednesday night.
One point away from home will be good,
but 3 home points against Chiangrai on Saturday 20th ( KO 17.45) will be better.

Just need to score  555

See you there in the West Zone.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 16, 2017, 08:19:26 AM
Yes Bournemouth, 4 points from the next 2 games would be great..... but unlikely to be realistic. 2 draws would be a bonus!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 07:54:01 AM
Dateline 17th May 2017 – Match day 15.

Ubon UMT United 1 FT NRFC 3

Two sides were battling for Isaan “bragging rights” in tonight’s encounter in Ubon. The visitors shocked the home side in the 5th minute when Chakrit volleyed home after a Pina free kick was parried by the home keeper.
Ubon struck back quickly when they equalized on 10 minutes when an unmarked Nebihi slotted home from 10 yards. A minute later Chakrit countered with a fine drive which was well saved.

After this explosive start, the match settled with both sides probing with defences looking vulnerable. Adiyiah - as usual was The Swatcat’s main threat going forward - ably supported by Chakrit.
Velkoski drew a good save from the keeper with a 20 yard drive on 23 minutes as the Swatcats swarmed forward in what was looking like a very open game. Pina then stuck a 35 yard free kick which was again parried by the keeper but the ball was scrambled clear.

On 36 minutes, a low corner was prodded home by Velkoski to give the visitors a deserved first half lead. A decent first half by the Swatcats. They looked very fluid going forward but can the defence hold on and prevent an equalizer??

The second half kicked off with Thaiwolf hoping that the Swatcats do not do the usual and sit back inviting the opposition to attack. Ubon went straight into attacking mode with Nebihi drawing a fine save from the visitor’s keeper then a header from a free kick went narrowly wide.
In what was already looking like a rearguard action, an equalizer was looking likely with the defence sitting too deep.

What do I know? The Swatcats broke forward with pace and Adiyiah fired in from 16 yards - 3-1. Chakrit nearly made it 4-1 with a snap shot in the 64th minute as Ubon’s heads began to drop.
On 70 minutes Pina sent a free kick inches over in a rare foray forward as Ubon pressed for a second goal.
With the defence soaking up tepid pressure from the home side, the Swatcats were cruising towards a deserved victory when Kantapol was sent off for a second yellow in the 83rd minute. From the resulting free kick the home side struck the bar with an 8 yard snap shot. Minutes later Nebihi headed over as the Swatcats soaked up some late pressure.

On 91 minutes Velkoski spurned a golden opportunity when he broke clear. He chose to pass rather than take a shot and the ball was cleared. This could have easily been a 5-1 victory

A most satisfying performance and a great 3 points tonight. I have to ask “Why can’t they do this every week?” Ubon are a useful side and this was no fluke. We looked likely to score goals tonight from the start and with the defence performing ably this was a complete team performance.
Good news to report at last – now for Chang Rai !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 07:57:01 AM
Match Day 15 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 07:58:18 AM
Chang Rai United make the long journey south to take on the Swatcats this weekend, (Saturday 20th May KO 17.45 TV coverage TS2). The free spending Beetles had been some pundit’s favourites to win the league this season but a couple of poor performances have recently dented their hopes of success.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 18, 2017, 09:44:44 AM
Wow TW what a great performance !  ;D  Couldn't get it on the TV.

Thanks for your reports - I see some interesting points from the stats you have posted.

1. Every other side in the TPL has lost at least once in the last 5 games. NRFC alone, are unbeaten in 5 games.
2. Only 1 side has scored less than NRFC's 16 incl. 3 last night ! Thai Honda - just 15.
3. Only 4 sides have conceded less than NRFC - Muangthong, B'ram, Chiang Rai and Tero.

Great report. Thanks as always.
Bournemouth ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 09:59:47 AM
You beat me to it Roger. I was just about to post those stats. Just imagine how we would all feel if 3 of those 5 home draws were turned into wins.

Now sitting in 11th place - just a couple of points off the coveted top ten. Things are looking up.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 18, 2017, 10:07:57 AM
Some more stats Roger - table of our home form followed by the table of our away form - remember when 80th Anniversary was a real fortress and we couldn't win away!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 20, 2017, 09:53:57 AM
Just a head's up. Tonight's match V Chang Rai is an early kick off - 17.45
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2017, 09:39:02 AM
Dateline 20th May 2017 – Match day 16.

 FT NRFC 0 Chang Rai 1

An early kick off in this encounter and despite grandstand tickets being reduced from 150bt to 80bt, the match only managed to attract 6571 spectators. One wonders however if this reduction in price was well publicised - I for one did not know about it!!

As the match progressed the Swatcats certainly matched the endeavour of the visitors but Chang Rai looked more crisp and precise when going forward and certainly more confident with their passing.
They broke quickly and with pace and in the 6th minute Felipe Azevedo went close from 5 yards - an early wake up call for the hosts. The Swatcats countered with a header from Akekanat that went just wide.
Dominic Adiyiah was, as usual, the host’s main threat and he drew a fine save from the keeper with an angled drive but despite all the huff and puff shown by the hosts they looked unlikely to break though, with a couple of weak attempts their only reward.

Chang Rai continued to look dangerous and in the 26th minute Suriya headed over and as the first half drew to a close, a superb 25 yard effort from Raphael thundered against the bar. One wondered at half time “how long before Chang Rai open the scoring?”

The second half opened with Chang Rai immediately on the offensive and Saranon brought off an excellent save from a close range header - one wondered however why an attacking player was left unmarked in the 6 yard area.
Korat’s response was a long range effort from Chanatphon and a real chance from close range by Velkoski but again despite great effort, there was very little real penetration.
In the 56th minute, Felipe stuck an angled shot that was deflected rather fortuitously onto the post as Chang Rai strived to open their account. Adiyiah meanwhile shot narrowly wide in an otherwise lack lustre second half performance from the Swatcats.

In the 79th minute the ultimate and decisive demise of the hosts when Chang Rai went ahead with a crisp, close range finish from Felipe - a disappointing end for the hosts but a deserved reward for Chang Rai’s efforts. They could have gone two up with a shot that was well saved by Saranon minutes later and at the other end a Dominic Adityiah cross caused panic in the Chang Rai defence as Korat looked for an unlikely equalizer.

Tonight the Swatcats were beaten by a more polished and superior side. Another decent performance and the team’s effort cannot be faulted but I reiterate - we are just ordinary and really if we are to improve we need a good old “kick up the arse” and someone who can score goals. I cannot understand why we have not filled our foreign player quota - surely a big target man must be on our radar.
 Only 2 wins at home is worrying and if a team cannot pull in the points at home, the team is only going in one direction!! Equally worrying is the obvious disenchantment of the fans that appear to be shunning the club - to be frank, with disappointing home performances, who can blame them!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2017, 09:40:15 AM
Match Day 16 Stats

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 21, 2017, 01:39:51 PM
Thanks TW.
For a 5.45 K.O. that was a much better crowd of 6571.
Why so early ? Many people work on a Saturday.
I thought it might be on TV as an early game but no luck. I saw Muang Thong v Ubon at 7 pm - a surprise win for Ubon. And Pattaya beat BKK Glass too.
Never mind - a good performance - perhaps the Swatcats will continue to improve.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 21, 2017, 03:13:29 PM
Lots of free tickets given away in Korat for last nights game.

Hence the bigger crowd.

With Changrai striking the woodwork twice, it looked like another 0-0 score.

Until the late winner from Changrai.

   
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2017, 08:41:39 AM
In the last round of fixtures of Leg 1 of the 2017 season the Swatcats travel to the Capitol to take on title hopefuls Bangkok Glass. (Sunday 28th May KO 19.00, TV coverage TrueSports HD2). This will be a tough challenge for the Swatcats but I expect that  they may fight for a point.
The season now takes a break before the commencement of Leg 2.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 24, 2017, 03:51:16 PM
Roger, for your information - Chang Rai V Swatcats match, 8th November at 18.00.
Thaiwolf
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 24, 2017, 06:59:42 PM
Thanks TW. 'Chang' Rai - love it.
I hope to watch my first Swatcat away game, on the right day this time.
R prediction. Swatcat win !!!!!!!  ;D
Intend to arrange a weekend up there and catch the game.
Much appreciated. See you there ?



Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 25, 2017, 06:41:00 PM
Hi Thaiwolf.   Can you post the second Leg season fixtures for Swatcats please. Thank you.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 26, 2017, 08:33:18 AM
Hi Bournemouth - sorry I am late posting. The leg 2 fixtures were only announced 3 days ago (TIT), then I had to obtain an english version. There are breaks for NT fixtures and don't forget cup matches will have to be dovetailed into the calendar.
Best wishes

Leg 2 Fixtures 2017

Matchday 18
17 June
17:45     Ratchaburi v Ubon UMT United
18:00     Suphanburi v   Port FC
19:00     Chonburi   v   Pattaya United
19:00     Buriram United v  Navy
20:00     Bangkok Glass   v   Super Power Samut Prakan
18 June
18:00     Bangkok United v Thai Honda
18:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Nakhon Ratchasima
19:00     Sisaket v Chiang Rai United
19:00     Sukhothai v Muangthong United

Matchday 19
24 June
17:45     Ubon UMT United v Suphanburi
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Ratchaburi
19:00     Pattaya United v Buriram United
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Chonburi United
20:00     Sisaket v Bangkok Glass
25 June
18:00     Muangthong United v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Thai Honda v Navy
19:00     Port v Bangkok United
19:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Sukhothai

Matchday 20
28 June
17:45     BEC Tero Sasana v Super Power Samut Prakan
17:45     Pattaya United v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Buriram United v Thai Honda
19:00     Bangkok United v Ubon UMT United
19:00     Muangthong United v Chonburi
19:00     Navy v    Port
19:00     Ratchaburi v Bangkok Glass
20:00     Suphanburi v Chiang Rai United
20:00     Sukhothai v Sisaket

Matchday 21
1 July
17:45     Ratchaburi v Sukhothai
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Bangkok United
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Buriram United
19:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Chonburi
20:00     Bangkok Glass v Suphanaburi
2 July
18:00     Ubon UMT United v Navy
18:00     Sisaket v BEC Tero Sasana
19:00     Port v Thai Honda
19:00     Muangthong United v Pattaya United

Matchday 22
5 July
17:45     Thai Honda v Ubon UMT United
17:45     Pattaya United v Super Power Samut Prakan
18:00     Chonburi v Sisaket
18:00     Buriram United v Port
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Muangthong United
19:00     Bangkok United v Bangkok Glass
19:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Ratchaburi
20:00     Suphanburi v Sukhothai
20:00     Navy v Chiang Rai United

Matchday 23
8 July
17:45     Bangkok Glass v Navy
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Nakhon Ratchasima
19:00     Suphanburi v BEC Tero Sasana
19:00     Sukhothai v Bangkok United
20:00     Ratchaburi v Chonburi
9 July
18:00     Sisaket v Pattaya United
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Thai Honda
19:00     Ubon UMT United v Port
19:00     Muangthong United v Buriram United

Matchday 24
29 July
17:45     Bangkok United v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Chonburi v Suphanburi
19:00     Thai Honda v Bangkok Glass
19:00     Pattaya United v Ratchaburi
20:00     Buriram United v Ubon UMT United
30 July
18:00     Muanthong United v Super Power Samut Prakan
18:00     Navy v Sukhothai
19:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Sisaket
19:00     Port v Chiang Rai United

Matchday 25
5 August
17:45     Chiang Rai United v Ubon UMT United
18:00     Suphanburi v Pattaya United
19:00     Bangkok Glass v Port
19:00     Bangkok United v Chonburi
20:00     Ratchaburi v Nakhon Ratchasima
6 August
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Buriram United
18:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Navy
19:00     Sukhothai v Thai Honda
19:00     Sisaket v Muangthong United

Matchday 26
9 August
19:00     Chonburi v Thai Honda

Matchday 27
10 September
17:45     Nakhon Ratchasima v Suphanburi
17:45     Ubon UMT United v Bangkok Glass
18:00     Pattaya United v Bangkok United
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Sisaket
19:00     Buriram United v Chiang Rai United
19:00     Muangthong United v Ratchaburi
19:00     Navy v Chonburi
20:00     Port v Sukhothai
20:00     Thai Honda v BEC Tero Sasana

Matchday 28
16 September
17:45   BEC Tero Sasana v Port
18:00     Sisaket v Buriram United
19:00     Sukhothai v Ubon UMT United
20:00     Bangkok United v Nakhon Ratchasima
17 September
18:00     Bangkok Glass v Chiang Rai United
18:00     Navy v Pattaya United
19:00     Suphanburi v Muangthong United
19:00     Ratchaburi v Super Power Samut Prakan

Matchday 29
20 September
17:45     Super Power Samut Prakan v Suphanburi
17:45     Port v Chonburi
18:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Navy
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Sukhothai
19:00     Ubon UMT United v BEC Tero Sasana
19:00     Sisaket v Ratchaburi
19:00     Thai Honda v Pattaya United
20:00     Muangthong United v Bangkok United
20:00     Buriram United v Bangkok Glass

Matchday 30
23 September
17:45     Bangkok United v Super Power Samut Prakan
18:00     Sukhothai v Bangkok Glass
19:00     Suphanburi v Sisaket
19:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Chiang Rai United
20:00     Navy v Muangthong United
24 September
18:00     Thai Honda v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Chonburi v Ubon UMT United
19:00     Pattaya United v Port
19:00     Ratchaburi v Buriram United

Matchday 31
14 October
17:45     Ratchaburi v Suphanburi
17:45     Muangthong United v Thai Honda
18:00     Bangkok Glass v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Port v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Chonburi
19:00     Buriram United v Sukhothai
19:00     Sisaket v Bangkok United
20:00     Ubon UMT United v Pattaya United
20:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Navy

Matchday 32
22 October
17:45     Port v Muangthong United
17:45     Navy v Sisaket
18:00     Pattaya United v Chiang Rai United
18:00     Chonburi v Bangkok Glass
19:00     Suphanburi v Buriram United
19:00     BEC Tero Sasana v Sukhothai
19:00     Bangkok United v Ratchaburi
20:00     Thai Honda v Super Power Samut Prakan
20:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Ubon UMT United

Matchday 33
8 November
17:45     Super Power v Port
17:45     Bangkok Glass v Pattaya United
18:00     Chiang Rai United v Nakhon Ratchasima
18:00     Suphanburi v Bangkok United
18:00     Ratchaburi v Navy
19:00     Sisaket v Thai Honda
19:00     Buriram United v BEC Tero Sasana
20:00     Ubon UMT United v Muangthong United
20:00     Sukhothai v Chonburi

Matchday 34
11 November
18:00     Navy v Suphanburi
18:00     Pattaya United v Sukhothai
18:00     Thai Honda v Ratchaburi
18:00     Port v Sisaket
18:00     Ubon UMT United v Super Power Samut Prakan
12 November
18:00     Muangthong United v Chiang Rai United
18:00     Bangkok United v Buriram United
18:00     Chonburi v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Bangkok Glass

Matchday 35
18 November
18:00     Chonburi v Buriram United
18:00     Suphanburi v Bangkok United
18:00     Pattaya United v BEC Tero Sasana
18:00     Thai Honda v Suphanburi
18:00     Nakhon Ratchasima v Sukhothai
18:00     Ratchaburi v Port
18:00     Muangthong United v Bangkok Glass
18:00     Ubon UMT United v Sisaket
18:00     Super Power Samut Prakan v Chiang Rai United

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 26, 2017, 09:30:23 AM
Thank you

On my calendar now

Cheers

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2017, 07:51:35 AM
Dateline 28th May 2017 – Match day 17.

 FT Bangkok Glass 1 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the Glass Rabbits in this end of Leg 1 fixture, hoping to ease themselves further clear of the relegation zone.
Glass started brightly with some fine passing movements but the visitors eased themselves into the game and in the 14th minute Akekanat fired in a shot after a superb solo run. With the home team playing the more accomplished football, the Swatcat defence was coping well as the home team pressed.
  With the Swatcats looking useful on the break Naruphol went close with a drive from 20 yards and on 31 minutes Adiyiah nearly caught out the keeper with a snap shot. Glass countered with a shot from Chaowat drifting wide on 37 minutes and a drive from Campos that was well saved by the visitor’s keeper.

Honours even at half time, with the visitors giving a good account of themselves. Glass probably just edged the half but the Swatcats did have their chances.

The second half opened with Adiyiah firing over with the goal at his mercy after a defensive error - a guilt edged chance squandered!! Minutes later Adiyiah was again guilty of a glaring miss when his shot scuffed the post. The visitors were now on top but Bangkok Glass still looked dangerous when probing forward and a couple of long range chances were created.
The visitors began to defend too deep on the hour mark, inviting the home team to attack in waves and one wondered if the inevitable home goal would come. Surachat went close in the 69th minute then Campos shot wide but the visitor’s defence continued to hold firm.

In what was now becoming almost constant pressure, the Swatcats were clinging to their valuable point with great tenacity but in the 81st minute Bangkok Glass went ahead when Chatree fired in from 6 yards.

Adido’s two second half misses cost us the match and I know I am sounding like a stuck record but yet another decent performance against class opposition - the defence looked sound and build up in midfield was crisp and constructive but we continue to struggle with the all important aspect of football - scoring goals. I’m asking again - a big target man in the transfer window please!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2017, 07:53:14 AM
Match day 17 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2017, 08:18:13 AM
Swatcat's skipper Chalermpong has been called into the 35 man squad by the new Thai National team coach.
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Post by: Roger on May 29, 2017, 08:31:20 AM
Hi TW. Thanks for that. Caught the game on TV.

I thought the Swatcats played well enough but as usual, goals are hard to come by.
Dominic Adiyah is a real strength in this team but he lacks composure in front of goal. He just can't score the goals his skill and effort deserve. I agree - we need a target man.

When the TPL resumes, the Swatcats must win some of their 'easier' games. We look too good to be in a relegation scrap but 5 points margin ain't much. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2017, 08:34:51 AM
Totally agree Roger - too good to go down but I think we may be flirting with relegation come the end of the season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 29, 2017, 08:35:45 AM
The Thai League now takes a couple of week’s break, (to accommodate the Thai National team’s fixtures against Uzbekistan and UAE). The League recommences on the weekend of 17-18th June.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 02, 2017, 05:33:25 PM
Reports are that the Swatcats have signed Brazilian Paulo Rangel. He is 32 years old and is a striker. He is ex Muang Thong and has been knocking around in other ASEAN leagues for the last couple of years.
I will post when transfer is confirmed.
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Post by: Roger on June 02, 2017, 05:39:39 PM
Paolo looks OK TW.
He scores goals wherever he goes.
He's had 18 different Clubs but never played more than 26 games for any one Club.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Rangel_(footballer)

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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 03, 2017, 05:05:00 PM
Confirmed; Paulo Rangel  has signed a 6 month contract with the Swatcats.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2017, 08:19:04 AM
With captain Chalermpong being called into the Thai National squad and keeper Saranon being named in the “Goals Team of the first leg”, it is no wonder our defensive record is so good. I am even changing my opinion on Victor Igbonefo who has been ever present this season….what a pity we can’t score goals. Perhaps new signing Paulo Rangel can redress the balance.
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Post by: Roger on June 04, 2017, 09:37:03 AM
Paulo Rangel scored 170 goals in his 305 appearances at 18 Clubs - that's an excellent scoring record. Perhaps he can help - if he can stay on the pitch. He was banned for SIX months in 2015 for gross indiscipline, including pushing a Referee.
Hopefully he's learned !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2017, 10:04:21 AM
This may be the "kick up the ar*e" that - I've being asking for!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 07, 2017, 09:00:41 AM
Swatcats skipper Chalermpong won his first Thai cap last night against Uzbekistan.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 07, 2017, 09:04:05 AM
New signing Paulo Rangel in training yesterday.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 07, 2017, 10:17:14 AM
Friendly match announced: NRFC V Si Saket saturday 10th june 16.00 hours. Chance to see new signing Rangel perhaps.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 11, 2017, 08:04:20 AM
Last night’s friendly against Si Saket was abandoned after 55 minutes due to continuous torrential rain. The Swatcats were leading 2-1 at the time with a brace from Adiyiah. The match saw the debut of striker Paulo Rangel. He looked useful and made some great contributions to the team’s performance. He is tall and has “presence” and I think he will score goals when the season recommences.
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Post by: Roger on June 12, 2017, 06:36:35 AM
TW I saw an 'introducing Paolo' feature on the TV last week and he looks an imposing character. With his presence and goalscoring, he'll keep the Swatcats out of a drift to the relegation zone - we're not too far above it !
Good to see Adiyah scoring 2 against Sisaket - hopefully Adiyah will benefit too from the arrival of his new strike partner !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 12, 2017, 10:14:39 AM
Yes encouraging Roger. Joksic has apparently set a target of 7th place. A little optimistic I think but if we can start scoring goals..... I personally would settle for top ten.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 13, 2017, 08:27:05 AM
The Thai Premier League recommences this weekend with The Swatcats travelling to Bangkok to take on Police Tero (AKA BEC Tero Sasana). This mid table clash will be a tight encounter. With Tero stalling after a bright start to their season the Swatcats will be challenging for at least a point.

This match (KO 18.00 Sunday 18th June, TV coverage TBC) should see the league debut of recent signing Paulo Rangel – what price a debut goal.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 13, 2017, 06:42:39 PM
Swatcat's skipper Chalermpong plays tonight in Thailand's WCQ v UAE. His second cap.
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Post by: Roger on June 14, 2017, 07:55:36 AM
Thanks for the heads up on that TW - we're in Chantaburi atm, we'd just got back from Laem Sing beach and caught the game. I'm afraid I thought the 1-1 a fair result.
But Thailand had a really good go at it and it was a shame to see a first Group 'win' snatched away at the last minute !
Well done to Chalermpong for his 2nd cap - I couldn't pick him out easily.
I see Sarach Yooyen ex Swatcat is still starring. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 15, 2017, 04:00:11 PM
The TPL is dropping to 16 teams in 2019, hence there will be 5 teams relegated next season. Should we Swatcat’s fans be worried (that is if we survive this year)? I certainly believe so. I think it would be very difficult for the team to survive a 5 team drop with the current squad.

In another rule change, the foreign quota from next year will be 3 non-asian, 1 asian and 1 asean. Victor Igbonefo will qualify as an asean player but at present we have no Asians in our quota and 4 non asian – changes ahead???
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 17, 2017, 07:53:33 AM
TV coverage. Swatcat's game v Tero will be shown on Truesports 6, KO 18.00 sunday 18th June.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 07:47:50 AM
Dateline 18th June 2017 – Match day 18.

FT Police Tero 3  NRFC 1

The second leg of the 2017 season kicks off this weekend with the Fire Dragons welcoming the Swatcats from Korat for this mid-table clash.

Former Swatcat keeper Kampon was in goal for Tero and the Swatcats started with new signing Rangel up front. The Swatcats started brightly with an interchange between Rangel and Adiyiah ending with a low shot on target from the Ghanaian.

In the 11th minute Weerayut Kayem volleyed in after a fine move to give Tero the lead but with the visitors passing the ball around confidently one sensed that they could strike back and in the 16th minute Pina went close with a 22 yard drive. Minutes later Chanatphol’s long range shot went narrowly over the bar.
In the 29th minute a superb move terminated with a snap shot from 6 yards by Adiyiah that was well saved by the Tero keeper and although the visitors were having a lot of possession, Tero looked dangerous on the break.

The Swatcats equalized (deservedly so) in the 37th minute when debutant Paulo Rangel  deflected a shot in with a clever back heel flick but almost immediately Tero broke forward and N’Dri lobbed in smartly to regain the lead.

The second half began with Igbonefo heading just over from a Pina free kick, Tero countered with a low drive going inches wide. The Swatcats were now pressing for an equalizer as Tero seemed to tire and in the 64th minute the Swatcats were awarded a penalty for a trip in the box but Pina’s kick was well saved by keeper Kampon.
The visitors continued to press but their chances of a point were dented when Chalermpong was shown a red card for a second bookable offence - an exceedingly harsh decision in my opinion!!

N’Dri went close with a header in the 77th minute in a rare second half chance for the hosts as the Swatcat’s second half dominance failed to yield the vital equalizer. In the 91st minute Tero were awarded a penalty for a push. The penalty was converted by N’Dri to give Tero an undeserved 3-1 lead.

Another decent performance (sorry, I sound like a broken record!!) and the performance probably merited a point. The Swatcats surely cannot go down if they continue to perform like this but they have to pick up points against lesser teams if they are to survive. Rangel looks like a useful acquisition and could form a formidable force up front with Adiyiah. Defensively the team looks sound and midfield is passing the ball around well - quite honestly, I am at a loss to work out why our performances are not yielding more points.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 07:49:32 AM
Match Day 18 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 08:23:52 AM
The first round of the Thai FA Cup takes place on wednesday 21st June. The Swatcats take on Nakhon Si Thammmarat at the 80th Anniversary stadium. The kick off is 19.00 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 08:33:05 AM
Swatcat's opponents in the first round of the FA Cup, Nakhon Si Thammarat currently play in Division 3 (south).
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Post by: Roger on June 19, 2017, 03:15:59 PM
Thanks TW. No True 6 so I 'watched' on Flashscore. When I saw a red come up I thought of Paulo Angel and was pleased it wasn't him. I think he may be important to the Swatcats now. You seem quite sanguine about the disappointing result. Hopefully better results will come soon but 'we' are on a bad run. The only team not able to chase and overtake us from here is 'SuperPowerLess' !

Some of the others down there are getting results. MMMMmmmmm.

(I watched Navy play Buriram on Saturday and was very impressed with their Andre Luis right wingish).
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2017, 03:56:58 PM
Yes Roger, we are in a real dogfight now. Luckily at the weekend Sukhothai were the only team below us to gain a point. I feel that we will be OK. Our performances are not too bad. Rangel might be our saviour.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 22, 2017, 08:18:07 AM
The Swatcats progressed into the second round of the FA Cup when they overcame plucky Nakhon Si Thammarat 5-0 last night. The highlight of the evening was a first half hat trick from striker Paulo Rangel.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 22, 2017, 08:20:16 AM
The Swatcats welcome the in form Sharks from Chonburi this weekend, (KO 19.00 Saturday 24th June, TV coverage Truesports 6). The Sharks are on a good run of form and will be hoping to sustain their top 5 position. The struggling Swatcats will be hoping that they can pick up some points to keep themselves out of the bottom 5.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 22, 2017, 09:09:10 AM
Paulo Rangel celebrating one of his goals and with the match ball following last night's hat trick.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 22, 2017, 05:57:15 PM
The Swatcats have signed goalkeeper Weera Koedpudsa from Port FC.
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Post by: Roger on June 23, 2017, 06:52:44 AM
TW. It's good to see Paolo Rangel popping the goals in - the Swatcats need a few points asap. As for the new Goalie - do you know if he was first choice at Port ? Thanks.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2017, 08:45:13 AM
Hi Roger,
             Weera Koedpudsa is 30 years old and 6 feet tall. He was at Port for a couple of seasons but was loaned out to Si Saket. In the past he has been on the bench a couple of times for the National team but never got on the pitch.
It seems like something is going on at the club as young keeper Saranon Anuin is set to leave the club - a shame because he looked a good prospect. I wonder if a team has offered him better terms. Our second keeper to leave following Kampon’s departure last season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2017, 08:56:17 AM
Hands up all those who want a break free season…. Yep, I guess that’s all of us.

The current season structure is a mess - no continuity, a stop/start charade that gees us all up then let’s us down just as things get interesting. At a time when attendances are dropping from an already mediocre level, things need to change to provide a more straight-through and continuous shootout.
The move of making Tier 1 a 16 team competition is an ideal opportunity to modernize and streamline the fan’s season. I would prefer a 12 team league but that’s for another day!!

So what activities could be slung out and what are essentials that have to be kept.

The National team has to have breaks - acknowledged - but not the overlong breaks that we currently endure and which do not seem to be yielding much improvement in National team performance. Copy the European pattern and shorten the break.

Scrap the terms “Leg 1” and “Leg 2”. If there is no break why artificially compartmentalize the season.

Scrap the King’s Cup - a meaningless and underwhelming tournament that is out of step with current international fixture thinking worldwide.

Scrap the Songkran break - contentious I know and I personally would not try to travel to a game at these dangerous times BUT last year’s fixture between Buriram and Chonburi drew a tremendous crowd when held around Songkran time. If I were in charge I would use the Songkran festival as a nationwide “footie fest” with free family tickets and food and “water” freely available!!

So there we have it, for the 2018 season with 16 teams, 30 weekend fixtures with perhaps just a couple of weekends lost to NT breaks. No midweek league fixtures with the 2 cup competitions taking up relevant midweek slots.

Slightly off point but in my mind as Thai domestic football seems to be an armchair viewer’s activity, I would like to see more Friday evening fixtures, supplemented by Monday night football too. Match day crowds will howl that it is difficult to get to these games but it has become a “use it or lose it” situation. Thai football cannot be sustainable by relying solely on fans turning up on matchdays. While on the subject why not have cup matches on Tuesday/Wednesday to allow for more football coverage.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2017, 11:49:09 AM
My good friend Dale of the excellent Chonburi FC website conducted an interview with me before the forthcoming Chonburi match. I have copied the interview transcript below;

Q- What are your thoughts on Nakhon Ratchasima's first half of the season?

The Swatcats have developed a style of play that has led to a poor run of results but which has resulted in pretty decent performances throughout the season. Scoring goals has been the ultimate problem - hopefully to be solved by the signing of Paulo Rangel. Bizarrely The Sharks have formulated a style of play and attitude that has allowed them to put together a fine run of results without setting the world on fire performance-wise.

Q - What are your expectations for the second half?

Well hopefully to stay clear of the bottom three but I do have real fears that we may be I danger of the dreaded drop. I just cannot work out why we are floundering in the bottom half.

Q - Goals seem to have been one of your big problems. Do you think your new signing will put this right?

Well Paulo has made a good start - four goals in two games. He looks the part however I really cannot see how the signing of one player will put to right all of our woes. I had been calling for a big target man to be signed and I got my wish - fingers crossed!!

Q - And will his goals be enough?

If he scores 10 goals in the second leg, we will stay up.

Q - Do you still have faith in your coach (please explain)?

Yes - ish. It’s too easy to get on the coaches back because of a bad run and I do not think sacking Joksic would make much of a difference. From what I see the squad is happy and “together” and perhaps I am biased but performances have been better than OK. If Rangel bangs in 10-15 goals we will all be whooping with delight. We all have to temper our expectations - 5 years ago the Swatcats were Tier 3 and then the team finished 8th in their inaugural season in Tier 1. Ask Sukhothai how difficult it is after the first season in Tier 1.

Q - What advice would you like to give him?

Keep calm and carry on. There are no deep rooted problems with the team. A couple of good results and everything will be fine and dandy!!

Q - What do you think is the main reason for your alarming drop in attendances?

Easy one this - two reasons. First, ask yourself how many fans would turn up if Chonburi were 12th in the table, how many fans would turn up at Buriram if they were 12th in the table. Entertainment levels at the home games has been mediocre - 2 wins, few goals. If the Swatcats were top 5 there would be a guaranteed 20 000 fans turning up every week. Second, due to our two promotions, the Swatcats fans got used to winning most matches at home that plus our fairly successful first season in Tier 1 means that we all expect the team to win home games - we now no longer do hence drop in gates.

Q - What do you think the club could do to address this?

Start winning - we must not forget that the attendance problem is not just a Nakhon Ratchasima issue. Our attendances are still 6tth best in the league. I know what the answer is for the league as a whole but I am too scared to voice my views publicly!!

Q - And what are they doing?

Well they have invested in Rangel to try to score more goals. I still find the match day experience at the 80th Anniversary stadium pretty rewarding and the team does publicize throughout the city. The problem with Thai domestic football is that the product is useless. Fans like you and I will still turn out week after week but you have to get at the fringe fans. The club did drop prices for the last two games - but no one knew about it so it had negligible effect.

Q - What have been your impressions of Chonburi so far this season?

Well Dale - you ain’t gonna like this but here goes!! I can believe in unicorns and mermaids, I can even believe that Trump is president of the USA but I cannot believe that the Sharks are fifth in the TPL!! I have watched most of the games on TV and although plaudits for the results obtained, the performances have been average to poor. Having said that, I would prefer to be in the Sharks position than ours!!

Q - What are your expectations for Saturday's match?

History suggests a draw – and it ain’t gonna be 4-4. I don’t envisage much excitement or entertainment!!

Q - Which of your players do we need to look out for (and why)?

I always think that Dominic Adiyiah is a player to watch – he’s quick and good on the ball. Rangel of course on his home league debut will of course score at least 1. At the back our recently capped captain Chalermpong is worth looking out for.

Q - Which Chonbui players are you most wary of (and why)?

Thiago Cunha, Thiago Cunha and Thiago Cunha - bound to score if he starts. Prince of course and Marques for their goal threat - but who will start?

Q - How do you see the rest of our season panning out?

Well pundits might suggest that the Sharks will fade and die. I personally think that there is no reason why they should not sustain their current position. Like it or not they have got a winning formula going on.

Q - What have the club been doing to promote the match?

Nothing special - the usual posters and bill board features.

Q - What kind of attendance do you think there'll be?

The recent cup win and the presence of Rangel might motivate a few but I suspect around 5 000.

Q - What are you most looking forward to on Saturday?

Cunha is a clown and would be better employed at Barnard’s circus but he is an entertainer and I want to see how Rangel will figure - oh and seeing you Dale!!

Q - Who will win the league?

Buriram

Q - And who will go down?

Difficult - some teams at the bottom have shown signs of some real form. Superpower has gone and hopefully not the Swatcats - that leaves Navy, Pattaya, Si Saket, Thai Honda and Sukhothai.  I think Thai Honda will go down. Pattaya, Si Saket and Sukhothai have all shown some fighting spirit so I think Navy will join Superpower and Thai Honda in Tier 2 next season.

Q - Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Yes a big welcome to all Sharks fans. I really enjoyed my visit to Chonburi earlier in the season and I hope that all visiting fans have an enjoyable but not too profitable day!!
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Post by: Roger on June 24, 2017, 08:44:18 PM
Thanks TW. Nowt on TV but 'watching' on Flashscore atm.
http://www.flashscore.com/match/6L94AtRN/#match-summary
I predict a bouncy report from you tomorrow. ATB 
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 25, 2017, 07:44:27 AM
Boing boing !!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 25, 2017, 11:58:26 AM
Dateline 24th June 2017 – Match day 19.

 FT NRFC 5 Chonburi Sharks 2

The Swatcats welcomed the high flying Chonburi Sharks to the 80th Anniversary Stadium with the hosts desperate for points to help them pull away from possible relegation woes.

In front of 5163 fans, Chonburi opened brightly with the Swatcats seemingly unable to “get into gear” and unsurprisingly after some shambolic defending from the hosts the Sharks raced into the lead when Prince Amponsah slotted home in the 6th minute.

My early thoughts were “oh heck we’re in for a good beating tonight” - how wrong could I be!!

The hosts tried to settle but too many passes were going astray. Early on, the Sharks looked the stronger team and with the absence of suspended skipper Chalermpong, the Swatcat’s defence looked vulnerable.
In the 29th minute a well taken free kick from Pina evaded the keeper and Victor Igbonefo tapped in to equalize. The goal seemed to bring the home side to life and minutes later a sharp counter attack led to a shot on target from Chakrit. Sensing blood, the hosts pushed forward and Chanatphon’s excellent angled shot was well saved by the keeper.
The Swatcats went 2-1 up in the 45th minute when Adiyiah slotted home after he was put clear by a superb through ball from Pina.

The second half began with an excellent end to end passing move culminating in an angled shot from Chanatphon cannoning off the foot of the post. With the hosts finally moving into top gear, the Sharks looked weary and lacking in confidence.
In the 51st minute, a though ball drew the Sharks keeper out of his area to challenge and Chakrit lobbed the ball wide with an empty net beckoning.
The Sharks managed a rare chance on 54 minutes but Igbonefo scrambled the ball clear. Almost immediately Adiyiah played in Rangel who turned into the box and shot home from 8 yards - a sharp piece of forward play from the Brazilian to put the hosts 3-1 up.

In the 72nd minute Dominic Adiyiah put the game to bed when he finished off a fine solo run with a 20 yard drive that curved deliciously into the far corner of the net. The demolition was completed on 78 minutes when Chakrit latched onto a cross from Rangel and netted from 10 yards.

In the dying embers of the encounter Renan Marques added a consolation goal when he tapped in after a decent move

Football is a “funny old game” as ‘Arry Redknapp once said. This was by no means the best Swatcat performance at home this season and yet they bang in 5 goals - and it should have been 7. It is easy to say that the Sharks, in all honesty, did not put up much of a fight but the host’s finishing was clinical and of course Paulo Rangel does give us more firepower up front.

So, let’s enjoy the moment - my mind is made up, this team will not be relegated and at the moment the signing of Rangel seems to be a masterstroke - why it took so long for the coaching staff to see the problem is something to be discussed.
However, my caution now kicks in - one swallow does not make a summer and there were problems tonight. If I may nit-pick, some of the passing tonight was inept - especially early on and we gave the ball away needlessly on many occasions.
We will not be playing teams like Chonburi every week and our next two home games are against Muang Thong and Buriram. It is vital that we get something on Wednesday against struggling Pattaya United.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 25, 2017, 12:00:05 PM
Matchday 19 stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 25, 2017, 12:02:15 PM
Fixtures coming thick and fast at this stage of the season as the Swatcats take on the Rockin’ Dolphins in Pattaya on Wednesday 28th June (KO 17.45, TV coverage Truesports TS2). In this potential relegation scrap both teams will be fighting for valuable points to stave off worries of the big drop.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Bournemouth on June 26, 2017, 09:13:01 AM
Yes, a great win against Chonburi, just a pity only a crowd of 5,200 saw the game.

Next home game against Buriram  is on Saturday 1st July K.O. @ 7.00 pm.

Do you know what day(s) and time the ticket office opens?

Not want to leave it until the night of a game, as I usually do.

Thanks.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 26, 2017, 11:08:09 AM
Sorry, I don't know about when tickets are availabe or even if there is a ticket office!
You will be ok getting tickets on the day - crowd won't be above 15 000.
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Post by: Roger on June 27, 2017, 02:38:36 PM
Hi TW and B'th.
Just caught a replay of the Chonburi game on True 24 - 2nd half.
I thought the sides looked well matched but Korat having the edge. Good to see my old M8 Diakita again.
Paolo Angel's goal was really good, just a touch to clear the defenders and a nice finish.
Then Adiyah's second goal, a beauty. I thought Chakrit's goal for 5 was just offside.
Chonburi's second - our new Goalie all at sea ?
Sad to see the empty stadium. Great to see Adiyah buzzing and I'm sure having Rangel around will help him.
Well done the Swatcats - a nice win at Pattaya to come tomorrow !
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 27, 2017, 03:52:17 PM
The Swatcats  have signed Ekkachai Rittiphan on loan deal from Police Tero
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 27, 2017, 04:06:07 PM
New signing Rittaphan with manger Milos Joksic.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 28, 2017, 07:00:47 AM
The Swatcats have drawn Nongbua Pitchaya (away) in the round of 32 of the League Cup.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 28, 2017, 08:26:09 PM
Pattaya United 3 Swatcats 1. Report may be a day or two late - I'm stuck in Pattaya !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 29, 2017, 09:41:56 AM
Hi TW. I  watched Muang Thong v Chonburi on TV - Chonburi were doing OK at 0-1 but then conceded 3 quick goals under 2nd half pressure.
Hope everything is OK with you ? Marooned ?

Bad result for the Swatcats . . . . .
I looked at the standings and SuperPowerLess and Thai Honda do look beyond hope - both losing their last 5 games ! 3rd from bottom Sisaket face a 6 point gap BUT have gained 5 points from the last 5 games - more than the Swatcats who have earned just that 3 against Chonburi.

Then just 1 point between Pattaya, Sukothai, Navy and us. Over the last 5 games they've earned 6,13 and 6 points respectively. Looks like Sukothai will soon leapfrog us. Indeed, unless we can get a surprise result against B'ram or MT Utd, we're likely to be 4th from bottom quite soon !

We need to look up and get on a good run methinks. Look forward to your report. ATB

http://www.flashscore.com/soccer/thailand/thai-premier-league/standings/
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 29, 2017, 10:31:44 AM
Hi Roger, marooned out of choice!!! The Swatcats were well beaten by Pattaya. Your points on the table are valid. 4th from bottom is looking likely.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 29, 2017, 10:34:45 AM
Just a quick reminder. Swatcats V Buriram on saturday KO 19.00, TV coverage truesports HD2. Preview to follow.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 29, 2017, 10:56:31 AM
Thaiwolf on tour - with Aussie guest supporter John
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 29, 2017, 11:01:24 AM
Thaiwolf at Nongprue Stadium
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 30, 2017, 06:07:42 PM
Dateline 28th June 2017 – Match day 20.

 FT Pattaya United 3 NRFC 1

The Swatcats visited the home of fellow relegation candidates Pattaya United.

Early in the match, Pattaya looked a far more polished side than the visitors. They passed the ball through midfield well and looked dangerous up front. For the visitor’s part, the ball was given away cheaply allowing the home team to attack in waves.
The first real chance of the game came in the 10th minute when Pina hit a 25 yard free kick that drew the best from the Dolphin’s keeper. The home team countered immediately with a 25 yard drive spectacularly saved by Koedpudchar.
In the 14th minute a second “supersave” from keeper Koedpudchar prevented the Dolphins from going ahead. The Dolphins were now pressing and another miracle save from the visitor’s keeper again kept the scores level.
In the 29th minute the inevitable happened when Stojanovic blasted home to give Pattaya a deserved lead. Minutes later Adiyiah went clear but his week shot was pushed wide - a good chance missed! From the resulting corner Rangel was adjudged to have been brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded - a harsh decision in my opinion. Replays revealed a blatant dive. Rangel himself converted the spot kick.
The Swatcats ended the half, somewhat fortuitously on level terms at 1-1.

The second half saw the home team still in the ascendancy and in the 58th minute a fine drive from Santitorn put the hosts ahead. The Swatcats were offering very little up front, with Rangel’s low drive being the only chance of the half.
With Pattaya continuing to dominate they added a third when Wongsakorn added a third in time added on.

After the euphoria of last week a “down to earth” feeling for the Swatcats. They were thoroughly outplayed by Patttaya and in fact could have conceded 5 or 6 goals.
Not a disaster but it does put the team 1 point above fourth from bottom -  a precarious position to be in and with games against Buriram and Muang Thong to come, things could get much worse.
On the bright side, another goal from Rangel but that apart not too much to celebrate.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 30, 2017, 06:09:09 PM
Match day 20 stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 30, 2017, 06:10:23 PM
The Swatcats welcome Championship hopefuls and Isaan rivals Buriram United tomorrow, Saturday 1st July (KO 19.00 hours TV coverage TBC), A big ask for the Swatcats but I think a point may be attainable.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2017, 09:14:38 AM
Dateline 1st July 2017 – Match day 21.

 FT NRFC 0 Buriram United 2

The Swatcats welcomed the Championship favourites Buriram United this weekend.

In front of 10 082 fans and on a sodden pitch Buriram opened brightly. They fired an early warning shot when Coelho outwitted Igbonefo but his shot went narrowly wide. Minutes later an amazing 35 yard dipping drive from Rafael Bastos beat the keeper to give Buriram the lead - I did think that if the keeper had been on his line he could have made a straightforward save.

In the 14th minute Adiyiah went close with a flick but then the heavens opened and lightening lit up the skies overhead and as the advertising hoardings began to fly, the referee took the players off the pitch.

The players returned after 45 minutes to be confronted by a quagmire with both sides content to “give it some wellie” with the idea of trying to pass the ball rendered impossible. The visitors continued to look dangerous going forward but any attempts at the other end were thwarted by some good defending.

Coelho went close again on 37 minutes but as a contest the game became a farce but in the 55th minute there was a clear handball inside the box after a Rangel flick but no penalty was awarded - a lucky break for Buriram.
In the 64th minute Buriram went 2 up when Jakkaphan slid the ball under an advancing keeper and with both sides struggling with the conditions, there was no real response from the home side.

The match was effectively over as a contest of football after the rain storm but Buriram mastered the conditions more effectively and really gave little chance for the Swatcats to get back into the game. A disappointing night for the hosts. They created maybe 1 or 2 half chances all game and Buriram looked like they would score every time they broke forward. The Swatcats now have a real challenge on their hands to avoid the drop - our only hope is that there are 3 more inferior teams below us !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2017, 09:16:28 AM
Match Day 21 stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2017, 09:27:43 AM
Amazing scenes at the match last night
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2017, 04:02:42 PM
Muang Thong United are the Swatcats next opponents (Wednesday 5th July KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). The Kirin’s championship quest has faltered recently but they will still provide a formidable challenge.

Thaiwolf prediction; away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 02, 2017, 04:46:38 PM
Hi TW. Thanks for the report on the B'ram game. I wonder if we'd got that Penalty it would have changed the result ? Reading about and seeing your picture of the weather, I hope you were in the main stand ! I predict a Swatcat win 2-1 over MT Utd on Wednesday . . . ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2017, 05:32:16 PM
Hi Roger, yes thankfully in main stand and dry. I'm not sure the penalty would have made much difference - we were pretty dire. I suspect we are getting ourselves into a fine mess - I'm getting a teensy weensy bit worried !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 03, 2017, 07:23:36 AM
TW - No doubt you noticed Sisaket's win last night - now they are just 4 points behind the Swatcats. After Muang Thong Wednesday, we get Super Power away and Sisaket home. Failure to get 6 out of those next 9 points will make matters look critical.
Wednesday Swatcats 2-1 ! ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 03, 2017, 12:34:44 PM
I'm developing a bad feeling Roger. Apart from Superpower and Honda, all the bottom teams are picking up points.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 04, 2017, 05:09:28 PM
The Swatcats have released recently acquired striker Krste Velkoski. He never really set the world on fire at Korat and has returned to Sarajevo in Bosnia.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 04, 2017, 05:15:50 PM
Confirmed - tomorrow's match is being shown live on truevisions TS HD channel 122
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 06, 2017, 07:53:37 AM
Dateline 5th July 2017 – Match day 22.

 FT NRFC 0 Muang Thong United 1

The stumbling Kirins were the guests at the 80th Anniversary Stadium in this mid week encounter. The Swatcats surely hoping that they would not be the victims of retribution after a weak run of results by the once mighty Muang Thong.

On a pitch that looked more like a ploughed field and in front of 8429 spectators, the visitors started brightly. In a hectic start the Kirins flooded forward with a chance cleared off the line followed by an acrobatic overhead kick from Heberty that struck the bar.
The hosts countered with a fine 25 yard drive from Pina that was well saved by keeper Kawin. Minutes later Rangel chested down a cross for Adiyiah who failed to test the keeper with his shot.

In a match already littered with chances Heberty drew a fine save from the home keeper with a well struck free kick from 22 yards. The hosts now exerted a period of pressure but were unable to make the final ball count as the Kirins defended effectively.
In the 36th minute Adiyiah seized upon a defensive mistake and shot inches wide from 20 yards and right on half time Rangel broke clear and shot from 18 yards with Kawin forced to push the effort wide. With the hosts having the majority of play, Muang Thong could consider themselves lucky to go into half time on level terms.

The second half began with both sides sparring on an ever worsening pitch with the conditions precluding any real chance of attractive passing football and one sensed that a defensive error might decide the game.
As the half progressed Muang Thong began to exert pressure and with very little going forward from the hosts, wave after wave of attacking moves from the visitors were forthcoming - could the Swatcat defence hold on?

In a rare foray forward Kritsada had a goal bound shot blocked in the 75th minute and in the 80th minute after good work; Adiyiah saw his shot deflected wide, but relentless pressure from the KIrins must eventually be rewarded with a winner.
In the 90th minute Assumpcao headed in to give Muang Thong the lead and the hosts were unable to respond

With teams around and below them picking up points, the Swatcats face a struggle to keep their heads above water in the relegation stakes. Although I still think that the team is too good to go down, results seem to be conspiring against them and unless they string together a decent run, they are going to find themselves in trouble and at risk of the drop come the end of the season.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 06, 2017, 07:55:19 AM
Match Day 22 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 06, 2017, 09:24:49 AM
Thanks TW - losing in the 90th minute - what a heartbreaker !
My prediction was 50% correct then - MTU scored 1 goal.
It sounds like the Swatcats put up a decent show - but we need to get some points.

Next up SuperPowerLess - I see Pattaya just walloped them 9-2, (Pattaya scoring almost 40% of their tally so far in just one game). Swatcats must and will win that one.
Then Sisaket, a fellow struggler with similar credibilty to Swatcats - we must NOT lose game.

At least we don't have to play B'ram or MTU again this season. Sad to see us in that next up position in the table - 6 points in the next 2 games will cheer us up.

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 06, 2017, 12:20:09 PM
The Swatcats travel to Samut Prakan to take on the struggling Superpower this weekend (Saturday 8th July KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 7). Following their 9-2 drubbing at the hands of Pattaya, Superpower’s confidence will inevitably be low and 3 points must be the target for the relegation threatened Swatcat outfit.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 08, 2017, 07:14:10 PM
Hi TW. I know you're watching TV. Flashscore - Swatcats up 0-4 !
Rangel 3 and Adiyah.  ;D
I was thinking today that if we'd had B'ram and MT Utd in the last few games of the season, we might have started much higher and dropped a bit.
Nil desperandum. Gotta beat Sisaket !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 08, 2017, 08:13:07 PM
Yes just watched it Roger - nice to see them win!! Report to come tomorrow.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 08, 2017, 08:15:11 PM
Roger, just learnt that one of your old favourites Ivan Boscovic has signed for Tier 2 team Rayong. I'm sure we bith wish him well.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 09, 2017, 08:00:20 AM
Dateline 8th July 2017 – Match day 23.

 FT Superpower Samut Prakan 0 NRFC 5

The Swatcats took on struggling Superpower hoping to come away with 3 points to help in their fight against possible relegation.

Amazingly Superpower seem to have dropped all of their foreign import players. The visitors opened confidently and after two minutes, Paulo Rangel poked home after a goalmouth scramble to give the Swatcats the lead. Four minutes later Adiyiah stroked home from 8 yards to make it 2-0.

Superpower countered gamely and they went close with an angled shot that flew across the goalmouth. The Swatcats continued to probe and Rangel was unlucky when he was upended in the box just as he was about to finish. It was considered a fair challenge and no penalty was awarded.

The Swatcats now seemed content to soak up any pressure that Superpower produced but in truth the hosts seemed unable to create much in the final third. The sky blue clad Swatcats launched sporadic raids and then in a crazy 3 minutes, Akekanat hit a pile driver that was well saved by the keeper. From the resulting corner Rangel clattered the bar with a header then, on the rebound, Akekanat again rattled the bar with a strong angled drive.

In the 41st minute, after a fine solo run, Rangel banged in a third to effectively put the game to bed, and with Superpower losing confidence, there could be more to come.

The second half began with the visitors aiming to improve their goal difference and within a minute of the break Rangel headed in from the far post to complete his second hat trick for the club. With the match becoming a stroll for the visitors and the hosts struggling to create chances, the visitors seemed to take their foot off the gas. Despite this, chances for the visitors kept coming and in the 63rd minute Adiyiah was inches wide with a superb shot and then Superpower cleared a shot off their line to keep the score at 4-0.

Rangel then had a great chance when he dribbled into the 6 yard area but his effort was well blocked. Superpower continued to huff and puff but were unable to pierce the Swatcat’s resolute defence, a 72nd minute drive being their only chance of any consequence.
Minutes later the Swatcat’s keeper Weera  Koedpudsa was brought into action when he pulled off two excellent saves as Superpower made a late effort to score a consolation goal.

Naruphol completed the rout in the 90th minute when he bravely forced the ball over the line for the fifth.

Well, job done against a shell shocked Superpower team - they looked very poor! A vital  3 points and a workmanlike performance from the Swatcats - with a couple of other results going their way, they can go into the international break with a little breathing space in the battle near the bottom. Three more points against Si Saket after the break will surely give the team some breathing space within the bottom six.

A couple of other points of interest; First, the Superpower fans have been - and were tonight, superb despite their team’s present malaise - well done to them, they chanted enthusiastically throughout the match. Second well done to Paulo Rangel, his goals are certainly giving the team a lift.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 09, 2017, 08:02:08 AM
Match Day 23 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 09, 2017, 08:03:18 AM
The Thai Premier League now takes a three week break to accommodate the King’s Cup tournament. The league program recommences on the weekend of 29-30th July
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 09, 2017, 07:54:10 PM
Si Saket and Thai Honda both lose tonight. Swatcats now 7 points clear of bottom 3.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 09, 2017, 07:59:17 PM
That's great TW. Now to wallop Sisaket ! ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 23, 2017, 09:42:49 AM
The Swatcats visit Nong Bua province to take on the Gamecocks in the round of 32 League Cup tie on 26th July. (KO 18.00 hours). This should be a fairly straightforward entry into the round of 16 but with Tier 1 survival a priority this could potentially be a “banana skin” for the visitors.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 24, 2017, 05:38:01 AM
Hi TW. I'm missing football - TPL, EPL and TUFC !
Yesterday I noticed Ayutthaya v Chonburi (FA Cup) on TV. Noah Chivuta was featuring for the home side and looked in good nick - Foda Diakite for Chonburi conceded an equalising penalty. Ay. Utd won 3-2.

I'm soon to be a Chantaburi supporter but will keep a close eye on the Swatcats - our next game TPL against Sisaket is crucial ! GL
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 27, 2017, 07:46:57 AM
The Swatcats were beaten 1-0 by Tier 2 side Nong Bua Pitchua in tonight’s round of 32 Cup Tie
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 27, 2017, 07:48:36 AM
The Premier League program recommences with a massive local derby against fellow Isaan club Si Saket. A victory would leave the Swatcats 10 points clear of relegation strugglers Si Saket but a defeat would plunge the men from Korat into the relegation melting pot.
Not exactly a “must win” but 3 points would certainly settle the nerves of all Swatcat fans.

The match at the 80th Anniversary Stadium kicks off on Sunday 30th July KO 19.00 hours TV coverage TBC.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 28, 2017, 01:15:36 PM
TV coverage for Swatcats V Si Saket confirmation. TS2 channel 45.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 30, 2017, 09:30:36 PM

FT NRFC 3 Si Saket 0 Important and emphatic victory for the Swatcats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 30, 2017, 10:59:45 PM
Apologies, my report will be a couple of days late - stranded again in Pattaya :((
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 31, 2017, 07:20:23 AM
Morning TW. I'm sure the report will be worth reading when it comes !

I saw MT Utd taking apart Super Power on TV then, a Thai guy at the Bar put the Swatcats on his tablet for me ! Great to see a solid win. We're 10 points clear of Sisaket and those relegation places now - that should be enough ! Some points from next up Ratchaburi (A) and Suphanburi (H) might see us climb the table.

Rangel must have the weirdest haircut in the TPL ! Hope he goes on scoring and Adiyah is scoring since Rangel arrived. With a good run and 10 games to go, a mid table finish is still possible.

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 31, 2017, 02:26:27 PM
 Hi Roger, really,really chuffed with last night's performance. we are now 4 points off 8th place!!! Rangel has been a great signing. No relegation for us now - I think we are safe.

Apologies for late report. I travelled down to Pattaya this morning and I need a TV replay in order to write report. Will be back home on wednesday so will post report on wednesday evening.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2017, 10:11:57 AM
Dateline 30th July 2017 – Match day 24.

 FT NRFC 3 Si Saket 0

The Swatcats welcomed fellow Isaan strugglers Si Saket this weekend. An important encounter for both teams, both eager to lever themselves clear of relegation woes.
Tonight’s attendance was 7041 - despite a “two for one” ticket promotion.

The game commenced in sensational style when in the opening seconds, Rangel rose to nod a downward header goal wards. The header was well saved by the Kouprey’s keeper. Minutes later after a fine passing move, Rangel beat the keeper with a stunning lob which rattled the crossbar – the home team was on fire!!

On 10 minutes free kick specialist Pina shot from 25 yards, the keeper and the upright both contributed to his shot spinning narrowly wide. As the men from Korat continued to dominate, Dominic Adiyiah cut inside and drew another amazing save from the visitor’s keeper. In this tremendous run of attacking prowess, Adiyiah then struck the bar from 8 yards with the goal at his mercy - he really should have done better.
In the 21st minute the inevitable happened as Adiyiah slid the ball in from 8 yards to open the scoring.

At half time and in a half completely dominated by the home side, one was left wondering if the men from Korat would rue the chances missed with the score at a precarious 1-0. The Koupreys had been limited to a single headed effort and looked in disarray.

The second half began with the fans looking forward to further domination and more goals, but to everyone’s amazement, the visitors began to dominate possession and looked likely to equalize. The men from Korat looked fatigued and they had lost their momentum. Luckily for the home fans, the Koupreys were unable to convert their possession into real chances and in the 55th minute an Adiyiah break was smartly put away by the inform Rangel - relief all round!!

The visitors now seemingly on their knees faded as their confidence drained away and the men in orange again began to dominate. Kritsada completed the scoring with another delicious lob that completely bamboozled the keeper. Pressing forward for a fourth goal Adiyiah was unlucky when an audacious back heel was scrambled off the line.

In the dying embers of the game, Si Saket managed two golden chances to open their account but the home keeper kept them at bay.

A pretty buoyant performance from the Swatcats tonight. The game could have finished 6-0. The home team produced a plethora of chances against a very mediocre Si Saket outfit. With ten games to go, the Swatcat’s premier league status seems safe and despite my early season apprehensions, my gut feeling has always been that the team would be safe.
Paulo Rangel has been “the find of the season” - why the management did not identify our striker problem earlier in the season mystifies me. Had he been brought in earlier, some of our disappointing early season home draws could have been converted and top ten status could have been cemented.
Let’s hope for a strong finish to the season - the team has a couple of home “bankers” to come and with growing confidence top ten could still become a reality.

A couple of interesting points. The match saw the return of Bjorn Lindemann. He was given a generous round of applause when he was substituted off. Also in the Si Saket side was former star of the English leagues Leroy Lita - always a pacey and dangerous striker.
Their loss led to the sacking of the Si Saket head coach - he was their third coach appointed this season. Things look bad for fellow strugglers Si Saket - I will be sorry if the league loses a team from the Isaan region.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2017, 10:13:18 AM
Match Day 24 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2017, 10:14:22 AM
Dodgy hair do or what??? Star striker in rocky horror show!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2017, 10:25:18 AM
The Swatcats return to cup action this week when they take on Bangkok United. Bangkok are in a rich vein of form and are favourites to win the tie.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 01, 2017, 06:15:50 PM
Thaiwolf thanks for that ! Hopefully BKK Utd will give the Swatcats a good workout and they'll be ready then to batter Ratchaburi . . . .

I noticed Lindemann and heard the name Lita but didn't expect that to be the same well known Leroy !

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2017, 09:07:36 PM
Bangkok United V Swatcats game live on True4U tomorrow.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 02, 2017, 08:51:23 PM
FT Bangkok United 3 NRFC 0 Swatcats well beaten by superior Bangkok United side in Cup.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 03, 2017, 01:45:32 PM
The Swatcats resume their league schedule with a visit to Ratchaburi this weekend 5th August (KO 20.00 hours TV coverage TBC). Ratchaburi’s form has been inconsistent recently and the visitors will be aiming for a point.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 03, 2017, 05:07:01 PM
Thanks TW. I wonder if the Swatcats wanted the Cups enough - 2 bad performances.
Back to top form against Ratchaburi then ! ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 03, 2017, 05:32:24 PM
Agreed. Tier 1 survival must be a priority. The performance against BU was not too bad. Bangkok were just a better team. I fancy a point or three at Ratchaburi.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 04, 2017, 01:27:22 PM
After the Ratchaburi match this weekend, the league takes yet another break (yawn!!) to accommodate international matches. The league program recommences on 19th September.

These are the remaining Swatcat fixtures with my predictions:

5th August Ratchaburi away - draw.
10th September Suphanburi home  - home win.
16th September Bangkok United away - home win.
29th September Navy home - home win.
24th September Thai Honda away - away win.
14th October Port away - draw.
22nd October Ubon UMT home - home win.
8th November Chang Rai away - home win.
12th November Bangkok Glass home - draw.
18th November Sukhothai home - home win.

Probably slightly optimistic predictions but they would give the team another 18 points, resulting in a season total of 47 points – last season we gained 35 points from the curtailed season of 31 matches.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 04, 2017, 01:29:56 PM
Confirmed. The Swatcat match V Ratchaburi tomorrow is being televised live on TS2 (true channnel 45).
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2017, 03:39:51 PM
Dateline 5th August 2017 – Match day 25.

 FT Ratchaburi FC 4 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on the Dragons from Ratchaburi with the visitors hoping to build on last week’s impressive performance against Si Saket. In the opening minutes with both sides striving for that vital early goal, the visitor’s keeper saved well from a low drive and Adiyiah spurned a golden chance when he shot over from 10 yards.

In the 15th minute an unmarked Essombe flicked in to open the scoring and seconds later, in a blow for the men from Korat, Adiyiah went off injured to be replaced by Kitsada. The Swatcats now pressed forward but Ratchaburi’s well drilled defence was coping well with any threats and the Dragons continued to look dangerous on the break.

In the 32nd minute, Ratchaburi were awarded a penalty for handball but Essombe carelessly blasted the spot kick over the bar and minutes later following a Chakrit cross from the flank and a flick on from Rangel, Naruphol found himself clear 6 yards out. He blasted his effort goal wards but somehow the home keeper managed to smother the shot and save a certain equalizer.

 In a half of few chances Ratchaburi had the edge and the Swatcats were still in the match but without the injured Adiyiah one wondered where any goals would come from with Rangel playing alone up front.

In the 58th minute Ratchaburi went 2 up with a simple header from Montree Promsawad and with very little evidence of the visitors as an attacking force, it seemed like game over with 30 minutes remaining.

In the 66th minute Ratchaburi put the game to bed when Montree tapped in after a fine passing move and with all confidence draining from the visitors, the home team completed the scoring in the 86th minute with a fine solo effort from Chutipon Tongtae.

The Swatcats countered with a Pina free kick going narrowly over and Chanatphon shooting wide after a fine move but by then the game was well and truly over.

A pretty uninspiring performance today - conceding 4 and in truth only producing 2 chances all match. This was probably one of the team’s most disappointing performances of the season. The loss of Adiyiah was a blow but there was little penetration up front and the ease in which the Ratchaburi forwards carved open the Swatcats defence was worrying. The 4-0 scoreline was a tad flattering but on balance the Swatcats were well beaten by a superior side.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2017, 03:41:05 PM
Match Day 25 stats
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Post by: Roger on August 06, 2017, 04:04:57 PM
Thanks TW - the Swatcat's Jekyll and Hyde act continues . . .
Just to note we are conceding goals aplenty atm !
Suphanburi had better watch out for a backlash.
And well done Wolves !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2017, 05:11:30 PM
Thanks Roger. Wolves have invested heavily. I think they may challenge for promotion.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2017, 07:20:20 PM
Oh heck. Si Saket 1 up against Muang Thong
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2017, 07:22:06 PM
Let's not worry 1-1
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2017, 08:56:02 PM
Tonight's results. Thai Honda lost 1-0, Si Saket drew 2-2
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Post by: Anton on August 31, 2017, 04:54:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_2d6cnASzY
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 31, 2017, 05:01:35 PM
Hi Anton, would love to see your contribution but it says "plug in not supported" at my end.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 31, 2017, 05:06:47 PM
Oh thanks Anton - does not work on my phone but works fine on my laptop - thank you for your contribution. TW
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 31, 2017, 08:25:42 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima's Prompong selected for tonight's WCQ V Iraq.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 31, 2017, 08:26:58 PM
Just a reminder, The Swatcats take on Suphanburi on sunday 10th September.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 01, 2017, 09:39:44 AM
Hi TW.
Prompong selected for Thailand v Iraq ?
That seems strange as he doesn't get into the Swatcats side much does he ?

A good win against Suphanburi coming up. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 01, 2017, 10:02:26 AM
Ooops sorry folks - I did of course mean Chalermpong, the Swatcats skipper, played for the National team last night, not Prompong. You're right Roger, Prompong playing for Thailand would be a bit of a shock!!! Apologies!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 05, 2017, 05:09:23 PM
Swatcat's skipper Chalermpong on duty again this evening as the Thais take on the Socceroos in the WCQ at Melbourne.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 05, 2017, 05:12:36 PM
The Thai premier League starts again on 10th September after an elongated break for international fixtures. The Swatcats welcome Suphanburi to the 80th Anniversary Stadium. (KO 17.45 hours, Sunday 10th September).
Suphan seem to have lost their way this season and a series of disappointing results has seen them slump to a lowly 11th in the table. The hosts should be looking to gain all 3 points.
Tv coverage TBC.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 09, 2017, 03:54:18 PM
The Swatcat's game V Suphanburi is live on TS2 tomorrow KO 1745 hours.
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Post by: Anton on September 11, 2017, 12:18:16 AM
The Swatcat's game V Suphanburi is live on TS2 tomorrow KO 1745 hours.

Highlights from the match, ended 2-2:
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Post by: Alfie on September 11, 2017, 06:57:32 AM
^ That's the wrong football match, Anton. (It's Ubon Utd v Bangkok Glass)


Here's the Swatcats game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj2ZV1tg1nw
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Anton on September 11, 2017, 08:29:53 AM
^ That's the wrong football match, Anton. (It's Ubon Utd v Bangkok Glass)

Sorry, I must have been half asleep already.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 11, 2017, 09:28:13 AM
Dateline 10th September – Match day 26.

 FT NRFC 2 Suphanburi 2

The Swatcats welcomed Suphanburi to the 80TH Anniversary Stadium as the Thai Premier League recommenced after the international break.

In front of 4209 fans and starting without striker Adiyiah, the hosts got off to a shaky start with passes going astray and Suphanburi taking control with good movement and accurate passing.

In the first 20 minutes the Swatcats looked “rusty” and with their inability to maintain possession, Suphanburi looked destined to open the scoring. Velez shot just over in the 7th minute as the Elephants pushed forward, then hosts countered immediately as a long ball found Rangel who shot narrowly over with a vicious long range drive.

Minutes later a Pina free kick fooled everyone in the box and the keeper managed to smuggle the ball clear. A word here for Pina, whose dead ball contributions were excellent throughout the 90 minutes. In the 20th minute a first rate cross from the aforementioned Pina found Athibordee whose header was brilliantly parried away by the keeper.

In the 37th minute Velez broke the deadlock with a fine headed goal and 5 minutes later with another stunning long range header, Rangel pulled the Swatcats level - what a fine signing Paulo Rangel has been.
In a strange half in which despite the early pressure from the visitors, the men from Korat probably had the best of the first half chances. On balance the hosts were slightly fortunate to be level at half time.

Dominic Adiyiah was introduced at half time and the second half began with the hosts again giving the ball away cheaply and unable to string passes together. Suphanburi continued to look dangerous and in the 66th minute, after some dreadful defending, Kaimbe shot narrowly wide.
Slightly against the run of play, in the 78th minute, the Swatcats were awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge on Adiyiah. Rangel converted to put the hosts 2-1 up.

Swatcat’s fans heart were broken when, in the 82nd minute, Velez arrived at the far post to put a low header past Weera. How he was able to completely elude the Swatcat defender needs to be discussed post match!!

A point gained against a decent looking Suphanburi team however not a stellar performance. The defence looked decidedly shaky and the team’s inability to put together passing movements and thus gain possession is a worry. A draw was probably a fair result but with Bangkok United away next weekend, relegation worries still continue to haunt the team.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 11, 2017, 09:35:11 AM
Match Day 26 Stats
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Post by: Roger on September 12, 2017, 03:04:42 PM
Thanks TW. Just when we Swatcat fans have some hopes for doing a bit better, the mediocrity sets in again !
Where would we be without Paolo Rangel ?

Onwards and upwards ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 13, 2017, 01:15:40 PM
Hmmm still in a relegation tussle Roger !!! BU at the weekend but luckily Si Saket play Buriram.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 13, 2017, 01:16:33 PM
The Swatcats travel to Bangkok to take on the high flying Angels of Bangkok United this weekend (Saturday 16th September KO 20.00, TV coverage, Truesports HD3). The Swatcats were thumped by the Angels in a cup tie earlier in the season and I cannot see the visitors gaining anything from this game.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2017, 08:21:05 AM
Dateline 16th September 2017 – Match day 27.

 FT Bangkok United 2 NRFC 0

The Swatcats took on The Angels from Bangkok in what promised to be a challenging match for the men from Isaan. High flying Bangkok will be hoping to hold onto the coat tails of MuangThong and Buriram whilst the Swatcats will be striving to stretch further away from relegation woes.

In the ghostly atmosphere of a near empty stadium and with the Swatcats wearing their Man City lookalike sky blue kit the match kicked off with the home team launching a series of early raids forward. 
The Angels took early control of the match with the visitors being forced back but in the 10th minute, with rain lashing down, Pina drew a fine save from the keeper with a snap shot. The rain now became a torrent and the game was reduced to a comical farce as both sides struggled with the waterlogged pitch.
In the 16th minute Bangkok went close with a header flashing narrowly over as the visitors struggled with the home team’s pressure but with the ball sticking dangerously on the drenched pitch,, hoofing the ball seemed to be the order of the day, with any sort of pretty passing movements impossible!!

In the 30th minute in a rare Swatcat foray forward, Pina was inches wide with an angled drive after good work from Adiyiah and a minute later Adiyiah found himself clear in the box but was unable to convert. Bangkok countered and Boscovic produced a bullet header in the 36th minute which was brilliantly kept out by keeper Weera. Weera made another superb save minutes later when Mario Duroski surged forward to put in an angled drive.

Bangkok broke the deadlock in the 48th minute when Terratep Winothai stroked in after a fine through ball put him clear, a deserved lead after some late first half pressure.

In a half of few chances, possibly due to the conditions, the Swatcats had battled gamely to contain the home team and in fact had created a couple of real chances against the run of play.

The second half commenced and as the rain continued to lash down, the visitors spurned a great chance when Adiyiah shot over from 8 yards. Bangkok then pushed forward and went two up when Tavares nodded in on 53 minutes.
In the 63rd minute Rangel had a great chance to half the deficit but his weak header strayed wide, minutes later, Boscovic shot inches wide with Weera well beaten.

The Swatcats managed some useful second half possession but were unable to threaten the Bangkok goal and with the hosts continuing to be dangerous, the result rarely looked to be in doubt.

In the dying minutes a well struck Rangel free kick was inches over and as the conditions worsened, I am guessing that both teams were eager to get things over with and to climb into a hot bath


Bangkok looked a more polished side tonight - a team of talented individuals that was too strong for the men from Korat in all departments. The Swatcats did create chances but were not clinical enough to convert those chances into goals.
Luckily for the Swatcats, below them, Si Saket were beaten 5-1 by Buriram and Sukhothai only picked up a single point. A win against Navy on Wednesday is vital!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2017, 08:22:37 AM
Match day 27 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2017, 08:25:24 AM
This week’s midweek fixtures pits the Swatcats against Navy in what is a vital match for the hosts (Wednesday 20th September KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD3).
The Swatcats desperately need 3 points to push themselves clear of the jaws of a relegation battle and in fact 3 points would push the Swatcats above Navy in the league.
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Post by: Roger on September 20, 2017, 06:36:51 PM
Hi TW - I see we're 0-1 down on Flashscore.
Sort it out Swatcats !

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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 21, 2017, 01:37:39 PM
Dateline 20th September – Match day 28.

 FT NRFC 1 Navy 1

The game kicked off in a near empty stadium with Navy moving the ball around efficiently. The hosts conversely continued to give the ball away resulting in dangerous raids forward from the visitors.
 In early warning signs, Navy went close with a header in the 11th minute and in the 19th minute a Weera save kept out a low drive. At the other end Dominic Adiyiah and Pina went close but with Navy becoming more dominant they again drew a fine save from Weera in the 20th minute.

In the 23rd minute after a mistimed clearance from Igbonefo, Rodrigo pounced to put Navy ahead. Later he almost made it 2-0 with a low angled drive that Weera again did well to keep out. The Swatcats continued to huff and puff with little end product as a rather sterile first half drew to a close.

The second half began with the hosts looking more determined and in the 49th minute Adiyiah swept the ball into the net but was adjudged to have handled the ball before the strike. With Navy looking rattled, Chanatphon leveled with a well struck free kick in the 57th minute. Minutes later Rangel went close with a header as the Swatcats pressed.
In the 63rd minute Adiyiah put a fine header on target but the keeper pushed the ball onto the upright and as the hosts began to dominate, a winner looked likely. Minutes later Akekanat hit a low drive inches wide of the post as the hosts swarmed forward and then Adiyiah narrowly failed to connect with an excellent Rangel cross.
In the 89th minute, in a final push for the winner, Akekanat headed just wide from a well flighted corner kick and as the referee blew the final whistle, the Swatcats could consider themselves slightly unlucky not to have found a winner.

Another below par performance from the Swatcats and yet another chance to pull away from the bottom 3 spurned. The first half performance can only be described as inept. An inability to string together passes and a continued trait of giving the ball away in midfield meant that a pretty mediocre Navy outfit was made to look good.
The second half performance was better and chances were created but still the side looked what it is, a second rate side fighting for survival.
Victor Igbonefo worries me, he continues to make mistakes and his marking in the box is slack. I think it is time for a rethink regarding the back four formation.
I cannot help thinking that this squad of players should be performing better than a lowly 14th place. Questions must be asked about whether Milos Jokic is getting the best out of his players. I have always rated him but the league position does not lie - I think that an end of season change of coach may be the way forward.
Finally the crowd, a lowly 2254 attended tonight’s match. This does not bode well for the long term future of the club. Sure the performances have not been great but a paltry 2254 attendance from the kingdom’s second largest city is a disgrace.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 21, 2017, 01:38:52 PM
Match Day 28 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 21, 2017, 01:52:32 PM
The Swatcat campaign continues this weekend with a visit to Strugglers Thai Honda (KO 24th September 18.00 hours TV coverage TBC).
The men from Korat will be hoping for a point or three from their visit.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Roger on September 21, 2017, 03:10:24 PM
Thanks TW. The Swatcats were getting crowds of 2000, 7 years ago, in the lower regional leagues, before they started moving forward. It's very disappointing. If the Sponsors lose interest, what next ? I agree with you that Jokic hasn't taken us forward.
Let's hope for some improvement in the coming weeks. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 21, 2017, 05:45:43 PM
Hi Roger, my biggest fear is that next season 5 clubs will be relegated and I think it will be difficult for the current Swatcat squad to escape the drop.  I reluctantly suggest that we need change.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 23, 2017, 11:48:31 AM
Tomorrow's Navy V Swatcats is being shown live on Trueports HD3. KO 18.00 hours.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 24, 2017, 07:11:58 PM
Thai Honda V Swatcats match currently delayed by torrential rain.
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Post by: Anton on September 24, 2017, 07:14:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vReuEV_iHpA
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 24, 2017, 07:19:15 PM
Latest reports are that tonight's match will not go ahead.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 24, 2017, 07:28:53 PM
Confirmed tonight's match has been postponed.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 25, 2017, 04:40:44 PM
Sorry to report this madness but here goes….. The Premier League now takes another break (I think because of National team friendlies). The league recommences on 14th October when the Swatcats play Port (away).
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 25, 2017, 06:44:56 PM
Thai Honda V Swatcats game has been rearranged for 30th September.KO 18.00 hours. TV coverage TBC.
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Post by: Roger on September 25, 2017, 07:59:32 PM
TW. Another 2 week break - it's a pain.
I'll try to catch the Thai Honda game - thanks for details.
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 28, 2017, 09:15:48 AM
Just a reminder that the Thai Honda V Swatcats game has been rearranged for Saturday 30th September KO 18.00 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 30, 2017, 08:18:55 PM
Dateline 30th September 2017 – Match day 29.

  FT Thai Honda 1 NRFC 2

Relegation threatened Thai Honda welcomed the 14th placed Swatcats this weekend. With neither side firing on all cylinders, this could be a dour encounter. With Honda all but doomed to Tier 2 football next season they will be fighting for pride and could prove a hard team to beat.

This game was rearranged after the previous postponement due to torrential rain.

 The hosts opened brightly and in the 12th minute, Roninho was inches wide with a drive. Minutes later, following a corner, a fine looping header from the visitors hit the bar and bounced down onto the goal line - a lucky escape for Thai Honda!! From the resulting second corner, the Swatcats almost scrambled the ball into the net after a 6 yard box melee but a free kick was awarded for a foul on the keeper.

Honda went ahead in the 22nd minute when Roninho struck a magnificent 25 yard free kick into the top corner of the net and in a half of few real chances, skipper Chalermpong headed just wide minutes before half time.

On the stroke of half time, Dominic Adiyiah audaciously back heeled a low corner kick into the net to level the scores. The men from Korat could consider themselves slightly lucky to be on level terms at half time with Honda dominating possession and frankly looking the better of the two teams.

The second half kicked off with the Swatcats hunting for a second but with Thai Honda continuing to move the ball around well, this could be anyone’s game - an individual touch of brilliance could ultimately turn this encounter.
As in the first half, the second half was almost devoid of clear chances from either side with a long range effort from Roninho in the 71st minute being a rare highlight. In the 76th minute a sweeping move forward put Naruphol clear but he failed to connect and the ball was cleared. From the resulting corner Victor Igbonefo headed in from 6 yards to put the Swatcats ahead.

The last 10 minutes saw some late pressure from the home team with Weera saving well from a Jesus drive but the Swatcats defended sensibly and managed to hold onto their lead.

As expected, a dour battle between two struggling sides - it was not pretty to watch. A typical performance from the Swatcats - a clear lack of punch up front and too many balls given away in midfield.  Not a sparkling performance but a very useful 3 points. The team is now up to 13th in the league and is 11 points clear of Si Saket. Safety is beginning to look assured … but I do worry about next season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 30, 2017, 08:20:58 PM
Match Day 29 Stats

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Post by: Roger on September 30, 2017, 09:41:50 PM
Thanks TW. A win that makes the Swatcats safe. But, sad to see, poor form continues . .
Don't worry about next season yet M8 !
I see poor ole' Super Powerless have still got the one point - now they DO have a problem !
A great report thanks. R
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 03, 2017, 10:26:22 AM
Just a reminder, no Thai Premier League games this weekend due to FIFA international break. Matches return on 14th October.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 10, 2017, 01:50:26 PM
The Swatcats travel to Bangkok this weekend to take on Port (14th October KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). Unfortunately, this is a mid to lower table encounter on which nothing depends.
 A topsy-turvy season for newly promoted Port and the match could go either way.
Two recent cup exits may have dented the confidence of the men from Khlong Toei and the Isaan based outfit may be eying a point,

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 10, 2017, 04:51:26 PM
It has been confirmed that all Premier League games in October will go ahead. There will be a minutes silence before each match.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 12, 2017, 06:28:27 PM
The Port V Swatcats match will be shown live on True spark Jump (channel 445 on true platform). KO 18.00 14th October.
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Post by: Roger on October 12, 2017, 06:33:27 PM
Thanks TW and a good one to win !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 14, 2017, 09:32:34 AM
Wishful thinking I know but if the Swatcats beat Port today they would move ahead of Port on goal difference into 11th place. Then if Suphan and Ubon both lose, they would be 1 point away from 9th place !!! Probably not going to happen but if all the stars line up, 9th place would represent a pretty successful season.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 14, 2017, 10:33:03 AM
And I might add, a top ten finish would ensure a stay of execution for coach Milos Joksic.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 15, 2017, 08:08:05 AM
Dateline 14th October 2017 – Match day 30.

  FT Thai Port 3 NRFC 1

In their final visit to the Capital this season, the Swatcats took on Thai Port in this end of season fixture on which very little depends.
A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect and as part of the mourning period for the deceased King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Swatcats wore a muted and simple black strip as the club’s own mark of respect. In a lovely touch Milos Joksic abandoned his usual jovial pre match posture and adopted a forlorn and respectful pose for the cameras.

On a sodden pitch after afternoon downpours, the match commenced with Port probing forward. With the ball sticking treacherously in the mud, the likelihood of pretty passing football seemed remote. My early thought was that the team who could adapt to a “hump it”, long ball game was going to be victorious.

In the 11h minute an excellent through ball presented Josimar with guilt edged chance but his shot was weak and was smothered by keeper Weera. Minutes later Sergio Suarez shot narrowly wide as Port pressed.

On 20 minutes Ekkanat Kongket shot narrowly over with a speculative shot from 28 yards and minutes later after fine work from Adiyiah, Chanatphon drew a fine save from the home keeper with a rasping drive.

As the half was drawing to a close, Josimar headed goal wards from short range but Weera pushed the ball out. In the resulting melee a penalty was awarded for a trip and David Rochela converted the kick from the spot. Three minutes later the men from Korat were denied a penalty as Ekkachai Rittipan tangled with a defender. He was adjudged to have dived and the visitors were reduced to ten men as he received a second yellow for simulation.

A deserved one goal lead for Port at half time and within minutes of the start of the second half Josimar made it 2-0 with a close range shot. Port now began to take a stranglehold on the game as the Swatcats seemed to capitulate. Shots and crosses rained in as the visitors visibly wilted.

Completely out of the blue and against the run of play, Paulo Rangel headed in on the hour mark to give some impetus to the visitors. The newly awaked Swatcats pressed forward with a couple of chances created as Port seemed to panic under the slightest pressure.

In the 75th minute Weera failed to come off his line for a cross from a corner and Sergio Gustavo headed in to calm Port nerves. The Swatcats countered with Chakrit firing in an angled drive that was well saved by the home keeper but with 11 minutes remaining the three points looked safe for Port.
In a final nail in the coffin for Korat, Kridsada was sent off in the 92nd minute for a second yellow card to reduce the visitors to 9 men.
A scrappy and messy encounter between two teams struggling for form. This became a battle of attrition in difficult conditions as the game progressed with Port taking advantage of their home advantage with a comfortable victory.
Disappointing but fairly typical performance from the visitors - little up front, fragile in defence, and unable to maintain possession in midfield.

 I am beginning to feel that Milos Joksic’s days as coach are numbered.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 15, 2017, 08:10:47 AM
Match Day 30 Stats

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 15, 2017, 09:01:31 AM
Of the remaining 4 fixtures, The Swatcats have 3 home games - Ubon, Bangkok Glass and Sukhothai. My guess is that if the team does not win 2 out of those 3 games, Milos Joksic will be asked to step down. On current form, the team could possibly lose all 3 of those games.
Plummeting attendances with fans voting with their feet are putting immense strain on the administration. It is no surprise to me - the entertainment value at most home games this season has been poor.
Watch this space!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 15, 2017, 09:03:48 AM
Thanks TW and a dire performance. No progress then. It doesn't seem as if Swatcats had the run of the ball but evenso. And 2 sent off. Shocking.

Without Adiyah and Rangel - where would we be ?

Congrats btw on Wolves topping the Championship - I guess you're a bit happier than
Teess . . .
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 15, 2017, 11:01:21 AM
Time for a change of coach I`m afraid Roger. This squad is better than 13/14 place.

Yes encouraging for Wolves but early days. I`m tempering my expectations !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 15, 2017, 11:45:06 AM
Hey TW. I'm planning to watch Chantaburi for the first time tonight, versus BCU from BKK. Should be fun. I'm not sure about the quality of play - the pitch surface isn't good.

Also I've pencilled in NRFC v BKK Glass on Nov 12th.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 15, 2017, 12:59:41 PM
Great, enjoy the match.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 16, 2017, 06:16:33 AM
Hi TW. It was good football - two fast direct sides showing lots of skill.
A crowd of 1500 I'd guess and given the difference in 'status', surprising when one thinks of NRFC crowds. Unfortunately, BTU Utd were the better - a falang centre forward 'Diego', very strong and lively indeed and a No. 15 right winger the best I've seen for a long time. It was a spectacle to see 3 or 4 forwards racing at real speed straight at the Chan defence. The pace of the game throughout surprised me. After equalising with a penalty a beleagured Chan conceded 3 late goals 1-4 !

I reflected on how much I used to enjoy watching NRFC in the Regional and Yamaha days. As I commented before, NRFC has lost the local interest - and IMO it's not just results.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 16, 2017, 08:42:13 AM
I see that the Forest Bulls play in Tier 4 East. That's a good crowd. Why do you think Korat crowds have dropped? I have always thought that if the Swatcats were successful fans would return. Crowds generally are down with most teams in Tier 1.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 17, 2017, 09:01:53 AM
The Swatcats take on Isaan based Ubon UMT this weekend (Sunday 22nd October KO 20.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). Newly promoted Ubon have had a pretty successful first campaign in Tier 1 and will be looking to avenge their home defeat inflicted earlier in the season.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 18, 2017, 12:29:23 PM
Confirmed; The Swatcat match V Ubon on Sunday will be shown live on True Sports 2 (channel 45 on True platform) KO is 20.00 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 23, 2017, 08:45:07 AM
Dateline 22nd October –  Match day 31.

 FT NRFC 2 Ubon UMT United 1

As the 2017 TPL season meanders towards its close, The Swatcats welcomed fellow Isaan outfit Ubon UMT United to the 80th Anniversary Stadium. This could be a close encounter but with The Swatcat’s recent performances one would not bet against an away win for the Eagles.

In front of another sparse crowd, the home side, again playing in black, opened brightly and they went close on 3 minutes following a goalmouth melee. They continued to dominate possession with Ubon confined to a single long range effort, saved well by keeper Weera.

In the 16th minute, Dominic Adiyiah was lucky not to be red carded when he lashed out at a defender after being brutally pushed in a challenge. The game then descended into a series of unsavoury challenges from both sides as a certain ill will between the teams developed following the incident.

The Swatcats continued to push forward without creating clear cut chances and as the half ended,
neither side looked capable of breaking the stalemate. In my opinion it is halves of football like this, bereft of excitement, that are keeping the fans away.

The second half commenced with neither side able to produce any decent chances of note, with Adiyiah the only player showing any real spark. Indeed it was Adiyiah himself who went close with an angled drive in the 60th minute. Minutes later Rangel spurned a great chance when he shot horribly wide with only the keeper to beat.

In the 65th minute Paulo Rangel fired in from 16 yards after a good cross from Ekkanat Kongket. Following this opening goal, Ubon began to throw more men forward but the home team defended resolutely, managing to keep a spirited Ubon forward line at bay.

In a late goal rush, Dominic Adiyiah ran onto a superb through ball to stroke the ball home in the 91st minute to give the hosts a 2-0 lead and in the 97th minute, Ubon pulled one back with  a  20 yard free kick from Thiago

In the end a comfortable victory and three points but two weak sides on display tonight. A match of few chances and apart from the late goal rush, an uninspiring performance from both sides. The team is now up to 12th place and only one point off 10th place. This result may temporarily hide the perceived inadequacies of the current Swatcat side but make no mistake, this team will continue to struggle next year unless changes are made.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 23, 2017, 08:46:59 AM
Match Day 31 Stats
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Post by: Alfie on October 23, 2017, 09:56:55 AM
^ The good news is that the Sawtcats have guaranteed survival in the top tier this season.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 23, 2017, 10:38:53 AM
Yes Alfie and despite a pretty poor season form wise, 10th place is within their grasp. Two winnable home games to come as well!!
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Post by: Roger on October 23, 2017, 10:46:54 AM
Thanks TW. Great report.
Let's hope the Swatcats can salvage a few more points.
ATB R
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 23, 2017, 12:17:20 PM
There will be no TPL fixtures this weekend. Matches recommence on Wednesday 8th November.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 05, 2017, 08:19:35 AM
The Swatcats head north - just south of the North Pole, to face free spending Chang Rai United for the next round of the TPL season (Wednesday 8th November KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).
A tough encounter for the men from Korat and The Beetles should have enough to comfortably overcome the visitors.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 05, 2017, 09:15:51 AM
Chang Rai have battled through to the finals of the FA Cup AND the League Cup in recent outings so perhaps their minds will not be 100% concentrated on the Swatcat's encounter - maybe a chance for a shock away victory ???
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Post by: Roger on November 06, 2017, 08:53:40 AM
Thanks TW. I'll try to catch that on TV Wednesday.
Hope to see you on Sunday for the BKK Glass game.

Congratulations re. Wolves ! Good to see. My 3 sons are Leeds fans - ffs ! (Thye are not quite so cheerful atm  :-[ )
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 06, 2017, 09:42:49 AM
Hi Roger, yes looking good for Wolves - I personally would like to see both Wolves and Leeds back where they belong. Yes hopefully we can meet up for the Bangkok Glass game. Here's to 3 points on wednesday!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 07, 2017, 09:24:35 AM
Confirmed; The Chang Rai V Swatcats game will be shown live on Truesports 6 (KO 18.00 hours)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 08, 2017, 02:09:50 PM
TW hope to catch you on Sunday then !
I was wondering who the top scorers are for the Swatcats so far ?

Good luck at Chiang Rai  8)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 09, 2017, 06:21:09 AM
Dateline 8th November 2017 – Match day 32.

  FT Chang Rai United 1 NRFC 0

Fresh from their recent 2 cup semi-final victories, Chang Rai will be hoping to add the scalp of their Isaan based rivals tonight. They started with an under strength eleven, with their eyes undoubtedly on their upcoming Cup Finals.

The match opened with an uneventful first 20 minutes with neither side able to muster shots on goal but in the 22nd minute the game burst into life as keeper Weera was forced to tip over a vicious dipping volley from Chang Rai. The match then descended again into a dour midfield tussle with a decidedly end of season feel but the Beetles again went close in the 30th minute with an angled drive drifting wide.
The Swatcats ended the first half with a looping header going over the bar after good work from Rangel - in truth the visitor’s only real chance of the half.

A dreadful and uninspiring first half with neither side seeming to desire the 3 points on offer - perhaps a point apiece might be what both sides will be content with.

The second half began how the first half ended, with little attacking prowess shown by either team. I have a feeling that goals will only come from defensive errors. In the 60th minute Adiyiah shot tamely over as the ping-pong midfield battles of no consequence continued.

In the 82nd minute, a clumsy challenge by Anthibordee gave the home side a chance to go ahead but the shot was tame and comfortably saved by the keeper. The Swatcats meanwhile probed forward but with little effect.

In the 95th minute Chang Rai scrambled in a late winner after a defensive mix up when keeper Weera came for a cross and was clattered by his own man - an undeserved winner in my opinion, robbing the Swatcats of a valuable away point.

A spectacle it was not - sure it’s the end of season but surely the few fans present deserve better than this. I had to use matchsticks to keep my eyes open and surely a prime example of why fans are turning their backs on the TPL. A game with 3 shots of note from both sides, with little or no goalmouth incident is not, in my mind, entertainment.
I suppose that Chang Rai might be forgiven as they fielded a weakened side but the Swatcats should have offered more.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 09, 2017, 06:22:50 AM
Coach Milos Joksic has been awarded a further year's extension to his contract.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 09, 2017, 06:26:09 AM
The Swatcats take on Bangkok Glass this weekend ( sunday 12th November KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). Bangkok Glass are a stylish and quality side and the Swatcats will be hard pushed to gain a victory.

Thaiwolf prediction; away win
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 09, 2017, 06:28:49 AM
Match Day 32 Stats

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Post by: Roger on November 09, 2017, 08:09:33 AM
Thanks. See you Sunday.  :)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 10, 2017, 03:15:27 PM
TW True 2 now - Buriram v Swatcats - a replay from last season. Nagano, Lindemann, Chivuta and Prompong. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 10, 2017, 05:20:46 PM
Cheers Roger
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 13, 2017, 01:24:16 PM
Bournemouth, Goofy, Roger, Thaiwolf et al enjoying a prematch beverage yesterday.
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Post by: Alfie on November 13, 2017, 02:50:50 PM
A very happy-looking group of very handsome men.  ;D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 13, 2017, 03:06:00 PM
Well said Alfie ! I thought that too !  ;)

Thanks TW for the great photo. A good weekend for me - meeting TW, B'muff, (and Hector elsewhere) all for the first time, and hooking up with old friend Goofy again.

It was quite sweet really - those BKK Glass fans just came along and asked for a photo with Falang - all very friendly. I did ask them if they could let us win but I didn't think it would happen.

Swatcats 2 BKK Glass 1

Fantastic. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 13, 2017, 05:15:24 PM
Dateline 12th November – Match day 33.

 FT NRFC 2 Bangkok Glass 1

The Glass rabbits were the opponents in the penultimate home game of the season at the 80th Anniversary Stadium.

Dominic Adiyiah opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a glorious drive that curved deliciously into the corner of the net eluding a diving keeper. With growing confidence, the Swatcats pressured and Paulo Rangel misses a golden chance to put the hosts 2 up when his half volley from 8 yards thundered against the bar. Bangkok Glass countered with one shot being well saved by Weera and another fizzing just wide of the post.
The first half concluded with honours about even but with the hosts holding that important one goal lead.

The second half commenced with Glass continuing to knock the ball about confidently, The Swatcats meanwhile defended bravely with Victor Igbonefo prominent but the home team did not help their cause by continually surrendering possession in midfield with misplaced passes.

Bangkok Glass bagged an equalizer in the 74th minute with a well struck Chitpanya Thisud free kick from 25 yards and with the Swatcats sitting back, Bangkok Glass became increasingly dominant.

With Bangkok later becoming restricted to harmless long range shots, the Swatcats continued to break forward sporadically and they went close with one shot cleared off the line and another scrambled clear.

On 78 minutes, with Swatcats’ fans wondering if their team could hold out for the draw, Dominic Adiyiah latched onto a long ball forward, eluded an advancing keeper and rolled the ball into the net to put the men from Korat two one up.
An anxious last 10 minutes as Bangkok searched for the equalizer but the hosts kept their nerve and ran out deserved winners of the contest.

An encouraging result for the Swatcats and a 5 star performance from Dominic Adiyiah. Although it was plain to see that Bangkok Glass were a technically more gifted side, the Swatcats manfully slugged away and just about deserved the three points. Swatcat fans like myself looked on enviously as Glass regularly broke forward with fine passing moves and great technical skills - skills sadly lacking within the home team!!
Despite a massive advantage in possession throughout the match for the visitors, the hosts actually created the best chances and with Sukhothai at home next weekend a hat-trick of consecutive home wins is within the team’s grasp.

A footnote; the game was watched by 1583 fans - an utter disgrace for a city of Korat’s side. One has to ask, does the city deserve a Premier League team?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 13, 2017, 05:16:40 PM
Match Day 33 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 13, 2017, 05:17:44 PM
The Swatcats will be striving for a hat-trick of consecutive home wins when they take on the Firebats of Sukhothai this weekend. (Saturday18th November KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage TBC).
 Sukhothai are currently below the Swatcats in the table so 3 points for the home side should be attainable.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 13, 2017, 05:30:52 PM
Port have signed Swatcat favourite Chakrit Rawanprakone, joining on a permanent deal. He notched 4 goals and 2 assists for The Swatcats in 2017.
Can’t see why Joksic has let him go, he seemed pretty much a Swatcat stalwart.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 13, 2017, 08:45:10 PM
TW that Chakrit transfer sounds bad. Whoops !

I see from your table that only Port and B'ram have won more games than the Swatcats in the last 5 league games played ?

A great report - thanks. Swatcats need a new Goalie IMHO. ATB

(Just in case anyone missed the picture - Alfie - you are SO right ! Night all.
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Post by: Bournemouth on November 14, 2017, 06:12:16 AM
  TW.           See you Saturday for the last home game. Cheers
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 14, 2017, 07:25:27 AM
Look forward to seeing you. Any other members fancy a beer before the match?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 14, 2017, 12:02:50 PM
Hope I’m wrong but…….. Just watched a replay of the Glass game. After Adiyiah scored his second goal, he took off his shirt (nothing unusual about that) but then threw it disrespectfully to the ground. He then ran to the Swatcat ultras and drew a finger across his neck (as in I’m being cut).

Is Dominic on the way out? – he was superb in the match, perhaps touting for a new contract….as I said, hope I’m wrong !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 14, 2017, 02:13:14 PM
TW - that sounds ominous. Maybe with the gate money down so much - Swatcats will have to let him go and it might explain his exceptional form on the night. I wonder if they have said the same to Rangel ?
That might explain his 'off' night' too . . . (Different reactions).  :(
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 15, 2017, 10:23:05 AM
Port have signed another Swatcat player - Athibordee Arirat has joined the Bangkok club. It seems that the Swatcats are having a clear out. Maybe dwindling crowds are making the current salary bill untenable.

This is a worrying trend. One only hopes that they are going to bolster the squad with players of higher quality however if the club is short of cash how can they recruit better players.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 17, 2017, 01:15:47 PM
Roger, do you remember that we were debating the size of salaries of players in the TPL. I’ve been doing some research….

Last week Indonesian midfielder Evan Dimas Darmono turned down an offer of 370 000 bt per month from Chonburi. He later was offered 20 000 dollars (740 000bt) by a Malaysian club.

I have information from a reliable source that the salary for Thai players is in the region of 150 000 bt with top tier Thai players receiving 300 000-800 000 bt. Foreign imports receive about the same as top tier Thais. Dominic Adiyiah’s salary 2 years ago was in the region of 400 000 bt.

I’m not sure that the players that I watch every week are worth these figures – they seem very high.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 17, 2017, 03:21:58 PM
Thanks TW. I was looking through some posts on the 'other Forum' and I thought you might enjoy this one to you last year - the BKK Glass game !

''Thanks for that report. I think the crowd was announced at the end as 17,900 but I thought it looked even more than that when the ground finally filled up. My first look at Tag and I'm unconvinced atm. BKK Glass looked the quicker, sharper, neater side from the start with 'drilled' ground passing and speedy running and IMO the Swatcats did well to get into the game after a slow start. I thought Lindemann looked sharp in the first half and deserved his goal.
In the second half it seemed to me that the Swatcats tried to cool it and hang on to the 1-0 lead - playing into the hands of BKK Glass. We should have been 2-1 up at the end but for that appalling double miss from Lindeman and Tag. To have failed to snatch the 3 points and then given away a last gasp goal was a downer ! Good to see Adiyah do his headless chicken bit and they need to integrate him into the team better IMO.
Would have been nice to hang onto a point and with an unforgiving Ratchaburi next and a home game with Chonburi - maybe hard times are ahead
.''

Not much has changed then - the 'hard times' have arrived !
Good luck tomorrow.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 17, 2017, 07:31:59 PM
The Swatcat v Sukhothai game will be shown live on true channel 357 and TS HD 1.
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Post by: Alfie on November 17, 2017, 08:32:00 PM
Roger, do you remember that we were debating the size of salaries of players in the TPL. I’ve been doing some research….

Last week Indonesian midfielder Evan Dimas Darmono turned down an offer of 370 000 bt per month from Chonburi. He later was offered 20 000 dollars (740 000bt) by a Malaysian club.

I have information from a reliable source that the salary for Thai players is in the region of 150 000 bt with top tier Thai players receiving 300 000-800 000 bt. Foreign imports receive about the same as top tier Thais. Dominic Adiyiah’s salary 2 years ago was in the region of 400 000 bt.

I’m not sure that the players that I watch every week are worth these figures – they seem very high.

How many players are in the Swatcats squad?

If we take a figure of arounf 350,000 baht a month per player and let's say 20 players are in the squad, that's 7 milion baht to pay out in salaries each month.

How much is a ticket to watch a home game and how many spectators pay to watch? 50 baht x 2000 fans = 100,000 baht per home game. Let's double that per month, which equals 200,000 baht a month. (Please correct my guesses.)

Do they get money from TV? From the TPL? A major sponsor? 
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 18, 2017, 05:50:29 AM
TW - Adiyah on B400K 2 years ago ? That's a lot IMO. £110K pa plus ! But I guess that and more is typical for 'Top' falang players at the bigger Clubs. Maybe there's about 40 Thai players in the TPL on B300-B700K - outside the top few Clubs I can't see that being affordable. For TPL first teamers : ''the salary for Thai players is in the region of 150,000B'' seems reasonable to me - less maybe at the smaller Clubs.

My beef with the Swatcats is the SIZE of the squad - was nearly 40 but maybe 30 now ? I'd guess many of the fringe are on B50-B60 ? A squad of 20 should be enough - that's some saving !

Alfie - I'd say 1500 fans x B150 and 1000 x B100 ? + B325K x 2 games = B650K pm ?
But wages B5,000,000-6,000,000 pm ? That's a big hole to cover with sponsorship is it not ?
On Sponsors it all depends.

How different it was when the Swatcats were getting a regular 15-20,000 through the gate ?
The BoD have 'lost' the interest of most Fans.
All looks wobbly to me !

TW - cheer us up with a win today please !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 18, 2017, 07:09:38 AM
Hi Alfie and Roger, I've had a go at estimating income and expenditure. Info in english is extremely hard to find so forgive my guesstimates.

Finances at Nakhon Ratchasima FC – Season 2017.

Information is exceedingly difficult to find so my figures are “guesstimates” and are open to fuller scrutiny.

Income.

As shown in the chart below. NRFC’s primary budget is 50 million baht. I assume this is made up by the share of Truevision’s TV rights plus the major sponsor up of the club (Mazda motors).

Additional shirt sponsorship (Adda, Glico, Central, GS batteries, KBS, Class coffee, Dapper etc plus kit sponsorship) and ground based advertising - 10 million baht.

Shirt and other merchandise income - 5 million baht

Income from ticket sales. 17 league matches plus maybe 3 home cup ties. The Swatcat average gate is just over 5000. Price of tickets 60, 100 and 150 baht - average 100 baht. Income from each match 100 times 5000 equals 500 000 baht. 20 matches so total gate income is 10 million baht.
This assumes that the home team keeps all receipts.

TOTAL INCOME per annum is therefore 75 million baht.

Outgoings

Player’s salaries. The team’s 4 foreign players plus captain and Thai international Chalermpong are earning approx 500 000 baht per month. The other 20 Thai players are probably on average earning 150 000 baht per month. Total monthly salary bill is 5 500 000 baht

Coaching staff salaries 700 000 baht per month

Security/ticket sales staff/police 200 000 baht per month

Ground rental from SAT 100 000 baht per month

Team coach (bus) plus match day expenses, hotels etc 100 000 baht per month

TOTAL OUTGOINGS 6 600 000 baht per month, 79 200 000 baht

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 18, 2017, 07:13:54 AM
The Swatcats are donating today's gate receipts against Sukhothai to Maharat Hospital - nice touch.
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Post by: Roger on November 18, 2017, 08:43:13 AM
Hi TW - so the squad is just 24 now. That's better.
Crowds are down to 2-3000 now ? Not averaging 5000 anymore.
Dependent on TV money and Sponsors - fingers crossed then. ATB.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 18, 2017, 08:53:38 AM
Hi Roger,  according to wiki,  squad down to 24.  Also according to wiki average attendance, even after Glass game,  is 5780.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on November 18, 2017, 09:23:59 AM
I admire the dedication you guy's show in following the Swat Cats. I personally found it harder.

The fundamental problem they have is not having their own stadium. I can't think of a worse place to watch a live match than the current 'mend and make do' facility they use. That is something they simply have to address. A proper football ground will create the atmosphere and intensity that is so needed.

I also found the quality of football, not helped by the poor quality of the pitch, pretty dire and not very enjoyable. Now, I think I should say here that I am a life long footy fan at junior level, so standards don't worry me - I played and managed, was club secretary for 20 years and a qualified and active football referee. I watched football at all levels wherever I was, I regularly watched Kingstonians play when I lived in New Malden and when living in Sheffield, I watched both Sheffield teams although enjoyed Rotherham more. And of course I am and will remain a lifelong Chelsea fan and followed them around the Country when we were rubbish.

When I went to Swat Cats games, it was the heady days of up to 17,000 crowds and I was at that Buriram game where they admitted over 34,000, which was scary. But those attendances were a false reality, based on the hype of being amongst the big boys for the first time. Korat had gone Swat Cat's mad, everyone wore an Orange shirt. The only hope of that ever continuing, was if the Swat Cats were able to replicate their earlier success and that was much harder to do.

So results were mixed and often poor and the novelty factor died as did the buzz of success and what's now left is the hard core, I guess? Success will always be a draw to floating fans - that happens everywhere and at most levels, but it seems to me that the Swat Cats need a bigger core support and they have to work at securing that.

Unless they can attract a seriously wealthy patron, I think they need a change of tack, including seeking to capture and retain younger fans, but above all, I think they need a new stadium designed for football where the atmosphere, with even a smaller crowd, will be more intense and exciting for everyone.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 18, 2017, 10:59:15 AM
Hi Caller, thanks for your contribution.

You are right, the initial flood of enthusiasm upon reaching the Premier League has worn off and the Swatcats have hardly set the world on fire with their performances this season. I must point out however that the TPL as a whole is encountering massive problems with attracting supporters.

The average attendance for TPL matches is 4664 and in fact although sitting in 12th place in the league, the club has the 5th highest attendance record. The problems are many fold including the poor standard of football played. Other factors such as the many breaks in the season, the fact that all matches are televised live and the general poor behaviour on the pitch of players, all add up to turn off the public.
My mantra however has always been “It doesn’t have to be good to be enjoyable” and that is why I continue to support the team.

Regarding the stadium, it is one of the best stadiums in Thailand, constructed as it was for the 2008 SEA games. Ample parking, a surrounding and pleasant sports complex, comfortable seats and aesthetically very pleasing, it makes it a super venue to visit.

Regarding the running track, fans have differing opinions. To the football connoisseur having a lofted and distant view enables fans to better see tactical formations and player movement. For me, the view from half way up around half way in the main stand is one of the best views I have ever encountered at a football match. Regarding atmosphere, the Buriram match, which you also attended when there were 34 000 in the ground, provided excitement and a cacophony of noise that I had never encountered before.
Having visited many Thai football grounds, I can assure you that the 80th Anniversary Stadium is worlds apart from the majority of grounds on offer.

The construction of a purpose built 10 000 seater stadium would be great but financially it is not going to happen. Stadia such as ours have to be multifunctional to allow for athletics to be held there. Every large town in Thailand has a similar stadium and several teams in the TPL play in such stadia. To my knowledge less than 5 TPL teams own their own stadium - it’s just the way it is in Thailand. A similar case in the UK would be West Ham’s move to the former Olympic stadium in London.
 Thanks again for your valuable contribution - why not come along this evening and enjoy a beer before the match.

Best wishes
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on November 18, 2017, 08:30:47 PM
it makes it a super venue to visit

We'll have to agree to differ on that. I grew up at the old Stamford Bridge which had an athletics / greyhound track surrounding the pitch, but modern stadia are calculated to the empth degree to provide excellent viewpoints from everywhere and I far prefer the new Bridge to the old.

I take your point about attendances generally and I wasn't aware they were falling everywhere, but Korat is what, Thailand's 3rd city, it should be doing better really.

But being aware of your knowledge of the league, it almost seems that the powers that be need to sit down and consider the package they offer and give some thought to what does and doesn't work and try and improve it accordingly.

And as I'm now in Hua Hin, I think it would be hard to get to tonight's game!  ;D

Hua Hin have a team, albeit right down the pecking order, but I have some friends who are regulars, so I might well amble along to a game in the new season and see how that goes.


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 19, 2017, 05:20:45 AM
Just MO but I think the atmosphere in the 'Kings' is OK - particularly when there is a good crowd.
I'd guess the view from the goal ends might be a bit remote but from the main stand - that's a fine view for me. A ground without the intervening track would be better - but we got what we got !

Many TPL games K.O. at 6pm which is a bit early for those working . .

Caller Hua Hin could be fun. Chantaburi sports similar status but for me good football. The problem is finding out when the games are - in the absence of up to date websites and notices.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 19, 2017, 09:34:22 AM
Dateline 18th November – Match day 34.

 FT NRFC 1 Sukhothai 1

The 2017 season drew to an end this weekend as the Swatcats sought their third home win in a row.

The match kicked off in front of 2940 fans. In early drama, Ekkachai Rittipan ran onto a through ball from Rangel but he rolled the ball just wide. At the other end the Firebats went close with a header and with the skillful Baggio a constant thorn in the side of the hosts, the visitors looked a threat.
A sortie down the right by Baggio and a superb cross was met by a half volley that was fortuitously blocked by a grateful defender. Minutes later Baggio went close with an angled drive.

With the Swatcats now on the back foot, a Sukhothai goal looked imminent but the hosts weathered the storm and managed to escape the half on level terms.

The second half began with a shock for the hosts when a seemingly harmless free kick from 30 yards drifted into the net - what on earth keeper Weera was doing was beyond belief!! Minutes later, a now confident Sukhothai were denied a certain second goal by an acrobatic clearance from Igbonefo.

This seemed to wake up the slumbering hosts and they now attacked with more fervour. With men being pushed forward, a series of half chances were created with an Ekkachai Rittipan header being the highlight of this renewed burst of energy.
In the 79th minute, Kirati Kaewsombat was introduced and with his first touch he headed in from a corner to equalize the scores. Minutes later Rangel had a great chance to put the Swatcats ahead but his shot was well saved. In this late surge Kirati Kaewsombat was again involved when he launched himself at a looping cross but his brave header went wide. Unfortunately during his resultant fall he injured his collarbone and was led hesitantly to the waiting ambulance - an injured hero indeed!

A disappointing result and arguably Sukhothai were the better side. The Swatcat team without Dominic Adiyiah looked aimless and uninspiring although Adiyiah replacement Ekkachai Rittipan impressed. Paulo Rangel’s mind was obviously elsewhere and for me his recent performances do not warrant a new contract. Adiyiah’s absence worries me - he was not even on the bench - I have a gut feeling all is not well.
I’m not sure about goalkeeper Weera’s future either. His positional sense seems poor and he is often caught out of the correct position.
Yet again a team came to the 80th Anniversary Stadium and gave the hosts a lesson in effective passing and maintenance of possession. How this situation can be rectified is in the hand of the coach - I’m not optimistic that there will be drastic improvements!!

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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 19, 2017, 09:35:39 AM
Match Day 34 Stats
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Post by: Roger on November 19, 2017, 10:42:07 AM
Thanks TW - don't want to jump the gun here but Adiyah not in the team ? Does that mean the BKK Glass game was his last ? Do we know any more ? ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 19, 2017, 11:09:38 AM
Maybe just injured but was not even at the ground.  No formal news yet.
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Post by: Bournemouth on November 19, 2017, 05:33:39 PM
 TW.   Thanks for all the reports.  See next season. Cheers
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Post by: Roger on November 19, 2017, 08:03:35 PM
I'll echo that B'muff !
Thanks TW for all your efforts (4752 reads now) and next season - who knows ?
Come on you Swatcats !
And was great to meet up at last. ATB both.  ;D
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 19, 2017, 08:45:14 PM
Thank you chaps. It's been a pleasure.
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Post by: Alfie on November 19, 2017, 11:36:09 PM
Thanks from me too, TW. I've enjoyed reading your reports and I appreciate your posting the other results and the league tables.
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Post by: dereklev on November 20, 2017, 05:56:39 AM
Thanks from me too TW ;D

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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 20, 2017, 06:31:47 AM
Hi Guys, thanks again. Acknowledgement is a great motivator to post.

I will keep you all informed of post season news and transfer deals. Next season I intend to streamline my reports - I am aware that I am sometimes too verbose and this style is not suited to the modern trend of short, snappy communications. As ever any feedback and comments are appreciated.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 20, 2017, 06:43:25 AM
The Swatcats 2017 - Season Review.

Well on the whole a disappointing campaign for the Swatcats. In their third season in the Top Tier, a disappointing 12th place is the paltry reward for their efforts. Poor home form has cost them dearly. Poor home results have led to crowds plummeting, culminating in a miserly 1500 at the Bangkok Glass game in November.

There appears to have been little progression - in fact just the opposite - 8thplace in 2015, 11th place in 2016 and 12th in 2017 - an unhealthy trend and one that may end in disaster next year.

Motivation seems fine and some performances have been encouraging but the lack of fire power led to many potential victories, particularly at home, ending in disappointing draws. This dented the team’s aspirations of a top ten finish. It took till late in the season to enroll Paulo Rangel who certainly livened things up at the front.

I personally feel that the current squad should not be fighting in the quagmire of a relegation battle. This is a top ten team in terms of player personnel. If I am correct in this view, the finger must inevitably be pointed at Milos Joksic. The question has to be asked, has he taken the team as far as he is capable of doing. I think he is a good team builder and motivator but is his tactical prowess lacking?

The defence looks brittle - Victor Igbonefo is often found lacking, both in his pace and marking ability and the attack, although improved by the arrival of Rangel, looks toothless at times. The team needs to control midfield more effectively - all too often the ball is carelessly given away which puts extra pressure on the defenders.

My opinion is that a well structured 5-3-2 structure is the way forward but with the midfield sitting deeper to consolidate the defence. Adiyiah playing wide with Rangel in the middle is a potentially lethal combination up front but Pina must support them from midfield

In conclusion, an up and coming provincial team with a potentially massive fan base has stumbled and needs a kick up the backside. I think that the squad is strong but is being mismanaged tactically. Unfortunately, although I think that Milos is a great bloke, the team needs a new and fresh approach and a change in coach is now essential.
Unfortunately, I see little evidence of real ambition to raise the club’s profile and Milos Jokic has recently been awarded a new contract. For us fans, it seems that the best that we can hope for is premiership survival. The problem with this strategy is that ultimately, you will have one bad season that may lead to relegation - and surely no one within the club wants that!

I would love to finish on a positive but all I see for the future is a very ordinary side, playing very ordinary football. Diminishing crowds mean less revenue and that there is little hope of significant additions to the squad. The Joksic contract suggests that the owners are satisfied with the status quo….. the Korat public obviously is not!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 20, 2017, 11:21:29 AM
Reportedly, Chiangrai United have sealed goalkeeper Saranon Anuin deal on free transfer for 2018.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 09:10:50 AM
Breaking News;
Swatcat’s keeper Weera is one of twelve cited for match fixing. Fortunately the allegations relate to incidents when he was playing for Port. 4 Navy players and 2 referees are amongst others who now face prosecution. More info to follow when available.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 02:15:09 PM
Oh heck.  Korat named as hotspot of match fixing allegations.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 02:25:25 PM
Breaking;  I think we may be OK.  Allegations are against Weera only. Hopefully he was not involved when with the Swatcats.  4 Navy players charged with fixing matches.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 02:42:22 PM
Breaking: rumours are circulating that Weera was invoved with fixing a match involving NRFC.  Watch this space,  information is emerging right now.
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Post by: Roger on November 21, 2017, 02:43:50 PM
Thanks TW. Hope they lock Weera up then we can get a good Goalie ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 02:48:20 PM
The Sukhothai goal on saturday looked very dodgy.  Weera just let it go past him into the goal
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 03:06:38 PM
Live;  NRFC holding press conference regarding match fixing allegations.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 03:48:29 PM
Breaking;  The home match v Suphanburi (2- 2)  is being cited as a fixed match.  NRFC bosses denying any involvement at press conference.  Not looking too good for the club.
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Post by: Anton on November 21, 2017, 03:49:55 PM
Arrest warrants sought for 12 individuals for match-fixing in Thai League games (http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/arrest-warrants-sought-12-individuals-match-fixing-thai-league-games/)

The  Football Association of Thailand (FAT) today (Nov 21) sought warrants from the Criminal Court to arrest 12 people in the football business for alleged match-fixing in the Thai Premier League competitions.

The wanted culprits included football players, linemen, referee, football club executive board members and their financiers.

The action was called by FAT president Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang.

Thai PBS full report (http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/arrest-warrants-sought-12-individuals-match-fixing-thai-league-games/)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 05:13:45 PM
NRFC press conference;  “It seemed we always lost a goal 3-5 mins before final whistle. Our away game to Chiang Rai, it was a draw and then 4 mins added time. CR scored at 95th-96th. It seemed to happen a lot”
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 05:15:34 PM
Latest: rumours are circulating that up to 17 referees might be involved in match fixing!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 21, 2017, 05:19:02 PM
NRFC said they had a talk with FAT president who explained about the task force and the investigation. The club said they wish that FAT go ahead and prosecute the culprit (aka their GK) to fullest extent of the law. And that they have nothing to do with the match fixing.
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Post by: Roger on November 21, 2017, 08:13:42 PM
Hi TW - I agree. Hopefully Weera is innocent until proven otherwise - but it doesn't look good.
If FAT are on the right track - well done them !
VERY pleased the Club, NRFC, are not implicated. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 22, 2017, 06:42:30 AM
Ahh some good news at last.  Dominic Adiyiah has signed a new 2 year contract.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on November 22, 2017, 07:21:38 AM
Match Fixing latest:
Nakhon Ratchasima chairman Tewan Liptapanlop announced that the northeastern club had terminated their contract with Veera. Veera initially joined the Swat Cats on a six-month contract and was recently given a new 2 year deal

While Tewan said he believed the goalkeeper was not involved in match-fixing, he wondered why his team often conceded goals in the last three to five minutes of a match in the past four or five games.

"I believe Veera is a professional and is not involved in match-fixing. However, we will discuss the matter with our lawyers to consider whether to sue Veera for causing damage to the club's reputation," Tewan added.

I'd like to confirm that the club was not involved in match-fixing." Veera was alleged to have thrown the T1 match against Suphanburi on Sept 10 which ended in a 2-2 draw.
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Post by: Roger on December 11, 2017, 05:18:59 AM
Hi TW. You OK ?
Any news of happenings at the Swatcats ? ATB



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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 11, 2017, 09:03:44 AM
Hi Roger, pretty quiet on the Swatcats front. The transfer window is open and the top teams have been getting their cheque books out but no moves so far by a seemingly unambitious Swatcat’s hierarchy.

We will need a new goalkeeper of course!!

I am already underwhelmed at the thought of the new season. If there are no significant additions to the squad, I fail to see how we will improve on last season’s league position. With 5 teams being relegated next season, 12th place would place us right in the middle of a real relegation battle.

Ubon Ratchathani are in the process of selling all of their best players (for financial reasons I guess), so things are looking pretty dismal for Isaan teams - I suspect that Buriram may be the sole Premier League representatives from the North East in years to come.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 16, 2017, 03:09:43 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima have extended the contracts of Ghana forward Dominic Adiyiah and Brazilian Paulo Rangel.  They are also negotiating to fill their Asian and ASEAN quotas.
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Post by: Roger on December 16, 2017, 05:31:35 PM
That's good news TW !
And come on Wolves !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 16, 2017, 06:13:28 PM
Hi Roger,  yes Wolves are being cited by pundits as the best Championship team ever. Lots of money to spend in January too.  Premier League here we come :)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 18, 2017, 01:15:53 PM
Persib has announced the signing of Victor Igbonefo, a Nigerian-born Indonesian naturalized player, who was named among Thailand's top flight league best eleven.

No great loss in my opinion.  No pace and poor marker.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on December 19, 2017, 10:17:01 AM
Hi TW. Well it's goodbye Victor and Good Luck ! Persib have deep pockets and thus a certain Michael Essien is on the books - he's played 29 times so far. Hopefully the Swatcats can replace Victor with a strong Japanese or two - (I think the Japanese players do well in the TPL).

That's a big claim about Wolves - don't forget Hoddle's Swindon Town LOL. But Wolves are having a great season and I hope they make it and do well up in the EPL. I must have a look at their squad sometime - I'm guessing Mike Williamson has moved on.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 20, 2017, 05:19:48 PM
Goalkeeper Saranon Anuin ( the tall,  slim,  young one) has joined Chang Rai United. I would have thought that following Weera's demise we should have kept him - but what do I know.

Meanwhile many premier teams are delving into the transfer market.  No movement from the Swatcats.   Looks ominous for next season.
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Post by: Alfie on December 21, 2017, 09:57:59 AM
Do you think they are worried about possible legal proceedings against them due to the match-fixing allegations? Could that be a reason to sell players and not buy new ones? 
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 21, 2017, 11:46:30 AM
I would say,  definitely no Alfie. There appears to be no evidence that club or officials are being investigated.  The pruning of the squad is due, I believe to diminishing gate receipts.
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Post by: Alfie on December 22, 2017, 10:28:07 AM
That makes sense. Thanks, TW.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 22, 2017, 11:03:28 AM
My pleasure
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 22, 2017, 11:04:33 AM
Season's greetings to all Swatcat followers.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 22, 2017, 11:10:56 AM
The 2018 TPL season kicks off on 9 - 11 th feb.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 23, 2017, 08:23:55 AM
In true Thai style, it would appear that the FAT has made a U-turn regarding the decision to reduce the TPL to 16 teams next season - the usual shambles of course!!!
Reports suggest that a meeting will be called in January and if any of the present 18 teams vote against the reduction, then the league will maintain its present size - seems a bit like asking turkeys to vote for Christmas in my view, so I’m guessing 18 teams it will be next season.

Good news I feel for the Swatcats whom I predicted would be unlikely to survive the proposed 5 team relegation should the league drop to 16 teams.
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Post by: Roger on December 23, 2017, 09:54:22 AM
Hi TW. Yes the Swatcat turkey would be well advised to vote against a 16 team league ! I'm hoping to catch the first game so maybe see you then.
Please sign a Goalie AND have a Happy Christmas ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 31, 2017, 07:16:42 AM
The Swatcats have signed Thai/American goalkeeper Samuel Cunningham from Air Force.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 02, 2018, 07:43:39 PM
Leo Pre-season Cup on the 9th to 14th of January
8 team field are Muangthong Utd, Chiang Rai Utd, Bangkok Glass, Thai Port, Pattaya Utd, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 02, 2018, 07:51:54 PM
Details in Thai
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Post by: Roger on January 03, 2018, 03:45:00 PM
Thanks TW - what do you know of the new Goalie ? HNY
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 03, 2018, 04:38:17 PM
He`s had more clubs than Tiger Woods.  Has an American father.  Was actually called into the Thai squad in 2008 but I don`t think he played.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 03, 2018, 04:40:12 PM
For those asking about the Leo Cup pre-season tournament, I`ll share news when I know a) where it's taking place, b) what the fixtures are and c) when the matches are being played. These trivial details have yet to be announced, but don't worry, it's still 6 days away. TIT...
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 04, 2018, 03:54:58 PM
Leo Pre-season Cup Draw 
9th Jan   
6pm - Nakhon Ratchasima v Pattaya Utd   
8pm - Chiang Rai Utd v Thai Port 
10th Jan
6pm - Khon Kaen v Bangkok Glass
8pm - Chiang Mai v Muangthong Utd
Semi Final on the 12th and Final on the 14th

Matches shown live on true4U (I Think)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 05, 2018, 06:45:00 AM
Confirmed,  the Leo Cup match Pattaya v Swatcats is being shown live on True4U.
Tuesday 9th Jan KO 1800 hours.
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Post by: Roger on January 05, 2018, 06:51:31 AM
Thanks TW. I'll try to catch that. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 07, 2018, 03:20:10 PM
Usual confusion regarding the forthcoming Leo Cup. The Swatcat v Pattaya match now appears to be a 2000 hours KO on tuesday.  True4U schedule does not show coverage so who knows. Piss ups in breweries again springs to mind.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 08, 2018, 07:20:35 AM
Leo Cup fixture confirmed
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Post by: Roger on January 08, 2018, 07:31:37 AM
Thanks TW - I'll try and catch that on the box !
Even though it's nearly past my bedtime . . . ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 08, 2018, 07:56:37 AM
No wonder fans don`t flock to thai football games. Final confirmation!!!! The Swatcats game will be shown live on Truesports 2 (channel 45) at, 2000 hours.
Sorry about confusion, correct information is incredibly hard to come by.  Why not come along to watch. Tickets 50bt.
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Post by: Anton on January 08, 2018, 03:41:42 PM
This article (http://www.calciomercato.com/news/che-fine-ha-fatto-adiyiah-dal-milan-e-l-oro-mondiale-under20-all-26727) from an Italian transfer market news service is dedicated to footballer Dominic Adiyiah. The title reads Whatever happened to him? Adiyiah, Galliani's "stroke": from World Cup to Thailand.

The article's introduction describes Adiyiah's case as a typical case of "wasted youth". Follows the chronicle of Adiyiah's career, blaming his failure to keep up with great expectations to the fact that he had been thrown too abruptly, young and inexperienced, on the big stage of the Italian top league. The article ends with a bitter note on his current engagement, I try to translate quickly here:

ADIYIAH TODAY - But  everybody, and especially AC Milan's supporters, is now wondering: whatever happened to Adiyiah? After playing for Atyrau Futbol Kluby, Kazakh club based in the city of Atyrau, the Ghanan found his bearings in Nakhon Ratchasima Football Club (...). Since 2015, the Ghanan played 80 matches and scored 14 times: a light clear soup, if compared to limelight at the beginnings, but at least a new peaceful life. Even if, at only 28 y.o., Adiyiah has already ended his career in the football that counts: as good as saying "wasted youth".


Source - Calciomercato.com, "Che fine ha fatto? Adiyiah, il 'colpo' di Galliani: dal Mondiale alla Thailandia", by Alessandro Di Gioia, 07.01.2018 (http://www.calciomercato.com/news/che-fine-ha-fatto-adiyiah-dal-milan-e-l-oro-mondiale-under20-all-26727)
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Post by: Roger on January 08, 2018, 04:02:37 PM
Thanks Anton. That's really interesting. I had no idea Adiyiah had such a promising start to his career. Wasted youth eh ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Adiyiah
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 08, 2018, 04:07:32 PM
Thanks Anton -   our Adido is alive and kicking and displays fine footballing skills for the Swatcats week in week out.
Thanks again for the translation.
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Post by: merwalk on January 10, 2018, 06:56:42 AM
Looking forward to the new season
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 10, 2018, 07:31:19 AM
Leo Cup Preseason Tournament.

FT NRFC 0 Pattaya Unted 0

Attendance c700

In a largely uninspiring performance, The Swatcats scraped into the semi-finals of the Leo Cup by beating Pattaya United on penalties after a “dull as ditchwater” 90 minutes. Quick passing Pattaya dominated the first half but ironically the hosts produced a couple of clear cut chances against the run of play - one ending with a superb headed Rangel “goal” deemed offside by the officials and the other an excellent shot by Chanatphon bouncing tantalizingly off the bar into the keeper’s hands.

The second half saw a better performance from the Swatcats, with more movement and accurate passing but there were precisely ZERO shots on target from either side!!!

Well, it’s just a friendly but what I observed from the team tonight was “same old, same old” - poor defending, inability to hold possession in midfield and toothless up front. Not an auspicious start and this type of performance is not likely to draw in the much needed fans. I apologise for my negativity but I see nothing but a struggle for survival for this team in its present state - what a pity!!!

Details of Semi-final draw and location of matches to follow.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 10, 2018, 11:15:18 AM

It would appear that the Swatcats have signed Lee Won-Jae. He is a South Korean centre back,  aged 31.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on January 10, 2018, 11:44:36 AM
Thanks TW. I had to watch Chiang Rai v Port !  :(

Lee Won-Jai used to play for Hyundai in S. Korea and is 6' tall.

Seems to play not so many games each season - is that because of injury or form ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Won-jae
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 10, 2018, 11:48:36 AM
The Swatcats have signed Yayar Kunath. He is a Thai right winger and is 28 years old.  He appears to have spent time with lower league German teams.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 10, 2018, 11:55:10 AM
Kunath came on at half time last night.  He looked quite useful.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 10, 2018, 11:57:50 AM
Things looking up a little bit.  2 new signings.  We now need to find a decent ASEAN player to fill our foreign quotas.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 11, 2018, 06:47:39 AM
The Swatcats will play Chang Rai United in the semi- final of the Leo Cup on friday 12th January KO 1800 hours (TV coverage TS 2 andTS2 HD).
The match will be played at the 700th Anniversary Stadium,  Chang Mai.  A tough one for the Swatcats.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 11, 2018, 10:21:35 AM
Latest

FA Thailand confirms that the majority vote of T1 Clubs in the meeting today resolved that Thai League 1 will be reduced from 18 to 16 clubs in 2019 season. This season, there will be 5 clubs relegated to T2.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 11, 2018, 01:14:17 PM
Round 1 Thai League from the 9th of Feb
Buriram v Ratchaburi
Chiangrai v Chonburi
Bangkok Glass v Korat
Bangkok Utd v Muangthong
Air Force v Sukhothai
Chainat v Suphanburi
Navy v Ubon
Thai Port v Pattaya
Prachuap v Police Tero
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 11, 2018, 01:16:28 PM
Swatcats open 2018 campaign away to Bangkok Glass.  The remaining fixtures will be released at a later date.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 12, 2018, 09:24:01 AM
Matchday 1 fixtures 9th - 11th Feb.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on January 12, 2018, 10:06:05 AM
Nice easy home game to start with !!  ;)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 12, 2018, 10:10:16 AM
Hi Roger, I don't know if you noticed but in my previous post it states game is away to Bangkok Glass. My last post, taken from FAT website suggests it is a home game  - who knows !!!???

PS don't forget Leo Cup semi-final tonight 1800 hours.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 12, 2018, 07:16:22 PM
Leo Cup Semi-final; NRFC 1 Chang Rai United 0

The Swatcats progressed to the final of the Leo Cup and will face Konkaen or Muang Thong United in the final this weekend.

Both sides started with under strength sides with no Rangel, Pina or Adiyiah in the Swatcat’s starting lineup. In a largely sterile first half livened up by an Ekkachai drive that hit the foot of post on 31 minutes and an excellent save from Cunningham to deny Chang Rai in the 44th minute, both sides struggled to gain any game winning momentum.

Both teams beefed up their starting elevens for the second half producing a more up-tempo feel to the game, but as in the first half chances were few and far between.
 A well struck free kick in the 57th minute was superbly saved by Cunningham and a shot from Cleiton that struck the upright were rare highlights as Chang Rai began to apply pressure.

The Swatcats went ahead in the 63rd minute, slightly against the run of play, when Dominic Adiyiah slipped the ball past the keeper and into the net. Chang Rai continued to press but the Swatcats defended effectively.
A Pina 20 yard thunderbolt almost put the game to bed in the 75th minute but the keeper somehow parried the ball to save a certain goal. At the other end another excellent save from Cunningham preserved the Swatcat’s lead.

The Swatcats actually played some decent football in the second half, Adiyiah looked sharp and they defended well. A special mention for Samuel Cunningham in goal - he had a stormer!!

Footnote; Former Swatcat goalie Saranon played for Chang Rai tonight and if we meet Muang Thong in the final we will face another former goalie in Kampon!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 13, 2018, 08:05:04 AM
Leo Cup Final,  Swatcats v Muang Thong United tomorrow (sunday).  I will post details later.
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Post by: Roger on January 13, 2018, 10:05:42 AM
Hi TW.
I watched the first half at home and the 2nd at my watering hole . .  I thought the Swatcats played pretty well but Chiang Rai looked sharper at times. But we had Adiyiah !
A deserved win. Muang Thong will be tougher nut to crack (to say the least).
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 13, 2018, 10:28:03 AM
Leo Cup Final tomorrow.  Shown live on Truesports 2 and True4U
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 14, 2018, 07:59:45 PM
Leo Cup Final FT NRFC 1 Muang Thong United 5

The final took place at the 700th Anniversary Stadium at Chang Mai. Both teams fielded full strength elevens.

In the opening exchanges, Muang Thong looked the more polished side with crisp passing and good movement off the ball. Despite the obvious gulf in class, the Swatcats somehow managed to stay level until the 25th minute when Muang Thong sliced effectively through the defence to allow Adisak to finish.
With the defence under almost constant siege, the Swatcats were unable to mount serious attempts at the other end and Heberty made it two zero in the 39th minute.

Dominic Adiyiah stroked in a much needed goal on the cusp of half time to give the Swatcats hope and as the referee blew the whistle, the underdog Swatcats could still be considered in it!!

As the second half progressed goalkeeper Cunningham made a couple of good saves as Muang Thong pressed, with Fenandes Heberty looking very dangerous.  With the Swatcat defence now being given the “run around” and Muang Thong players seemingly able to find space at will, a third looked increasingly likely. Terrasil added the inevitable third in the 54th minute with a clever lob.

Tristan Do added a fourth with a smart drive in the in 65th minute in what was becoming an increasingly humiliating night for the men from Korat. In a brief period of pressure Adiyiah and then Rangel had chances to pull one back but these chances apart, the Muang Thong goal was rarely in danger.
Prakit scored in the dying seconds to complete the rout.

I guess the competition gave us a useful work out and we did beat two teams who will finish above us in the table. The defeat to Muang Thong however, was an embarrassing example of why this team will struggle to survive this season.
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Post by: Roger on January 15, 2018, 04:31:56 AM
TW - it was my fault. When we scored for 1-2, I said to the Missis, that'll be 5 or 6 to 1 now. Sorry. I agree we got roasted in the 2nd half but I saw enough to believe all is not lost for the coming season. The Swatcats have had a good workout but, a defeat like this may affect the team's confidence. MT Utd are a very good side.  8)
Good luck to the Swatcats in 2018. ATB.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 15, 2018, 07:40:09 AM
Hi Roger, yes there were glimpse of reasonable play last night but here’s what’s worrying me. It seems to me that we are playing exactly as we were last season with the same old problems. Other teams are moving on and improving and we seem stalled and fixed in our old ways - old ways which are, in my opinion not acceptable. Yes MT are a good (very good) side but we were ripped apart time and time again at the back last night and there was precious little going on up front.

If anyone at the club cannot see that the team is going to struggle to get out of the bottom five this season they must have their blinkers on. If we have a bad start, it will be curtains for our Premier League status.

I am going to stick my neck out and predict that Joksic will no longer be with us come mid-season.

As ever, I hope I am wrong and maybe they will surprise us….fingers crossed.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 16, 2018, 06:17:03 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima first 7 fixtures -  no firm dates yet.
MD1 v Bangkok Glass (H)
MD2 v Suphanburi (A)
MD3 v Ubon UMT (H)
MD4 v Police Tero (A)
MD5 v Sukhothai (H)
MD6 v Ratchaburi (A)
MD7 v Muangthong United (H)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on January 18, 2018, 08:12:04 AM
TW - our mutual Friend Ken feels just the same as you do . . .

But cheer up now ! The season hasn't begun yet.
We beat Chiang Rai and reached the Final - all is NOT lost.
Many teams will get thrashed by MT Utd during the coming season.

And IMO there will be other teams in the TPL 18 who are going to struggle badly this year, so my guess is that the Swatcats will be comfortably mid-table and above the scrap for relegation.

Hopefully ! ATB

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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 19, 2018, 08:27:24 AM
2018 season,  matchday 1 fixtures confirmed.  I will post full fixtures when available.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 20, 2018, 07:46:57 AM
The new season will officially be opened with the Champions Cup showpiece on Friday 19 January with a meeting of the Toyota Thai League champions and Chang FA Cup winners.

The Toyota Thai League then kicks off on 9 February 2018. The first leg of the season will play on 9 February to 20 May before resuming action on 9 June.

At the end of what promises to be another thrilling footballing year, the season will reach its climax on 7 October 2018 with Matchday 34.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 20, 2018, 07:56:09 AM
2018 full fixture list
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Post by: Bournemouth on January 20, 2018, 09:55:11 AM
Thanks for the fixture list. Well done for getting the information. See you at the Korat Home games. Cheers
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 20, 2018, 07:25:07 PM
Thank you Bournemouth.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 21, 2018, 09:41:49 AM
It would appear that the Swatcats have changed their crest again.  I would have thought that strengthening the squad was a greater priority but what do I know.
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Post by: Roger on January 21, 2018, 11:44:43 AM
Hi TW. Don't like the new 'Cat'. What a waste of time ! Mai pen lai.  8)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on January 30, 2018, 04:00:25 PM
Opportunity to meet the players next tuesday.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 01, 2018, 09:31:00 AM
The Swatcats have signed Sarawut Masuk (MF) & Todsaporn Srireung (GK).
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Post by: Roger on February 01, 2018, 10:24:01 AM
TW thanks. Do you know anything about these signings ?
Have there been any other training games ? ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 01, 2018, 11:43:44 AM
Hi Roger,  Masuk has 24 NT Appearances - could be a useful acquisition. Very little info on the keeper but he is 6 feet 3.  Both signings are 27 years old.
They have been playing training matches against low opposition.  Nothing official.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 02, 2018, 05:11:06 AM
Sarawut Masuk to Nakhon Ratchasima is a great signing, could be the difference in what will be a difficult year due to 5 teams being relegated at the end of the year.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 02, 2018, 07:23:36 AM
Upcoming friendly match
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Post by: Roger on February 02, 2018, 03:48:19 PM
Hi TW - I see we've got another game against low opposition then  ;) Should be fun . .

So the squad has been strengthened and you are feeling more optimistic now  :)

Bring it on then ! Thanks for the updates. R
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 02, 2018, 05:32:08 PM
Season 2018 - a preview. What can we expect from The Swatcats in the coming season?

Well unfortunately, I expect more of the same and a repeat of last year’s limited accomplishments.

In terms of personnel, Victor Igbonefo has been a high profile departure but due to his lack of pace and marking ability I personally was glad to see the back of him. Port picked up a couple of players from us, Chakrit Rawanprakone and Athibordee Arirat who will make decent squad players for Port.

 The team has bolstered the squad with the signings of goalkeepers Samuel Cunningham and Todsaporn Srireung, stopper Lee Won-Jae, winger Yaya Kunath and Thai National Team player Sarawut Masuk, but these signings apart, I have real doubts about the team’s ambitions to “kick on” and the team’s ability to attract fans is a continuing worry.
Thai international Masuk’s signing offers a glimpse of hope and his presence will undoubtedly enhance the squad. If he can link with Pina and provide service for Adiyiah and Rangel we may well defy the odds and avoid the drop.

Our signings seem paltry when compared to other TPL teams who are investing heavily in new and better players. Even promoted clubs Prachuap, Chainat and Air Force have bought in real quality players - with a week to go until the new season, the Swatcats have not even filled their ASEAN quota spot.

Last season’s 12th place was disappointing but it could have been worse - a late run seeing 7 points from the last 3 home games saw the team pull themselves clear of relegation woes.
This season the Premier League is shrinking to 16 teams at the season’s end leading to the relegation of 5 teams this season. My only aspiration for the coming season is for the Swatcats to avoid those 5 relegation places.

The fans expressed their disappointment with last season’s performances by voting with their feet but the management, seemingly content with the status quo, has made little attempt to improve the quality of the squad. I have heard views that the club would prefer to be a successful Tier 2 club pulling in decent crowds than a struggling Premier League minnow. I sincerely hope that this does not represent the future of this potentially massive club.

A top ten finish would be excellent but I just cannot see it happening. The squad is not strong enough and I do have doubts that Milos Joksic’s coaching abilities are enough to take the team to a higher level.
As ever “I hope that I am wrong” but I do continue to have serious misgivings about the future of the club. Go on lads…prove me wrong !!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 02, 2018, 05:49:08 PM
The 2018 Thai Premier League commences next weekend with the first match between Buriram and Ratchaburi kicking off on Friday 9th February.
The Swatcats commence their campaign with a home encounter with Bangkok Glass on Sunday 11th February (KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).
Eagle eyed supporters will become aware that the Glass Rabbits have ditched their “traditional” green kit in favour of new blue shirts.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.
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Post by: Pompui on February 02, 2018, 09:13:31 PM
Note to MJ:

This is in no way Racist , derogatory, anti-fatist or any other description of what is perceived as overweight people but, from one big person to another big person, it probably doesn't help when you waddle onto the training ground or touchline and then expect your players to respect and listen to you. Eat less rice and bread, kick the ball around a bit more to lose those tyres or use your expenses and medical insurance that the club must be paying for to see a doctor if it's a medical problem.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on February 03, 2018, 01:01:39 AM
Milos is big and cuddly - like a teddy bear:)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 05, 2018, 11:38:43 AM
Friendly result.  Buriram 1 Nakhon Ratchasima 0
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2018, 07:04:55 AM
Good turnout at Central Plaza for Swatcat presentation - I would estimate around 1000 attended.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2018, 07:06:16 AM
2018 kit - I personally do not like the shirt.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2018, 07:07:54 AM
2018 squad picture
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2018, 07:09:10 AM
2018 squad numbers
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 07, 2018, 10:39:51 AM
Just a reminder;

The Swatcats commence their 2018 campaign with a home encounter with Bangkok Glass on Sunday 11th February (KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD3).
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Post by: Roger on February 07, 2018, 12:55:02 PM
Thanks TW - good updates . . .
We look a bit thin in the striker dept. ?

I wonder where Le Bras, Prompong, Chivuta are now ? ATB for Sunday !
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Post by: Alfie on February 08, 2018, 07:38:33 PM
We look a bit thin in the striker dept. ?

And a bit overloaded in midfield? Thirteen men!!
And do they really need four goalkeepers?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on February 09, 2018, 07:41:50 AM
I agree with you Alfie - 13 midfielders - 4 goalies ?

The Swatcats have had big squads for years - 39 now !

JMO but I'd dump 10 and sign one or two special players. Mai pen lai.
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Post by: Alfie on February 10, 2018, 01:12:06 PM
I'd dump 10 and sign one or two special players. Mai pen lai.

A good idea.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 11, 2018, 11:41:26 AM
Under 4 hours until the big kick off.  Here`s hoping the team can prove all the knockers ( including myself) wrong and get off to a winning start and have a successful season.
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Post by: Roger on February 11, 2018, 03:53:11 PM
Aye to that TW !  ;)

Say Hi Ken and B'muff.
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Post by: Roger on February 11, 2018, 08:48:22 PM
1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0  :)  :o
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 12, 2018, 07:39:08 AM
Dateline 11th Feb 2018

 FT  NRFC 1 Bangkok Glass 0

Attendance; 10787

An 80th minute header from Ekkachai Rittiphan gave the Swatcats an unexpected but deserved 3 points over the much fancied Bangkok Glass in this campaign opener.

In front of the highest attendance in the league - yes more than at the Buriram match, this was a determined Swatcat team who fought manfully if not skillfully to overcome Glass.

In a first half devoid of real chances from the home team, Bangkok Glass manufactured 3 clear cut chances of their own and as the half ended one wondered if the men from Korat could hold out for a point.

Bangkok Glass moved up a gear in the second half and began to “boss” the Swatcat defence with some shrewd movement and crisp passing. The defence weathered the onslaught and following a period of pressure from the home team Rittiphan rose to head in to give the Swatcats victory.

Was the defence shaky at times? - Yes, did we produce loads of chances? – No, but the team did enough to convince me that survival or better may be within our grasp.

Well done the Swatcats a great start to the season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 12, 2018, 07:40:23 AM
Match Day 1 Stats
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Post by: Roger on February 13, 2018, 05:50:41 AM
Thanks TW. In that pic it looks as if Rittipan is wearing a wig and it's about to take off !
A good start for the Swatcats. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 13, 2018, 07:13:26 AM
Spendid Roger,  only one match but I'm feeling much more optimistic.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 15, 2018, 07:40:18 AM
The Swatcats take on Suphanburi this weekend, Saturday 17th February (KO 19.00 hours TV coverage Truesports HD3). Suphanburi experienced a poor season last year and this match might represent an opportunity for the Swatcats to build on their encouraging start to the season.
Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 17, 2018, 12:50:37 PM
Former Swatcat favourite Ivan Boscovic is currently playing for “Korat’s other club” Huai Thalaeng United who currently play in Tier 4 (North East). Good Luck Ivan !!
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Post by: Roger on February 17, 2018, 01:06:45 PM
Jeepers TW - he should be able to fill his boots there !  ;)
I can't find any Chantaburi FC news or even an effing fixture list. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 17, 2018, 03:23:04 PM
Here's Chantaburi's next 3 fixtures. If you google thai league and go to fixtures then Tier 4, the fixtures are there
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Post by: Roger on February 17, 2018, 03:41:34 PM
Thanks TW. Did I tell you there's a Tourist and Info. office with 5 staff, AT the Football ground ?
No one knew when the next game was or had a fixture list. No notices either.
Thanks for the tip M8.

I'm travelling 2m so won't get to that game tonight, but next week the Missis will be away in Cha am, Oh Joy !  I'll catch the game before the early EPL K.O. - Chelsea v Man Utd !!!

Should be good with a beer or two. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 18, 2018, 07:19:00 AM
Dateline 17th Feb 2018

 FT  Suphanburi 1 NRFC 0

Attendance; 7248

The Swatcats started with new signing Sarawut Masuk, his debut for the club.

The Swatcats had an early break in the 7th minute when Cunningham made a point blank save. The ball was tapped in from the rebound but the goal was ruled to be offside. Despite early pressure from the home team, neither side produced a clear cut chance as a rather sterile first half came to an end.

Suphanburi went ahead in the 52nd minute with an angled drive from Wasan Homsan but again in a half of few chances, it seemed that the single goal was going to settle it. The Swatcats became more adventurous as the second half progressed but despite several raids forward they were unable to pierce the Suphan defence.
Rangel had a rare chance to equalize in the closing minutes after a defensive error but his shot was parried by the keeper.

Another determined performance, there seems to be more fight in the team than last season. The lack of chances made is still a worry - I cannot recollect a single chance of note, apart from the Rangel effort. Masuk has made a difference in midfield and the defence looked in control most of the time but who is going to score the goals???
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 18, 2018, 07:20:45 AM
Match Day 2 Stats
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Post by: Roger on February 18, 2018, 04:26:01 PM
Thanks TW for the report.
Surely Rangel and Adiyah will get some goals.
Going back to last week - good to see a crowd of 10,000 +
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 18, 2018, 05:32:25 PM
Best crowd of the day - very encouraging.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 21, 2018, 11:20:05 AM
The Swatcats take on fellow Isaaan outfit Ubon UMT United this weekend (Sunday 25th February KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2). Ubon are now in their second campaign in the top flight but are expected to struggle this season. I anticipate that the Swatcats will gain their second home win of the season.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 26, 2018, 08:36:37 AM
Dateline 25th Feb 2018

 FT   NRFC 3 Ubon UMT United 1

Attendance; 9887.

Well let’s not get too excited, but a fine performance from the Swatcats that leaves them 4th in the league table. After being stunned by an Ubon goal in the 17th minute, the home team showed great determination and created chance after chance, being rewarded in the 29th minute with an equalising penalty from Paulo Rangel.

The second half saw the Swatcats come out fighting and a well crafted goal from Antonio Pina gave them the lead in the 49th minute. The men in orange continued to surge forward with further chances being created and their endeavours were rewarded with an injury time with a goal from Attapong Nooprom in the 95th minute.

So let’s enjoy a bit of success. There is definitely an improvement in the performances so far. They were superior in all departments to Ubon in this match and if their home form continues to impress, there is hope of a decent finish.
Another reason to be cheerful is that the fans are coming back. The Swatcat average of over 10 000 is second only to Buriram and if they keep winning at home the crowds will surely swell.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 26, 2018, 08:40:20 AM
Apologies for lack of photos and other information in my reports. The Swatcat Facebook page, my usual source of photos seems to have disappeared !!
In future I will post reports on monday mornings, so that I can include all results from Saturday/Sunday and a fully updated table.
Thanks for your continued support.
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Post by: Roger on February 26, 2018, 09:42:39 AM
TW what a great win ! 4th in the table is great. Thanks.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 28, 2018, 09:16:21 AM
The Swatcats take on Police Tero in the next round of the Thai Premier League season (Saturday 3rd March, KO 17.45, TV coverage Truesports 2). Tero had a disastrous end to the 2017 season and currently lie in 14th place in the league with no victories thus far. A chance for an away win perhaps.
Thaiwolf prediction: Away win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2018, 06:57:28 AM
Dateline 3rd March 2018

 FT   Police Tero 0 NRFC 1

Attendance; 1843

The Swatcats took on Bangkok based Police Tero this weekend searching for their first away points of the season. In the opening 20 minutes, the Swatcats looked the more composed side as they swept forward looking for the opening goal.
The match burst into life in the 28th minute when Rangel spurned a guilt edged chance but the ball fell to Adiyiah who swept his shot against the cross bar. With the visitors looking increasingly dangerous, the first half drew to a close with the Swatcats definitely on top.

The second half commenced with Tero beginning to gain the upper hand but Adiyiah was unlucky when his close range header was cleared off the line. In the 75th minute Samuel Cunningham got away with a deliberate kick on a Tero forward - had the referee had a clear view it could have been a red card and a penalty.
In the 78th minute, the Swatcats broke forward and Ekkachai ran onto a Rangel flick and lobbed the ball into the net to give the visitors the lead.

An excellent fighting performance from the Swatcats and a great 3 points. There is something different about the team this season but I cannot put my finger on the reason for the improvement. Tonight they pressed very effectively and recent signing Sarawut Masuk seems to be providing a link between the midfield and attack. The team could never be accused of not giving 100 % and motivation has always seemed sound - I just think that every player is now offering 10% more determination and this is making the team hard to beat.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2018, 07:00:18 AM
Match Day 4 Stats

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Post by: Roger on March 05, 2018, 08:56:26 AM
TW you must be suffering from Vertigo ! Thanks.
An excellent start to the season - should give the Team confidence to stay out of trouble? And goals to come from Adiyah and Rangel  ;)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2018, 09:08:43 AM
Yes Roger, a great start so let’s enjoy it but I feel that we will get a firmer view on the team’s prospects after 10 games. An interesting perspective is that last season we won only 10 games and amassed 41 points - already we have won 3 games and according to last year’s table 40 points should be enough to avoid the drop (with 5 going down). We therefore only need another 31 points to avoid relegation !!!

The Swatcats now have the highest average attendance in the league and with a bumper crowd expected for the Sukhothai game surely no one will surpass them this weekend.
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Post by: Alfie on March 05, 2018, 08:54:26 PM
A good start to the season. Let's hope they can keep it up.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2018, 12:17:50 PM
Top of the table (sort of !!) clash at the 80th Anniversary Stadium next weekend when the Swatcats host the high flying Firebats of Sukhothai. (Sunday 11th March KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6).  Watch out for the visitor’s tricky winger Roberto Baggio and in form striker Bonilla.

I expect a bumper crowd as the men from Korat will be hoping to inflict the first defeat of the season on the Sukhothai outfit.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win
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Post by: Robert on March 06, 2018, 04:02:03 PM
Top of the table (sort of !!) clash at the 80th Anniversary Stadium next weekend when the Swatcats host the high flying Firebats of Sukhothai. (Sunday 11th March KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6).  Watch out for the visitor’s tricky winger Roberto Baggio and in form striker Bonilla.

I expect a bumper crowd as the men from Korat will be hoping to inflict the first defeat of the season on the Sukhothai outfit.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win

Hi Thaiwolf,

was the mistake about Baggio on purpose or not? Roberto Baggio (18 February 1967) retired some time ago. John Baggio (19 December 1991) is playing on right wing at Sukothai.

Have a nice day,
Robert
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Post by: Roger on March 06, 2018, 04:08:55 PM
Robert - TW knows what he's doing M8.
He wants a big crowd there on the day  ;D
I think we should be told. ATB
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Post by: Robert on March 06, 2018, 04:37:18 PM
Robert - TW knows what he's doing M8.
He wants a big crowd there on the day  ;D
I think we should be told. ATB

Only problem is that I know old football players. Do not know why, haha.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2018, 05:54:38 PM
Thanks Robert, my mistake,  John Baggio of course. Roberto was a favourite of mine - mixed wires.  Thanks for pointing out my mistake :)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 06, 2018, 06:10:12 PM
Hi TW. A bit of wishful thinking maybe ? ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2018, 06:58:15 PM
Yeah Baggio and Rossi of old in the side would be nice!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on March 06, 2018, 07:00:07 PM
Yeah Baggio and Rossi of old in the side would be nice!!!

I know more old players whom I would like to see play again. Nowadays too much result football IMHO instead of entertaining the spectators.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on March 07, 2018, 01:12:59 PM
I think I will pop down to Prachuap to watch the game when the Swat Cat's visit. Never need much of an excuse for the hour's drive south.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 07, 2018, 05:09:03 PM
Great Caller,  don't forget to post a report.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 12, 2018, 09:27:08 AM
Dateline 11rd March 2018

 FT   NRFC 2 Sukhothai 1

Attendance; 15 664

The in form (4 wins out of 4) Firebats were the guests this weekend. The Firebats were the much more composed side in the first half action with quick passing movements and the razor sharp Baggio a constant threat. The Swatcats countered with determination and stout defensive work and were rewarded in the 21stminute with a beautifully crafted goal from Rangel. A pin point cross from Decha was met with a bullet header from the Brazilian striker to put the hosts one up.

After a period of prolonged pressure, Sukhothai bounced back in the 33rd minute with a fine looping equalizer from Njiva and in a half of few real chances from either side, honours were about even at half time with Sukhothai looking the likely victors.

In a tense second half, with both sides probing and looking for a winner, the Swatcats finally broke the deadlock with a 77th minute winner when Adiyiah smashed in from 7 yards.

Another welcome and unexpected victory against, it has to be said, a superior side. No cartwheels of delight from me yet but it is looking good for the Swatcats. The players are playing like a real team with each member putting in 100 %. I am still not sure what is different from last year but what I am sure of is that with their current determination and endeavour, they will be hard to beat.
The atmosphere last night was electric with again the highest attendance by far in the weekend’s games - what a massive club this could be!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 12, 2018, 09:28:53 AM
Match Day 5 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 12, 2018, 03:14:22 PM
Thanks TW. Heady stuff indeed  :)  I bet you could have got good odds against the Swatcats being 5 points ahead of Muang Thong Utd after 5 games. I see Prachuap thrashed MT UTD 6-1 yesterday - can hardly believe my eyes.

A few wins at the start of the season is excellent for confidence - maybe we are not good enough to challenge at the top longer term but this is fun ! ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 12, 2018, 03:21:39 PM
Agreed
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 14, 2018, 07:43:04 AM
The Swatcats travel to Ratchaburi this weekend, hoping to continue their fine run of form (Sunday 18th March KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6). The Dragons have been struggling this season having lost 4 out of their 5 games so far and the visitors will be disappointed if they leave the Mitr Phol Stadium without at least 1 point.

Thaiwolf prediction: Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 19, 2018, 07:18:43 AM
Dateline 18th March 2018

 FT   Ratchaburi 3 NRFC 0

Attendance; 3059

The Swatcats entered the Dragon’s den hoping to increase their already impressive tally of points.

In an early setback for the Swatcats, Ratchaburi opened the scoring in the 4th minute with a fine drive from Chitiphon and minutes later the Dragons doubled their lead when Rosimar pounced on a fumbled cross by keeper Cunningham to prod the ball home.

The misery continued when a deflected angled shot from Rosimar crept over the line in the 25th minute. A confident Ratchaburi continued to dominate the half, with the visitors unable to maintain possession and constantly on the back foot.

As the first half concluded, the Swatcats were being completely outplayed and lucky to be only three down.

Things could not get much worse in the second half - or could they? The Swatcats sole aim was to “win the second half” but a possible point seemed out of the question.
Chanatphon was unlucky when his nicely flighted free kick hit the bar in the 50th minute but this effort apart, the Swatcats again offered little and with the Dragons taking their foot off the gas the game meandered to its conclusion with a fine win for the hosts.

After a disastrous start, the Swatcats failed to achieve any real momentum and were comprehensively beaten by Ratchaburi. Sometimes you just have to put your hands up and say “we were beaten by a better side”!!
This was a typical season 2017 performance, the midfield seemed to surrender and there was precious little up front. Hopefully this performance is just a blip and 4 wins and 2 defeats going into the international break is not a bad start to the season.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 19, 2018, 07:22:42 AM
Match Day 6 Stats

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 19, 2018, 02:46:32 PM
Hi TW and thanks. A stout effort from Ratchaburi and their 3000 ?
Let's hope this is a blip and not the start of a plunge  ::)

The Swatcats are ahead atm of Muangthong, Chiang Rai, Bangkok Glass and other TPL icons - but for how long ? ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 22, 2018, 08:20:00 PM
The Thai Premier league now takes a weekend off to accommodate the International Break. The Thai National team will be the hosts for the King’s Cup competition.
The league fixtures will recommence on WEDNESDAY 28th March when the Swatcats entertain Muang Thong United - expect a 20 k plus crowd for this fixture !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 23, 2018, 08:00:52 PM
Thaiwolf is off football duty this weekend. The annual pilgrimage to Buriram for World Superbikes.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 23, 2018, 08:07:37 PM
The Swatcats welcome Muang Thong United to the 80th Anniversary Stadium this coming Wednesday (28th March KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage TBC).
The Kirins have made an inconsistent start to the season but will still provide formidable opposition.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 26, 2018, 01:48:12 PM
Confirmed TV Coverage of Swatcats V MuangThong, Truesports 1,  KO 17. 00 hours.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 26, 2018, 01:50:32 PM
TW thanks as always - is that 1700 hrs or 1900 hrs ? ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 26, 2018, 02:35:07 PM
Well spotted Roger,  thanks. KO wednesday 1900 hours.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 29, 2018, 08:23:18 AM
Dateline 28th March 2018

 FT NRFC 0 Muang Thong United 1

Attendance; 17 319.

The Swatcats entertained the faltering Kirins in this mid week encounter. The visitors had the better of the early exchanges with Heberty drawing a world class save from Cunningham with a looping drive in the 17th minute. The Swatcats countered with an Ekkachai header that almost eluded a floundering keeper and on the cusp of half time, excellent work from Adiyiah led to a cross shot going inches wide of the far post.
As the goalless the first half concluded, the hosts matched the obvious class of the Muang Thong outfit with their usual endeavour and determination.

In a blow for the Swatcats, keeper Cunningham succumbed to a first half injury and was replaced by Todsaporn Srireung at half time. Within seconds the keeper failed to hold a swerving Heberty free kick and the ball sailed into the back of the net to give the Kirins the lead.
Ekkachai came close to equalizing on 68 minutes when his cross beat the keeper and almost crept under the bar but as the visitors pressed and despite some late pressure, the hosts were unable to score the equalizer.

A decent performance but beaten by an obviously superior side. The defence is certainly sturdier and better organized this season and the general team effort cannot be faulted. The Cunningham injury was unfortunate and I am 100 % sure that he would have saved Heberty’s free kick. A slightly unlucky defeat I feel and the team competed well against a very talented Muang Thong team.

Well done boys, and look at that attendance figure !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 29, 2018, 08:24:39 AM
Match Day 7 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 29, 2018, 08:46:23 AM
Matches coming thick and fast as the Swatcats visit Chainat to take on the Hornbills this weekend (Saturday 31st March, KO 20.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2).

 Newly promoted Chainat have struggled so far this season and The Swatcats will expect a victory.

Thaiwolf prediction: Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 29, 2018, 10:36:44 AM
Hi TW. It seems we were unlucky to lose. Let's hope Swatcats get the victory against Chainat - without that we'll be sucked into the bottom half. But a win could put us back in the top 6  ;D

This was reassuring - ''the hosts matched the obvious class of the Muang Thong outfit with their usual endeavour and determination.''

Keep the faith for now  ;)  Thanks and ATB

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 01, 2018, 10:07:50 AM
Dateline 31st March 2018

 FT   Chainat Hornbills 1 NRFC 2

Attendance; 2517

The Swatcats travelled to Chainat hoping to avoid their third successive defeat. The visitors started without injured keeper Cunningham and Dominic Adiyiah was replaced by Yayar Kunath.

In the opening exchanges, the Swatcats had the majority of possession and Yayar had a great early chance but he headed over from close range. In the 21st minute a Swatcat counter attack allowed Decha to break through the middle and drive home to give the visitors an early lead. The visitors then defended well for the rest of the half to preserve their lead and went in at half time one up.

The Swatcats were rocked when, within seconds of the start of the second half, Bireme nodded in to equalize the scores. In the 54th minute a quickly taken free kick put Yayar clear with only the keeper to beat but the keeper managed to smother the ball and it was cleared.
The game progressed with neither side creating real chances although Chanatphon went close with a drive on 72 minutes.
In what was becoming a bit of a stalemate in which neither team seemed to want the three points on offer, the ball was ping ponged around to no great effect.

Just as it seemed that a draw would be the final result, late drama when Rangel was fouled on the edge of the box in the 92nd minute. Pina slotted home the resulting free kick.
 Minutes later in the 94th minute, Lee kicked out at a defender in the box and after a VAR consultation no penalty was awarded but Lee was dismissed. Apparently the ref had blown for a free kick against Chainat moments before the Lee kick, hence no penalty.

Five wins from eight games is fantastic - that’s already half of our victories last season - let’s all enjoy it while it lasts.

There is a pattern emerging. The Swatcats press well and they fight for every ball in midfield. Their determination and fighting spirit is going to overcome many technically superior sides this season. Yayar Kunath impressed me tonight. I am wondering whether a Yayar/Adiyiah partnership may cause defences more problems than Adiyiah partnering with a rather static Rangel.

Match Days Stats will be published tomorrow.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 01, 2018, 11:58:49 AM
Thanks TW. Back up to 4th then  ;D  Seems the Ref was on the ball and we had a bit of luck in the end.

Is Adiyah injured ? Good to have another option in Yayar Kunath . . we've only scored 9 goals in total so far. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 01, 2018, 01:33:01 PM
Hi Roger,  I'm feeling good.  Assume Adiyiah is injured. Yayar was most impressive. bottom placed Air Force next.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 02, 2018, 08:14:57 AM
Match Day 8 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 03, 2018, 01:36:29 PM
The Swatcats welcome winless Air Force this weekend (Sunday 8th April KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2). On paper this should be a “bolt on” 3 points for the Swatcats, but as we all know “it’s a funny old game”. A big crowd will be expected given the Swatcat’s successful start to the season.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 03, 2018, 07:50:48 PM
Apparently,  the Swatcats are playing Pualand in the  first round of the FA Cup tomorrow KO 15.30 hours.  Please don't ask me where Pualand is or which league they play in.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 03, 2018, 09:59:38 PM
Here we go;
Pualand Football Club (Thai สโมสรฟุตบอลโตเกียวบลูอาร์มี่), is a Thai football club based in Bangkok, Thailand. The club is currently playing in the 2017 Thai League Amateur Tournament Bangkok Metropolitan Region.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 04, 2018, 11:05:26 PM
FA Cup result.  Swatcats 3 Pualand 4
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 08, 2018, 03:52:42 PM
Hi TW. After last night's games, there's an interesting possibility.

Swatcats MUST beat Air Force - Sukhothai play Prachuap - IF they draw then the Swatcats will go second in the TPL  ;)

Should either win, the Swatcats would be third . . .

I have some pills for vertigo and will pop them into the post just in case.

I'm ready for 18.00 hrs.  ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 08, 2018, 10:15:15 PM
OMG. TW I unequivocably withdraw that optimism . . .  :-[
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2018, 10:40:53 AM
LOL. Cautious optimism is great Roger…..however, just as I thought, the Swatcats will be in the relegation dogfight come the end of the season, Top ten may be possible but deep down, I just do not think they are good enough.

Report to follow soon - I have to watch the match again on TV - I’m not looking forward to it!!!

PS They weren't all that bad yesterday!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2018, 02:52:08 PM
Dateline 8th April 2018

 FT NRFC 0 Air Force Central 1

Attendance; 10442.

Air Force were the visitors this weekend looking for their first victory of the season.

In a largely sterile first half in which Air Force defended deep and with great numbers, the hosts found it difficult to pierce the defence despite some clever passing movements down the flanks.
Rangel’s drive, going narrowly wide on 21 minutes, Nattapong’s near post header and  Ekkachai’s disallowed goal for offside, were the only highlights in the first 45 minutes.

The second half saw the hosts pressing effectively and having the better of the play but apart from a couple of long range shots on target, the Air Force defence stood firm and prevented any real danger from developing. Rangel had two chances, one header he put just wide and a second header was saved comfortably by the keeper.

The match was settled in the 73rd minute when Jaycee John turned and clipped the ball into the net. Somewhat against the run of play, this goal was a bitter pill to swallow and the Swatcats were unable to respond, although Rangel went close in the 70th minute when his header bounced over the bar.

A disappointing evening for the Swatcats, basically throwing away some of the advantage that they had gained in their early season surge. They were slightly unlucky to lose this one - the winning goal was one of few chances that the visitors had created.

A minor setback but not the end of the season’s dreams, let’s keep fighting.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2018, 02:53:35 PM
Match Day 9 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2018, 02:54:55 PM
In yet another midweek fixture pre Songkran, the Swatcats take on True Bangkok United (Wednesday 11th April, KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD3). This will be a real test for the visitors and I see little hope of points in this fixture.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 09, 2018, 06:33:50 PM
Thanks TW. What an excellent crowd for such lowly opponents. I watched the game on TV and was very disappointed - how strange to have an 'off' day against a struggling side  ???

A number of Swatcats looked complacent and the team looked shambolic to me and played in a frantic style without composure. Rangel looked SO lazy and really should have got closer with his chances. What a contrast with the lively and skilful Jaycee John - I did enjoy watching him.

The Swatcats will do well to get a point at BKK Utd. Thanks again and ATB


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 09, 2018, 06:45:15 PM
Hi Roger,  at the moment, I`m not sure that Rangel is worth his place. Kunath has much more mobility.  Forget any points against BU!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on April 09, 2018, 07:04:34 PM
A nil - nil draw would have been disappointing.

But to loose 0-1 a disaster !!!

No one from swat cats played well!!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 12, 2018, 08:04:44 AM
Dateline 11th April 2018

 FT Bangkok United 2 NRFC 0

Attendance; 1410

After a disappointing home result last weekend, the Swatcats travelled to Bangkok to take on the resurgent Angels in this pre Songkran midweek fixture.
The Swatcats began the match without Rangel or Adiyiah. I assume that this move suggests that the Swatcats harboured no aspirations of a win.

The Angels went ahead in the 20th minute when Robson Fernandes prodded in at the far post. The hosts began to dominate and with the Swatcats offering little up front, it was hard to see how the men from Korat could salvage anything from the game.
The hosts almost went two up when an angled shot was pushed just wide by keeper Todsaporn
Sri-reung. From the resulting corner, the keeper was again called into action when he saved a low drive. The hosts continued to press and again went close when they rattled the crossbar with a fine shot in the 45th minute.

The second half opened with the hosts continuing to press and they went two up when a defensive slip allowed Ekkachai Samre to drill home in the 63rd minute. With the Swatcats struggling to create anything up front, the Angels continued to probe looking for their third.
As the match drew to its conclusion, Ekkachai nearly scored a consolation goal in the 90th minute when his shot struck the crossbar - probably Korat’s only real chance of the half.

An inevitable and deserved victory for Bangkok United. Not a bad performance from the Swatcats, they were simply beaten by a better team. The visitors simply did not have the defensive ability to keep the Angels at bay.
Yaya Kunath was lively and must be given a regular berth in the team but having said that, without Rangel and Adiyiah there was nothing up front. Tonight’s team was without Cunningham (injured), Rangel (not sure why), Adiyiah (thigh injury I think), Akenekat (injury) and Lee (suspended) so all in all not a surprising result.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 12, 2018, 08:05:56 AM
Match Day 10 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 12, 2018, 08:07:02 AM
No matches this weekend due to the annual Songkran break.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 12, 2018, 08:57:13 AM
Hi TW and thanks for the report.

I expect Rangel needed a rest after all that running around against Air Force  ;)

What a dismal crowd 1,410 - illustrates how lucky the Swatcats are !

An observation to cheer you up - last weekend we could have been in 3rd place. Now in 11th position with 15 points - the Swatcats are just two places up from the 5 down zone. Safe by just 5 points atm . . . . .   8)

Thanks again - great report.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 12, 2018, 09:14:47 AM
Hi Roger, 11th place is just about where the Swatcats should be at the moment but I fear there will be more falls to come. I have carefully analysed teams who may be worse than the Swatcats and I can only find 4 !!!
 
In a normal year with 3 down, the Swatcats would survive but the 5 down situation puts us in real peril.

Thankfully our bright start has given us a glimpse of hope. I did warn us all to enjoy the bright start while it lasts - but now “reality bites”, this season is going to be a real dogfight. If we go down, we  will walk the Tier 2  title…. If we can just survive this one critical season.

To end on a positive note, we are only one win away from 5th place.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 12, 2018, 03:39:22 PM
TW - ''To end on a positive note, we are only one win away from 5th place.''

Love it M8. Keep taking those tablets. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 17, 2018, 08:08:59 AM
An absolutely crucial match for the Swatcats this weekend when they take on Pattaya United (Sunday 22nd April, KO 19.00 hours. TV coverage Truesports 6).

Crucial because following this match, the Swatcats have two consecutive away games at Champions Buriram and Tier 1 strugglers Navy. If the team comes away from these games with no points, they will probably find themselves in the bottom 5.

Sunday’s game is the best chance for 3 points and the chance must not be squandered.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 08:19:00 AM
Sorry Pattaya review and a couple of other posts have gone missing - I will try to post again.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 08:22:34 AM
Dateline 22nd April 2018

 FT NRFC 2 Pattaya United 0

Attendance; 8817.

Following 4 defeats in their last five games and with 2 away games to follow, it was absolutely vital for the Swatcats to gain three points in this match.

 The Swatcats started with Rangel up front, but still no Adiyiah and captain Chalermpong was also missing. Samuel Cunningham, having recovered from injury was thankfully back in goal.

The match commenced with Pattaya looking lively but despite the visitor’s pressure, the hosts created a couple of early chances, with Rangel drawing a fine save from the keeper in the 15th minute as the Swatcats pressed.
The Swatcats opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Ekkachai slotted home following a corner kick and minutes later, in a bizarre moment, Paulo Rangel was booked and asked to leave the field for wearing a necklace, Paulo was rightfully indignant and had to be pulled away from the fourth official as he argued his case.

The second half saw Pattaya looking for an equalizer but the hosts defended effectively and following a break in the 52nd minute, Lee headed just wide following a Chanatphon free kick.
Pattaya went close in the 72nd minute but despite playing some good football in midfield, they created little up front.
The hosts survived a late scare when a goal bound header from Pattaya appeared to be deflected over the bar by a defender’s arm, luckily no penalty was awarded. I suspect that if VAR had been available the decision would have been changed.

In the 86th minute Naruphol was hauled to the ground inside the box. A penalty was awarded but Rangel’s effort was well saved by the keeper.
The Swatcats sealed the victory with a second, deep into injury time, when Ekkachai broke clear and stroked the ball in from 10 yards.

Super victory for the Swatcats - well deserved and an important three points that places them in a very respectable seventh place in the league. A sound performance from the whole team who kept their heads despite periods of pressure from a decent and technically superior Pattaya outfit.
Well done boys, now bring on Buriram !!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 08:28:35 AM
Dateline 25th April 2018

 FT Buriram United 2 NRFC 1

Attendance; 8818

This Isaan derby sees first against seventh as the Swatcats strive to dent Buriram’s title ambitions.

The Swatcats started without Adiyiah, Rangel or Chalermpong. The visitors matched their fellow Isaan outfit in early exchanges and they took an early lead in the 7th minute when an optimistic low shot from Ekkanat deceived the home keeper and crept into the corner of the net. The hosts immediately raced forward and scored an equalizer through Joo Yun Soo when his deflected shot looped over keeper Cunningham.

Buriram took the lead in the 23rd minute when Tunez headed in from close range following a corner. At the other end, Masuk had a long range shot that drifted over the bar as the Swatcats counter attacked but generally the Buriram defence seemed to be in control.

The second half commenced with Buriram pressing but despite this early pressure they were unable to increase their lead. In the 73rd minute Nattapong was offered a guilt edged chance to equalise when he struck the ball over the bar from 2 yards following a corner. Seconds later Masuk went close with a drive and then Ekkachai’s shot was saved following a fine solo run. This flurry of chances seemed to rattle Buriram and they began to defend deeper and following further Swatcat pressure, I felt that Buriram were pleased to leave the pitch with their 3 points intact.

The Swatcats were not overawed by the Buriram side and at times they knocked the ball about effectively but one always thought that Buriram would punish any mistakes and they looked very dangerous at corners and crosses from the flanks.
In the end class prevailed but the Swatcats could leave the Thunder Castle with their heads held high. A high energy performance that was unfortunately not enough to hold the powerful Buriram team. In a strange way, this was one of the Swatcat’s best performances of the season. I would like to see how this line up would fare against lesser opponents than Buriram. Well done lads !!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 08:31:26 AM
Having real problems posting anything other than text today - will try again later.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 10:19:38 AM
Have given up trying to post pics.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 10:31:30 AM
The Swatcats head to Sattahip to take on TPL strugglers Navy this weekend (Saturday 28th April KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6).

This fixture is often a low scoring affair therefore I expect a single goal to decide the encounter. Given Navy’s current, poor form there should be hopes that it is the visitors who score that crucial goal.

Thaiwolf prediction: away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: jivvy on April 26, 2018, 10:31:40 AM

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Having real problems posting anything other than text today - will try again later.
Off topic---- but I tried  to post a photo in jokes this morning only to be flagged up as to large.
Must be a glitch somewhere in the system
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 10:32:57 AM
Ahh thanks Jivvy, that was exactly the problem I was having.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on April 26, 2018, 03:47:17 PM
   Yes It was a good game.

  Our first away game to see Korat.

  The Buriram stadium puts our to shame.

  Pity the away supports are herded into the far corner.

  How ever it was fun to be with drum guys and girls for the game.

  My ear drums have just recovered LOL.

  Hope do spend a few days up North at the end of May and take it the Chiangrai game.

 
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 26, 2018, 07:31:10 PM
Nice one Bournemouth.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 27, 2018, 08:23:19 AM
A couple of pictures from the recent Buriram encounter.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 27, 2018, 08:24:52 AM
Results and standings after Match Day 12.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 27, 2018, 08:35:21 AM
Hi Roger, the Navy match in Sattahip is almost a local one for you in Chantaburi. Are you venturing up to cheer on the boys?? I fancy a point or three on saturday.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 27, 2018, 05:13:12 PM
Hi B'muff. Well done. 2 years ago we went to see that game but got the day wrong - so arriving the evening before, it was already half time as we arrived in B'ram.  :'(  I agree it is a BRILLIANT stadium - purpose designed for FOOTBALL only. When the Fans stamp that 'tread plate', it's like THUNDER  ;)

Thanks for the pics TW - now 9th and 6 points clear of the 'falling five'. To my utter disgrace I won't be going to Sattahip as I've gotta lotta travel coming up in the next weeks.

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 27, 2018, 06:30:23 PM
Midfielder Naruphol is sidelined for 3 months following ankle surgery.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 29, 2018, 07:37:14 AM
Hat trick hero.

So much for my "Rangel isn't worth his place" drivel !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 29, 2018, 07:43:10 AM
And as for my prediction of a low scoring Navy match - It could have been 5-5. What do I know !! Match report to follow tomorrow.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 29, 2018, 04:54:21 PM
Great result TW ! Rangel owes us a few  ;)
Look forward to the report. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 30, 2018, 08:13:28 AM
Dateline 28th April 2018

 FT Navy FC 1 NRFC 3

Attendance; 2469

The Swatcats visited Sattahip to take on strugglers Navy this weekend.

The match commenced in wet conditions watched by a very sparse crowd but with great support from the visiting Swatcat fans. Chalermpong and Rangel were both back in the opening line up.

Early drama in the 2nd minute when Ekkachai broke clear but the out coming keeper blocked his shot. Rangel, following through poked the ball just wide. On a very heavy pitch the visitors were gaining the majority of possession in an encouraging start for the men from Korat.

Navy countered and Rodrigo’s drive was well saved by keeper Cunningham as the hosts began to gain a toehold in the game. Cunningham was called upon to make further two great saves as Navy began to dominate.

The Swatcat goal was now being peppered with shots, including an Amadu effort that struck the post, as the visitor’s defence sat deep - so disappointing after the Swatcats encouraging start.

In the 26th minute, somewhat against the run of play Paulo Rangel nodded in from 9 yards to open the scoring. Minutes later, Cunningham, rapidly becoming a Swatcat hero, saved well again to keep Rodrigo’s angled drive out.

The Swatcats went two up in the 34th minute, when Rangel turned a Chanatphon cross into the net. Seconds later, Cunningham was again the hero when he leapt high to keep out a vicious drive. I was beginning to think this might be our night!!!

 Unbelievably Rangel completed his hat trick in the 41st minute when he tapped in a Pina cross
 but Rodrigo nodded in during first half stoppage time to give the home team some hope of a comeback.

The first half concluded with the Swatcats 3-1 up, when in reality they should have been 4-3 down!!

In near farcical conditions with further heavy rain, the second half kicked off and within minutes Rangel missed an absolute sitter when he fired wide from 7 yards. The visitors continued to move forward and Sarawut was denied by a smart save from the Navy keeper.

Rodrigo went close with a long range effort in the 69th minute but that apart, the Swatcat defence seemed to be in control. In the 75th minute a superb passing movement was finished by Rangel whose drive was pushed around the post for a corner.
Navy tested Cunningham once more in the 86th minute and Amadu rattled the post but in the heavy conditions they were unable to launch a comeback as the Swatcats defended bravely.

Unbelievable result for the Swatcats. An excellent smash and grab victory with the team being smuggled out of the stadium wearing striped shirts and carrying bags marked swag. Following on from the Buriram game the team played some excellent passing movements - especially when breaking forward - I didn’t know they had it in them, although the addition of Sarawut might have helped.

I am beginning to think that this team has the guts and talent to perhaps gain a top ten finish - I really have been impressed with their spirit so far this season. Well done again boys !!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 30, 2018, 08:14:46 AM
Match Day 13 stats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 30, 2018, 08:25:32 AM
Swatcat players spotted leaving the stadium at Sattahip after the weekend's victory.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 30, 2018, 03:44:54 PM
Thanks TW. Reads like the Swatcats had the 'run of the ball' and Rangel could have scored 5 ! A classic away steal . .

The picture of the Players together is great.

With BKK Glass, Chiang Rai, Chonburi and other 'strong' clubs below us, no room for complacency. Just 4 points between 6th from top and 6th from bottom.

Looking good for now  ;)  ATB

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on April 30, 2018, 03:54:21 PM
I hope my friend Sarawut Massuk gets more playing time. He was very strong against Buriram. ( my option).

Will he sign for Bournemouth?   (http://)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on April 30, 2018, 03:56:41 PM
He`s a class act Bournemouth.
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Post by: Bournemouth on April 30, 2018, 04:00:01 PM
 Thanks for the signed scarf. My grandson has it now in Bourmouth(http://)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 01, 2018, 10:26:04 AM
Inconsistent Port are the Swatcat’s next opponents (Sunday 6th May, KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD3). Both these teams are sitting hungrily behind the TPL pacesetters and I expect a close encounter in which both teams will be content with a point.

Thaiwolf prediction; score draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 02, 2018, 07:32:00 AM
Adiyiah back in training. May be available for Port clash.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 06, 2018, 05:40:31 PM
Unfortunately no Adiyiah warming up pre match.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 06, 2018, 08:38:01 PM
Hi TW. Just seen the score - couldn't get it on TV.
Nil desperandum. 0-4 bl**dy hell.
Just a one-off. Better next game.

AND now TW I've just seen you're 7-0 down on the day. Sorry M8.
But Teess will be happy. And TW, you are in the EPL next season.  ;D
Surprise result at S'land who will be back up NEXT year.

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 06, 2018, 10:36:23 PM
Yep 7-0 Roger. The Swatcats were bloody awful. Report tomorrow  - it won`t be pretty !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 07, 2018, 08:11:02 AM
A very disappointing game!!!!


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2018, 10:29:25 AM
Dateline 6th May 2018

 FT NRFC 0 Port 4

Attendance; 7574

Port, aspirational chasers of the TPL title, were the guests on this stormy (come on you Daniels) evening at the 80th Anniversary Stadium.

With Adiyiah still missing and Port playing in Fiorentina purple, the visitors opened brightly with early raids and as on several occasions during the match the Swatcat’s defence was unable to cope with Port’s lively breaks forward.
Stuttering Swatcats seemed unable to sustain any meaningful pressure and on 11 minutes a Boscovic shot was parried and Nurul poked home to put Port one up.

Not relevant to this match but…. football fans worst nightmare - an early away goal that leads to fans resorting to  their smart phones to avert the boredom of watching players going down/stretchers on/taking throw ins from the wrong place/goalkeepers taking time taking goal kicks, as the scorers resort to the inevitable time wasting. Is this the most annoying trait in Thai football? To add insult to injury the refs are too scared to add on the real amount of time lost - anyway I digress….

In one of few first half chances for the hosts Pina struck a free kick narrowly over the bar and in the 21st minute Rangel was inches away from finishing a Pina cross. At the other end Port continued to press but were unable to add to their goal tally although Nurul missed a guilt edged chance to put them two up when he shot just wide in the 43rd minute.
Nurul was exceptional tonight and is undoubtedly carrying this rather ordinary Port outfit. A real sign of the weakness of this year’s TPL is that the rather erratic Port outfit sit in fourth place. Nurul was a dynamo in midfield and was responsible for most, if not all of Port’s attacking movement. What a pity he was not picked up by a decent side.

The second half opened with Port bossing possession as the Swatcat defence allowed their front men to waltz around them with impunity and only a tremendous challenge by Lee prevented Port from going two up on 49 minutes. Port went close again in the 61st minute when Cunningham saved low down.
I can only recall two meaningful shots by the hosts during the second half as they continued to splutter ineffectually and an inevitable second was scored by Port when Suarez poked in on 66 minutes.

Seconds later Ekkachai was sent off for a second yellow. The referee used the VAR facility and a confused crowd saw the card confirmed - not really sure why the referee needed to use VAR, it was a clear yellow card offence.
VAR was again used with Port players using the (I thought illegal) imaginary TV arm signals to encourage the ref to consult the system, following an incident inside the Port box. Complete and utter confusion reigned for the second time in the match!! Following the VAR consultation, Rangel was adjudged to have elbowed a defender and was lucky to stay on the pitch.

The ten men then capitulated completely with ugly scenes as Rangel showed his anger at a thigh wound inflicted by a high tackle and a Port player’s completely senseless dive to the turf in order to get an opponent sent off.
Rangel again showed his immaturity and violent streak when he elbowed a defender in the 84th minute - this behaviour has no place in this or indeed any league.


In a late surge, with the Swatcats spent, Boscovic stroked home a third goal in the 86th minute and Port then added a fourth when Akekanat fouled Nurul to give Port a penalty. Boscovic converted to make it four nil.

In a match littered with freekicks and time wasting, this match was not a thing of beauty. This result was undoubtedly a major disappointment for the home fans. This was the worst performance by a Swatcats team I have witnessed in years. Ports were not good but they were presented with 3 points by a lackluster “sleep mode” effort by a Swatcat team whose defence was disorganized and ineffectual. Nurul was exceptional for Port, truly a man amongst boys tonight.
If the Swatcats continue is this vein, they will soon slip into the clutches of bottom five misery - just as expected!! The team gave everything as usual tonight but things did not click for them - keep going boys.

Footnote 1: Boscovic’s ugly push on Rangel in the Port penalty box (why wasn’t he shown a red card), the Port player’s pathetic dive to try to get a red card and the inevitable time wasting showed an ugly side of a Port side whose aspirations and ability do not match but I do wish them well in their push for the championship.

Footnote 2: I have always been a supporter of VAR and tonight was the first time I have been present at a match utilizing it. The crowd was left silent, stunned and confused by its use tonight. In the sending off incident no one, including the ref (are they trained on how to carry out VAR incidents) had the slightest idea what was going on - sorry, but the admixture of Thainess and VAR is never going to work - scrap all plans on its use in Thailand immediately.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2018, 10:30:30 AM
Match Day 14 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 07, 2018, 01:45:45 PM
Thanks TW.
5 down is too many - perhaps we should start a petition ? - our best chance of staying up  ;)   Just 3 points clear of the drop zone now and Chainat and BKK Glass are putting up a fight.
And it seems the Swatcats are erratic too !
Oh Dear  ::)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 09, 2018, 08:23:22 AM
The Swatcats travel south this weekend (Sunday 13th May KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6) to face Prachuap Khiri Khan hoping to erase the disappointment last weekend’s result. Newly promoted and high flying Prachuap should find the men from Korat easy pickings but I am going to stick my rather fragile neck way out and predict an unlikely 3 points for the Swatcats.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 11, 2018, 09:12:21 PM
Former Swatcat favourite Ivan Boscovic is now Manager/coach of Korat based Huai Thalaeng United F.C.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 12, 2018, 07:14:28 AM
Hi TW. I suspect the Swatcats will get a spanking at Prachuap KK - sorry.

If Boscovic has kept himself fit - surely he could still play at that level ? If he proves successful as a Manager, maybe the Swatcats might give him a chance one day ?

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 12, 2018, 09:51:55 AM
Hi Roger, Yes you are probably right about the Prachuap game - but there is still hope for a bounce back victory. With mid table being so tight, a loss could see us drop down the table dramatically.

Our potential and realistic position is around 12th -14th place (with 14th - 18th teams doomed to the drop). Our decent and rather fortunate start has given us a chance of survival and I remain positive in my thoughts that the team will fight 100% to retain premiership survival.

Air Force appear to be doomed and Ubon seem to have given up - they have released 5 of their top players for financial reasons. Navy are having a really bad run and I think they will go down.
The fight for the remaining 2 relegation spots is between Tero, Chainat, Ourselves and maybe Pattaya. I just cannot see Bangkok Glass going down, although they are struggling and stranger things have happened.

Although we are only 3 points above the bottom 5, there is an 8 point gap to 15th place Glass and a massive 11 point gap to 14th place Navy. Things are going to get really tight - we need to concentrate on beating the lower placed teams which I think we can do. If we can just survive this potentially traumatic 5 down season, I think the club can cement its long term Premiership tenure -  hold on to your hats!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: merwalk on May 14, 2018, 07:46:02 AM
Dateline 13th May 2018

 FT Prachuap Kiri Khan 2 NRFC 1

Attendance; 4158

The Swatcats face a daunting task as they take on high flying Prachuap this weekend. Still no Adiyiah (and no Pina either) but there was a welcome return for Metee Taweekulkarn (T May T) after a long period out through injury.

The match started in a rather low key fashion but the match burst into life in the 10th minute when Cunningham misjudged a cross and the resulting, lobbed header from Prachuap was hooked off the line by a grateful Decha.

The hosts went close again in the 18th minute when a shot edged wide of the upright but the men from Korat appeared to be holding their own as the half progressed.

The Killer Wasps opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a diving header from Doumbouya that looped over Keeper Cunningham and with the Swatcats offering little up front my thought at this point was “game over”.

The second half commenced with Prachuap pressing but in the 60th minute Rangel’s far post header nearly crept in as the keeper scrambled to keep the ball from crossing the goal line - perhaps the Swatcats first chance of the match!!
The hosts almost went two up in the 64th minute but the Swatcats were first saved by the post and then by a fine save from Cunningham.

With the visitors unable to capitalize on a brief period of second half pressure, Prachuap went two up in the 87th minute when Reis turned in a cross. Korat answered almost immediately when they pulled one back with a looping freekick from Pralong Sawandee. In a final flourish the Swatcats almost salvaged a point when Lee rattled a shot against the upright with literally the last kick of the match.

Well, nothing was expected from this game and nothing is what we got. An OK defensive performance against the in-form Prachuap but I can recall only a couple of significant chances produced by the visitors. Rangel, despite his recent hat trick, is simply not good enough and the continued absence of Adiyiah is adding to our woes up front.
The team now needs to concentrate on gaining points from lesser teams, particularly at home - the relegation battle has belatedly begun – buckle up, gird your loins, it’s gonna get tough!!
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Post by: merwalk on May 14, 2018, 07:47:17 AM
Match Day 15 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on May 14, 2018, 12:50:35 PM
Thaiwalk? Merwolf?  :D  ;D

Dateline 13th May 2018

 FT Prachuap Kiri Khan 2 NRFC 1

Attendance; 4158

The Swatcats face a daunting task as they take on high flying Prachuap this weekend. Still no Adiyiah (and no Pina either) but there was a welcome return for Metee Taweekulkarn (T May T) after a long period out through injury.

The match started in a rather low key fashion but the match burst into life in the 10th minute when Cunningham misjudged a cross and the resulting, lobbed header from Prachuap was hooked off the line by a grateful Decha.

The hosts went close again in the 18th minute when a shot edged wide of the upright but the men from Korat appeared to be holding their own as the half progressed.

The Killer Wasps opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a diving header from Doumbouya that looped over Keeper Cunningham and with the Swatcats offering little up front my thought at this point was “game over”.

The second half commenced with Prachuap pressing but in the 60th minute Rangel’s far post header nearly crept in as the keeper scrambled to keep the ball from crossing the goal line - perhaps the Swatcats first chance of the match!!
The hosts almost went two up in the 64th minute but the Swatcats were first saved by the post and then by a fine save from Cunningham.

With the visitors unable to capitalize on a brief period of second half pressure, Prachuap went two up in the 87th minute when Reis turned in a cross. Korat answered almost immediately when they pulled one back with a looping freekick from Pralong Sawandee. In a final flourish the Swatcats almost salvaged a point when Lee rattled a shot against the upright with literally the last kick of the match.

Well, nothing was expected from this game and nothing is what we got. An OK defensive performance against the in-form Prachuap but I can recall only a couple of significant chances produced by the visitors. Rangel, despite his recent hat trick, is simply not good enough and the continued absence of Adiyiah is adding to our woes up front.
The team now needs to concentrate on gaining points from lesser teams, particularly at home - the relegation battle has belatedly begun – buckle up, gird your loins, it’s gonna get tough!!

Match Day 15 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 14, 2018, 01:14:42 PM
Whoops, sorry for confusion Alfie, merwalk used my laptop and I forgot to sign him out/sign me in!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 14, 2018, 03:58:34 PM
Could have been 2-2. Swatcats were unlucky to hit the post with the last kick of the game..

On wards and up wards. Next game Saturday.   Here's looking for a home win.


See you at the Game.   
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 14, 2018, 04:02:36 PM
Yes you are right Bournemouth. I appreciate your positive thoughts.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2018, 09:59:07 AM
Stuttering former Champs Chonburi are the guests this weekend at the 80th Anniversary Stadium (Saturday 19th May, KO 17.45, TV coverage Truesports HD2). Both teams sit mid table on 21 points and this is a difficult one to call but I believe that home advantage may give the Swatcats the edge.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 17, 2018, 07:42:38 PM
Bad news for us Swatcat fans, former Ghana international striker Dominic Adiyiah confirms that this Saturday’s game at home to Chonburi will be his last for Nakhon Ratchasima after 3.5 years at the club.
He posted on FB that it had been agreed, suggesting that it was a mutual decision. He seems to want to leave.

So that's bye bye Premier League for the Swatcats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 17, 2018, 08:06:43 PM
Hi TW. I'd guess that must be for personal reasons. Adiyiah is earning 'good' bucks at Swatcats no doubt. So going to another Club ? Maybe signed for Roma? Anyway - let's get the 3 points on Saturday and see u there  ;D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 18, 2018, 05:05:32 PM
Wow 
Thailand club sack Dominic Adiyah.
Thailand Premier League side Nakhon Ratchasima have terminated the contract of former Ghana U20 and FIFA World Cup star Dominic Adiyiah. 
He has failed to meet the club’s expectations.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 18, 2018, 10:35:31 PM
Hi TW. I'm guessing that Adiyiah has had a fall out with the Manager over Rangel or with Rangel himself. Dom may be pee'd off with running around so much whilst Rangel lazes? Sad to see. See you tomorrow. Ken's coming.

Chonburi - look out  8)  ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2018, 07:47:01 AM
Dateline 19th May 2018

 FT NRFC 0 Chonburi Sharks 1

Attendance; 4219

Chonburi Sharks were the visitors in tonights mid table clash at a wet 80th Anniversary Stadium.

After a rather sterile and low key start to the match, the visitors began to dominate possession with some free flowing and effective passing movements. The hosts seemed sluggish and unable to string a series of passes together as they laboured to contain the Sharks who appeared to want the victory more.
 The Sharks continued to pull the home team’s defence apart at will and with good off the ball movement from their players with the hosts struggling to get a foothold in the game.

The Sharks endeavours were rewarded in the 18th minute when a defensive error and poor marking handed Worachit a tap in to put them into the lead. The visitors, with confidence growing, continued to dominate possession as the home team wilted and in a half of few chances and the Sharks went in at half time deservedly in the lead.
The second half commenced with the Swatcats, perhaps after a gentle roasting from coach Joksic, showing a little more fight. They were however, still off the pace and Chonburi had a fine early chance to go two up with a Kroekrit drive going narrowly wide. Kroekrit had another chance in the 77th minute when he broke clear but he punted the ball over the bar.
The Swatcat’s only response was a long range effort from Pina and a scrambled effort following a corner. One of the pitiful lowlights of the second half was Paulo Rangel’s pathetic contribution to the Swatcat’s cause - he really has to go!!

In a late, final flourish Pina drew a fine save from keeper Chanin and Rangel completely miss kicked a golden opportunity to score an unlikely equalizer as the Sharks held on for their three points.

Yet another pretty poor performance from the Swatcats - possibly the worst performance by a Swatcat team in the many years that I have supported them. They lacked their usual vigour and spirit and really were given a footballing lesson by the Sharks tonight. It is hard to see a positive way forward for this team as there are so many problems surfacing with the defence, without Chalermpong tonight, looking disorganized and inept, midfield giving the ball away too freely and our attack now relying on Rangel whose lack of pace and movement is a real worry.
Relegation is now starkly staring the team in the face. It is a battle that can be won but it will take better performances than this to ensure the team’s safety.

Footnote 1: This game saw Dominic Adiyiah’s last match for the Swatcats. He has been a fine servant of the club for three and a half years and he will be missed.

Footnote 2: After tonight’s performance I doubt whether more than half of tonight’s 4219 fans will bother to turn up for the next home match. Here’s looking forward to a sub 2000 crowd for the next home game - fans are simply not going to turn up to watch garbage!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2018, 07:48:25 AM
Match Day 16 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2018, 12:19:31 PM
Rumours are swirling that Paulo Rangel is being offloaded. Suggests to me that the Swatcats are preparing for the drop.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2018, 12:26:54 PM
Confirmed, Rangel close to move to Malasian side Kedah FC.

Kedah is looking to expedite the signing of Paulo Rangel after the Brazilian is seen appearing at the training ground in Alor Setar.

Kedah are expediting their move for the 33-year-old Rangel after revealing that the striker has flown in to finalise the terms of the deal.

Thai club, Nakhonratchasima FC has agreed to sell the player to the Red Eagles and all that is left are the personal terms to be agreed with between Rangel and Kedah.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 21, 2018, 02:58:36 PM
Hi TW. Thanks for an excellent report. Good riddance to Rangel.

Rather than preparing for relegation, I'd like to think this is a Swatcat revamp to save the TPL status and I'm guessing that Joksic will be on his way shortly !

Nil desperandum  :)

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2018, 03:22:26 PM
Hi Roger, I suppose it depends on if they replace Rangel and Adiyiah. I fancy Amadu from Navy. If they do not replace them it shows lack of ambition.
Agree with you on Rangel, he was a waste of space.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 21, 2018, 03:36:58 PM
Just to cheer you up - I see that Southampton and Wolves are competing for the signature of . . . . wait for it . . . . Joe Hart    :'(

Good luck with that one !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2018, 03:38:36 PM
Hell no to that one !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2018, 07:58:50 AM
The Swatcats travel north this weekend to take on the Beetles of Chang Rai (Saturday 26th May, KO 17.45, TV coverage Truesports 2). Chang Rai are on a fine run of form and will be a difficult nut to crack and I see an easy victory for the home team.

This is the last match of “Leg 1” and the league program recommences on the 8th June.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2018, 08:07:07 AM
Jerry, Roger, Thaiwolf, Ken and Peter having a "swift half" before last weekend's Swatcat match.

Great to see you all.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2018, 08:53:05 AM
In a further dent to the Swatcats survival in the premier league, Bangkok Glass have recalled Swatcat loanee Sarawut Masuk.

Not sure what is going on behind locked doors at the club but it all seems pretty ominous to me.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 22, 2018, 10:46:31 AM
Maybe TW. If there's no sign of Joksic going out the door, my next guess would be that Mazda have pulled the plug for next season ? Who knows ? ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2018, 10:49:45 AM
I was thinking the same Roger.

 I think Joksic will be given 5 games after the Chang Rai match - if no improvement, he will 100% be sacked.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 23, 2018, 07:36:57 AM
Ubon UMT: young striker Jakkit Niyomsuk is joining Nakhon Ratchasima FC.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 23, 2018, 06:20:54 PM
Meanwhile Rangel has officially joined Kedah FC.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 23, 2018, 06:52:43 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Si Saket in the League Cup round of 32.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on May 26, 2018, 10:08:28 PM
Well done to my friend Sarawut 2 goals tonight and the man of the match award as well, in his last game for Swatcats.

His loan spell with Swatcats has finished and it's back to Bangkok Glass for him.

Thanks for the 3 points,you may have saved the managers job.

Chiangrai United 1  Korat 2 the final score.

I shall miss chatting with you and your family.

Best of luck, hope to see you in Bangkok.


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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 08:29:52 AM
One for you Bournemouth
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 08:30:58 AM
Dateline 26th May

 FT Chang Rai 1 NRFC 2

Attendance; 3009

The Swatcats, in dire need of a decent performance, took on the inform Beetles this weekend.

In a disastrous start for the visitors, Chang Rai were awarded a penalty in the first minute for a foul on Cardoso. Samuel Cunningham brought off a tremendous save from the spot kick but in the following melee, the home side scrambled the ball into the net.

In the 13th minute Ekkachai drew a fine save from the home keeper with a 40 yard screamer as the Swatcats countered - in fact the Swatcats put together more passes in the first 10 minutes than they did in the whole of the recent Chonburi game.

The visitors were rewarded with this brief period of pressure when Sarawut scored a fine solo goal in the 19th minute. Chang Rai fought back and there was drama in the 26th minute when Cardoso headed in from a free kick but he was adjudged to have fouled keeper Cunningham and the goal was ruled out.

Cleiton headed just over in the 37th minute as the hosts began to exert pressure and despite his excellent earlier penalty save, this was the third time that Cunningham had flapped at and misjudged a cross. Minutes later he completely fluffed a simple shot and luckily for him, the follow up shot hit the bar.

In first half added time, the Swatcats were awarded a penalty for handball - a harsh decision in my opinion. Sarawut chipped in the spot kick with mischievous aplomb to give the men from Korat a first half lead.

With a shock on the cards, the beetles pressed but the visitors defended bravely with two lines of 4 men effectively trying to park the proverbial bus. With my limited tactical knowledge, I thought that the team was, as usual, defending too deep and one thought that it would be a tall order to hold onto their slender lead.
 Despite their defensive posture, the visitors looked dangerous at times on the break and Chang Rai, despite their pressure, were not creating real chances.

In the 77th minute Cunningham redeemed himself when he tipped a header around the post and as Chang Rai pressed incessantly, an equalizer looked increasingly likely.

The visitors continued to hold their ground and following a break, Pina missed a Golden chance to seal the victory in the 91st minute when he blasted over after being set up by the marauding Sawawut.

An improved performance from the team tonight - a spunky performance with no Adiyiah or Rangel of course and Pina left on the bench. A massive second half rearguard action was rewarded with a fine and needed 3 points. This is the type of performance that will give us a chance of survival - more of the same please boys.
We now sit in 11th place (and on equal points with 8th place Suphanburi) at the end of Leg 1 - I would have settled for that at the start of the season !!

Footnote 1; A quick look at the table shows how important this result was. If we had lost we would be 1 point off the relegation places.

Foot note 2; It is pretty obvious where our problems lie - only 18 goals scored, only Air Force, Navy and Ubon have scored less - let’s hope we secure a couple of decent strikers for Leg 2.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 08:32:05 AM
Match Day 17 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 08:36:26 AM
Leg 1 of the season is now complete. Leg 2 commences on the 9th June.

Last night's win has made me feel slightly more optimistic - going into the break with a win is a tremendous morale booster for fans and players alike. Let's hope that we can bring in an experienced striker to help our survival hopes.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 08:41:58 AM
Slightly off topic but I found this very useful World Cup fixture list with Thai time Kickoffs.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: dereklev on May 27, 2018, 09:26:24 AM
Slightly off topic but I found this very useful World Cup fixture list with Thai time Kickoffs.

Thanks for that Thaiwolf ;D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 09:28:56 AM
No problem. Pleased to be helpful.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 27, 2018, 10:38:25 AM
Hi Bournemouth and thanks for that. So our matchwinner yesterday rejoins BKK Glass who sit below us  ::) Wish him luck but let's hope Sarawut is not too prolific there !

Where is the Swatcats goal potential now  ??? with Rangel, Adiyah and now Sarawut out of the picture. Good riddance to Rangel but Adiyah will be missed.

TW thanks for the report as always - an excellent win indeed. I doubt there are any prolific goalscorers available - maybe our best hope is a new Manager who can lead positive performances like yesterday - consistently. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 10:48:47 AM
Hi Roger, there will be many strikers available as clubs shuffle things up after leg 1. One classic case is Edgar Silva at Buriram - he is now surplus to requirements there. I do doubt however that he would come to us and his wages must be very high. Navy look sure for the drop having conceded 19 goals in the last 3 matches - they might offload Amadu who I rate very highly.

I predict that the Swatcats will make 2 high profile signings in the coming weeks, a striker and a midfielder - watch this space.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 03:43:33 PM
Breaking; Former Chonburi striker Leandro Assumpcao has joined Nakhon Ratchasima. A useful acquisition in my eyes – more info to follow.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 03:47:43 PM
More info on our new striker;

Leandro Assumpcao da Silva. Date of birth: Feb 3, 1986. Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Age: 32. Height: 1,76 m. Nationality: Brazil.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 03:49:27 PM
My sources tell me that there will be one more signing (at least) later this week. Looks like the Swatcats are going to fight for survival.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2018, 03:54:05 PM
Reading between the lines, it appears that Mazda and GS batteries have financed the deal with Assumpcao - so don't forget, make sure that your next battery is a GS battery and your next car is a .......
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 28, 2018, 11:27:32 AM
Just a quick reminder that there will be no TPL matches this coming weekend. Leg 2 of the season begins on the 9th June when The Swatcats take on Suphanburi.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 28, 2018, 06:42:53 PM
 My sources report that Nakhon Ratchasima are set to sign Serbian Nebojša Marinković who most recently played for Sarawak FA in Malaysia. He also had a stint with A-League side Perth Glory.

 More info to follow
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 28, 2018, 06:45:26 PM
Nebojša Marinković is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Sarawak in Malaysia Premier League. He is the older brother of Nenad Marinković.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on May 29, 2018, 06:42:36 PM
Hi TW. Assumpcao looks an OK signing.

Marinkovic though - a move in desperation ?

MMmmm.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 30, 2018, 06:35:44 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Chang Rai in the FA Cup
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 02, 2018, 07:15:24 PM
The Swatcats have apparently signed another 6 players. I cannot get any info in english. I will post when the position gets a little clearer.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 02, 2018, 09:09:05 PM
Hi TW.
So the England squad must be a bit short now LOL.
Gotta see who they are of course, but IMO just ONE player of a good standard please. Do the Owners still support the Manager ? It would seem so - why ?
Thanks and look forward to your next, ATB.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2018, 08:39:12 AM
The Thai Premier League second leg begins this weekend with the Swatcats taking on Suphanburi (Saturday 9th June, KO 20.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2). As with all games in the second leg, this is a vital match for the Swatcats and one in which 3 points will be invaluable.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2018, 08:49:41 AM
A little more clarity on the "Swatcats sign 6" story. Information in english is very sparse but I have gleaned the following.

Goalkeeper Todsaporn Sri-reung has been signed on loan from Police Tero.

Defensive midfielder Wittaya Madlam has been signed on loan from Bangkok Glass.

As for the other 4, I can find no information. I am assuming they are young bit part squad players.

Sri- reung may be seen as a replacement for Cunningham - he had a shocker against Chang Rai and Madlam may help in plugging the gap in front of the back 4.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2018, 08:54:37 AM
Some information on our latest signings
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2018, 09:08:02 AM
Th Swatcats seem to be plugging what I have perceived as important gaps in the squad.

Assumpcao will be a much more lively and pacy replacement for the lazy Rangel - he will provide more zip up front.

Cunningham has looked dodgy at times and Sri Rueng will provide a good back up/ replacement keeper.

Madlam may help midfield in maintaining possession and provide a bit of defensive bite especially allied to recent signing Serb Marinkovic.

I still think we need another striker to pair with Assumpcao but we have filled our foreign (non asian) quota, although we could still sign an ASEAN player.

Feeling a little bit more optimistic for the second leg. We seem to be the only bottom ten side to be improving our squad. Air Force, Ubon and Navy seem already doomed - all to play for to avoid those final two relegation slots.

My estimation is that there is a 60/40 chance for our survival.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on June 04, 2018, 05:41:24 PM
Information in english is very sparse but I have gleaned the following.

Goalkeeper Todsaporn Sri-reung has been signed on loan from Police Tero.
Defensive midfielder Wittaya Madlam has been signed on loan from Bangkok Glass.

As for the other 4, I can find no information. I am assuming they are young bit part squad players.

Some information from a Thai news website (http://www.naewna.com/sport/342710).

Mr. Paitoon Nontadee (ไพฑูรย์ นนทะดี ) number 18. The midfielder moved from Suphan Buri FC.
Mr. Jakkrit Niyomsuk (จักรกฤษ นิยมสุข) number 30. The striker moved from Ubon Utd.
Mr. Witaya Madlam (วิทยา หมัดหลำ) number 21. The midfielder moved from Bangkok Glass FC.

Foreign players:
Mr Leandro Assumpcoa (number 77). Striker moved from SCG Muangthong United (first leg to Air Force).
Mr Weerapong Konyok (number 29). Striker who won the "Nike Manchurian Premier Cup 2011".
Neboisa Marinokovich (number 10). Serbian midfielder moved from Sarawak in Malaysia.


http://www.sambafoot.com/en/players/2658_assumpcao.html (http://www.sambafoot.com/en/players/2658_assumpcao.html)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebojša_Marinković (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebojša_Marinković)
http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=40250 (http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=40250)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2018, 07:04:16 PM
Great info, thanks Alfie.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 07, 2018, 08:28:56 AM
Thanks TW and Alfie re. those new signings . . looks like the Swatcats have a massive squad again. I read an interesting article about Guardiola keeping down the size of his squad so that there are less disaffected Players kicking their heels - I agree with that.

Suphanburi had better watch out then   ;)

Good Luck Swatcats !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 09, 2018, 07:43:24 AM
A significant and pivotal match today; Today we may be able to define the Swatcat’s Premier League fate.

I predict big changes in the line up with some of our new signings being given their debuts. Alot depends on the form of goal scorer Assumpcao - much like the insertion of Rangel at a similar point last season (an eerily similar position to last season!!); if he knocks in 10 goals we will be safe.

If however, our recent poor home form continues, we are going to be in a real dogfight. The management clearly has acknowledged that new personnel were required and has “bitten the bullet” and has decided to fight for the team’s Premier league status - other lower ranked clubs seem to have raised the white flag. Fingers crossed - we need a win!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 10, 2018, 08:10:29 AM
I may be wrong but.... No double thumbs up for the TV cameras from Milos Joksic before last night's match and he looked tired and dejected during the match. I suspect his position is under threat. My prediction, he won't be coach in 5 matches time. A change in coach may just save the team from relegation.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 10, 2018, 08:12:41 AM
Hi TW. I saw 95 minutes on True 24 - a spirited effort but Suphanburi looked the much better passing side as well as being physically superior (and free with their elbows)  ::)  In the second half the Swatcats got stronger, scampering around madly as always - I thought Cunningham had a very good game for 73 minutes  ;)

I was chuffed to see the Swatcat's late equaliser but went to bed in disgust when Suphanburi score the 94th minute winner for 1-2  :o  So I had a nice surprise this morning  :D

Well done the Swatcats 2-2. With the classy Assumpcao on board and this amount of energy they should be OK. Look forward to yours. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 10, 2018, 08:15:34 AM
I love your optimism Roger.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 10, 2018, 10:31:16 AM
Dateline 9th June 2018

 FT NRFC 2 Suphanburi 2

Attendance; 4652

A mid table battle this weekend as the Swatcats welcomed Suphanburi.

The Swatcats started with debutees Assumpcao and Jakkit up front.

In a largely uninspiring first half, neither side produced many clear cut chances although Assumpcao had a 25 yard screamer tipped over by the Suphan keeper in the 17th minute and later in the 27th minute, he produced a brilliant half volley on the turn that was similarly tipped over the bar.

A decent but not inspiring first half performance from the hosts but with the visitors offering minimal threat, things were looking quite promising with the Swatcats having slightly the better of the play.

In the second half Suphan began to exert a degree of dominance as the Swatcats faltered and as the game became more open, a goal from either side looked likely. The Dragons went close with an angled shot in the 64th minute and Cunningham brought off a spectacular save minutes later to keep the scores level but from the resulting corner Dos Santos headed in to give the visitors the lead.
In response, the Swatcats had a close range header scrambled clear in the 82nd minute and minutes later, a shot on target was blocked on the line and the resulting loose ball was unbelievably knocked over the bar from 1 yard out by substitute Phaitoon.

In a frenetic last few minutes, the home team equalized in the 92nd minute when Kittipat Wongsombat scrambled the ball over the line. Then, before the home supporters could catch their breath, Suphan broke forward and thanks to some school boy defensive work from Cunningham, they regained the lead when Romulo pounced.
With home fans streaming out, the Swatcats equalized again with literally the last kick of the match when a May T shot was deflected past the keeper.

Another disappointing response from the Swatcats but a useful point gained. The additions to the squad, (although it is harsh to judge the changes after one game), do not seem to have changed the way we play - although Jakkit and Assumpcao did look lively.
If I was asked to sum up the current Swatcat side, I would have to comment that they are a very ordinary side who are poorly coached. The defence was a complete shambles at times last night - whose fault is it? - we have a Thai National team player in Chalermpong and a useful Japanese import in Lee in the centre of the defence but they don’t seem to know what they are doing - time to show MIlos Joksic the door I’m afraid - and quickly too before Tier 2 becomes a reality.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 10, 2018, 04:49:55 PM
Hi TW. So no Marinokovich ?
Joksic has been given a long spell - it's time to replace him now.
The Swatcats just don't seem to be improving.
I think they will stay up. Thanks for the report. ATB

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 10, 2018, 05:40:09 PM
Hi Roger. yes Marinokovic was not even on the bench. Jakkrit and Assumpcao looked impressive - I think they might keep us up, they just need a couple of games. I think Joksic should be let go although presumably he had a say in who we recently brought in.
We have a few winnable games coming up - Ubon, Police, Sukhothai and Rachaburi. We need points from these games.

Keep up the optimism Roger - I need it!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 11, 2018, 08:12:55 AM
Match Day 18 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 11, 2018, 10:13:07 AM
The Swatcats travel to Si Saket this wedesday (13th June) for the first round of the League Cup (KO 18.00 hours).
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 13, 2018, 05:43:09 PM
The Swatcats visit fellow Isaan strugglers Ubon UMT United this weekend (KO 18.00 hours, Sunday 17th June, TV coverage Truesports 7). This is a golden opportunity for the Swatcats to pull further away from the relegation Zone and I expect a 3 points haul.

thaiwolf prediction; Away win
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 13, 2018, 08:13:10 PM
League Cup result Si Saket 0 Swatcats 3
Assumpcao bags a brace in comfortable victory.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 15, 2018, 10:51:28 PM
Hi TW. Let's hope Assumpcao is at the beginning of a 'hot' scoring streak ?
Fingers crossed for the Ubon game . . .  ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 17, 2018, 02:16:36 PM
BKK Utd displace Buriram at the top  :o

TW it's tight - Chonburi leapfrogged the Swatcats last night and Chainat too got 3 points. The Swatcats at Ubon tonight is a must win - or Pattaya can also move past us with a win !

Never mind - Ubon 0 Swatcats 3 ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 18, 2018, 08:00:57 AM
Dateline 17th June 2018

 FT Ubon UMT United 2 NRFC 2

Attendance; 2170

A crucial Isaan Derby as the Swatcats took on strugglers Ubon this weekend. The visitors started with Jakkrit and Assumpcao up front and debut boy Marinkovic in midfield.

In front of a paltry number of fans, Ubon started brightly and they were unlucky when their header struck the post in the third minute. They then went ahead in the 23rd minute after yet another blunder by keeper Cunningham - he really has to go!!

With Ubon beginning to dominate, the Swatcat team seemed to fall to pieces with constant surrender of possession in midfield resulting in almost continuous pressure on their defence.

Ubon went two up in the 40th minute when they carved through the Swatcat excuse for a defence and Cunningham let a fairly tame angled shot go under his body on the near post.

An inept first half showing from the Swatcats and lucky to be only two down - they are making a second rate Ubon side look like Champions!!

Ubon continued to torment the men from Korat as the second half progressed with the defence in complete disarray and with the visitors unable to string passes together further Ubon goals looked likely.
A glancing Akekanat header in the 57th minute that bounced just over the bar was the first real chance that was produced by the visitors as they continued to labour.

In the 69th minute, after smart work from Marinkovic, he was fouled inside the box and a penalty was awarded. Assumpcao converted the spot kick to reduce the deficit. The Swatcats then began to dominate as Ubon sat deep and an equalizer looked likely. Paitoon Nontadee was inches wide with an angled shot, then Assumpcao stroked in the equalizer in the 86th minute.

An unlikely point after an extremely poor first half performance.  The second half performance was better as Ubon faded but really this was a mediocre overall performance and one that does not give me much hope for survival.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 18, 2018, 08:02:16 AM
Match Day 19 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 18, 2018, 01:16:08 PM
Good Morning from Blighty !

TW thanks for the report. Good to see the Swatcats in a flattering 9th position on 26 points. The relegation zone tops out at 24 points at which 4 teams sit, with the lofty Swatcats perched above. With BKK Glass and Sukothai beneath us, a scrap in the second half looks certain - many of the lower half teams are showing signs of life.

It seems Cunningham must now be dropped and that Assumpcao may prove to be an IMPORTANT signing  ;D

Keep smiling !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2018, 08:32:26 AM
The Swatcats welcome fellow strugglers Police Tero in the next round of TPL fixtures (FRIDAY 22nd June KO 20.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2). This match provides yet another opportunity, against somewhat weak opposition, to move away from the bottom five.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2018, 02:46:36 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Pattaya at home in the next round of the League Cup.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2018, 05:12:06 PM
League Cup details
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 21, 2018, 08:54:24 AM
Nakhon Ratchasima FC plan to build new 300 million baht, 25,000 seat stadium.

Apparently the script on the image says "nest".
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on June 21, 2018, 08:19:43 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima FC plan to build new 300 million baht, 25,000 seat stadium.

Apparently the script on the image says "nest".

Normally "rang" (รัง) does mean nest, but if you put it in Google with the next two words "rang yao mai" (รัง เหย้า ใหม่) you get only talk, videos and pictures of new stadiums, mostly football stadiums. So "rang yao" (รังเหย้า) together must be used to mean stadium. "New Swatcat stadium".
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 21, 2018, 08:22:02 PM
Thanks Alfie
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2018, 10:10:13 AM
Dateline 22nd June 2018

 FT NRFC 0 Police Tero 0

Attendance; 2630

Police Tero were the guests this weekend with both sides struggling just outside the relegation zone.

Tero looked the tidier and more accomplished side as the game progressed with the hosts prone to losing possession in midfield and guilty of the usual chaotic defensive lapses.

Jakkit went close with a clever flick in the 11th minute and Marinkovic shot over from long range, but generally Tero were passing the ball more successfully and looked more likely to score.
In late first half drama Assumpcao ran onto a through ball and thumped a pile driver against the post - in truth however, this was the Swatcats only cast iron chance of the half.

Despite “bossing” the game, Tero were unable to capitalize as the sides went off at half time with the scores level.

The second half saw Tero go “off the boil” and the hosts exploited this with a series of accomplished attacking raids. Assumpcao was inches wide with a diving header in the 47th minute and minutes later Jakkit fluffed a fine chance when he mishit a close range shot.
The men from Korat continued to press and Ekkachai drew a fine save from the visitor’s keeper from a close range drive and with Tero beginning to crumble, it became a bit of a turkey shoot as the Swatcats surged forward. Marinkovic spurned a great chance in the 66th minute when his close range shot was smothered and Assumpcao headed just over as the hosts strived for an elusive winner.
The home team’s surge inevitably left gaps at the back and Tero themselves accomplished some decent breaks forward with N’Drie looking dangerous, indeed he drew a fine save from Cunningham in the 85th minute.

A pretty ordinary but typical first half performance where the Swatcats were outplayed by a mediocre Tero side followed by a more than encouraging second half during which the team created 5 or 6 clear chances.
Game on, a point gained, unbeaten in 5 games (including League Cup win) and now the fight to stay out of the bottom five is hotting up. Survival is possible but not a certainty. My gut feeling is that we may just survive - points like the one gained tonight are going to prove vital.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2018, 04:01:07 PM
The Swatcats take on Chang Rai this wednesday (27th June KO 18.00 hours) in the next round of the FA Cup. It may suit the team to go out of this competition so that they can concentrate on their league program.

thaiwolf prediction; Home win after penalties.

As far as I know the match will not be televised. I will advise if I hear otherwise.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 25, 2018, 07:41:53 PM
23-year old Malaysian Shahrel Fikri is set to join Nakhon Ratchasima FC from PKNP FC
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 26, 2018, 09:14:58 AM
More details on our recent Malaysian acquisition.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on June 26, 2018, 01:45:10 PM
Thanks TW. Fikri seems to score some goal and he is 'tall' and young. Looks a promising signing.

(The weather is fabulous in the UK and it's lashing down in C'buri apparently  ;)).

Good timing. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 28, 2018, 01:51:35 AM
The Swatcats lost their FA Cup match with Chang Rai 0-1.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 28, 2018, 06:12:29 PM
The Swatcats visit Sukhothai to take on the Firebats this weekend (Saturday 30th June KO 20.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2).

 The Firebats have stumbled recently after a decent start to their season and The Swatcats will be looking for at least a point.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 01, 2018, 12:22:23 PM
Dateline 30th June 2018

 FT Sukhothai 1 NRFC 1

Attendance; 2423

The Swatcats took on the Firebats of Sukhothai in another crucial 6 pointer relegation battle.

 The visitors started with new Malaysian signing Shahrel Fikri up front.

Sukhohai opened brightly with Bonilla going close twice in the first 5 minutes but the visitors countered with Shahrel being just wide with a snap header.

With Baggio a constant threat down the right flank, the Firebats looked dangerous and after constant pressure, Bonilla was inches wide with an angled drive in the 19th minute - the Swatcats goal line was leading a charmed life !!

The home team was awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge in the 28th minute and Bonilla converted the spot kick to give Sukhothai the lead. They were unlucky not to go two up when Baggio broke clear but his shot was spectacularly scooped off the goal line by a retreating defender.

Somewhat against the run of play Lee converted a Pina free kick with a far post header to put the Swatcats level in the 42nd minute.

 The first half drew to a close with Sukhothai looking a far superior side with the Swatcats struggling to make much impact up front and lucky to be on level terms.

In what I anticipate is going to be a tough 45 minutes for the Swatcats, the half opened with Pina missing an absolute sitter on 48 minutes when he shot wide from 10 yards with an open goal beckoning.
The Swatcats were gaining more possession in the second half with Sukhothai tiring but in late drama Sukhothai had a shot controversially blocked on the line with their players claiming that it had crossed the line. With both sides struggling to create clear chances the match drew to a conclusion with both teams happy with a point.

Outplayed in the first half by a team in poor form is not a good omen for the rest of the season but the team fought well and their second half performance was much improved.
Newcomer Shahrel, despite being quite anonymous tonight will, I feel, be a success in the future and should be a perfect foil for Assumpcao.
This is the 4th draw in a row and 5 matches unbeaten for the Swatcats, the team is ticking over and picking up points which is encouraging - our recent acquisitions should see us just safe come the end of the season.
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Post by: Roger on July 01, 2018, 01:27:05 PM
Thanks TW. A much needed point sees us hovering in 9th atm. Disappointing form as Sukothai had lost their previous 3 games. (I see Navy won 3 in a row recently).
Hopefully form will improve as the new signings settle in. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 01, 2018, 03:50:34 PM
Hi Roger, I'm excited at the prospect of Shahrel Fikri and Assumpcao gelling together. Shahrel has real pace and will score goals. Every match is important from now on!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2018, 08:13:40 AM
Match Day 21 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 03, 2018, 08:18:35 AM
The Swatcats welcome the Dragons of Ratchaburi this weekend (Saturday 7th July KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6). This match, depending on one’s perspective, is either a mid table clash or a relegation dogfight. I expect the home team to collect all three points.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Roger on July 03, 2018, 12:11:24 PM
TW - I hope you are right. Some of the teams below us are picking up points steadily - a dogfight it is ! BTW I see lowly BKK Glass scored 7 against Chonburi !
The Swatcats need the win - GL and ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 08, 2018, 08:39:07 AM
Dateline 7th July 2018

 FT NRFC 2 Ratchaburi 1

Attendance; 2559

The Swatcats welcomed the Ratchaburi Dragons this weekend with skipper Chalermpong making his 100th appearance for the club.

The match kicked off in a near empty stadium - I have never seen it so bereft of fans.

Ratchaburi looked quite lively in early exchanges and with the home team unable to maintain possession, an early Dragon goal seemed likely. The Swatcats fought back however and a series of corners eased the pressure. They then created a couple of half chances as they grew into the game and Marinkovic went close with a long range shot.

In the 43rd minute, a clever lob from Pralong Sawandee bounced tantalizingly off the crossbar with all defenders looking on in amazement. This was the only real chance in an otherwise uneventful 45 minutes of football.

With the second half  only minutes old, one of the most bizarre own goals I have ever seen was scored by Philip Roller as he sliced the ball in from 16 yards to give the men in orange the lead. Ratchaburi produced a couple of half hearted shots on goal but the Swatcats seemed a little more composed in the second half and began to look dangerous on the break.

The home team now began to dominate proceedings as the Dragons faded and a couple of guilt edged chances were wasted by Assumpcao and Shahrel Fikri. The visitors countered and pushed forward looking for an equalizer, aided, it has to be said, by constant losses of possession in midfield by the home team.

The Dragons deservedly equalized in the 78th minute when Nerijus Valskis nodded in from a corner. A minute later the Swatcats regained the lead with a superb, diving header from Assumpcao.
In a late surge, Ekkachai went close on two occasions in a turbocharged finish for the home team as they swept forward looking to seal the three points but they were unable to add to their tally.

Fleetingly up to 7th place and a vital and well deserved 3 points but there is no doubt that the team is struggling. The inability to maintain possession is putting massive pressure on the defensive unit and the midfield is failing miserably in its task of providing service for the front men. These are the same problems repeated week after week and one wonders if proficient coaching is taking place.
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Post by: Alfie on July 08, 2018, 12:04:41 PM
Attendance; 2559

The match kicked off in a near empty stadium - I have never seen it so bereft of fans.

Perhaps the fans preferred to watch the world cup on TV.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 08, 2018, 12:07:26 PM
Yes Alfie, plus recent poor form from the team.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 09, 2018, 08:11:51 AM
Match Day 22 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 10, 2018, 08:05:36 AM
The Swatcats take on Pattaya United in the second round of the League Cup tomorrow, 11th July, KO 19.00 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 10, 2018, 07:46:59 PM
Stop press. tomorrow`s match v Pattaya will be shown live on Truesports HD4. KO 19.00 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 11, 2018, 08:58:33 PM
The Swatcats progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup with tonight’s 1-0 victory over Pattaya United.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 12, 2018, 08:46:04 AM
The Swatcats take on the once mighty Muang Thong United in the Capitol this weekend (Sunday 15th July, KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage TBC).

Although still formidable opposition, Muang Thong have recently suffered the loss of some of their most talented players and have struggled to stay with the best this season. These losses may represent an opportunity for the Swatcats to gain an unlikely 3 points.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 13, 2018, 12:25:22 AM
TW that was a good win v. Pattaya !

If we beat MT Utd, I'll eat my hat  ;)

Thanks ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 14, 2018, 10:11:35 AM
Confirmed: tomorrow`s match at Muang Thong will be shown on Truevisions True4U.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 16, 2018, 08:16:21 AM
Dateline 15th July 2018

 FT Muang Thong United 0 NRFC 0

Attendance; 6881

The Swatcats visited the home of fallen heroes Muang Thong United this weekend.

The match commenced with the home side pressing. The Swatcats, without the injured Assumpcao, were offering little up front and they were subject to almost constant Muang Thong pressure.

Coelho had a couple of headers just off target as the pressure built and the home side had a bullet of a shot hammer the post as the visitors continued to live dangerously.

Completely against the run of play, Yaya Kunath went close on the break then seconds later T Mat T struck a fine shot that the keeper tipped just over.

In the 36th minute Ekkachai was shown a red card for barging into the referee after a series of decisions had gone against his teammates. A silly reaction by Ekkachai and the referee had no option than to order the player off.
As the first half drew to a close, firm defending and a large dollop of luck prevented the home team from breaking the deadlock but perversely, the Swatcats could be one or two up!!

As the second half commenced, one had to wonder could the Swatcats possibly hold out for another 45 minutes!! The expected onslaught continued but Pralong Sawandee hit a free kick that rattled the crossbar in a rare Swatcat foray forward.
Coelho went close in the 62nd minute and Heberty drew a fine save from keeper Cunningham in the 65th minute but Muang Thong seemed to be slowly running out of ideas as the visitors defended resolutely.

Pralong Sawandee had a speculative shot in the 83rd minute but the hosts continued to probe, searching for that elusive winner. Sawandee had a late chance to win the game with a 22yard free kick but he fired over and the game concluded goalless.

A brave Swatcat performance tonight as they challenged a much superior Muang Thong outfit. A well earned and valuable point that extends the Swatcat’s unbeaten run. Pralong Sawandee was exceptional and Yaya Kunath looked lively throughout and did enough to earn himself a regular berth in the side
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 16, 2018, 08:17:44 AM
Match Day 23 Stats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 16, 2018, 08:37:06 AM
Here's an idea Milos. Try playing Yayar Kunath and Shahrel Fikri up front together. They both offer real pace and mobility. The "big men up front" approach is obviously not working - look at our "goals for" tally!!

Our next two games against Chainat (H) and Air Force (A), should yield 6 points and would certainly cement our survival - go on gamble!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 16, 2018, 11:27:35 AM
Hi TW. Thanks for the report. The Swatcats stole a point !
Still only 5 points from the dropzone but we can be reassured to see the Swatcats are the ONLY side with NO defeats in the last 5 games. That shows resilience anyway.

Chiang Rai are flying high after being in the drop zone and Chonburi have climbed too. 8th place will be fine for me.

I hope you are right about the 2 easy games coming and I'm sure you remember the Air Force defeat  ??? (With 3 points from that one we would be set fair by now).

ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 17, 2018, 09:24:07 AM
The Swatcats welcome the Hornbills of Chainat in this week’s round of TPL fixtures (Saturday 21st July, KO 17.45 hours TV coverage Truesports 2). The hosts, 7 games unbeaten, will be hoping for a 3 point haul to help cement their position of mid table security.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 17, 2018, 02:28:52 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Ranong United in the Toyota League Cup quarter finals.

Ranong United Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Ranong Province. The club currently plays in Thai League 3 Southern Region.

The ties will be played on the 8th August - seems like an easy passage to the semis !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 22, 2018, 10:17:48 AM
Dateline 21st July 2018

 FT NRFC 1 Chainat Hornbills 0

Attendance; 3270

The Swatcats welcomed the Hornbills in this mid table clash. They started with Assumpcao and Malaysian Shahrel up front - still no Yayah Kunath!!

The home team started brightly and Shahrel shot just wide in the third minute. They then began to dominate and with Chainat throwing 3 or 4 men forward in rather a reckless fashion surely openings would be left at the back.
In the 15th minute, a Chakrit cross was deflected goal ward by a defender but an alert keeper managed to palm the ball just wide of the post - a lucky let off for the visitors. From the resulting Pina corner, Jakkit headed in to give the Swatcats a deserved lead.

The home team continued to create half chances and with any luck could have been 2 or 3 as the half came to an end.

As the second half progressed, the home defence was put to a real test as the Hornbills strived for an equalizer. Sterling work from Lee and Chalermpong aided by T May T, managed to keep the marauding Hornbills at bay. Despite the Hornbill pressure, they did not create real chances and indeed Jakkit almost put the Swatcats two up with a fine drive in the 53rd minute.

The home team were denied a stonewall penalty in the 64th minute when Assumpcao was body checked in the box but play was waved on - one of many dubious decisions that tonight’s referee made. Assumpcao then had a clear chance to make it two in the 71st minute but his low drive was weak. Minutes later he raced through on goal only to be again body checked off the ball just outside the box - again his claim for a foul was turned down!!

Definitely a proverbial “game of two halves - first half, the Swatcats dominated but second half they defended too deep and allowed a spirited and attack minded Hornbill side to put the defence under massive pressure.

A competent performance from the home side and a massive 3 points. I now feel that the team is safe from the drop and indeed should be looking to cement a seventh place finish. Full marks to the club for adding to the squad at a critical time and despite my early season pessimism, the club appears to have rescued its season.

I consider that the club has massively exceeded expectations - well done to everyone at the club. 8 games unbeaten, bottom placed Air Force next weekend and a winnable FA Cup quarter final to come - things are looking up!!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 22, 2018, 12:41:06 PM
Hi TW and thanks for that. 7 games unbeaten now  ;D
The Swatcats seem to have lost the crowd though . . . when in the Regional League we got round 2,000 - so it's down to the core again.
A good win - Chainat have been on a good run to get away from the relegation zone.
3 points against Air Force would be a nice boost but they beat us at home.

Reading your report - it seems Assumpcao may be due a goal or two  :-X
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 23, 2018, 08:28:40 AM
Match Day 24 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 23, 2018, 08:29:53 AM
Swatcats stretch unbeaten run to 8!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 23, 2018, 01:19:43 PM
Hi Roger, I agree about Assumpcao. My view is that Joksic should try playing Kunath and Shahrel up front. Our current goalscoring strategy is simply not working - only the bottom two have scored less than us.

With our recent resilience and with only 10 games to go, I feel that if we beat Air Force at the weekend we will avoid the drop.

Having said all that, 7th place is a fantastic achievement. I see no reason, given current form, why we shouldn't maintain this position.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 26, 2018, 12:41:02 PM
The Swatcats take on bottom of the table Air Force this weekend (Sunday 29th June KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). They will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 8 matches.
The Swatcats should be favourites in this one but beware, Air Force beat the Swatcats at the 80th Anniversary Stadium earlier in the season.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 28, 2018, 08:35:06 AM
Confirmed: Tomorrow's  match between Air Force and the Swatcats will be televised live on Truesports 2
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Post by: Roger on July 28, 2018, 08:54:28 AM
TW. In your last but one post - I think you mean UNbeaten run of 8 do you not ?
Thanks for the tip off re. the TV coverage - I'll try to catch it. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 28, 2018, 08:57:00 AM
Thanks Roger. I'll modify post.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 29, 2018, 09:14:01 PM
Bl**dy home win M8  >:(

Doesn't matter really BUT Air Force have got HALF their 12 points from our boys  :o

I had to watch BKKU v Port - good game.

As I once heard someone say : ''Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs'' !

(What does that mean ?) ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 30, 2018, 07:50:32 AM
Dateline 29th July 2018

 FT Air Force Central 1 NRFC 0

Attendance; 1898

The Swatcats took on league basement side Air Force this weekend. They started without skipper Chalermpong and with Pina and Marinkovic in midfield.

The match commenced in very heavy conditions with heavy rain continuing to fall.
 
In a rather tentative start by both teams, as they attempted to adapt to the worsening conditions, chances were scarce but the hosts were beginning to dominate possession.
In the 23rd minute Assumpcao missed a tap in from 4 yards - the first real chance of the match. The Swatcats then began to knock the ball around effectively and Assumpcao was denied a clear penalty when he was pushed in the back.

In a thrilling first half final 5 minutes, Assumpcao was again in action in the 40th minute when he finished a fine move with a rasping drive that went narrowly wide. Minutes later Marinkovic let fly with a 30 yard thunderbolt that was tipped over by the keeper. From the resulting corner Assumpcao’s shot was cleared acrobatically off the line.

A half of few chances and little excitement drew to a close with the match deadlocked at 0-0.

The second half began with Assumpcao going close as the visitors went on the offensive. He nearly put the visitors deservedly ahead on 60 minutes after a quickly taken throw in, but his shot was parried by the keeper.

Air Force seemed to have run out of ideas as the Swatcats pressed and on the hour had not yet produced a single shot on target.
As the Swatcats seemed to tire, Air Force bounced back, with a drive narrowly wide and a header just over the bar. Cunningham then saved well from an angled drive as Air Force began to take control late in the game.

Air Force broke the deadlock with a 90th minute winner as Kayne Vincent fired in from 8 yards - unbelievably, their first shot on target in the whole match!!

Disappointing result and back into the relegation mix. This was not a great spectacle, hampered as it was by poor conditions. The Swatcats defended well and Assumpcao could have bagged a hat trick but his poor finishing cost us dearly. We have now made it “squeaky bum” time as we are only 5 points clear of the bottom five. I suspect that we will be safe but with Bangkok United next i.e. no points, we could find ourselves only 2 points clear going into the Asian Games break.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 30, 2018, 07:51:42 AM
Match day 25 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 30, 2018, 08:27:20 AM
Just a quick lowdown on the upcoming TPL fixtures
.
Next weekend is the last round of fixtures before a break to accommodate the Asian Games. In this last round, the Swatcats take on Bangkok United on the 5th August (details to follow).

The Swatcats then take on Ranong United in the League Cup quarter final on Wednesday 8th August.

TPL fixtures then recommence on 5th September when the Swatcats take on Pattaya United.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 30, 2018, 08:34:38 AM
The Swatcat’s remaining fixtures and Thaiwolf’s predictions. Will the team avoid relegation??

Bangkok United (H)    Zero points
Pattaya United (A)      Zero points
Buriram United (H)     Zero points
Navy (H)                    3 points
Port (A)                     Zero points
Prachuap (H)              1 point
Chonburi (A)               1 point
Chang Rai United (H    1 point
Bangkok Glass (A)       1point

A total of 7 points. Will it be enough, what do you think?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 30, 2018, 03:30:33 PM
Hi TW. Air Force seem to be our 'bogey team' !
Thanks for the report - it seems we let them steal it . .

Assumpcao seems overdue for some goals - they'll come. As for relegation I think the Swatcats are safe now. And IMO we'll get more than 7 points from those 9 games.

Phew - we won't have to play Air Force next season  ;D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 30, 2018, 04:06:27 PM
Hi Roger, yes I think you are right that they will just survive - it is so tight in that middle of the table area however. A couple of losses will put us in trouble. We are having real problems scoring and I cannot see Assumpcao scoring many. I think a change in strategy is needed up front but I cannot see it happening.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 31, 2018, 04:48:15 PM
Second placed Bangkok United are the visitors to the 80th Anniversary Stadium this weekend (Sunday 5th August KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD3). The Angels have an enviable reputation as the best footballing side in the TPL and will provide tough opposition for the home side.

Thaiwolf prediction: Away win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2018, 08:50:42 AM
Dateline 5th August 2018

 FT NRFC 0 Bangkok United 0

Attendance; 4677

The Swatcats welcomed the Angels from Bangkok in this, the last match before the near month long break for the Asian Games.
In a rather bizarre line up, wingback Akekanat was played up front and Malaysian striker Shahrel was played as a wingback - a role he certainly looked uncomfortable in. Yayar Kunath was also given a start.

 In a first half almost devoid of chances the visitors showed great passing skills which resulted in large periods of midfield possession with the hosts unable at times to get the ball from their more talented adversaries. Their possession however was not being rewarded by chances created as the hosts defended bravely.

The Angels were restricted to a single long range shot that drifted wide and a headed half chance from a corner. The hosts for their part went close when Kunath failed to connect with a pin point cross and Akekanat dragged a shot wide.

As a rather entertaining first half concluded, neither keeper had been called into serious action.

The second half started with the hosts beginning to assert themselves as the Angels began to fade. The momentum seemed to have shifted in favour of the hosts as they hunted for a vital first goal.

In the 73rd minute Yayar Kunath connected with a well directed free kick but his header was weak and drifted wide - one thought that if it had been Assumpcao on the end of the free kick, the deadlock would have been broken!!
A minute later, the finest move of the match. Assumpcao broke forward and a deft flick put Jakkit clear. His cross was met by the advancing Assumpcao but his chance was foiled by a combination of defender and keeper and the ball was deflected just wide.
In a late Bangkok surge, Robson was inches wide with a fine drive and then in the 93rd minute Pokklaw Anan’s 25 yard shot shaved the post with keeper Cunningham flailing - probably the Angels first real chances of the match.

Another fighting performance to gain a vital point against a technically superior Bangkok outfit. In a game of precious few chances, the Swatcats, fighting for their very TPL existence, defied the Angels from Bangkok and indeed could have snatched all three points with what was arguably their only clear cut chance of the match.
We now go into the Asian Games break on a relative high, sitting in a creditable 8h place and 6 points clear of the relegation zone.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2018, 08:51:53 AM
Match Day 26 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 06, 2018, 09:44:49 AM
Thanks TW. A good point for the Swatcats. Solid enough - how much better would things have been this season if Rangel, Adiyah and Assumpcao could have got a few more goals ?

Goals will come - I predict we can surprise Pattaya next week  ;D

BTW I have used 'Swatcat' as my moniker on the TUFC fans forum which I've just joined. Gonna be a long season at Plainmoor again. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2018, 09:50:19 AM
Pattaya not next week Roger - long break for Asian games.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 06, 2018, 10:15:33 AM
Yes my mistake - thanks TW - let's put the squad on shooting practice in the meantime. Fire against those long gym benches to teach 'em to shoot hard and keep it down  ;)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 06, 2018, 12:13:21 PM
The Swatcats take on 3rd tier side Ranong United in the League Cup quarter final this Wednesday (8th August, KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage TBC).

This should be an easy passage into the semi-finals for the Swatcats but as we all know “football is a funny old game”.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2018, 07:47:04 AM
Unable to confirm TV coverage for tonight`s match. It will be on either Truesports HD3, HD4 or HD5.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2018, 11:43:27 AM
Late confirmation. Tonight`s quarter final to be shown live on Truesports HD4.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 09, 2018, 07:43:16 AM
The Swatcats progressed into the League Cup semi finals with an emphatic 3-1 victory over third Tier Ranong United last night.

The other semi finalists are Buriram, Bangkok Glass and Chang Rai. The semi finals will be decided over a two legged tie.

The date of the draw for the semi finals is yet to be announced.
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Post by: Roger on August 09, 2018, 03:33:05 PM
Thanks TW - I wonder who scored ?
Better hope we avoid Buriram in that draw then  ???
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 09, 2018, 04:03:57 PM
Chanatphol, Lee and Shahrel were the scorers Roger
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 10, 2018, 08:47:35 AM
The Thai Premier League now takes a break to accommodate the Asian Games. The Swatcats next fixture is away to Pattaya United on the 5th September.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 14, 2018, 02:31:18 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Chang Rai in the semi finals of the League cup. No confirmation of dates yet.

Not a bad draw - possible Cup Final for the Swatcats on the cards.

It's coming to a new home!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 14, 2018, 03:52:19 PM
Date of semi final - assume this is the first leg
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 14, 2018, 04:04:26 PM
OK here goes. The semi finals are ONE leg. The Swatcats will be playing Chang Rai at the Superchalasai Stadium - sometimes I hate this country!!!

Toyota league cup - semi final draw result

Buriram United vs Bangkok Glass FC
Venue: Rajamangala Stadium

Nakhonratchasima Mazda FC vs Singha Chiang Rai United
Venue: Supachalasai Stadium

All matches played at 19.00 hrs. on 19 September 2017

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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 14, 2018, 04:47:07 PM
Fancy a Bangkok trip Roger???
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on August 19, 2018, 11:43:36 AM
TW is the 19th correct in BKK for the League Cup semi final. Will see you and Roger there. Cheers
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 19, 2018, 12:03:05 PM
Hi Bournemouth, yes its on the 19th September - Supachalasai Stadium. I've sent you a DM. Cheers
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Post by: Bournemouth on August 19, 2018, 01:33:07 PM
TW.       Thanks. we will see you there. Cheers
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 19, 2018, 03:02:48 PM
Hi TW and B'muff. Don't think I can make BKK on 19th but I will be at Pattaya for the game on the 5th. See you there ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 21, 2018, 09:23:25 AM
Swatcat favourite Methee Thaweekulkarn (T May T) has been sidelined for 6 weeks with a recurrence of his knee injury. The problem resurfaced after a challenge in the recent Ranong United cup tie.

Meanwhile the team has announced two friendlies during the Asian Games break. They will entertain Si Saket on the 23rd August and Muang Thong on 25th August. Both games kick off at 1600 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 24, 2018, 12:26:27 PM
The Swatcats overcame Si Saket 1-0 in yesterday's friendly.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 25, 2018, 08:39:35 PM
The Swatcats were defeated 0-1 by Muang Thong in tonight`s friendly.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 01, 2018, 08:47:41 AM
The Thai Premier League kicks off again this week, after the Asian Games break. The Swatcats take on the “Rockin’ Dolphins” of Pattaya (Wednesday 5th September, KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truevisions TS6).

The Nongprue Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the Swatcats over the last couple of seasons and I would be happy with a point.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Roger on September 04, 2018, 09:47:35 AM
TW by the time our Boys have finished wiv 'em, they'll be the 'shocking Dolphins' of Pattaya. A win - definitely - for the Swatcats  :)

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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 04, 2018, 03:27:28 PM
Hope so Roger, see you tomorrow.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2018, 03:49:04 PM
Boys on tour
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2018, 03:56:12 PM
The Swatcats take on table topping Buriram United this weekend (Saturday 8th September, KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 6).

A tough one for the home team but I feel that a point might be possible.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Coolkorat on September 06, 2018, 04:38:45 PM
Great pictures TW! Looks like a friendly bunch, and happy to welcome more footie watchers.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2018, 04:49:21 PM
Thanks Coolkorat
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2018, 05:09:11 PM
Bloody hooligans !!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2018, 05:10:52 PM
Match Day 27 Stats - report to follow tomorrow
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 06, 2018, 05:23:55 PM
Watch Antonio Pina's sensational goal from last night's game here.
https://t.co/85xNWOl8ti
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Post by: Roger on September 06, 2018, 05:46:35 PM
Hi TW, (B'muff and all). Great pics and a lotta fun that night.

I'll have to put the Swatcats victory down as the 'Great Points Robbery'  :o

Pina's goal was great - 2 minutes in. After that, Pattaya took over for the other 88.

TW, I see in that I am NOT in the pic you title aptly as 'bloody hooligans'. Quite right too  :D
. . . .  and I've never seen a clock move so slowly  ::)

BTW - you're getting a bit faint hearted with your predictions - Saturday - another win for sure !
With luck like that, the Swatcats could beat Real Madrid and Barcelona - in the SAME game !!

Black mark for the dejected Dolphins fans - it was a bit naughty for them to set up that 200dB disco party outside the 5 star ''Swatcat Fans Repose'' - I was SO glad when they relented at 2 am after 4 hours . . .

So that's the plan for Saturday - Pina will score from the half way line after 1 minute - now he knows how to do it that should be ok. Then we hold on. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 07, 2018, 11:52:25 AM
Dateline 5th September 2018

 FT Pattaya United 0 NRFC 1

Attendance; 2328

An explosive start in this mid table clash when, in the second minute, Antonio Pina sensationally lashed in from 50 yards. This goal will 100% be seen as the goal of the season.

An astonished crowd, after recovering from such an amazing event was then subjected to the most successful rearguard action since Peacock’s Hill!!

Pattaya pressed forward gamely, probing and despite creating chances, were unable to break down the Swatcat’s resolute defence.
A 7th minute free kick crashed against the visitor’s crossbar and minutes later Cunningham brought off two miraculous saves to keep out home attempts from close range but with the stage being set, the Swatcats dug in and defended deep.

In the 15th minute, in a rare raid forward, Kunath was denied a stonewall penalty when he was brought down unceremoniously inside the box. Pattaya bounced back and keeper Cunningham was again called into action in the 22nd minute when he tipped a low drive just around the post.

As the half drew to a close, the home team were well on top but were becoming increasingly frustrated at their inability to break the deadlock.

As the second half began, Pattaya continued to surge forward and in the 60th minute a long range shot shaved the post and minutes later Cunningham tipped a free kick onto the bar.

In a late flourish Cunningham parried a close range header but despite almost continuous pressure, Pattaya only managed 3 direct second half shots on target - testament I feel to the visitor’s dogged defending.
In the final minute Kunath, through on goal, was upended and the home defender was shown a red card. The resulting free kick from Pina was well saved by the keeper.

Well, this was a result much against the run of play. The visitors shut up shop after the early opener and then a brave rearguard action against a talented Pattaya team resulted in an important three points. That early goal was one of only two attempts on goal for the team and perversely, Pattaya could have scored 4 or 5 but for some real heroics by keeper Cunningham.
The team is, in my opinion, now safe from relegation - well done to the players and coach - I certainly underestimated the team and now we must press for a top 8 position in the league.

A forthcoming semi final berth (and final maybe) coupled with a potential top 8 finish certainly represents a successful campaign. My early season pessimism was thankfully unwarranted and we seem to have survived the pivotal “5 down” season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 09, 2018, 04:58:19 PM
Dateline 8th September 2018

 FT NRFC 0 Buriram United 2

Attendance; 15679

The Swatcats welcomed future TPL Champs Buriram United this weekend.

Right from the start it was apparent that this was going to be a “men verses boys” encounter with Buriram confidently stroking the ball around whilst the Swatcats gamely and at times agriculturally tried to get a toehold in the game.

With Diogo a constant threat (what a player he is), the Buriram players were quicker to the ball and their off the ball movement meant that there was always a passing option. The Swatcats conversely appeared to be laboured and unable to maintain possession.
In the second minute a quick break forward by Osvaldo led to his low drive striking the post - an early warning for the hosts. Minutes later the Swatcats were denied a clear penalty when Chanatphon was tripped inside the box - where is VAR when you need it???

In the 23rd minute Akekanat swept the ball into the net but was adjudged to be offside - a correct decision from where I was sitting. Buriram continued to push forward and in the 30th minute Osvaldo drew a save from Cunningham after a clever flick from Diogo.
A minute later Diogo finished off a fine flowing move when he swept in from the edge of the box to give the visitors a well deserved lead, and as the half drew to a close it looked a long way back for the men in orange.

The second half commenced with Buriram again in the ascendance with the men from Korat unable to mount a sustainable challenge. Osvaldo was inches wide with an angled drive on 55 minutes and the result was put beyond doubt on 64 minutes when Diogo, in true Diogo style, ran in from deep and swept the ball into the net from 14 yards.

Osvaldo who had been a constant threat all match nearly made it three a minute later when his angled drive went narrowly wide.

The Swatcats were completely outclassed by a side superior in all departments and there is no shame in that. The Swatcats, however, have now managed only 3 shots on target in the last two games. I understand Joksic’s need to grind out the results to avoid relegation but what about the long suffering fans. Sure the massive crowd of 15 000 were entertained by a talented Buriram side but I do wonder how many will turn up on Wednesday for the Navy game.

Football is an entertainment business… in this regard some teams are failing the fans!!!
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Post by: Bournemouth on September 09, 2018, 06:56:18 PM
Hi Thaiwolf, Roger the dodger, etc 

Thanks for the video and crowd photo's at the Pattaya game.

See you Wednesday for the Navy game.

That will be three games in a week.

Let's hope for a win.

Cheers
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Post by: Roger on September 09, 2018, 06:56:33 PM
Thanks for the excellent report TW. For my 'visitor's' experience of the 2 matches, it's my opinion that whilst Joksic can organise a defence and seems to have the Players motivated, I think he is a poor Coach overall and can't put together a good attacking format. He's been around too long  :(

In the Pattaya game and the Buriram game we saw the same faults - poor first touch control, very little first touch passing, lolloping passes rather than quick drilling along the ground, too much passing backwards 'England style', attack being stranded as midfield and wing backs hang back and a general lack of 'sharp' play.

Appreciating that the Swatcats do not have limitless funding, I still think they could do much better and entertain more. Time IMHO for a new Coach.

That said, I saw two very spirited performances and the Pattaya game was such fun thanks to the delicous suspense of hanging on after Pina's wonder strike ! A first time for me - being 'penned in' with the Swatcat contingent, all bouncing, drinking, laughing, chanting and having a whale of a time  ;D

A brilliant few days and NO headaches. ATB
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Post by: Roger on September 09, 2018, 06:58:07 PM
Hi B'muff. Must beat Navy ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 09, 2018, 06:58:46 PM
Sound views Roger
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 09, 2018, 07:00:12 PM
Cheers Bournemouth see you wednesday.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 09, 2018, 07:01:56 PM
Navy is 100% must win. Watching Chainat now. Hope they lose.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 10, 2018, 07:37:53 AM
Match Day 28 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 10, 2018, 07:47:38 AM
Merry band
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 10, 2018, 07:48:50 AM
The Swatcats welcome struggling Navy FC in this midweek fixture (Wednesday 12th September KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD4). This should be a bolt on 3 points for the home team and those 3 points could be vital in the Swatcats survival quest.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win
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Post by: Roger on September 13, 2018, 08:58:08 AM
I was following the game on Flash and saw we were 0-1 down -  >:(

Then just before an early night 1-1  ;)  with 10 minutes to go.

Oh happy wake up  :)  2-1

I'd thought from your reports that Assumpcao had some goals coming !

(BTW - views up to 13,550 - keep up the good).
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 13, 2018, 11:27:05 AM
Phew, safe at last - now for the League Cup!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 13, 2018, 11:55:17 AM
Dateline 12th September 2018

 FT NRFC 2 Navy FC 1

Attendance; 1465

In a distinctly miserable and wet midweek evening, strugglers Navy were the guests.

The visitors opened brightly, out passing the home team and looking dangerous moving forward. They seemed to be coping better with the sodden pitch but were nearly shocked in the 6th minute when a long range Antonio Pina free kick went inches wide.
The Swatcat defence was opened up in the 11th minute when a cross found Amadou completely unmarked in the 6 yard box - there was no defender within 3 yards of him!!! He slid the ball under Cunningham to give Navy an early lead.

In the 20th minute the Swatcat defence was again ruthlessly exposed when Caton broke through, unbelievably with only the keeper to beat he shot wide from 6 yards - what a let off!!

As the half progressed the hosts were unable to exert any dominance and indeed, Navy looked the more accomplished side.

The second half saw the Swatcats seemingly determined to overturn their first half deficit and in the 49th minute, after some fine interplay, Akekanat was just wide with a drive. A minute later Pralong Sawandee put in a delicious cross for Assumpcao to hammer home the equalizer.
The home team now began to dominate as Navy wilted and with almost constant pressure and several fine passing movements, it seemed only a matter of time before the winner would come.

The hosts went close with a diving header in the 60th minute then Pina tested the keeper with an in swinging corner as the Swatcats pressed. Pralong Sawandee then drew a fine save from the keeper with a swerving free kick.
The chances continued to come as Ekkachai broke forward and only a fine save from his drive prevented a second goal and minutes later another long range free kick from Pina whistled past the post.

Navy caused a solitary moment of panic in the 92nd minute when the ball ping ponged around in the 6 yard box following a corner but the hosts survived and finally the inevitable happened when Jakkit poked the ball home from a sublime cross by Pralong Sawandee to give the hosts a deserved lead.

A real Jekyll and Hyde performance from the Swatcats tonight but in reality safety from the drop has been achieved. An inept and depressing first half performance where in reality they should have been two nil down was followed by a fine domineering display leading to a vital three points.
The importance of this victory was brought home as coach Joksic sank to his knees in the mud as the second goal went in and we can now all relax with 5 games to go and safety assured.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 13, 2018, 11:56:15 AM
Match Day 29 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 13, 2018, 11:58:31 AM
The Swatcats enter Klong Toey to take on erratic Port this weekend (Saturday 15th September, (KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage TBC).

This is a difficult one to call. Port’s recent form has been suspect and I consider that the Swatcats could snatch a win.

Thaiwolf prediction; away win.
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Post by: Roger on September 13, 2018, 01:05:42 PM
Thanks TW. Flashscore put both goals down to Assumpcao ?

BTW I saw Chiang Rai on TV - they could be hard to handle in the semi on the 19th  ::)

Crowd 1465  ???  ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 14, 2018, 12:12:16 PM
Confirmed, the Port v Swatcats match will be shown live on Truesports HD3.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 16, 2018, 08:00:43 AM
Dateline 15th September 2018

 FT Port FC 4 NRFC 0

Attendance; 2040

The Swatcats were the hosts at the PAT Stadium this weekend and with one eye on next Wednesday’s semi final one wondered whether the men in orange would be giving 100% today.

The Swatcats rested Assumpcao, Lee and Pina although Skipper Chalermpong and T May T made a welcome return. Marinkovic and Malaysian Shahrel Fikri were given rare starts.

Port opened brightly and were causing early panic in the Swatcat’s defence. In the 18th minute Cunningham was forced to save from an angled drive as Port continued to press.
This was now becoming one way traffic with the visitors sitting deep as Port controlled possession. Cunningham was again called into action in the 31st minute when he saved a rasping drive, minutes later he tipped over brilliantly to keep the scores level.

As half time approached one thought that it was only a matter of time before Port broke the deadlock - but amazingly the Swatcats went into half time on equal terms.

The second half commenced with Port immediately on the front foot and they were awarded a penalty in the 46th minute when Chanatphon fouled in the area. Rochela converted the spot kick to put Port one up.
The visitors nearly went two down on 50 minutes when a beautifully crafted Pakorn lob evaded Cunningham and struck the bar. The Swatcats then spurned a great chance to equalize in the 63rd minute when no one was able to connect with a cleverly floated free kick.
Port went two up when Suarez smashed in from 12 yards on 77 minutes and Cunningham again saved well in the 86th minute as Port searched for a third. The visitors chased the game bravely but were unable to threaten the Port goal.

 As the game drew to a close a clever curling shot from Siwakorn put Port deservedly three goals up and in a final blow for the visitors Bordin cracked in a fourth in the 90th minute to end a wretched night for the men from Korat.

A much modified team selection did not really work tonight. Although, as usual, the defence fought bravely, there was nothing on offer up front and if Port had been a little sharper in front of goal, especially in the first half, this could have been a highly embarrassing defeat.
We will need much more than this if we are to compete in the semi-final against Chang Rai.
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Post by: Roger on September 16, 2018, 11:49:58 AM
TW thanks for the report. I'm sorry to say that from the 3 games I've seen this season and performances latterly, the Swatcats have had this coming.

Good luck against Chiang Rai who look very strong to me - same Pattaya  ;)

Mai pen lai - we are safe now. I hope we have a new coach next year so that the Swatcats can compete other than in desperate defence.

So now I've been so negative - Swatcats will beat Chiang Rai  ::)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 16, 2018, 11:55:15 AM
They were truly awful yesterday Roger – no shots on goal. I too fear the worst in the semi-final.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 16, 2018, 12:02:00 PM
If we finish 8th Roger, Joksic will be retained as coach. Some might even argue that we have exceeded expectations. If we reach the league Cup Final he will be perceived as a hero.

I do however agree with you that if we want to really move on from a perpetual 8-10th place team, we need a change.

I somehow doubt that there is real ambition from those in charge.
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Post by: caller on September 16, 2018, 05:30:28 PM
I do however agree with you that if we want to really move on from a perpetual 8-10th place team, we need a change.

I somehow doubt that there is real ambition from those in charge.

Who is responsible for scouting and buying new players? Is it the manager or those above him? If the latter, I guess he can only do what he can with the materials provided? He might be helping them punch above their weight!

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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 16, 2018, 06:00:15 PM
Hi Caller,
           Thanks for your contribution.

 Let me kick off by saying that I am more than happy to be a mid table Premier League team - my expectations probably tempered by the fact that when I started supporting them, they were a third tier team and my dream was always that they would one day become a Premier League team.

You could be right about Joksic. I think he does well with the players at his disposal. My view is that most of our players are of average ability - but they work hard.
 
8th place and a semi-final appearance are way above most people’s expectations. At the start of the season I considered them to be the 5th worst team in the league.

Regarding transfers, I have no inside information. I guess Joksic has target players, then agents get involved then if the club can afford the player’s wages, the player will be signed.

I am also guessing that the team’s budget is pretty tight, so unless we are lucky enough to obtain a sugar daddy, we will not be able to enhance the squad significantly so mid tale obscurity will be our future lot.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2018, 07:39:15 AM
Match Day 30 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2018, 07:40:40 AM
In possibly the biggest day in the Swatcat’s history, the team takes on Chang Rai United in the semi final of the Toyota League Cup this week (Wednesday 19th September at Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage TBC).

The Swatcats will be the underdogs in this tie and a win would be a real bonus and just reward for a battling season for the men from Korat. I am afraid that I think Chang Rai might be just too strong and that they will progress to meet the victors of the Buriram/Bangkok Glass semi in the final.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2018, 07:41:22 AM
Looking forward to Wednesday’s semi - travelling up tomorrow.

Limited expectations and the reality is that whoever wins, will get beaten by Buriram in the final but miracles do happen in football…….don’t they!!
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Post by: Roger on September 17, 2018, 09:04:16 AM
Yes miracles do happen - in 1969 - swinging from a beam at the Arsenal end - I saw Swindon beat Arsenal 3-1 in the league Cup final  :o

The incomparable Mr Donald Rogers in charge as usual . . .

Good luck in BKK and I hope the Swatcats put up a good show  ;D
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 17, 2018, 09:25:57 AM
Thanks Roger, that`s cheered me up.
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Post by: Roger on September 19, 2018, 07:25:11 AM
Good Luck to the Swatcats and your Goodself tonight  8)

I hope the weather in BKK is better than in my Chantaburi 'rainathon'.

Apparently, both Chiang Rai and Korat will be playing in galoshes.

Hi B'muff and Sweden. Prediction - Swatcats 2-1  :D


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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 19, 2018, 08:24:49 AM
Cheers Roger, alot of rain around in Bangkok at the moment. Already getting excited about the match.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2018, 10:01:03 AM
The Swatcats lost last night's semi final on penalties. Report to follow later.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2018, 10:17:12 AM
The Swatcats take on Prachuap this weekend (Saturday 22nd September KO 19.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). Premier League newcomers Prachuap have had a most successful first season and will provide difficult opposition.
Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2018, 05:15:00 PM
League Cup Semi final played at Supachalasai Stadium

FT Chang Rai United 1 NRFC 1

Chiang Rai United beat Nakhon Ratchasima 3-1 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok.
Chiang Rai started brightly and had the first effort on goal in the sixth minute when Phititwat struck his drive wide from 20 yards. After continual pressure, the Beetles opened the scoring five minutes later when Chaiyawat fired in.

In a half completely dominated by Chang Rai whose movement off the ball and slick passing left the Swatcats players chasing shadows, the men from Korat were lucky to go into the half only one down.

The phrase “the team did not turn up tonight” might have been ascribed to the Swatcats in the first half and at half time, it was difficult to see away back for the men in orange.

The second half commenced with a more determined approach from the Swatcats and they began to exert pressure on the Chang Rai defence. In the 49th minute Kunath went close with a clever header after a chipped pass from Pina. Chang Rai then countered and Siwakorn smashed in from 12 yards but the keeper managed to beat his drive away.

In the 68th minute a vicious Pina free kick was headed off the line as the Swatcats searched for an equalizer. With time running out, the Swatcats continued to dominate and their dominance was rewarded when they won a penalty in the 72ndminute. Thanasak brought down Leandro and the Brazilian took the kick himself, firing low into the corner to level the score.
On 78 minutes Swatcat elation was turned to despair when, with Chiang Rai fading, Jakkit slotted home at the far post but the flag was up for offside.

Full time ended with the Swatcats looking the stronger of the two teams although Sivacorn had a chance to win the tie in the dying minutes with his rasping drive going narrowly wide.

A largely uneventful first period of extra time was followed by a second period in which the Swatcats had their chances to seal the tie. Assumpcao prodded over from 6 yards out and then the striker had a real chance to win it when he swiveled but his shot went straight into the keeper’s arms.

The tie then went to penalties and misses from Shahrel, Jakkit and Chanatphon sealed the tie for Chang Rai.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2018, 06:58:03 PM
A few pics from last night's semi final
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Post by: caller on September 20, 2018, 07:16:20 PM
A friend watched the game on TV and on the local expat forum here, reported that the Swat cats 'offside' goal was nothing of the sort and should not have been disallowed! That's tough.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 20, 2018, 07:28:21 PM
It looked a dodgy decision to me too Caller
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 23, 2018, 10:38:12 AM
Dateline 22nd September 2018

 FT NRFC 3 Prachuap Kiri Khan 3

Attendance; 2372

Striker Jakkit looked lively in early exchanges as the Swatcats probed - he is not the finished article just yet but I feel he will make a useful target man in the future. Despite the home team having the better of early encounters, Reis drew a fine save from Cunningham in the 18th minute.

The Swatcat’s approach play was fine tonight but often the final pass went astray as they pressed for an early advantage. The home team’s first real chance came in the 31st minute when Akekanat headed a Pina corner onto the crossbar. Almost immediately Prachuap broke forward and Reis missed from 8 yards with only the keeper to beat.

With the game suddenly bursting into life, the home team went ahead when Kitsada swept the ball in at the far post after a fine break from Ekkachai.

As the half drew to a close, the home team looked good value for their 37th minute lead.

In the 49th minute Ekkachai pounced on a poor clearance from the keeper and sent a 40 yard rocket just inches wide of the upright. As the Swatcats began to dominate, Assumpcao went close in the 54th minute and in the 64th minute they went two up when Shahrel tapped in after fine work from Pina.

Prachuap struck back immediately when a deflected Doumbouya shot looped over keeper Cunningham. The home team, still looking composed, was denied a third goal when a sharp near post header from Jakkit stuck the upright.
The points were seemingly in the bag when Assumpcao headed in on 72nd minutes and with coach Joksic looking very emotional on the sidelines, things were looking bright for the men from Korat.

With the Swatcats now rampant, Jakkit fired in from 20 yards, the keeper parried and the ball fell to Assumpcao’s feet but he failed to make a clear contact and the ball was cleared.

With a comfortable and deserved 3-1 lead, the hosts relaxed and Prachuap took full advantage of this lapse. An unmarked Doumbouya nodded in on 81 minutes and the visitors completed the comeback in the 93rd minute when Cunningham dropped an innocuous looking shot and Reis tapped in.

The referee used VAR to review the incident but he allowed the goal.

Two points dropped against a poor Prachuap side - as it happens it doesn’t really matter but disappointing none the less. Joksic started with two real strikers at last - Jakkit and Assumpcao and we scored three goals - perhaps the penny has finally dropped.
Tonight’s performance was fine but why can’t the coach realize that his recent ploy of playing Akekanat - a wing back - as the sole striker is probably not the best strategy. Perhaps the attendance figure is testament to the coach’s negative tactics. Fans will not turn up to watch a team averaging 2 or 3 shots on target per match.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 23, 2018, 03:52:35 PM
Hi TW and thanks for the report  ;D

A disappointing result after being 2-0 and 3-1 up and something to learn - holding on! However, it is really encouraging scoring 3 goals, getting ahead and having more positive play all round. Surely Joksic can't just be learning at his age  ???

As you say, the dismal attendance is a result of Joksic' tactics which are sad IMO.

Never mind, onwards and upwards !

PS - did Adiyah return to Thailand as rumoured ? ATB Roger
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 23, 2018, 07:19:47 PM
Hi Roger, no news on Adiyiah. Perhaps he'll sign up for someone next season
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 25, 2018, 08:04:11 PM
The Swatcats are being thrown to the Sharks this weekend as they take on Chonburi FC. (Saturday 29th September KO 17.45, TV coverage Truesports 2). With both teams pretty well sure of survival this merely becomes a battle for 8th place although in reality both teams need a couple more points to be 100% sure of maintaining their TPL status.

Both sides will be happy for a point apiece so Thaiwolf is guessing at a draw.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 30, 2018, 06:30:06 PM
Thaiwolf with Chonburi star Noppanon after yesterday's clash
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Post by: Thaiwolf on September 30, 2018, 06:31:32 PM
Thaiwolf with Chonburi fans before yesterday's match
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 30, 2018, 08:18:39 PM
OK TW - I thought the fit young Chonburi star was the one on the left until the second photo  ;)  If I had known you were going . . .

Looking forward to your match report - happy to see we have a goalscorer so well done Assumpcao  ;D

Now we just need a coach  :o
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on September 30, 2018, 08:21:44 PM
Sweet mouth Roger. Still not safe. I'm getting anxious again. Chang Rai and Bangkok Glass to come. If we lose those games............
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on September 30, 2018, 08:43:25 PM
Not the first time I've been accused of 'pak wan' M8  :)  ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 01, 2018, 08:55:46 AM
Dateline 29th September 2018

 FT Chonburi 3 NRFC 1

Attendance; 3769

As the game commenced, the Swatcats had an early let off when they carelessly gave the ball away in midfield and only a great save from Cunningham avoided a disastrous opening. In the 5th minute, we saw the other side of keeper Cunningham when he mis controlled a back pass and presented Kroekrit with the ball. Kroekrit accepted the gift and tapped in to give the Sharks an early lead.

The visitors persevered in midfield but the inability to convert possession into chances was, as usual, evident. Assumpcao had a free kick blocked in what was one of few chances managed in the opening exchanges.

As Chonburi began to dominate, Ciro almost made the most of poor Swatcat defending when he nipped in and drew a near post save from Cunningham. Minutes later, more woeful defending presented an unmarked Worachit with a tap in on 32 minutes to put the Sharks two up.

On 38 minutes, Assumpcao gave the Swatcats a glimmer of hope when he beat two defenders on the edge of the box and fired in from 12 yards - a fine solo goal.
In the dying seconds of the first half, VAR drama, as the official checked whether Cunningham had brought down a Chonburi striker. He quickly decided that there was no offence committed.

The second half was largely played in farcical conditions as the heavens opened to produce a deluge that I have rarely experienced at a Thai football match. Constructive football was a nonstarter, although by then, Chonburi had already sealed a victory. The only highlights of note - barely visible through the stair rods of falling rain, were a Nebihi dazzling solo run through the defence ending in a tame shot and the Shark’s third goal, a weak shot from Kroekrit that literally crawled across the waterlogged pitch into the net to evade a stranded Cunningham.

Another insipid display, rather typical of the Swatcats’ recent performances. Little up front and tonight fragile at the back. The second half maelstrom had negligible effect on the result although it did reduce the match to farce. Sheltering under the stand with fellow boisterous Swatcat followers during the storm did nothing to reduce the malaise of tonight’s spectacle. How I yearned for the comfort and cover of my usual seat in the main stand at the 80th Anniversary Stadium!!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 01, 2018, 08:57:38 AM
Match Day 32 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 01, 2018, 09:02:57 AM
The Swatcats entertain Chang Rai United in the forthcoming midweek fixture (Wednesday 3rd October, KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage TBC). In this, the final home game of the season, the men from Korat take on the team that knocked them out of both Cup competitions - with The Swatcats still needing a point to stay up, let’s hope that revenge is sweet!!

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 01, 2018, 09:34:16 AM
Thanks TW.

It IS sobering to see that Chainat could still put the Swatcats down  :-[

Chainat have scored 11 more than us  ???

Let's beat Chiang Rai and then get a new Coach !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 03, 2018, 08:04:29 AM
Tonight's match v Chang Rai will be televised live on Truesports 6. KO 18.00 hours.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 03, 2018, 08:17:47 PM
Safe!!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 03, 2018, 08:33:10 PM
I know M8 but was watching Thai Ladies play V'ball v USA

ONLY because I couldn't catch the Swatcats.

Is the Coach safe too  ;)


Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 03, 2018, 09:09:19 PM
I think he will be kept on Roger. He's done ok with the squad he's got.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 04, 2018, 10:16:41 AM
Dateline 3rd October 2018

 FT NRFC 1 Chang Rai 1

Attendance; 2356

The home team started adventurously with Shehrel and Jakkit breaking positively down the right flank. This strategy was rewarded in the 13th minute when Akekanat ghosted into the box to nod in from a free kick.

After near constant pressure, on 20 minutes, Assumpcao launched an angled drive that was well saved by the visitor’s keeper. Kitsada also went close with decent shot as the Swatcats pressed. Minutes later Noppol put in a bullet header from a corner. This effort was thwarted by a world class save from the keeper.

With the Swatcats seemingly well in control - in fact probably the best half of football played by the team this season, they were shocked by a fine shot that Cunningham managed to tip over and then on the stroke of half time, Sarawut converted a corner with a fine header to level the scores.
As the first half drew to a close, the Swatcats were perhaps unlucky not to be ahead.

The second half started with the home team trying to regain their lead, but Chang Rai had other ideas. Striker Bill went close in the 50th minute and minutes later Cunningham brought off an excellent save from a 20-yard free kick.

With the visitor’s confidence growing by the minute, Bill spurned a great chance when he hooked over from 6 yards - the Swatcats were living dangerously!! These chances apart, the second half yielded little of merit and as the game petered out, one’s thought was that a draw was a fair reflection of the game.

In a game punctuated by incidents of brutish behaviour from Chang Rai players and 9 intermissions for players to receive medical attention, this was a decent if not spectacular performance from the Swatcats. If nothing else, the point gained tonight cements their tenure within the Premier League.

With the possibility of a top ten finish within the team’s reach, I guess the season might be viewed by some as a successful campaign - I personally am on the fence in this regard.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 04, 2018, 10:21:38 AM
Match Day 33 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 04, 2018, 01:53:16 PM
The Glass Rabbits of Bangkok Glass are the final opponents of the 2018 season this weekend (Sunday 7th October, KO 18.00 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2)

The Rabbits need a single point to confirm their Premier League status whilst the Swatcats are already safe from the drop. What price a 1-1 draw?

Thaiwolf prediction: Draw
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 05, 2018, 06:52:23 AM
Off to Buriram this weekend for Moto GP. Report may be a bit late.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 05, 2018, 02:22:12 PM
Hi TW. I think Chainat can only put Sukothai down - BKK Glass goal difference is +17 over Chainat.
But if the Swatcats scored a meagre say 20 - who knows ?  ;)

Also BKK Glass will go above the Swatcats if they win  >:(

Never mind the late report - thanks for your season long expert efforts  ;D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 05, 2018, 05:19:50 PM
It's head to head not goal difference that decides things Roger. Bizarre but true!!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 05, 2018, 05:37:46 PM
Sorry M8 - do ya mean 'goals scored' ? Thanks.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 05, 2018, 05:40:32 PM
No Roger, its the results between the two teams concerned.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Teessider on October 05, 2018, 07:22:46 PM
Same system as Spanish La Liga.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 05, 2018, 07:24:00 PM
Yes
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 06, 2018, 07:58:32 AM
OK TW and Teess. Thanks. Learn something every day  ;D

Head to head - bizarre as you say TW. Suppose the Swatcats were in a 'head to head' with 'Air Force' the bottom Club who took 6 points agains us - the much superior team would go down.

Anyway - Swatcats to win . . .   ;)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 06, 2018, 08:04:31 AM
Swatcats game tomorrow Roger.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 07, 2018, 08:09:05 PM
Swatcats put Bangkok Glass down. Tonight's win leaves them in 7th place. Remarkable performance.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Teessider on October 07, 2018, 08:20:20 PM
Roger, head to head only counts when points are level so one team would not demonstrably be far superior.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 07, 2018, 11:18:14 PM
Teess and TW - thanks for the edication on that. It is quite crazy IMHO. La Liga too.

So the mighty BKKG go down with a 15 goal superior season's performance to the Hornbills - I don't know quite what to say - quirky maybe ? And Tero.

Coming back to 'our' boys . . .
Finishing above sublime Pattaya - Chonburi - bogey team Ratchaburi and Suphanburi in their fine Stadium. Don't quite know what to say about that - having seen our maestros.  ;)

But well done the Swatcats indeed and Joksic - how it hurts me to say that.
Departure of Rangel ? No loss and Assumpcao has outscored our admired departed Adiyiah ?

TW - don't wanna show off but from your reports - I suggested Assumpcao was going to score a few - and he did - God luvv 'im  ;D

The Missis is away for 2 nights so on my Footython - poor ole Fulham did not do well but the Swatcats came through. BTW - Arsenal's 3rd - World goal of the season ? I think it was the 3rd. Ramsey ? G'night.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 08, 2018, 08:25:27 AM
You were right about Assumpcao - well done. I have a feeling that he will not be retained for next season.

Interesting interview with Milos Joksic before last night’s game and I paraphrase:

“This year our defence has been good and I apologise to the fans for the lack of goals scored. Before next season I want to sign an attacking midfielder and two strikers who can score goals. I promise more attacking football and we will 100% be a top 7 team”.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 08, 2018, 05:36:58 PM
Hi TW - do you think they should retain Assumpcao ?

As for his scoring - it was your reports about everything going against him with misses and saves that led to my optimism !

Well said Joksic - brilliant - let's have strikers indeed !

Amazing to see us finish above Pattaya who really looked a different class that night.
Looking forward to your report when you catch up.

A long wait for the new season now . . . . . . . .
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 08, 2018, 05:53:23 PM
Dateline 7th Oct0ber 2018

 FT Bangkok Glass 1 NRFC 2

Attendance; 5053

In this the last game of the season, Bangkok Glass needed a solitary point to avoid relegation.

The home team opened brightly, dominating play in the first 20 minutes but not really creating many clear-cut chances. In the 31st minute, a poor Cunningham clearance was returned to Totti who rifled in from 18 yards to give Glass a deserved lead.
With the Swatcat’s usual lack of constructive forward play thus far, this looked like an easy 3 points for the home side.

In a totally unexpected turn of events, the visitors came out of their shell and Akekanat swept in from close range after the home keeper dropped a cross. Minutes later, Tanaboon brought down Assumpcao just outside the box and was shown a red card for the offence. The home crowd was then stunned into silence as Assumpcao fired in beautifully from the free kick as they saw their side stare relegation in the face.

At half time The Swatcats were lucky to be 2-1 up and Glass were beginning to look anxious and panic stricken.

The second half began and the expected onslaught from Glass came. An 18-yard free kick was deflected just over Cunningham’s bar but the host’s desperate surges forward of course left gaps at the back and Akekanat was unlucky with a glancing header.
Glass continued to play the better football but the Swatcat’s defensive resolve was proving hard to conquer. They pressed, as in the first half, but again clear-cut chances did not come. In the 58th minute, man of the match Akekanat kicked clear in a goalmouth scramble to defy Glass and on 67 minutes an angled drive flew just over.

 In the 79th minute a delightful cross presented Kunath with a chance to tap in, but unbelievably he mistimed his effort and the ball was cleared.  Glass countered and in another goalmouth scramble Cunningham bravely cleared the danger. With increased desperation Glass flooded forward and Decha this time was the hero as he cleared a dangerous situation. A minute later Cunningham saved miraculously from a point-blank header as the pressure built.

In the 80th minute Cunningham was again the hero when he pushed out a close-range shot - he took a real battering tonight as for the third time, a Glass forward clattered into him - he really is a warrior in times of need!!
With crosses raining in and Glass’s desperation growing the Swatcat defence time and again cleared their lines and in the 80th minute Cunningham brought off another blinder of a save from a close-range shot.

 In the closing minutes, Bangkok Glass’s defence was again found absent when substitute Shehrel blasted over with only the keeper to beat - in reality, despite Glass’s pressure, the Swatcats had produced more quality chances.

In a final desperate and final flourish, Totti went close in the dying seconds but the visitors held on for the victory.

A dour defensive performance which sent Bangkok Glass plummeting down into Tier 2. A lucky 3 points, however the defence must be commended for some brave and at times heroic work to keep Glass at bay.
7th place in the league following this result - a commendable effort from an average bunch of players who have been coached - by necessity I believe, to avoid defeats. Not great to watch but the alternative, especially in this 5 down season was relegation!!

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 08, 2018, 05:54:17 PM
Match Day 34 results and end of season table
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 09, 2018, 12:24:58 PM
Season 2018 Review

After a surprisingly bright start that saw the team soaring into the top 6, the team settled into a comfortable mid table position although, it must be said never more than 4 or 5 points clear of the relegation zone. This was a crucial season for the team, with 5 down, I was not alone amongst Thai football pundits in thinking that they might be one of the favourites for the dreaded drop.

The club’s rather bold mid season decision to end the contracts of Adiyiah and Rangel and bring in Assumpcao and other supporting squad players appeared to have paid off with  improved second leg results.
The low point of the season was the walloping at home by Port followed by another home defeat to Chonburi. These were two dreadful performances and my spirits fell alarmingly as the spectre of relegation loomed large.

Highpoint was probably the run in the league cup, ended unfortunately by the loss on penalties to Chang Rai in the semifinal. A good day out for the fans and a morale booster for the players.

Questions will be asked of coach Joksic. My take is that he has led us to a fairly comfortable mid table finish with an average bunch of players. The team is now established in the Premier League and only investment in better players will help the club to kick on. Unfortunately, I think this is unlikely to happen so the future seems to be mid table obscurity.

Positives are that Malaysian striker Shehrel, looks to have a great future with the club and the team’s defence, although at times appearing disorganized has looked fairly secure.
Assumpcao’s future is questionable and I am not sure that he is the right man up front. Coach Joksic’s promise of new strikers being brought in must bring his future into doubt. The coach has also promised that fans will see a more positive approach next season and that he is 100% confident that the team will finish in the top 7 - here’s hoping.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 09, 2018, 03:00:25 PM
TW. Thanks for an excellent Match Report and Review - 14986 views on this thread now   ;)
ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 09, 2018, 03:02:53 PM
Thanks Roger, I really appreciate your support.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 10, 2018, 07:29:42 AM
During the close season, I will attempt to keep on top of transfer news and other news relating to the club.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 11, 2018, 08:59:26 AM
TW - that would be great. Thanks.

Re. strikers - Pattaya's No.9 would do for me and I also see that Jermaine Defoe is looking for a move . . . . he'd be OK   :)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 13, 2018, 02:52:26 PM
The Swatcats don't actually get a mention in this otherwise excellent article :-

''The only genuine piece of excitement came at the expense of top-flight veterans Bangkok Glass, whose efforts to dodge the bullet ended in a heartbreak as they were relegated to the second tier for the first time in the club's history, on the last day. However, Bangkok Glass will have former giants Police Tero, who were relegated earlier, for company in the second division.''

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/1557354/a-year-of-unfulfilled-expectations?utm_source=enewsletter_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_term=news

PARTICULARLY of interest to me TW was to see there'll be games against Rayong and Trat 'locally', plus Chonburi and Pattaya of course, so I'll make some more efforts next season.

Withdrawal symptoms being experienced - no TPL, EPL, Test Cricket OR F1 this weekend  :(
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 13, 2018, 02:56:32 PM
I'm watching Sri Lanka v England ODI Roger.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 18, 2018, 07:40:10 AM
Rumours are circulating concerning the future of Pattaya United. It is certain that they will not be playing at Pattaya's Nong Prue stadium next season - the stadium needs too much money to update to current FAT standards - particularly the floodlights. It is proposed that they will play at Minburi next season.

In another development, it is suggested that the team may make a permanent move to Samut Prakan and will be renamed K Sport Samut Prakan.

Dang it, there goes my annual pilgrimage to Sin City!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 18, 2018, 08:55:17 AM
Damn - there goes mine too  ;)

Just MO but I think if they cannot continue in Pattaya, the place should be given to BKK Glass !
Allowing a move to say Minburi is potty  :o

So let's grab Pattaya's No. 9 then  ;D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 18, 2018, 10:02:10 AM
Hi Roger, there is no doubt in my mind that "Pattaya" will be in the Premier league next season either as Pattaya United playing elsewhere or as K Sport Samut Prakan playing at the old Superpower Samut Prakan venue.

 There is no evidence that another team eg Bangkok Glass will replace them. It will be down to the "bigwigs" and the FAT mafia to make the required decisions !!!

Same old, same old thai football drama. Let's just be thankful that the Swatcats seem to be becoming stable and established !!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 19, 2018, 06:16:32 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima is set to sign Amadou Ouattara from Navy FC.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 19, 2018, 06:18:24 PM
My dream signing. Been saying for ages sign him up. He will be a great signing. Now all we need is a big fellah up front to get on the end of his crosses.

I wonder if Milos has been reading my tweets
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Post by: Thaiwolf on October 19, 2018, 06:27:10 PM
Details of the Swatcats new signing
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 19, 2018, 06:40:57 PM
Thanks TW - good news  :)

''I wonder if Milos has been reading my tweets'' - OF COURSE HE HAS !   ;)

Keep up the good work . . .

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 21, 2018, 03:17:58 PM
TW. Last night on True 24, they had a 20 minute feature on Dominic Adiyiah, his previous career and achievements and talking about his arrival at the Swatcats. He was wandering around some Korat museum or something similar. He came over as a nice Guy.

I guess it was just a 'filler' from the Library and maybe no-one has told them he'd moved on  ;)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 21, 2018, 04:05:32 PM
Hi Roger, wish I'd seen it. I have  a feeling that Adiyiah might be back next season. No evidence, just a feeling !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 26, 2018, 06:31:47 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima and Leandro Assumpção have agreed on a deal that keeps the Brazilian at the Swatcats for next season.

Good news I think and to complete Milos Joksic’s transfer plans, they are set to sign former Ang Thong & Chianat FC striker Bernhard Henri
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Post by: Roger on October 26, 2018, 06:34:28 PM
That sounds great TW - onwards  ;D
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 26, 2018, 06:38:22 PM
Another one of my favourite players Roger.

 Looking forward to next season already.

I think the club is on the cusp of becoming a pretty good side. I demand a top six finish next season. Henri and Amadou (both Ivorians) together with Assumpcao will surely solve our goalscoring problems.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 26, 2018, 06:46:18 PM
Information pretty sparse on new striker Henri but here goes.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on October 28, 2018, 08:03:16 AM
At the time Henri was at Ang Thong in 2015, if I remember correctly, they had a very good side despite being a very small Club. He looks a good signing to me  :) 

I saw Chiang Rai v Buriram last night - good game. I thought B'ram's penalty was inches outside at point of contact, but given by the Ref immediately. CR's penalty was in no doubt at all to anyone else but it took the Ref minutes on the VAR to make up his mind. It was blatant ! Or 'bang on' as you say.

The presentation was a total shambles IMO - so many 'Suits' and 'hangers on' - hard to see the Players at all. I hate this sh*t. But well done CR - IMO they deserved it.

I wonder how the Swatcats would have fared ?   ;)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on October 28, 2018, 04:11:35 PM
Hi Roger, I too have been impressed with Henri in the past - he should work well with Amadou.

Last night's final was exciting and I think Chang Rai were "up for it" more than Buriram. I thought VAR was well utilised without too much fuss last night.

Agree with you on suits - I think it's a thai status thing although they were at it at the World Cup in Russia too!!!

Of course this was the FA Cup Final. Should the Swatcats have beaten Chang Rai in the League Cup semi, they would have met Bangkok Glass in the final - confusing I know !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 02, 2018, 06:45:14 AM
The 2019 Thai Premier League season is set to start on Friday 22nd February.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 02, 2018, 06:46:07 AM
I will post fixtures as soon as they are announced.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 02, 2018, 08:51:25 AM
Crikey TW - that's another 4 months - I don't do pre season  ;)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 06, 2018, 09:57:14 AM
Swatcat's Chalermpong Kerdkaew appointed as the team captain of Thailand in AFF Suzuki Cup 2018.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 09, 2018, 10:41:54 AM
Confirmed, Pattaya United has ceased to be. Their TPL licence has been transferred and the new club based in Samut Prakan will be named Samut Prakan City.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 22, 2018, 07:38:52 PM
Tewan Liptapanlop has stepped down as president of Nakhon Ratchasima FC, as he will enter the field of politics with elections coming next year in Thailand.

My football friends suggested that I should take the job – but apparently I am disqualified from applying as I actually have some knowledge of football.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on November 23, 2018, 07:52:14 AM
Hi TW. Thanks for the Presidential info. Hopefully we will get an inspiring replacement who can rekindle Korat interest in the Swatcats. You would be an excellent replacement - I agree.  8)

Have seen Chalermpong playing in the Suzuki Cup - hope he doesn't pick up an injury. Noted that the Phillipine team seemed to have some Farang names around - including one Sven Joran Eriksson not looking much older at all - he must be 95 now  ;)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on November 23, 2018, 08:49:45 AM
Chalermpong has been a real stalwart for Thailand. We Swatcat fans should be proud of him.

Regarding our departing President, he seemed a decent guy, often mixing with fans. He will be missed.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 04, 2018, 02:35:13 PM
Chonburi have signed popular midfielder Ekkachai Rittiphan.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on December 11, 2018, 05:52:25 PM
Thai-Swiss player Chitchanok Xaysensourinthone (ex Suphanbuir) has returned to Thailand, after one year in Switzerland with FC Chiasso, to sign a contract with Nakhon Ratchasima.
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Post by: Roger on December 12, 2018, 07:51:17 AM
Thanks TW. Looks an interesting signing. That X name won't fit on a shirt  ;)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 12, 2018, 09:52:05 AM
Sisaket FC has signed former Swatcat and Ghana National team forward, Dominic Adiyiah on the team for M-150 Championship 2019
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Post by: Roger on December 12, 2018, 11:06:23 AM
Thanks TW. Adiyah should get some goals down there - Good luck Dom  :) 

Hopefully, with Henri, Amadou and Assumpcao - the Swatcats will be flying high without him.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 24, 2018, 09:35:45 AM
The Swatcats are set to take part in the 2019 Preseason Leo Cup. They start their campaign on the 12th January V Nong Bua.

You may remember that the Swatcats reached the final of this competition last year - losing out to Muang Thong in the final.

This year the competition has been enlarged to include 16 teams with the addition of 4 ASEAN teams.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 27, 2018, 06:26:15 PM
The Swatcats lost 2-0 in today's friendly against Si Saket. Look who was playing for Si Saket.
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Post by: Roger on December 27, 2018, 08:21:00 PM
Cheers TW. Miss the Swatcats action.
MMmmmm - that's a certain Dominic Adiyah methinks . .
I bet that the Swatcats finish above Sisaket next season  ;)
Early days. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 28, 2018, 07:48:18 AM
I certainly hope we finish above Si Saket Roger - they are in Tier 2!! Hope Dominic has a successful season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on December 28, 2018, 08:03:27 AM
Nice pic of the boys at yesterday’s friendly.

No Chalermpong as he is with the National Team’s squad.

Newcomer Bernard Cedric Doumbia (Henri) is third from left on back row and Amadou Quattara is third from left on front row.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 05, 2019, 12:59:27 PM
2019 Season Preview

With the 2019 preseason Leo Cup only a week away (tournament starts on 12th Jan, Swatcats’s first game 13th Jan), it’s time to look forward to the Swatcat’s prospects in the Premier League this season.

I certainly am more optimistic about the coming season than I was at this time last season. With coach Milos Joksic promising a more attacking approach and a top 7 finish, things are looking bright for the upcoming season.
The acquisitions of midfielder Amadou Quattara and striker Bernard Cedric Doumbia (Henri) adds further evidence of a step forward for the team. Building on last year’s defensive strength with this bolstering of the team’s attacking options, suggests that this could be a breakthrough season for the team.

Nakhon Ratchasima FC have been sensibly and sustainably building during its 4-year tenure within the Premier League with sound mid table positions becoming the norm but now the team is at an important crossroads - does the team invest in quality players and attempt to procure a top six position or is the club content with a sustainable and highly respectable mid table obscurity?

I tend to think that the latter option is the way forward. We will never compete with Buriram, Muang Thong, Bangkok United or Port. Simply put, these teams have the financial resources to fill their teams with high quality players - and best of luck to them. We can however compete within the next echelon of 4 or 5 teams and this should be our target.

The club is currently investing heavily in its Youth Academy and that bodes well for the future but unless we discover a rich “sugar daddy” our chances of advancement into being a top Thai side are limited. Currently coach Milos Joksic is doing a fine job with a mediocre squad of players and I suspect that if he were given the right tools, the sky would be the limit.

So mid table is our lot. I am happy with this scenario and my view is that relegation will not be on the agenda - perhaps with a few lucky breaks, we may even break into the top six !!
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Post by: Roger on January 05, 2019, 03:20:15 PM
Thanks TW. I'm hopeful about the new signings and let's hope for more attacking football next season - AND a top 6 place   ;D

Any idea when the 2019 TPL fixtures will be released ?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 05, 2019, 03:28:33 PM
The fixtures will be released as per usual at the last minute....then modified. Rest assure I will post them as soon as they are announced. Hoping to meet up with you for Rayong/Chonburi matches Roger.
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Post by: Roger on January 05, 2019, 03:59:48 PM
Yes I'll be up for that TW - now the principle is established with 'er indoors.

But what about Trat ?   ;)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 07, 2019, 04:48:30 AM
Thai FA sack coach Rajevac after 4-1 humiliation by India in Asia Cup.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 08, 2019, 08:01:14 AM
The Swatcats kick off their Leo Cup campaign on Saturday 12th January when they take on Tier 2 side Nong Bua Pitchaya FC.

The game kicks off at 1800 hours and will be shown live on channel True4U.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 12, 2019, 08:12:17 AM
Don't forget. Swatcats V Nong Bua live on True4U at 1800 hours TODAY.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 12, 2019, 06:58:37 PM
Leo Cup: Nong Bua FC 0 NRFC 2

 Rather fortunate victory for the Swatcats. Good effort by Nong Bua, they will do well in Tier 2 this season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 13, 2019, 06:57:47 AM
Leo Cup

The Swatcats will take on Port FC in the next round of the Leo Cup on Tuesday15th January, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage True 4U
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Post by: Bournemouth on January 13, 2019, 11:27:41 PM
Hi TW.

Where is the game against Port being played?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 14, 2019, 01:47:26 AM
At home - entrance free.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 16, 2019, 06:49:10 AM
Leo Cup

FT NRFC 1 Port 0. Comfortable passage into next round of Leo Cup against rough house Port.

The Swatcats will now play an ASEAN team (Phnom Penh Crown?) on Saturday 19th February - more details to follow later.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 16, 2019, 06:50:46 AM
Based on last night's performance, Amadou and Henri are going to cause T1 teams loads of problems this season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 16, 2019, 06:51:51 AM
The Swatcats will commence their 2019 campaign with a visit to newly promoted PTT Rayong on Saturday 23rd February.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 16, 2019, 06:53:24 AM
Full fixture list for the TPL 2019 season.
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Post by: Roger on January 16, 2019, 07:06:19 AM
Thanks for all that TW. I watched it on TV at home then the Pub. I thought the Swatcats played well and after a slow start - seemed to be on top for the most part. Excellent goal sort of bobbled through. Port are one of the best sides so it was a good win  :)  Was the scorer Amadou ?

I thought I saw you standing up when we scored - were you central in the main stand ?

Thanks also for the fixtures - Rayong 23/2 in the diary. Trat is 21/7 but I might be in the UK then . .  ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 16, 2019, 11:54:29 AM
Yes Roger, Amadou scored. He and Henri both played well I thought - things are definitely looking up!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 17, 2019, 08:08:17 AM
Leo Cup - fixture confirmed.

In the next round, The Swatcats will play Cambodian side Phnom Penh Crown on Saturday 19th February KO 1800 hours, TV coverage True4U
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 20, 2019, 06:42:10 AM
Leo Cup

The Swatcats progressed to the next round of the Leo Cup when they overwhelmed Cambodian side Phnom Penh Crown 4-0. This was an excellent performance from the whole team with Amadou and Henri being particularly dominant. In the second half, Amadou and Henri were joined by fellow striker Assumpcao. If Joksic is brave enough to play all three (unlikely I know) in future league games, there could be real fun and games!!

The next opponents in the semi final will be Chang Rai or a yet to be confirmed ASEAN team who will battle it out for a semi final berth later today.
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Post by: Roger on January 20, 2019, 07:10:52 AM
Hi TW. I saw the first half hour - the Swatcats look different this year. They can beat Chiang Rai.

I was diverted by events and ended up in a Hospital cheering up a German Guy, 80 from Hua Hin - wife's friend's sister's hubby. He'd fallen out of a boat into some river water that afternoon and had some weird shaking reaction while they were out at dinner later. He's OK now.

Did manage to see Wolves start well though - good win M8  :D
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 20, 2019, 07:56:54 AM
Either I'm not very bright or the Leo Cup organisers are cretins but i believe The Swatcats will take on Chang Rai at the 80th Anniversary Stadium on Wednesday 23rd January in the first semi final of the Leo Cup, KO 1800 hours.

I will try to confirm details as they become more transparent !!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 21, 2019, 10:02:34 AM
The Swatcats will play Chang Rai United in the semi-final of the Leo Cup on Wednesday 23rd January. In the other semi-final, Hanoi will play Rayong. The venues have yet to be confirmed (only two days till kick off TIT). The KO times are 1800 and 2000 hours but which match kicks off first is still a mystery - what a country!!

All info through second hand sources, apologies if aforementioned info is incorrect - I will try to confirm.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 21, 2019, 10:08:45 AM
Looks like both semis will be played at neutral Leo Stadium (Bangkok Glass's home Stadium)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 21, 2019, 10:12:39 AM
From the Leo facebook page – translated

“SEMI-final Wednesday, January 23, 2562, Nakhon Ratchasima, Mazda FC vs. Chiang Rai United 18.00 Time -Leo Stadium Wednesday, January 23, 2562 Hanoi FC vs Rayong FC at 20.30 pm -Leo Stadium”
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Post by: Bournemouth on January 21, 2019, 02:04:00 PM
Hi TW.

Are Korat at home on the 23rd?

or The Leo Stadium ( Bangkok Glass)

Crazy way to organize a competition    ( TiT) 555


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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 21, 2019, 02:10:13 PM
Hi Bournemouth, looks like the match is at the Leo Stadium. The match is live on True4U.

I wonder if there might be a Leo event at Saveone. I remember in the past they put up a bigscreen and there was Leo served while you watched the match - good fun.

Can you let me know if you hear anything?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 23, 2019, 07:33:22 AM
Leo preseason Cup semi-finals day.

 Swatcats V Chang Rai united kicks off at 1800 hours at the Leo Stadium.

Live TV coverage on True 4U.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 23, 2019, 06:56:44 PM
Leo Cup Semi-final

FT NRFC 1 Chang Rai United 2 Deserved victory for the Beetles - they looked pretty sharp up front.

Disappointing result for the Swatcats but I have enjoyed their participation in the competition.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 24, 2019, 02:36:11 PM
The Swatcats will play Rayong in the Leo Cup 3rd place playoff on Saturday 26th January, KO 1600 hours. The match will be shown live on True4U.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 24, 2019, 02:40:20 PM
Milos Joksic played strikers Amadou, Henri and Assumpcao against Chang Rai yesterday. It was a bold move but in my eyes, this formation did not work. It left the team overrun in midfield. I do not think he will try this formation in the upcoming league games.
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Post by: Roger on January 24, 2019, 03:00:37 PM
Hi TW. Yes Chiang Rai looked very sharp in attack and the Swatcats struggled in midfield.
And now a 3rd place playoff - at least the team will be well prepared  ;)  ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on January 26, 2019, 04:59:24 PM
Leo Cup, 3rd/4th place playoff

FT NRFC 2 Rayong 3

A spirited performance from Rayong earns them 3rd place in the competition. Well done to them, they have performed well thoughout the competition.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 03, 2019, 04:11:21 PM
The Swatcats have beaten third tier side Ang Thong United 3-0 in a preseason friendly
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 08, 2019, 07:42:17 AM
The Swatcats have released their 2019 kit.
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Post by: Roger on February 08, 2019, 07:57:54 AM
Thanks TW - nice  :)

The ONLY football shirt I EVER bought was my ancient Swatcat shirt - 8 years old now  ;D 

Will you be updating ?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 08, 2019, 08:11:26 AM
I may do but I prefer the training kit shirt with the black band
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 12, 2019, 07:19:19 PM
The Swatcats have signed midfielder Nonthawat Klinchampasri on loan from Muangthong United
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 16, 2019, 06:43:59 AM
The Swatcats are playing champions Buriram United tomorrow at the Thunder Castle in Buriram.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 16, 2019, 09:24:13 AM
Just a reminder that the Thai Premier League season 2019 commences next friday. Details of the Swatcat's fixture to follow soon. Don't forget you can follow all of the Swatcat's games from the comfort of your sofa on Truevisions TV.
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Post by: Roger on February 17, 2019, 05:37:09 AM
Thanks for the updates TW - are you going to Buriram ?

As for TV coverage, great !

But I'll be enjoying the fixture at Rayong next Saturday, LIVE with you and Bournemouth and the Swatcat army hopefully ! After Rayong beat us squarely pre-season, I wonder how that'll go  :-\
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 17, 2019, 06:31:42 AM
Hi Roger, can't make the Buriram game - Bristol City V Wolves is on TV!!!

The Rayong that beat us were the "other" Rayong - a tier 2 side!!! - this one should be harder to beat!!

A well renouned Thai football pundit has tipped the Swatcats to be in a relegation fight - I retorted vociferously, suggesting that a top 6 finish was more likely!!

Looking forward to the game next weekend.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 18, 2019, 06:37:03 AM
Cannot confirm but I think that the Swatcats drew 1-1 with Buriram last night
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Post by: Roger on February 18, 2019, 09:03:02 AM
Hi TW - well done Wolves.

1-1 is a fair result for the Swatcats - btw this BKK Post didn't mention the Swatcats at all in this article - not as Challengers, Pretenders or Relegation contenders  ::)

We'll show 'em. Top 6 for sure  8)

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/1630366/can-anyone-knock-down-the-towering-thunder-castle-?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 18, 2019, 09:08:45 AM
Yes I noticed that we were not mentioned - perhaps they couldn't spell our name!! - no one loves us, we don't care.

Most pundits (including myself - shame!), tipped the Swatcats for the drop last year.

Wolves, what can I say, they are going well aren't they. They need to avoid Man City in the next round - we can beat all the others!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 20, 2019, 06:57:58 AM
The Swatcats open their 2019 campaign with a visit to newly promoted PTT Rayong (Saturday 23rd  February, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD3).

I will be disappointed if we fail to gain at least a point in this encounter.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 24, 2019, 06:07:10 PM
 Swatcat ultras on tour at Rayong
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 25, 2019, 03:53:48 PM
Dateline 23rd Feb 2019

 FT PTT Rayong 0 NRFC 1

Attendance; 4637

The season’s opener saw the Swatcats visit premier league newcomers PTT Rayong.

The first half was dominated by a bright, quick passing Rayong team that had the visitors reeling. The home team were well drilled and had good shape and conversely, the Swatcats looked rusty and disorganized. As the first half whistle blew. The visitors trudged off not quite knowing what had hit them and pleased not to be a couple of goals down.

The second half began with a more spirited stance from the visitors, just like a light switch had been turned on, they attacked with real menace, stringing passes together and putting Rayong on the back foot. In the 53rd minute, Henri - who by the way had a fine game, cut inside and unleashed a thunderous drive that smashed against the bar and bounced down onto the goal line. A goal was awarded but amid protests from the PTT players, VAR was utilised and the goal was ruled out.

PTT responded and keeper Cunningham did well to tip over a deflected effort and then minutes later a long-range drive went inches over the bar. The Swatcats continued to deal effectively with more pressure and as the game was drawing to a close, a looping cross was met by Assumpcao whose header evaded the keeper to nestle gently in the back of the net.

This was definitely a “game of two halves”. PTT looked a fine team in the first half but a better second half performance from the Swatcats put PTT under pressure and ultimately, this second half performance was rewarded with the winning goal.

A rather fortunate three points against a PTT team who, I think will do well this season. A morale boosting away win that should give the men from Korat confidence and their fighting spirit bodes well for the battles ahead.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 25, 2019, 03:56:44 PM
Match Day 1 Stats
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Post by: Roger on February 25, 2019, 04:09:11 PM
Crikey I'm an 'Ultra' now - at least Interpol can't identify me in that pic !

Thanks for a great report TW. So the Swatcats are equal top and poor ole' Rayong equal bottom.

Well done with your EPL draw you jammy  #%$%   ;)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 25, 2019, 04:33:17 PM
Ultra as in "ultra suave" Roger !!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 25, 2019, 05:49:24 PM
I like this infographic
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 26, 2019, 08:00:47 AM
Just a bit of housekeeping, the Swatcats new striker Bernard Henry Cédric Doumbia will have “Henry” as his name on his shirt this season.

 When I find out, I will confirm what name Amadou Ouattara will be using - I suspect it will be Amadou.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on February 27, 2019, 12:11:37 PM
The Swatcats will play their first home game of the season when they take on Chang Rai United this weekend (Sunday 3rd March, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2).

I expect a tough challenge from a talented Chang Rai outfit, but I feel home advantage may just tip the balance.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 02, 2019, 06:55:23 PM
Amadou was unable to play in last week's opener due to a suspension following a red card last season. He will start tomorrow's game.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 04, 2019, 07:28:55 AM
Dateline 3rd March 2019

 FT NRFC 1 Chiang Rai United 2

Attendance; 17215*

*official published figure, I think it is a typo, should be 7215

The Swatcats welcomed the beetles of Chiang Rai in this the opening home game of the new campaign.

Bill almost caused an early shock in the third minute when he found himself clear, but his low drive was beaten away by keeper Cunningham. The hosts then countered with some impressive forward play involving new boys Amadou and Henry. One of these thrusts forward culminated in a fine Assumpcao drive that shaved the upright.

In the 21st minute Chiang Rai headed in from a free kick, but the offside flag had been raised and the effort was ruled out. There then followed some intense Swatcat pressure but after a swift counter, Rodrigues Da Silva back heeled Chiang Rai into the lead in the 29th minute. Minutes later Henri tapped in to equalize after a goal mouth melee.

All square at half time but with Bill looking dangerous for Chiang Rai and the hosts threatening almost at will, more goals will surely come.

The Swatcats began the second half on the front foot with continuing thrusts forward with Amadou and Assumpcao looking increasingly dangerous. In the 59th minute after some superb work from Assumpcao set Henri free, the Ivorian ran in on goal but fired into the side netting from 8 yards.

In the 75th minute, Chiang Rai were awarded a penalty for a trip inside the box. Bill converted the spot kick to give the visitors the lead.

In a game of few genuine chances and two decent, well matched sides, Chiang Rai were slightly fortunate to win this one. I was most impressed with our new boys Amadou and Henri. They linked well with Assumpcao and will form a formidable forward force this season.
 A disappointing but not disastrous result and I believe that the display should provide the team with optimism for the coming campaign.

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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 04, 2019, 07:30:04 AM
Match Day 2 stats
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Post by: Roger on March 04, 2019, 09:28:52 AM
Thanks for that TW. I saw the game on TV and guessed myself that the crowd was around 7000 - not many on the far side. No way 17000 as you say !

Some thoughts - a good game and the Swatcats did well to get into it - Chiang Rai are a strong side with Bill and William a real handful - I was surprised to see William being left unmarked on the flanks. Both the first 2 goals were quite scrappy but well taken in the end - Da Silva's goal had 3 deflections, two on him, before he backheeled it in. Henri's left foot shot bounced right back to him on the line and he scored then with his right. 1-1 fair enough.

Much of the tackling on both sides was wild and sometimes stupid - with the Swatcats most frequent offenders - giving away that penalty was bizarre. The Swatcat stretched out his leg to trip the attacker with the ball already metres away. No need for the 'tackle' at all - the ball on the edge of the area and going to the byline - why didn't the defender try to stay on his feet and follow the man ??  Just stupid   ::)

In injury time the Swatcats suddenly lost their heads making glaring error on error - Chiang Rai might have had another 2 goals.

Never mind - if the Swatcats keep the combative side of their game in hand, they should do OK this season. Overall they played well with the attackers outstanding. Back to 7th position again !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2019, 07:14:39 AM
Match Day 3 sees the Swatcats entering the Dragon’s Den to take on Ratchaburi (Saturday 9th March, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2).

This could be a close encounter with the combatants sitting 6th and 7th in the league standings with one win apiece so far.

Thaiwolf prediction: Draw
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2019, 06:35:14 PM
The Swatcats attracted the biggest crowd on Match Day 2
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 05, 2019, 06:36:19 PM
Match Day 2 attendances cont.
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Post by: Roger on March 06, 2019, 07:02:48 AM
Thanks TW - nice pics. Possibly the original typo has been used up the line ?

When the Kings Stadium has a big crowd you can see the density and on the TV it didn't look that way to me. The far side looked more in line with a 7215  ;)

IF it was 17,215 that would be great and indicate a resurgence of interest in the Swatcats - let's hope so !

Ratchaburi then - that's quite a trek ! ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2019, 07:15:07 AM
Hi Roger, the Swatcats have not released a statement denying the 17 k claim. I see no reason why they would lie about the figure but I do agree that there did not appear to be that many present.

It could well be that there were more in the main stand due to the drop in price from 150 to 120bt which could explain the fewer numbers apparent opposite the cameras. It was difficult to gauge from where I was sitting.
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Post by: Roger on March 06, 2019, 07:19:17 AM
Yes M8. I really hope you're right - a resurgence of interest ?  :D 

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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 06, 2019, 07:21:30 AM
As always Roger, dependent on success!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on March 10, 2019, 07:34:54 AM

Dateline 9th March 2019

 FT Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC 2 NRFC 3

Attendance; 6315

Starting in an unfamiliar all purple strip and without injured skipper Chalermpong, the visitors opened brightly with Assumpcao blasting in a shot that the home keeper did well to parry.

In the 9th minute, with Ratchaburi on the back foot, the ball was bundled into the net by Henri following a free kick. The incident was reviewed by VAR and the goal was disallowed for hand ball - the Swatcat’s second goal in three matches to be denied by VAR!!

The Swatcats regrouped and went one up on 20 minutes when Amadou struck a low drive into the net from 30 yards. Minutes later Henri was denied a stone wall penalty. The decision went to VAR review and the decision was reversed. Assumpcao stroked in the spotkick to put the Swatcats two up.

Ratchaburi went close with a close-range effort in the 35th minute - their only real chance of the half.

A spirited first half from the visitors, putting the Dragons under almost constant pressure and effectively subduing the Dragons as an attacking force.

As the second half commenced, I Just hope that we do not defend too deeply whilst trying to maintain the two goal lead.
Ratchaburi began to exert some early pressure and they almost immediately pulled one back when a rocket shot struck the upright and bounced back into Cunningham’s grateful arms. The visitors countered and Henri went close from an Amadou cross.

In the 65th minute, Assumpcao connected with a long ball forward and stroked the ball neatly into the net to put the Swatcats three up and with Ratchaburi appearing to lose heart that should be job done and three well earned points.

Ratchaburi scored a consolation goal; in the 85th minute with a stooped header creeping in - a goal they barely deserved and in late drama Ratchaburi were awarded a penalty after a VAR review. The penalty was scored to leave a tense last minute of play.

Make no mistake, the final scoreline was flattering for Ratchaburi - this was a rout.
One of the best performances I have seen from a Swatcat team - they were on fire against a disappointing Ratchaburi side. I think we are onto a winner with our Henri, Assumpcao, Amadou combo - boy did they look dangerous tonight. This coupled with our usual stonewall defence means that we could be top six contenders this season.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 11, 2019, 08:18:56 AM
Match Day 3 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 12, 2019, 06:19:42 AM
The Swatcats welcome Premier League newcomers Trat FC this weekend
(Saturday 16th March, KO 2000 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2).

This should be a banker 3 points and there will be massive disappointment if the Swatcats fail to deliver.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 13, 2019, 04:19:50 PM
Thanks TW - I am looking forward to the game and a good WIN  :D   ;D
See you there  8)

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 13, 2019, 04:23:10 PM
Hi Roger. Don't forget weekend is no alcohol. May bring a couple of cans!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 13, 2019, 04:24:28 PM
Unfortunately Henri is out for three werks with a shoulder injury.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 13, 2019, 04:29:17 PM
Hi TW - what NO alcohol for my weekend trip to Korat !! (or is it just at the Football).

I know a couple of places I can get a beer but EVENSO   :'(   Tragedy   >:(

My M8 Gerry definitely WON'T be joining us at the game now   ???   Thanks.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 13, 2019, 04:32:50 PM
From what I understand, next two weekends alcohol free cos of elections. I may be wrong.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 13, 2019, 04:34:02 PM
Phew ! Rang Stuart at Check Inn - Fri night OK - but no beer at all on Saturday and not until 6pm Sunday !   :-\   We have ways . . .
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Coolkorat on March 13, 2019, 04:54:21 PM
   :-\   We have ways . . .

Is that the same way the bar in the basement of The Mall used to get around it? Swap to coffee mugs and the bottles secreted behind the counter!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 17, 2019, 10:27:03 AM
Dateline 16th March 2019

 FT NRFC 0 Trat FC 0

Attendance; 14120

Premier League newcomers Trat FC were the guests tonight.

In an opening salvo, Yayah Kunath headed narrowly wide as the hosts pressed and as the half progressed, Trat seemed content to sit deep and soak up any pressure. In the 24th minute, in a half of few chances, Assumpcao went close with a 20 yard free kick.

In a rare foray forward, Trat had the ball in the back of the net on 27 minutes but it was disallowed due to an alleged foul on the home keeper.

In the 33rd minute the Swatcats were awarded a penalty for a handball. Assumpcao stepped up to take the spot kick. The penalty was well struck but the Trat keeper pulled off a great save to keep the scores level.

In a half largely dominated by the home side, in which they played some tidy passing movements, they were unable to make that vital initial breakthrough.

In the opening seconds of the second half, Amucha was sent off for a second yellow, reducing the visitors to ten men. Minutes later new boy Chicanos Xaysensourinthone went close with a deft flick. Instead of this perhaps stimulating a real surge for victory, the Swatcats fell into a soporific period where they completely lost any shape or real desire. As the half progressed, the hosts produced little and indeed, Trat could have stolen all three points with sporadic raids forward.

A disappointing and frustrating night for the Swatcats. Despite having the majority of play, they were unable to pierce a resolute Trat defence. I think the team missed Henri tonight. There was some decent approach play on view but no one to add that vital finishing touch. Two points dropped to an obviously inferior side tonight - we must learn how to break down lower echelon teams if we are to make real progress this season.

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 18, 2019, 06:25:08 AM
Match Day 4 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 18, 2019, 10:05:32 AM
TPL Attendances - well at least we're top in something!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 19, 2019, 06:58:04 AM
No TPL games next weekend. The weekend is a FIFA designated "international break", and of course the Thai elections are taking place.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 26, 2019, 12:15:09 PM
The TPL season resumes after the international break when the Swatcats entertain The Angels of Bangkok United. (Saturday 30th March, KO 1745 hours, TV coverage TS2, TSHD2).

Bangkok are one of the favourites to lift the title this season and they will prove to be tough opponents.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 29, 2019, 07:46:40 AM
The 80th Anniversary Stadium has been chosen as one of four venues for next year’s AFC U23 Tournament.

4 stadiums in 4 provinces to host AFC U23 Championship 2020 in Thailand:

1. Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
2. 700th Anniversary Chiangmai, Chiangmai Province
3. Tinsulanon Stadium, Songkla Province
4. His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 29, 2019, 08:26:12 AM
Thanks TW - the 4 Stadiums nicely spread to each Region . .

Robert posted that B571 million will be spent on 3 of the Stadiums including ours !

So please, CAN WE HAVE A NEW CLOCK !!!!

That's a lotta dosh - apart from a bit of sprucing up, I don't see that the King's Stadium needs much doing to it, (apart from the clock . . )
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 29, 2019, 09:11:50 AM
There was talk years ago about "sinking the dugouts" if you know what I mean, to improve the view from the mainstand and also to cover the seating opposite the mainstand.

My guess is, new clock incorporated into a large screen, replace a few broken seats and a paintjob!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on March 29, 2019, 02:50:51 PM
Need to clean all the bird sh1t away as well.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 31, 2019, 11:04:38 AM
Dateline 30th March 2019

 FT NRFC 1 Bangkok United 1

Attendance; 10807

Premier League title tilters Bangkok United were this weekend’s guests.

The Angels began with a veritable 20-minute blitzkrieg putting the Swatcat defence under siege with quick passing and fine movement. Cunningham brought off a fine save from a free kick as the Angels pressed but the resilient Swatcat defence weathered the storm.

 In the 37th minute, the hosts stormed ahead when a sensational strike from T May T flew in to the net from 25 yards. Growing in confidence after the early onslaught, Assumpcao then went close with an acrobatic effort and minutes later Amadou was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded.

Assumpcao strode up to take the kick but his shot was brilliantly saved by keeper Falkesgaard - Assumpcao’s second penalty miss of the season.

As the second half commenced, the Angels keeper again made a fine save from an Assumpcao free kick as the Swatcats strived for a second goal but somewhat unexpectedly, the visitors equalized in the 57th minute with a fine goal from Anon.

Keeper Falkesgaard brought off his third miraculous save of the match when Amadou - who by the way was my man of the match, pivoted and blasted in from 18 yards.
In a topsy turvy period of play the Swatcats had a lucky escape in the 69th minute when Cunningham smothered a shot and the resulting loose ball was hammered in but Pralong lunged and cleared the ball off the line.
   
The hosts countered and Assumpcao’s attempted bicycle kick went narrowly wide and then the Bangkok keeper smothered a long range shot and saved again as Amadou pounced on the rebound.

 In the 76th minute, drama as Lee was felled in the box by a punch in the kidneys but after the resulting uproar, the referee took no action.

More late drama as, in the dying minutes, T May T thundered a shot against the crossbar but ultimately, the Swatcats had to settle for one point, thanks to the brilliance of the visitor’s keeper.

A great match, two fine goals and an excellent point for the Swatcats against one of the league’s top teams. Bangkok certainly were a classy and skillful side but the Swatcats matched them for guts and spirit and thoroughly deserved their point. Bangkok keeper Falkesgaard made two or three world class saves to deny the home team all three points – our bright start continues.

Footnote; The Swatcats are still the best supported team in Thailand, with all three home games so far attracting 10k plus attendances.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Bournemouth on March 31, 2019, 12:45:00 PM
Another 2 points lost from missing the penalty.

Lets hope they practice penalty kicks in training.


 
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on March 31, 2019, 01:10:07 PM
Indeed, those 4 points lost would put us top of the table!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on March 31, 2019, 05:37:09 PM
Thanks for the report TW - saw most of the Swatcats game until departing for Fulham v Man City - I thought Fulham put up a good fight  :(

The Swatcats played very well indeed after being on the back foot initially. IMO Assumpcao's penalty strike was very poor again even though the goalie saved it amazingly. The way T May T strikes the ball, why not try him ?

As for the 4 lost points - maybe it's for the best as I suffer vertigo and with TUFC top of their league again, it's be just too much if the Swatcats were top too  ;)

I agree Amadou was excellent again.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 01, 2019, 08:02:55 AM
Match Day 5 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 01, 2019, 08:06:43 AM
The Swatcats head south to take on second placed Prachuap in this midweek fixture (Wednesday 3rd April, KO 2000 hours, TV coverage Truesports TSP2).

Another tough fixture for the men from Korat but I expect a close encounter.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 02, 2019, 02:02:23 PM
VAR has been temporarily cancelled in the Thai Premier League.

There is conjecture on two possible reasons;

The first reason is that FIFA have stepped in because the FAT did not stick to agreed protocols concerning its implementation.

The second reason given was that many league grounds are unable to offer the required infrastructure.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 04, 2019, 07:45:17 AM
Dateline 3rd April 2019

 FT Prachuap 1 NRFC 0

Attendance; 3210

Second versus third in this early season top of the table clash with striker Henri back in the team after injury.

In a dramatic start, Henri missed a great chance to put the visitors one up after a great run and cross from Amadou. The Ivorian’s header slid just wide as the keeper foundered. Seconds later Amadou had a lob cleared off the line with the keeper well beaten. An electric start from the Swatcats but no goal to show for their endeavours.

The hosts countered and went close with a header in the 13th minute, the Swatcats then broke forward and an Assumpcao through ball put Henri clear but he shot wide - what a great start to the match with chances at either end.

With the visitors continuing to press forward, Assumpcao shot into the side netting from close range after an Amadou scamper - this 30 minute period of play has been the best I have ever witnessed from a Swatcat side - but still no goals!!

On the stroke of half time Assumpcao curled a fine drive inches wide as the chances continued to flow from the visitors - one wondered if these missed opportunities might cost us the match later.

With Amadou on fire and an excellent half of attacking football behind them, the Swatcats ended the half well on top but ominously without a lead.

The Swatcats lost their impetus at the start of the second half and Prachuap went close in the 60th minute but keeper Cunningham managed to claw the headed effort away. Then a long-range effort shaved the crossbar with Cunningham beaten.

Matheus Alves blasted in on 69 minutes to give Prachuap an undeserved lead and apart from an Ekkanat drive in the 79th minute, the visitors produced little in the second half.

A superb first half performance but unfortunately, the numerous chances produced were not taken. In the second half the team could not sustain the pressure and Prachuap were able to stay in the game and indeed went on to win it.

The side played with confidence and thoroughly outplayed their opponents with Amadou and Henri continuing to look extremely dangerous. How did we lose this one - in a nutshell, great performance, disappointing result.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 04, 2019, 07:46:14 AM
Match Day 6 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 04, 2019, 07:47:54 AM
The Swatcats take on mis-firing former giants Muang Thong United this weekend (Sunday 7th April, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2).

Although not playing at their best, they will still provide formidable opposition.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 04, 2019, 08:30:47 AM
Thanks for the report TW - the Swatcats struggling to score despite playing well. Just 6 goals in 6 games and just 2 points above the relegation zone but no need to worry if we are looking that good. Nice to see Sarach Yooyen at the Kings Stadium again Sunday and I hope to catch it on TV.

MT Utd will be formidable opposition indeed - a good one to win  ;)

Perhaps the Swatcats should take a leaf out of the TUFC book, 85 goals so far - 3 in this game, a 3 minute clip . . .

https://www.torquayunited.com/official-tufc-tv-another-take-on-uniteds-3-2-win-over-wealdstone-30-03-19/

That's the way to do it  ;)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 07, 2019, 08:56:42 AM
It’s gonna be a tight one tonight (said the Cardiff City fan to the sheep). Swatcats KO at 7 pm then a mad dash home for Watford V Wolves - speed limits will be broken!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 08, 2019, 10:22:31 AM
Dateline 7th April

 FT NRFC 3 Muang Thong United 1

Attendance; 18614

Struggling giants Muang Thong were tonight’s visitors.

Amadou - already a near constant threat, nearly opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a low drive. The keeper parried and Henri almost tapped in the loose ball. The visitors countered and should have opened the score two minutes later, but their shot went wide. They continued to press and Heberty went close in the 25th minute.

In the 33rd minute, Henri swiveled and shot from the edge of the area. The keeper could only parry and Assumpcao was on hand to tap in to give the hosts the lead. Minutes later, Thai-Swiss newcomer Chitchanok sent Henri on his way with a superb through ball, he then continued his run and was found by a pin point pass into the box by the flying Henri. He blasted the ball into the roof of the net to put the Swatcats two up - a fine goal.
On the stroke of half time, Cunningham smothered a shot after a long through ball to ensure that the hosts ended the half two up.

The second half began, and Aung Thu drove just wide in the 57th minute and with Muang Thong pressing forward, the marauding Swatcat forwards were now finding acres of space. With Henri and Assumpcao constantly menacing, it was no real surprise when Henri stroked in the third goal with a 20-yard drive in the 67th minute.
Adisorn was shown a second yellow in the 86th minute and was dismissed and in a late flurry, the visitors scored a consolation goal when Adisak stroked home in the 88th minute.

Another fine performance from the Swatcats - this team is going places. Sorry to repeat myself but Amadou and Henri aided by Assumpcao could become the most potent strike force in the Premier League.
Muang Thong are struggling and were poor, but the home team completely dominated play and really should have scored more.
Our 4th successive 10k plus crowd was amazing and the Stadium was really buzzing with anticipation - I see a bright season ahead - if only we had put away our chances at Prachuap and beaten lowly Trat!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 08, 2019, 10:24:29 AM
Match Day 7 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 08, 2019, 10:25:28 AM
Good attendance
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 08, 2019, 02:04:15 PM
Hey TW - it's good that your EPL predictions are better than for the Swatcats  ;)

A sterling Swatcat performance to beat this TPL giant - evenso I can't see Muang Thong staying in the bottom 3 for long. Only 2 TPL teams have 4 wins in 7, the Swatcats 3, so no team is running away MCFC / Liverpool style . . . At the bottom, 5 teams on 6 points - I'd guess that Trat, Chiang Mai and Chainat will struggle . . . .

Your great hopes on the new signings, Henri and Amadou were spot on - they both look to be good finds. The Manager seems to have got the team playing with real spirit and well done for that ! A fine attendance - the buzz is back  8)

Thanks for a great report - sorry to see the Wolves result - that must've taken the edge of this Swatcats triumph - but never mind - Wolves have done brilliantly this season. The pundits billed the Watford game as between the 'best of the rest', meaning after the top 6 I suppose, and that does seem to be true  :)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 08, 2019, 04:17:51 PM
Hi Roger, Yep, I always predict wrong with the Swatcats. Making predictions for teams that you support are always tainted by emotion - I may as well flip a coin. Wolves have lost me a few points due to emotion!!!

Bit disappointed with semi although Watford thoroughly deserved their victory.

I am getting secretly excited by the Swatcats and I drove home with a big smile on my face. Shhhhhh..... but I think we have not yet seen the best of them yet. I think there are exciting times ahead.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 08, 2019, 04:23:38 PM
The TPL now takes a week break due to the Songkran festivities. Fixtures will recommence on 19th-21st April.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 17, 2019, 09:04:39 AM
The Swatcats visit Suphanburi this weekend to take on the bottom of the table War Elephants (Sunday 21st April, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).

Suphan have made a poor start to the season and the Swatcats should be looking to take at least one point from this fixture.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 17, 2019, 05:07:57 PM
Confirmed. The Swatcats game will be shown on True
4U and TSHD 2.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on April 21, 2019, 08:16:15 AM
Reluctantly this will be my last post on the forum. I have always been a reluctant poster, fearing as most people inevitably do that they will be belittled or ridiculed.

I have always had a very firm mantra that if posting ever caused me angst or consternation, I would cease to post. This moment has arrived.

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this thread.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 21, 2019, 09:00:16 AM
Well that's most regrettable Russ.

We all rely on you for the info. Bad for the Swatcats too  :(
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on April 21, 2019, 09:02:20 AM
Oh dear, oh dear if we all are going to react like children this forum (which helps me sometimes) will be closed quickly.

Thaiwolf: please count to 10 before reacting, trust me it helps.
Roger: do not always post what you think, that might also help.

Anyway guys, come on act as adults and keep on posting.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: jivvy on April 21, 2019, 09:14:49 AM
No good throwing toys out of the pram, just ignore and carry on as normal
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 23, 2019, 12:01:22 PM
I've got Swatcat withdrawal symptoms . . . .

AN OPEN APPEAL TO Thaiwolf - THIS THREAD NOW HAS 29000 + VIEWS SINCE YOU STARTED. YOU ARE THE STALWART THAT DOES 99% OF THE WORK ON THE THREAD.

FOR THE SAKE OF THE SWATCATS AND US - PLEASE RELENT  :-\

Everyone appreciates your reports and there is no other way we can keep up to date  :-\
Come on M8 - don't let it go !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on April 23, 2019, 02:45:44 PM
I have always been a reluctant poster, fearing as most people inevitably do that they will be belittled or ridiculed.

I doubt most people do in the slightest.

Anyway, Swat Cats got beat 3-1.

This Sunday they are at home to Chonburi, KO 6pm.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 23, 2019, 03:43:58 PM
Hi Caller - Folks are different though - I think TW is not the only one aware on that front. IMO K-F is fairly friendly now and the slap downs seem to be rare.

Do you remember 'clubwebsite.co.uk' for the Swatcats, closed many years ago now - since then, TW has been the data engine for us fans.

The Chonburi game might be fun - they beat Chiang Mai SEVEN - FIVE last weekend  ::)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on April 23, 2019, 05:01:23 PM
Is that the English language site that closed after the home game v Buriram with a declared 34,000 crowd? Yes I know it and I was at that game. Dangerous amount let in to the ground
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 24, 2019, 08:02:53 AM
That's it Caller. The Guy who was running it was so disgusted with the Club's irresponsible action that he closed the site   ::)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on April 24, 2019, 01:02:22 PM
^ & ^^ The guy running it was a member here. He posted as Vinnie and. He seems to be a deleted member now. Here's one of his Swatcat threads that is still here. http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=1846.0 (http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=1846.0)

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on April 24, 2019, 01:04:35 PM
Match Day 8 Stats

(https://i.imgur.com/OUphokR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MmbnL9t.jpg)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Robert on April 24, 2019, 01:12:15 PM
^ & ^^ The guy running it was a member here. He posted as Vinnie and. He seems to be a deleted member now. Here's one of his Swatcat threads that is still here. http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=1846.0 (http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=1846.0)

I remember Vinnie, once went to a game with him.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 24, 2019, 02:45:30 PM
Thanks for that Alfie.

1 win in the last 5 games and 4 points above the 'zone'  ::)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Administrator on April 24, 2019, 04:42:38 PM
^ & ^^ The guy running it was a member here. He posted as Vinnie and. He seems to be a deleted member now. Here's one of his Swatcat threads that is still here. http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=1846.0 (http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=1846.0)

I remember Vinnie, once went to a game with him.

I had a 'prune' of members who had not posted for a long time, and 'vinnie' may well have been one of the members caught in this. If vinnie is still around and would like to rejoin, and if someone knows him to suggest it, then please do. It would be great to get some more members.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 24, 2019, 05:51:00 PM
Thanks Admin - I knew 'Paul' a little - he ended his interest in the Swatcats after that infamous Buriram incident. TTBOMK he moved back to the UK to study.
TW knew him better than I did.

It's worth a try if you can contact him - but I suspect he may have moved on  :(
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: ChonburiFC on April 25, 2019, 05:14:33 PM
Nakhon Ratchasima v Chonburi
You can read a pre match interview with Swatcat fan, Roger Kendall, here https://screamingfrombeneaththewaves.blog/match-previews/
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: caller on April 25, 2019, 05:36:13 PM
You need to go back to supporting Torquay Roger!

I wonder what the level of support is that Chonburi get from expats, compared to the Swat Cats?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 25, 2019, 06:30:17 PM
Hello 'Chonburi FC'. Welcome to to K-F - perhaps you can do a match report for US too this week  ;)  You know, on that coming 5-0 Swatcats win. But keep it cheerful   :(

I should explain to K-F's, TW asked last week if I would help his Chonburi Pal, so I filled in the questionnaire - fame at last eh ?

Had no idea it would be put on here but all good fun   8)

(Caller I still follow TUFC every day - strange ain't it? NewsNow, TUFC site and the Fans Forums). Chon - how many Falang follow Chonburi ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Coolkorat on April 25, 2019, 10:45:13 PM
Welcome Chonburi! As a non-footballer I'd like to hear more about Chonburi beyond the football pitch: some insights would be greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on April 30, 2019, 05:55:34 PM
The Swatcats beat Chonburi 4-0, (just missed my 5-0 prediction  ;) )

TW tells me that Assumpcao scored 3, Henry 1. A great performance and TW optimistic again. To me, they seem a bit up and down  :-\

But 4-0 - crikey. Wonder what Chonburi FC the new Member thought of it . . ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 02, 2019, 06:41:40 PM
Dateline 28th April

 FT NRFC 4 Chonburi Sharks 0

Attendance; 12667
 
Chonburi Sharks, fresh from their amazing 7-5 victory last weekend, were the visitors this weekend.
 
The Sharks started confidently and could have gone ahead in the third minute when a low drive drifted wide. The Swatcats then slowly built momentum and after a rather sterile opening half hour, during which neither side created clear cut chances, Henry opened the scoring. A superb backheel flick found the Ivorian who stroked the ball confidently into the net.
 
The Swatcats consolidated their lead with a well-crafted goal in the 40th minute. Henri stepped
 over the ball from an Amadou pass to leave Assumpcao clear on the edge of the box and he thumped home to put the Swatcats two up.
 
Lukian had a great chance to pull one back when he shot narrowly wide in the 43rd minute and as the first half drew to a close, without doing anything special, the hosts found themselves two nil up at half time!!
 
The second half commenced with the Swatcat defence sitting deep - a team trait that keeps resurfacing. The Sharks countered and began to throw men forward and one wondered if the hosts could exploit gaps inevitably left at the back.
 
The answer came in the 65th minute when Assumpcao ended a fine solo run with a low drive that was saved by the ex-Swatcat keeper Kampon. Minutes later the Brazilian stroked home to put the hosts three up.
 
In late drama Assumpcao raced onto a through ball from Amadou. His run was ended by a lunging tackle inside the box from Noppanon and a penalty was awarded. The unfortunate defender was red carded (for a second yellow I think) and Assumpcao converted the spot kick to complete his hat trick.
 
A decent performance and a great victory tonight. Henry, Amadou and Assumpcao prove yet again what a handful they can be and the Sharks defence just could not cope. A word here for unsung hero Kidsada Hamvipat. He tackled again and again to add some much needed bite in midfield - he’s a real warrior.
 
A great hat trick from Assumpcao but the Sharks fans really need to know why the Brazilian was left completely unmarked in the box for his first two goals - conceding 9 goals in two matches is worrying even cataclysmic for Chonburi and it could lead to potential disaster!!
Onwards and upwards, Champions Buriram next. This match should be used as a gauge as to how far we have progressed and could answer the question, “Can we hack it against the best?”.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 02, 2019, 06:43:19 PM
Match Day Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 02, 2019, 06:48:18 PM
The Swatcats progressed from the round of 64 in the FA Cup last night by beating lower league side Satun United 2-1 (after extra time).

The draw for the next round will take place on 30th May.

Interestingly, Satun's nickname is the Exorcists, I think we had some help from above!!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 02, 2019, 06:51:51 PM
No TPL fixtures this weekend due to the King's Coronation. Fixtures will recommence on the weekend 11-12th May when the Swatcats take on the mighty Buriram United.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 02, 2019, 06:58:51 PM
The Swatcats sit proudly atop the league's attendance table. One wonders what our attendances would be if we had a decent team!!!

To draw more fans than mighty Buriram is indeed a great feat
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Post by: Roger on May 02, 2019, 08:30:54 PM
Thanks TW. Great report and good to see the back of the Exorcists too ???
Bl*ody Norah, that must be a one off nick name for a footy team ???

Our new Member, ChonburiFC is very quiet . . . Chok dee to him and Chonburi !
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Post by: Roger on May 03, 2019, 06:23:30 AM
TW - white top Kritsada is easy to spot - he flies around and gets a lot of tackles in. I like him. He picks up a lot of bookings in this Ref culture, but although he tackles hard, he's cleaner than many of the ankle nippers IMO. With Thai Captain Chalermpong, Samuel Cunningham in goal, Singapore Lee and Pralong, a few names I know in a decent Swatcat defence.

BTW - is Pralong the 'Sawandee' that's been around for how long ? Many years I think ?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 03, 2019, 07:24:21 AM
Pralong Sawandee joined us from Si Siket (his home town) in 2012. Since then he has made 73 appearances for the Swatcats.
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Post by: Bournemouth on May 03, 2019, 04:52:22 PM
Thai FA Cup


1st May 1st round

Satul 1  Swatcats 2

Anyone know who Swatcats are playing in the next round and when?

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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 03, 2019, 04:56:57 PM
Tut, tut Bournemouth, you're not reading my posts - draw is on 30th May.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 04, 2019, 07:25:46 AM
VAR is to be re-introduced into the TPL for the second leg (half) of the season after problems associated with its implementation have been resolved.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 04, 2019, 11:44:17 AM
The next round matches  of the Thai League Cup will be played on wednesday 15th May. The draw has not yet been made.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2019, 07:20:10 AM
The Swatcats take on Champions Buriram United this weekend (Saturday 11th May KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2).

This will be an extremely tough encounter for the Swatcats, but it will provide a chance for the men from Korat to try to beat the best.

Thaiwolf prediction: Draw
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2019, 10:03:01 AM
The draw for the round of 32 of the LEAGUE CUP will take place today. Each of the 16 TPL teams will be drawn away to lower league teams.

The matches will take place next Wednesday 15th May.

I will advise of the Swatcat’s opponents as soon as I receive the results of the draw.
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Post by: Roger on May 07, 2019, 10:15:22 AM
TW - that's gonna be quite a Saturday - a Wedding early morning, Swatcats at 6pm and the EPL at 9pm  ;D

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Post by: Roger on May 07, 2019, 04:25:08 PM
I see the EPL games are Sunday !
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2019, 04:30:03 PM
 Yep all games 2100 hours sunday.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 07, 2019, 04:37:53 PM
The Swatcats have drawn MOF Customs United in the League Cup.

MOF Customs United Football Club or Ministry of Finance Customs United Football Club is a Thai football club based in Samut Prakan Province. They currently play in the Thai League 2.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 12, 2019, 08:05:24 AM
Dateline 11th May 2019

 FT Buriram United 2 NRFC 0

Attendance; 15867

The Thunder Castle was the venue for this the first Isaan derby clash of the season.

In a pulsating start, the home side started brightly with Cunningham called upon to make a save in the first minute. The Swatcats then countered and Assumpcao blasted in a shot that the keeper tipped into the side netting.

With Buriram looking menacing going forward, the visitors defended with great resolve but in the 21st minute Buriram went ahead with a superb free kick from Luong Xuam Truong.

As the game developed into a tense midfield battle, few chances were created but in the 43rd minute, Amadou went on a mazy run but he pushed his shot wide.
As the first half drew to a close, Buriram went in one up but the visitors were certainly not out of it.

The second half commenced with the Swatcats pushing forward with Yaya Kunath volleying wide and a clever free kick routine presenting him with a chance to prod in, but he was thwarted by the home keeper. Buriram countered and keeper Cunningham was forced to push a low drive wide of the upright.

In the 58th minute, Amadou was brought down inches outside the box, he claimed a penalty, but replays confirmed a correct decision by the referee - no penalty - well done ref!! Minutes later an excellent passing move put Kunath clear, but his shot was well saved by the home keeper.

In what was proving to be a dominant period of play by the visitors, Buriram were forced onto the back foot and Henry headed in from a free kick in the 72nd minute but the goal was ruled offside.

Against the run of play, Buriram went two up when Suphanat slotted home in the 79th minute and as the match meandered to a conclusion, part of me perhaps thinks that the Swatcats deserved a point tonight.

A great battle and a decent performance against a strong Buriram side. Individuals competed well and the team certainly were not outclassed by a side who probably will go on to win the title. The second half performance, in which they more than matched Buriram was very encouraging.

Footnote; Superb support from the Swatcat fans who filled the visiting fans enclosure
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 12, 2019, 08:07:06 AM
Terrific support from Swatcat fans yesterday
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Post by: Roger on May 12, 2019, 10:01:12 AM
Thanks for that TW. I saw the Swatcat support on TV and it was stunning.

In the 1st half I thought the ref was very tough on US, paricularly one superb chase back sliding tackle from Krisada, strong, fast and clean. But we give away a lot of silly obvious fouls too. Buriram were at the Referee all the time.

As the game went on I thought the Swatcats played with more composure - the first goal was a little lucky in the free kick being given and clipping in from the inside of the post. Cunningham nearly got to it - a super strike. Cunningham, makes me chuckle he seems SO cool   8)

Did you go ? Couldn't see you in the pic. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 12, 2019, 10:26:08 AM
Hi Roger, unfortunately I couldn't make it - too busy on the home front!!! Plaudits to all who made the trip.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 12, 2019, 05:11:12 PM
Just a reminder, the Swatcats play Customs United in the League Cup on Wednesday 15th May. KO time to be confirmed.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 13, 2019, 08:17:46 AM
Match Day 10 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2019, 09:42:29 AM
5 Port fans on their way to tonight's cup game at Nong Bua were killed when their minibus was involved in a head on crash.
A sad day for the thai football community.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on May 15, 2019, 09:11:46 PM
The Swatcats were eliminated from the League Cup by MOF Customs United in this evening’s tie. The match went to extra time and penalties. The score at the end of extra time was 1-1. Customs went through 5-4 (4-3) on penalties.
The Swatcats, along with most TPL teams fielded an understrength team.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 16, 2019, 09:03:31 AM
The Swatcats take on struggling Premier League newcomers Chiang Mai United (Sunday 18th May, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).

The Lanna Tigers have found it difficult to adapt to the physical rigours of the top tier and the hosts should be hoping for a three-point haul.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 16, 2019, 10:26:19 AM
One of the football fans killed when a minibus crashed earlier in the week was a well known "fan leader" named Spiderming. He was from Korat and often supported the Swatcats when they were not playing his beloved Port.
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Post by: Roger on May 16, 2019, 12:22:49 PM
Thanks for the updates TW. Sunday is surely a MUST win for the Swatcats. I wasn't too worried about the League Cup but always a shame to lose IMO.

Condolence to Port and their Fans.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 18, 2019, 01:30:21 PM
Confirmed : the Swatcats game tomorrow will be televised live on Truesports Channel 357. KO 1800 hours
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 20, 2019, 10:11:26 AM
Dateline 19th May

 FT NRFC 4 Chiang Mai 2

Attendance; 10365

Struggling Chiang Mai were the opponents tonight.

In a stunning start to the match, 30 seconds in, a cross from Assumpcao was deflected inches wide of the upright by a Chiang Rai defender. Chiang Mai quickly settled and in fact they played some decent passing football belying their lowly position in the table.

With Amadou an almost constant threat, Kunath latched onto one of his crosses and headed into Assumpcao’s path whose low drive from 12 yards was blocked on the line by a defender.

The hosts continued to probe but with the visitors playing arguably the better football - indeed spurning a great chance to go ahead on the break in the 39th minute, an entertaining match drew to a goalless first half conclusion.

The Swatcats opened the second half brightly with Assumpcao’s attempted flick going close. Minutes later he atoned for that miss when he pounced on an exquisitely timed Amadou through ball and stroked the ball calmly into the net to give the hosts the lead.

Minutes later Akekanat went close with a towering header as the hosts began to dominate. Later in a carbon copy move Akekanat again rose like a salmon out of an evening stream but this time made the net bulge to put the Swatcats deservedly two up.

There then followed a dramatic final 15 minutes during which 4 goals were scored. Chiang Mai pulled one back in the 76th minute when Mustafa Azido outpaced Akekanat to slide home then Henri struck from outside the box to regain the two-goal lead. The brave Lanna Tigers again struck back when they were awarded a disputed penalty for handball in the 86th minute.  Gionata converted the kick.
The game was finally put to bed when Amadou scored a sensational forth as he cut into the box and larruped the ball into the net.

Three points and another four-goal haul in this exciting encounter. Things are looking good for the Swatcats at the moment and given the present momentum, I expect the team to hover around the top six mark for the rest of the season.
The signings of Amadou and Henry were a masterstroke and as their partnership with Assumpcao develops, I see only productive times ahead.
A word here for Chiang Mai, they fought bravely with some skillful football - I hope they stay up.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 20, 2019, 10:12:51 AM
Match Day 11 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 21, 2019, 08:02:29 AM
The Swatcats take on league Leaders Port FC this weekend (Saturday 25th May, KO 1745 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2).

Port’s cavalier style of football has led to considerable success this season but they can be vulnerable at the back.

I expect Henri and Amadou to cause them problems.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Roger on May 21, 2019, 10:21:33 AM
Thanks TW - reads like a really good game to watch. The Swatcats 'tricky trio' are in full flow now and in the top 6, Swatcats 18 goals is the 2nd top tally. Your pre-season optimism about those signings was fully justified. The line up has a solid look now.

'Lowly' Trat must be the surprise of the season, not least beating us in the opening game  ::)  Just 3 points behind the Swatcats now ! And shocking to see the mighty Muang Thong propping up the rest   ???

(Travelled yesterday - 25 hours door to door   8)  )
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2019, 02:49:50 PM
Assumpcao closing in on 100 goals
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 22, 2019, 02:58:35 PM
Match Day 11 Summary - Swatcats attract biggest crowd.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2019, 07:29:15 AM
Dateline 25th May 2019

 FT NRFC 1 Port FC 1

Attendance; 22555

League leaders Port were the guests tonight.

The Swatcats opened positively with Amadou buzzing around, seemingly involved in every move. Despite this Port created the first chance when Cunningham was forced to push an angled shot past the post in the 9th minute. The hosts countered and Henri was close to converting a “dinked” cross from Assumpcao. The Brazilian then went close as he failed, under pressure, to connect with an intelligent Henri cross.

With the hosts continuing to press forward, Henri went close with a flick and with Port offering little up front, things were looking good for the men from Korat. In the 37th minute in the first controversial decision of the match, the Swatcats were denied a stonewall penalty when the ball struck Dolah’s arm inside the box - more controversy was to follow!!!

With a goalless half beckoning, Assumpcao volleyed from 20 yards. His shot took a deflection and struck the upright with the visitor’s keeper flailing. Not to be outdone Port went forward and a rasping shot flew literally inches over the bar.

With thunder rumbling and Amadou continuing to torment the Port defence, the teams went off at half time with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Under darkening skies, the second half kicked off. There then followed, even by Thai standards, a maelstrom the likes of which I have never seen. With chaos reigning, the referee took the players off the pitch in the 50th minute.

After sterling work from the ground’s men and ball boys, the match recommenced in heavy conditions. With pretty football an absolute no-no the Swatcats gained the majority of possession but were shocked when a free kick from Pakorn was wickedly deflected past keeper Cunningham to give Port the lead.

Port’s Adisorn was sent off for a second yellow offense in the 78th minute and then ten men Port had a guilt edged chance to seal victory with a fine breakaway run by Arthit but his final shot was poor and was smothered by Cunningham.

The Swatcats roared forward and they were rewarded when Naruphol was brought down inside the box - controversy again as replays suggested that the challenge might have been outside the box. Henri hammered in the spot kick to equalize in the 92nd minute.

Another fine performance, cementing the hypothesis that we can mix it with the best. Port were not at their best and certainly they will not be propelled to the title with performances like this tonight,
This season’s side is chalk and cheese as compared to last season’s squad. A stout defence - although not quite as tight as last year and an attacking force which gives plenty of options up front. Amadou and Henri have both been outstanding and using Asssumpcao as a link from midfield has been a tactical masterstroke.

Keep it up lads, we are all proud of you!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2019, 07:31:33 AM
Match Day 12 Stats.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 27, 2019, 08:33:58 AM
The Swatcats travel to Samut Prakan in this midweek fixture (Wednesday 29th May, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage TBC).

Samut Prakan (Pattaya United as was) in their new guise are having a superb season, currently sitting in 5th position and will be formidable opposition. This could be a real battle and I suspect a score draw will be the result.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 28, 2019, 12:26:34 PM
Confirmed, tomorrow's Swatcat match V Samut Prakan will be shown live on Truevisions channel 445. KO 1900 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 30, 2019, 07:43:38 AM
Dateline 29th May 2019

 FT Samut Prakan City 2 NRFC 0

Attendance; 1530
 
The Swatcats took on high fliers Samut Prakan in this mid-week fixture. The visitors started without skipper Chalermpong.
 
The hosts opened brightly but in early action from the visitors, Henri, struck the upright with an angled drive after a splendid solo run down the flank.
 
With both sides willing to throw men forward and plenty of space in midfield, an early goal looked likely. On 20 minutes Ibson Melo nearly opened the scoring when his low drive shaved the post. The men from Korat countered with a period of pressure that culminated in Amadou being foiled by the home keeper after a mazy run.
 
Samut Prakan probed with Ibson Melo a constant threat, as they continued to play some great approach play. Unfortunately for them their final finishing was poor.
They finally opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when a shot cannoned off the upright into the path of Chayawat Srinawong who tapped into an empty net. The visitors replied with a looping cross that outfoxed the keeper and rebounded off the bar. 
 
An entertaining first half came to an end, with both sides trying to play positive football and with the Swatcats slightly unlucky to be one down.
 
The second half began with neither side able to create clear cut chances. It took until the 57th minute for a shot on target as keeper Cunningham smothered a low drive. This was becoming a “ping pong” battle with both sides breaking forward with very little end product.
 
The visitors began to exert pressure, looking for the equalizer and with inevitable gaps being left at the back, Samut Prakan sealed the points when Terraphol broke forward and stroked the ball into the net in the 73rd minute.
In the 93rd minute Ibson Melo almost made it three as he broke forward but his shot was comfortably saved by Cunningham.
 
A fairly straightforward victory for Samut Prakan tonight. The Swatcats looked dangerous going forward and defended stoutly but a talented Samut Prakan side deservedly took the victory and a valuable three points.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 30, 2019, 07:45:56 AM
Match Day 13 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 30, 2019, 10:47:28 AM
No Thai Premier League games this weekend as it has been designated a FIFA international weekend. Fixtures will recommence on Saturday 15th June.
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Post by: Roger on May 30, 2019, 12:45:15 PM
Thanks for that TW - that's Pattaya Utd in a new guise is it not ? After the game we stole last season, when Pattaya played us off the park but lost to Pina's shot from the half way line, I guess they truly deserved the luck this time  ;)

A tiny crowd  >:(  Were you there ?

Would've been a good one to win being nicely placed but now we are below minnows Trat !
Briefly I hope. ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 30, 2019, 03:10:51 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Pluakdaeng United (away) in the round of 32 of the FA Cup.

 Pluakdaeng play in the League 4 Eastern division and are based in Rayong province.

The ties will be played on the 19th June.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on May 30, 2019, 03:21:26 PM
Hi Roger, Yes, Samut Prakan are ex Pattaya United. No I did not attend although my sources tell me there was a great turnout by fellow Swatcat fans.

Not a disaster losing to a team currently sitting third in the league. Interestingly, their promising coach resigned straight after the match. Rumours are that he is taking over as the Thai U-23 team coach.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2019, 05:19:27 PM
F A Cup match 19th June
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 04, 2019, 05:22:09 PM
The Swatcats have arranged a couple of friendlies during the international break.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 12, 2019, 07:22:43 AM
The Swatcats entertain Chainat Hornbills this weekend (Saturday 15th June, KO 2000 hours, TV coverage Truesports 2.

The Hornbills have been struggling and are currently sitting in 13th place but they have put in a couple of excellent performances against top teams - write them off at your peril!!

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Roger on June 17, 2019, 12:20:36 AM
Hi TW. I see Assumpcao scored  a brace. Nice win.
How did it go ? ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 17, 2019, 07:20:13 AM
Dateline 15th June 2019

 FT NRFC 2 Chainat Hornbills 1

Attendance; 5824 (looked to be around 10k)

The Hornbills from Chainat were tonight’s guests.

The hosts were quickly on the front foot looking for early rewards but stout Hornbill defending prevented an early breakthrough. In what was rapidly becoming one-way traffic, frustratingly, the final ball in from the hosts was often disappointing. At the other end, against the run of play, Chainat forced Cunningham into a fine save from a freekick just outside the box.

The Swatcats finally broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Assumpcao fired in after good work on the flank from Henri.

In late first half scares, Santos managed to get in behind the defence but fluffed the chance of an equalizer from 3 yards out, he again went close when he shot inches wide seconds before the half time whistle.
A frustrating half came to an end with a dominant display from the Swatcats yielding only a solitary goal.

In the 51st minute, following a foul on Henri, Assumpcao stroked a superb free kick past the opposition keeper to put the Swatcats two up, minutes later he spurned his chance of a hat trick when he shot tamely at the keeper following a mazy run from Amadou.

Assumpcao was again in the frame for a hattrick when an Henri through ball put him clear with only the keeper to beat. His carefully flighted shot was superbly (and acrobatically) saved by the Chainat number one.

As the game petered out, Chainat scored a late consolation goal when Chatri Rattanawong slid in from 10 yards in the 91st minute.

Another disciplined and determined attacking display tonight and a deserved 3 points. I know I sound like a stuck record but our attacking trio really are on fire. Chainat were disappointing but these are the sort of games that we would have lost in past seasons. We are just one creative midfielder away from being a top 4 team - Ariel Rodriques from PTT Rayong would fit the bill, let’s go get him!!

Footnote: T May T played his 100th game for the Swatcats tonight.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 17, 2019, 07:22:36 AM
Match Day 14 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 17, 2019, 07:23:47 AM
T May T - 100 appearances
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 18, 2019, 08:10:31 AM
The Swatcats visit Sukhothai this weekend (Saturday 22nd June, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage TBC).

The Firebats have been struggling lately and I expect the Swatcats to secure a point.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 18, 2019, 05:21:28 PM
The Swatcats take on Pluak Daeng tomorrow in the FA Cup, KO 1530 hours.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2019, 05:47:05 PM
Swatcats stamp on Red Termites.

 The Swatcats eased into the round of 16 of the FA Cup when they defeated Pluak Daeng 4-0 this afternoon.

Scorers were Henri (2), Amadou and Akekanat.

Leandro Assumpcao (along with others) was rested.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 19, 2019, 06:12:00 PM
Confirmed, the Swatcat's match V Sukhothai this weekend will be shown live on Truevisions Channel 357.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 20, 2019, 08:02:57 AM
Next round in the FA-cup is on July 17th. Too bad we have to wait 2-3 weeks for the draw.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 21, 2019, 02:46:26 PM
Contrary to my previous post regarding the FA Cup draw, the draw was actually made today.

The Swatcats have been drawn against Tier 4 Surat Thani City.

Info is as usual pretty sketchy, it is not yet confirmed if the tie is home or away. I believe (although not confirmed), that the ties will be played on 17th July.

This seems like a great opportunity to progress to the Quarter Finals.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 21, 2019, 02:56:31 PM
Looks like we're at home!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 23, 2019, 07:34:45 AM
Yesterday's match was Milos Joksic's 100th game in charge at Korat.
A successful 100 matches in my opinion. Thank you Milos.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 24, 2019, 07:38:05 AM
Dateline 22nd June 2019

 FT Sukhothai 1 NRFC 0

Attendance; 3182
 
In early exchanges, both sides passed the ball around smartly with the Firebats having slightly the better of play. As the 20 minute mark approached, neither side had managed a shot on target.
 
In the 26th minute Henri broke clear after an Assumpcao through ball, but his close-range effort was blocked. This one incident of excitement was the sole highlight as a largely unremarkable half drew to a close.
 
The second half began and my thought was that only a touch of brilliance from perhaps Amadou or Baggio could break the deadlock in what was becoming a largely sterile performance from both sides.
 
As in the first half both teams found it difficult to create chances but with the visitors trying to be more assertive, they looked more likely to score the opener.
 Kongnateechai Boonma had a great chance to put the home side in front in the 68th minute but he shot over. The Swatcats countered and Kunath put in a swerving drive.
 
Baggio broke the deadlock in the 81st minute with a fine swerving drive, He nearly doubled the lead in the 86th minute, but his low drive was saved by keeper Cunningham.
 
My, my that was tough viewing, what a dreadful spectacle. A mediocre performance from the Swatcats who were beaten by a touch of class from Baggio. Absolutely nothing up front from the visitors who deserved nothing from this match.

 A most disappointing end of Leg 1 for the Swatcats but still in 7th place in the league. This is probably where we will be come season’s end and I guess will represent progress for Milos Joksic’s squad.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 24, 2019, 07:39:30 AM
Match Day 15 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 24, 2019, 01:22:13 PM
Muangthong United left back Weerawut Kayem is set to sign for Nakhon Ratchasima. He should be more attack-minded than Korat's current full-backs, giving them something extra going forward.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 25, 2019, 12:26:44 PM
The Swatcats kick off Leg 2 with a visit from struggling TPL newcomerers PTT Rayong (Saturday 29th June. KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD3).

This should be a three pointer for the hosts.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Roger on June 25, 2019, 12:54:26 PM
Thanks for all that TW. I'm looking forward to seeing the away game at Trat !
(I see they lost their last after 4 straight wins !)

Maybe the Swatcats can get up to 5th or 6th ?

I see the new signing Kayem played just 6 times for MTU . . . ATB
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 26, 2019, 12:27:28 PM
Wow, a marquee signing for the Swatcats – making a real statement.

Philippines striker Mark Hartman will join Nakhon Ratchasima ahead of the second leg of the season, filling one of their ASEAN quota slots.

Mark Andrew Hartmann (born 20 January 1992) is a Filipino footballer who plays as a striker. He also represents the Philippines at international level.
 
As a youngster, Hartmann had stints with Portsmouth and then at Swindon Town where he was eventually released at the end of the 2009–10 season.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 26, 2019, 04:09:32 PM
The Swatcats have signed Naruphon Putsorn on loan from Suphanburi.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 27, 2019, 04:26:58 PM
I’m off to see my first League game of Korat based Tier 4 side Huai Thalaeng United this weekend. Looking forward to it, wish me luck!!

All I have to do now is to learn how to say it!!

Come on you Killer Engines

PS I'm not deserting the Swatcats - this is going to be a two match weekend!!
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Post by: Alfie on June 28, 2019, 10:23:24 AM
Huai Thalaeng
All I have to do now is to learn how to say it!!

Who-way Ta-leng / Hoo-way Taleng.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on June 28, 2019, 10:26:07 AM
Brilliant,  thanks Alfie.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on June 30, 2019, 10:36:29 AM
Dateline 29th June 2019

 FT NRFC 0 PTT Rayong 1

Attendance; 10371

The Swatcats started with new signing Narupon in midfield and Hartmann on the bench.

The hosts began breathlessly, roaring forward straight from the whistle and within minutes, Amadou headed an Assumpcao freekick against the upright. Minutes later Assumpcao had a drive blocked after fine work from Henri - this was surely going to be a rout.

In the 8th minute the Rayong keeper saved well from a Naruphol cross shot and as the Swatcats continued to press, first Henri then Naruphol went close.

With the PTT goal now under constant siege, Henri broke clear but his low drive was saved, I am beginning to think that this is not going to be our day!!

The siege continued with Henri again thwarted when his shot from 8 yards was well saved.
In the 41st minute, Rayong entered the Swatcat half with any real intent for the first time and as the first half ended, was I in a dream? Was the score really 0-0.

The second half began with, guess what, more Swatcat pressure. Three minutes in, Assumpcao’s brilliant swerving drive was equally brilliantly saved by the PTT keeper.

Shock, horror PTT had the temerity to enter the Swatcat half again in the 52nd minute - but to no avail as the men from Korat continued their assault. Amadou hit an excellent snap shot inches wide and in the 59th minute Assumpcao struck the upright with a sumptuous swerving shot leaving the keeper floundering. The ball then bounced back to Henri whose shot hit the base of the upright and was ultimately cleared.
In now what must be becoming boring reading, Henri shot inches over from close range.

With desperation and frustration building and men flooding forward, the impossible happened. Rayong had their first shot on target in the 68th minute - and it went in. A combination of throwing too many men forward and inept defending presented the visitors with a goal as Pornpreecha Jarrunai slotted home from 16 yards.

With the stuffing knocked out of the team they pushed on but truth be told, I think that they realized it was not going to be their night. Hartmann was brought on for his debut and as the hosts battled on, Amadou shot over from 6 yards with only the keeper to beat and Assumpcao fired wide from 20 yards.

In a final flourish, Hartmann was put clear inside the box by a clever through ball from Henri but he shot wide from 7 yards.

  A fair result would have been Swatcats 8 PTT 1, but life is not fair is it!!

I have rarely seen such a one-sided football match, with the Swatcats having AT LEAST 90 % of play, only a combination of wretched luck and poor finishing prevented a rout by the hosts. A fine attacking performance but a disappointing result - it’s a funny old game!!

No need to panic, this was certainly a “one off” - at least we are creating chances, results will come.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 01, 2019, 07:30:56 AM
Match Day 16 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 01, 2019, 07:32:15 AM
Hi Swatcat fans,

Just in case things come to an end for the forum, just a reminder that you can get all news and reports on my Swatcat blog

http://russjohn1000.blogspot.com/

or follow me on twitter

thaiwolf@russreport
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 01, 2019, 08:21:33 AM
Football whore!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2019, 08:30:58 AM
The Swatcats travel north to take on high flying Chaing Rai United this weekend (Sunday 7th July, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truevisions HD3).

This will be a tough one for the Swatcats and I expect a home win.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
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Post by: Alfie on July 02, 2019, 07:17:32 PM
^^ Is that you in the photo, TW?
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 02, 2019, 07:19:36 PM
Yes,  that`s me
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on July 02, 2019, 07:22:57 PM
You're a handsome man. I hope I look that good when I'm 80!











Just joking, TW. :)
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: jivvy on July 02, 2019, 09:08:31 PM

Alfie, all farangs are Hansum man in Thailand
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 08, 2019, 07:42:49 AM
Dateline 7th July 2019

 FT Chaing Rai United 1 NRFC 1

Attendance; 6144

With the Swatcats looking for a positive result after a recent poor run of form, they started with new signing Hartmann up front with Assumpcao missing.

The visitors started adventurously with early pressure, but Chiang Rai had an early chance when William thumped the bar with a shot in the 10th minute. The hosts then began to dominate with Brinner going close with a header. Almost immediately Henri’s header drifted wide as the Swatcats countered.

The Swatcats settled as the half progressed and were holding their own without creating any real chances, as a rather lackluster half ended goalless with neither side dominating.

The second half saw an early first goal for Chiang Rai when Sivakorn Taitrakal tapped in at the far post after a fine solo run from William. Cunningham was then forced into a save from a close-range header.

At the other end, Akenakat went close with a header from a corner but the visitors were looking stale and sterile up front. Right out of the blue, In the 63rd minute, Hartmann smashed in the equalizer after a fine run from Henri, he then blotted his copybook when he was sent off for a nasty elbow to the face in the 73rd minute.

 Minutes later, as the Swatcats became more ambitious, a Narupon free kick dipped onto the bar and was cleared.

As the match drifted into time added on, Chiang Rai went close with a near post header, then another header was scrambled away as the home side strived for the winner.

A real battling performance against an under-par Chiang Rai. The Swatcats did not produce much up front which is a continuing worry, but the Hartmann goal was pleasing. The defence looks sound but the important point to emphasize tonight was the fighting spirit shown by the whole squad
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 08, 2019, 07:44:18 AM
Match Day 17 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 08, 2019, 07:48:02 AM
No sign of Assumpcao at last night's game. That coupled with the recent signing of Hartmann leads me to believe there may be a problem with Assumpcao. Could just be injured and I hope I'm wrong but I feel that Assumpcao may be unhappy at the Swatcats.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 09, 2019, 07:26:00 AM
This weekend’s opponents are Ratchaburi (Saturday13th July, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).

The Dragons are having a mediocre season and I expect a home win.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 10, 2019, 12:36:46 PM
City Football Group (CFG), which owns English Premier League champions Manchester City is eyeing a Thai League 1 club based in the northeastern region.

Besides Manchester City, CFG, managed by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, also owns football clubs around the world including New York City (USA), Melbourne City (Australia), Girona (Spain), Yokohama F Marinos (Japan) and Sichuan Jiuniu (China).

Bearing in mind that the only two North Eastern teams in the TPL are Buriram and the Swatcats and I suspect that Nevin will not want to lose control at Buriram…. Things could start to get exciting for the Swatcats.
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Post by: Coolkorat on July 10, 2019, 08:50:56 PM
City Football Group (CFG), which owns English Premier League champions Manchester City is eyeing a Thai League 1 club based in the northeastern region.

Besides Manchester City, CFG, managed by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, also owns football clubs around the world including New York City (USA), Melbourne City (Australia), Girona (Spain), Yokohama F Marinos (Japan) and Sichuan Jiuniu (China).

Bearing in mind that the only two North Eastern teams in the TPL are Buriram and the Swatcats and I suspect that Nevin will not want to lose control at Buriram…. Things could start to get exciting for the Swatcats.

Blimey. From a fans perspective time to spot what looks cheap and good value and might be worth a punt. A small gamble might prove very lucrative.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Coolkorat on July 10, 2019, 09:12:52 PM
イングランドプレミアリーグのチャンピオンであるマンチェスターシティを所有するシティフットボールグループ(CFG)は、北東地域を拠点とするタイリーグ1クラブに注目しています。

Abu DhabiのSheikh Mansour bin Zayedが運営するManchester City以外にも、CFG(ニューヨーク)、Melbourne City(オーストラリア)、Girona(スペイン)、Yokohama F Marinos(日本)、Sichuanなど、世界中にサッカークラブがあります。 九ウ(中国)。

TPLの2つの北東チームだけがBuriramとSwatcatsであることを頭に入れておいてください、そして、私はNevinがBuriramでコントロールを失いたくないと思います…。 Swatcatsにとって物事は面白くなり始めます。
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Alfie on July 11, 2019, 09:13:23 AM
Are you learning Japanese, CK?

 :)
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 11, 2019, 11:50:23 AM
Confirmed, the Swatcat's match on saturday will be shown live on Truevisions Ch.357.
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Post by: Coolkorat on July 11, 2019, 03:44:20 PM
Are you learning Japanese, CK?

 :)

No Alfie, Google translate. It might be rubbish for all I know! Just curious to see if putting Japanese into posts makes them more visible to searchers. It's a little experiment.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 11, 2019, 04:05:33 PM
Maybe the Japanese script is for TW, practising for his coming sojourn  ;)

TW perhaps we'll see Sergio Aguero at the King's for a season or two before he hangs up his boots !

Hoping the Swatcats hit top form at Ratchaburi - (I've always thought of them as a bogey team) - before clobbering Trat on 21st. TW I know you can't go but B'muff/anyone ?

Home game for me . . . .
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 14, 2019, 06:37:32 AM
Seems like I was wrong about Assumpcao's demise as he storms back to score his 100th TPL goal!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 14, 2019, 09:46:18 AM
Decha Strangdee played his 100th game for the Swatcats in yesterday’s match.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 14, 2019, 09:51:20 AM
Dateline 13th July 2019

 FT NRFC 3 Ratchaburi 3

Attendance; 8976

The Swatcats started with Henri, Amadou, Hartmann and Assumpcao - a bold statement of intent!!

The hosts began on the front foot with Amadou threatening. His fine tantalizing cross, 5 minutes in, was met by Hartmann who headed wide.
 It soon became apparent that a fast passing and quick thinking Ratchaburi would be causing problems on the break and sure enough, in the 11th minute, Lossemy Karaboue lashed in a humdinger from 22 yards to give the visitors the lead.

The Swatcats responded quickly as Amadou put Hartmann clear but he shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Ratchaburi continued to look dangerous, with Karaboue going close in the 26th minute, as the Swatcats huffed and puffed looking for the equalizer.

Amadou again was the provider as he set up a chance for Assumpcao in the 30th minute but his low drive went inches wide.
As the half ended, despite having most of the play, the hosts found themselves one down.

The Swatcats came out in the second half with great intent and they were quickly rewarded as Assumpcao equalized when he blasted into the roof of the net from 6 yards. This was the Brazilian’s 100th TPL goal aided by a delicious, teasing cross from guess who … Amadou.

The Swatcat jubilation was short lived as Ratchaburi regained the lead in the 57th minute as Steeven Langil headed in following a parried save by Cunningham. Ratchaburi’s rangy strikers continued to torment the Swatcat defence and Langil scored his second to put the Dragons further ahead.

Game over, or so it seemed, as a crestfallen Swatcat outfit, with heads down, kicked off.

Assumpcao had a superb free kick well saved as the hosts pressed and with the Ratchaburi defence sitting deep, perhaps there was hope after all. Assumpcao had yet another free kick superbly saved in the 76th minute as the Swatcats flooded forward.

With the visitor’s defence tiring Amadou shot into the side netting, then on 89 minutes, the Swatcats pulled one back when Henri nodded in from a corner. Unbelievably, in the 93rd minute, the Swatcats equalized when Amadou blasted the ball into the net after outfoxing two defenders.

Well, a point salvaged after being thoroughly outplayed for most of the match. Things are just not going the Swatcat’s way currently. A fighting finish but the host’s defence was exposed far too often. I cannot fault the team for their endeavour and fighting spirit, but it is becoming clear that the current team is not as good as I thought it was.
Things are very tight mid table and we are becoming perilously close to the drop zone… on the other hand, we are 2 points off 6th place in the table!!!
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Post by: Roger on July 14, 2019, 04:31:33 PM
Thanks for that TW - great report.
Let's hope it goes our way next week then !
ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 15, 2019, 07:59:37 AM
Match Day 18 Stats
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 15, 2019, 08:01:25 AM
The Swatcats take on Surat Thani City in the next round of the FA Cup this Wednesday, 17th July at the 80th Anniversary Stadium, KO 1800 hours. It will not be televised.
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Post by: Roger on July 15, 2019, 08:54:25 AM
Thanks TW. I see that Trat have lost their last 4 games so maybe Sunday - 3 points - a somewhat overdue Swatcats win. I'm driving down that evening as it's only an hour away. Sunday 21st 6pm. I'll stand with the orange army so it should be fun.

I wondered how Hartmann looked generally against RatchaB - a good acquisition ?

BTW were's my favourite enforcer No 33 - mini Superman ?
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 15, 2019, 09:27:55 AM
 Hi Roger, enjoy the game at Trat.

Hartmann impressed me on saturday. A good old fashioned bustling centre forward. Whether Joksic can continue to play the "big 4" is up for debate. I for one hope he does. I think Hartmann could become a key player - he gives  the coach a different option up front.

Your favourite Kitsada has been muscled out by new signing Naruphon Wild but he is still useful on the bench when a bit of aggressive defending is needed!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 16, 2019, 11:33:52 AM
The Swatcats visit Trat to take on the White Elephants this weekend (Sunday 21st July, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).

TPL newcomers Trat have had a successful campaign but recently have hit a rough patch and I expect the Swatcats to gain a share of the points.

Thaiwolf prediction; Draw.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 17, 2019, 07:29:04 AM
Correction.  The Swatcat's match tonight WILL be televised.  It will be shown live on Truesports 6.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 18, 2019, 07:37:24 AM
The Swatcats eased into the FA Cup quarter finals by defeating a spirited Surat Thani team 4-0. Goals from Decha, Amadou, Henri and Attapong Nooprom sealed the victory.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 18, 2019, 12:46:04 PM
FA Cup draw tomorrow,
Friday 19th July
Quarter Finals to be played on Wednesday 7th August.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 19, 2019, 08:09:18 AM
Confirmed,  the Swatcat's game on sunday will be televised live on Truevisions Channel 357.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 19, 2019, 08:45:20 AM
Thanks TW.
Sorry to ask for a favour again, but do you have an address for the Stadium, or a map ?
I'll give 'em a shout for you. ATB Roger
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 19, 2019, 09:27:04 AM
Hi Roger, they play at Trat Province Stadium. Enjoy the match.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 19, 2019, 09:48:37 AM
From Chantaburi
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 19, 2019, 11:51:30 AM
Thanks TW - that's brill. ATVB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 19, 2019, 02:35:46 PM
The Swatcats have drawn Bangkok United (at home) in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 19, 2019, 04:34:00 PM
Tie will be played on the 7th August.  KO 1800 hours
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Post by: Thaiwolf on July 21, 2019, 07:34:20 AM
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Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 22, 2019, 07:50:49 AM
Dateline 21st July 2019

 FT Trat FC 2 NRFC 1

Attendance; 3959
 
The Swatcats headed south for this weekend’s clash with the White Elephants, they started with the “big 4” - a bold selection for an away game.

In front of raucous away support, and on a heavy pitch, the visitors opened brightly but a fine solo goal from Doumbouya put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute. Seconds later he nodded in a second but as replays proved he was ruled erroneously offside.

As the Swatcats struggled in midfield a weak effort from Hartmann and a cross shot from Amadou was all they could muster as the half progressed.

The hosts had another goal ruled offside in the 28th minute as they continued to savage the Swatcat defence, then Hartmann had a point-blank header knocked over by the host’s keeper.

As the half drew to a close Pralong went close with a free kick and minutes later, the Swatcats were awarded a penalty when Henri was hacked down inside the box. Henri slotted the penalty kick home to send the visitors in at half time, rather fortunately, on even terms.

The second half opened with Hartmann replaced by Akekanat in order to bolster the visitor’s defence - I predict a tough 45 minutes ahead!! Trat continued to look very dangerous up front with the Swatcats unable to gain any real traction in midfield.

The hosts were now exerting almost continuous pressure with Jurosinmi testing keeper Cunningham with a low drive and inevitably Trat went ahead when Bireme blasted into the net in the 75th minute.

Late drama as Doumbouya spurned a great chance to make it three when he missed from 6 yards with only the keeper to beat, he then had the rebound from the keeper kicked off the line.

A sloppy first half defensive display and unfortunately, the Swatcats were outplayed for most of the game by a superior Trat outfit.

Coach Joksic cannot afford to play Henri, Hartmann, Assumpcao and Amadou, it leaves the side unbalanced and understrength in midfield. Bold coaching undoubtedly, but our slide down the table calls for a more defensive approach - I fear dark days ahead - what a disappointment.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 22, 2019, 07:52:19 AM
Match Day 19 Stats
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Post by: Roger on July 22, 2019, 09:00:14 AM
Hi TW. A great report. We enjoyed the trip despite the defeat. Less than an hour's drive . . .

Just before the Stadium there was a small eaterie with Chang on board. Good parking also a range of food and beer available at the Stadium - to keep the Missis and me happy. Pui doesn't have a Swatcat shirt and wore deep red - unfortunately that was Trat's colour.

Maybe you didn't pick this up from the TV. The ground was very heavy with water lying on the surface. Trat / Chan have had rains nearly every day the last 2 months. I think Trat are well used to these conditions and for me, the Swatcats didn't fancy it.

There were 3 buses of Swatcat fans, well done them. We had fun with the Trat fans and may return to see the coming Buriram game. BTW the roof of the glittering Swatcats team bus is rusting away - needs a serious paint !

As for the game, in the 1st half, the Swatcats couldn't muster a serious shot for almost half an hour. the last 15-20 minutes they asserted a little and did better - but as you say, lucky to go in at 1-1. After half time the Swatcats didn't really improve much on the first 30 mins performance and the result was a fair one. I thought Trat's No 5 showed composure and fine distribution throughout. The Swatcat defence found Trat's giant No 10 a real problem.

More worryingly for us Swatcats - Trat were a class or two above in the passing department, moving the ball swiftly across the sodden ground - drilled fast ground passing, a joy to watch and the Swatcats seemed forever trying to chase around to keep up. More than one goal disallowed and very lucky not to get a heavier defeat IMO.

I agree the 4 strikers can't be sustained. Chalermpong went off injured ? As we look down at nether regions wondering, I'd just say, the Squad looks good - so what's the problem then? Let's get back UP shall we. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 22, 2019, 09:37:22 AM
Hi Roger, agree with you on the conditions. Trat adapted far better than we did. Cannot put my finger on what is going wrong but 4 strikers for an away game?? Ludicrous!! We need to reset and play one up front or else we are going down. Really glad you both enjoyed the trip.

Bangkok United away next... oh heck
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 23, 2019, 10:41:12 AM
A real tester for the faltering Swatcats this weekend as they travel to the Capital to take on the Angels of Bangkok United (Sunday 28th July, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2).

The Angels are in fine form at the moment and the Swatcats will do well to escape with a close defeat. No hope with this one I’m afraid (but I have been known to be wrong).

Thaiwolf prediction’ Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 29, 2019, 06:53:47 AM
Dateline 28th July 2019

 FT Bangkok United 2 NRFC 2

Attendance; 2362

The Swatcats started without skipper Chalermpong, this could be a big miss tonight.

An uninspiring start to the match in exceptionally hot conditions. The hosts offering the majority of forward play but with no clear-cut chances created.

With the visitors struggling to get out of their own half for long periods, a Bangkok United goal seemed sure to come and in the 21st minute a well taken free kick was pushed wide by keeper Cunningham as Bangkok pressed.

In one of few, Swatcat forays forward, Lee headed wide from a free kick and as the half meandered to a conclusion, the Swatcats were holding their own against better quality opposition.

The second half began with a bang as Henri swept forward and slid the ball into the net to give the Swatcats a 46th minute lead.

The Angels continued to dominate, but a break forward by Assumpcao was thwarted with Henri set to tap in. The Angels immediately countered with Bonilla shooting into Cunningham’s arms.

In the 55th minute Assumpcao was taken down from behind in the box and a penalty was awarded. Henri converted the spot kick to give the visitors an unlikely 2 goal lead.

The visitors now sat back but the hosts still offered little in terms of chances but eventually, the Angels pulled a goal back in the 80th minute when Chananan hammered in to give the visitors the jitters and then seconds later Bonilla equalized with an angled shot.

 In a frantic last few minutes, Cunningham brought off a world class save from a clever swiveled shot from Chananan as the visitors held on for a well-deserved point.

Well, a point but it could have so easily been three. The team were not overawed by a disappointing Bangkok United team, defended well and took advantage of two defensive errors.

An encouraging performance. Well done boys!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 29, 2019, 06:55:06 AM
Match Day Stats 20
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on July 29, 2019, 07:09:58 AM
Thanks TW. The 'table' doesn't look at all good now ! Good result for the Swatcats but they must bitterly regret those 2 lost points. Both Chainat and Chonburi won . . .  :-X

I see Hartmann missed out ? I wonder how long he'll be around ?

Come on you Swatcats !!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 29, 2019, 03:21:12 PM
They'll be OK Roger. A couple of wins and we're top six. I think Hartmann will be great once he settles in.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on July 29, 2019, 04:46:29 PM
The Swatcats take on struggling Prachuap this Wednesday (Wednesday 31st July, KO 1745 hours, TV coverage TBC).

 The Swatcats desperately need a three pointer, Prachuap are there ready for the taking!!

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2019, 09:37:39 AM
At last night's match,  I had the good fortune to meet and chat with one of my former Swatcat heroes Ivan Boscovic.  He gave freely of his time - a lovely bloke.

Have to admit,  I felt like a dizzy schoolboy!!

He also gave me some great truths and insights into the Swatcat organisation - facts that I would not like to publicly divulge!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2019, 11:59:22 AM
Dateline 31th July 2019

 FT NRFC 3 Prachuap 1

Attendance; 3615

The Swatcats began the game with fancy midfield passing movements but the final balls were often going astray - much to the chagrin of the home supporters!!

 At the other end, the Swatcat defence seemed vulnerable to Prachuap’s rangy strikers, with an angled drive rolling inches wide of the home team’s post.

The Swatcats continued to dominate and they were rewarded in the 28th minute when Lee headed in from a corner to give the men from Korat a deserved lead. Minutes later an Assumpcao drive drew a fine save from the Prachuap keeper.

The hosts now flooded forward, searching for a second with Henri and Assumpcao tormenting the visitor’s defence and as the half drew to a close, the score was a fair reflection of the relative performances of the combatants.

The second half began with a typical Korat maelstrom, with billboards flying and fans retreating to the main stand to get cover from the rain. Prachuap opened brightly and keeper Cunningham had to be on his toes to beat out a viciously deflected shot.

Meanwhile, the Swatcats persevered with excellent counter attacking play. An Assumpcao break put Henri clear but his shot was blocked.

Somewhat against the run of play, Prachuap got back into the game in the 59th minute when a deflected freekick left keeper Cunningham helpless as the shot rolled into the net.

Prachuap were now beginning to tire and were looking vulnerable, so it came as no surprise when yet another break forward from Assumpcao in the 65th minute led to Henri being fouled just outside the box. Assumpcao stepped up and buried the ball in the left-hand corner of the net - surely Assumpcao is the best dead ball specialist in the league.
In the 70th minute, Amadou (who was having an uncharacteristically quiet night), put Henri clear but the Ivorian’s near post drive hit the woodwork.

The men from Korat finally sealed the deal in the 86th minute when a mazy run from Assumpcao ended with the ball at Henri’s feet. The striker calmly stuck the ball in to the net to put the hosts 3-1 up.

Hmmm, not too convinced by this performance. The defence was frequently exposed and our attacking force was misfiring today. Nonetheless a vital 3 points. On another day we could have lost this match. It just exposes the fine lines between winning and losing - never mind, my night was complete having met and chatted with one of my former Swatcat heroes Ivan Boscovic!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2019, 12:00:52 PM
Match Day 21 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 01, 2019, 04:30:25 PM
The Swatcats take on rapidly improving Muang Thong United this weekend (Saturday 13th August, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage TBC).

After a disastrous start to the season, the Kirins are now hoping to challenge for the title and the Swatcats will find it difficult to compete.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 02, 2019, 01:11:11 PM
Confirmed,  tomorrow's match will be shown live on Truevisions True4U,  KO 1900 hours.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 02, 2019, 02:42:40 PM
TW - thanks for the reports. Essential 3 points against Prachuap - when they equalised at 1-1 I guess there was some 'deja vu'  ;)  Very disappointing crowd - our previous Regional League attendance . . . .

Nice to see your pics of Ivan B - what's he up to ?

Regarding the Muang Thong game - they have been in such amazing form lately I'd guess we won't get a look in  :(

But you never know.

Hoping to catch Trat v Buriram and the Swatcats v Chonburi and Buriram - have to consult the Boss  8)

Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 02, 2019, 04:18:39 PM
Ivan is studying to get his coaching qualifications.  He jokingly mused that he might be the Swatcat's coach in 5 years!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 04, 2019, 08:00:55 AM
Dateline 3rd August 2019

 FT Muang Thong United 2 NRFC 0

Attendance; 9639

As the match began, Muang Thong started to put visitors under early pressure, with Cunningham forced to save with his feet early on, then Chappuis shot inches wide with a low drive.

The half progressed and as the visitor’s defence settled, they continued to hold their own against a talented home side. With 30 minutes gone, the Kirin’s were struggling to make the most of their early pressure and any Korat forward play was rare and relatively harmless.

 Assumpcao fluffed a chance when he was put clear in the 38th minute but his contact with the ball was weak and the keeper saved. The Kirin’s countered and Heberty brilliantly stroked a free kick into the net to give the home side the lead. In further, late drama, a curling chip shot from Derley came close to doubling the lead.

In truth, this was an uninspiring half, finishing with the Kirin’s deservedly one up.

The second half started with the Swatcats probing forward but in a game becoming a battle of few chances, a rare one came in the 60th minute when an Amadou cross was deflected onto the bar then Henri headed the rebound over from one yard out.

Assumpcao then held off two defenders to force the home keeper into action then Cunningham reciprocated when he brought off a world class save to keep the marauding KIrins at bay.

With Muang Thong still not creating much and the Swatcat threat minimal, the game was heading for a one goal victory but a snap shot from Henry almost gained the visitors a point when it rippled the side netting.

With time running out, a surprise second for the Kirins when Chalermpong was robbed of the ball just outside the box and Heberty slotted into the net.

Well, an uninspiring encounter with not much creative soccer in view. The Swatcats? Stout defence at times, little up front, outperformed by a superior side, that’s about the sum of it
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 04, 2019, 02:28:01 PM
Many Thai fans are calling for coach Jocsic to quit.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 04, 2019, 04:50:06 PM
Thanks TW - I saw the 1st half on TV and agree with your take on that !

As for Jocsic - he's sure to be under pressure if results don't look up. The squad looks good enough on paper but too often, they play in a shambles - Trat outclassed them. Despite some great signings - we still don't move forward   :(
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 05, 2019, 07:20:11 AM
Match Day 22 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 05, 2019, 07:21:59 AM
Games coming thick and fast as the Swatcats welcome Bangkok United to the 80th Anniversary stadium for the FA Cup quarter final tie this week (Wednesday 7th August, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage TBC).

This will be a tight match and I would not be surprised to see this one go to penalties.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 05, 2019, 04:47:28 PM
Confirmed,  wednesday's quarter final will be televised live on truevisions TS2 and TS2HD
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 07, 2019, 11:02:32 AM
An absolutely must win game for the Swatcats this weekend when they take on struggling Suphanburi. (Sunday 11th August, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage Truevisions TS2).

Defeat would pull the Swatcats into deep relegation mire and could possibly signal the end for coach Milos Joksic.

Thaiwolf prediction; Home win
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 07, 2019, 11:07:57 AM
For those who may be planning ahead, Match Day 25 matches - Swatcats V Buriram have been moved to  wednesday 2nd October.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 08, 2019, 08:19:32 AM
Swatcat hearts were broken last night when an extra time goal knocked them out of the FA Cup at the quarter final stage.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 11, 2019, 08:21:18 AM
Could today be Milos Joksic's last game at Korat. Massive vitriole against him from local thai fans. I personally hope not but perhaps his position is becoming untenable.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 12, 2019, 07:41:53 AM
Dateline 11th August 2019
 
 FT NRFC 1 Suphanburi 1

Attendance; 4780
 
Premier League strugglers Suphanburi were the guests this weekend. In what I expect to be Milos Joksic’s last game at the club if the men from Korat do not gain three points, this really is a “must win” fixture for the hosts.
 
After a quiet start where neither side managed to seize the initiative, the hosts went ahead when Amadou pounced on a knock down from a free kick in the 15th minute. The Ivorian continued to threaten with a series of jinxing runs as the men from Korat continued to press.
 
Suphan had some useful possession but were unable to create any clear-cut chances but in the 40th minute, Meechok prodded in to equalize.
 
 As a rather staid and uneventful half with few incidents of note drew to a close, the teams went in at half time all square.
 
The second half kicked off with the Swatcats on the offensive but the visitors had the first chance with a clever flick that keeper Cunningham did well to grab. The Swatcats countered with Henri just failing to connect with an Amadou cross.
 
With the hosts regularly losing possession in midfield, Suphan began to grow into the game and were looking more dangerous up front. At the other end and somewhat against the run of play Amadou swiveled and hit a low shot inches wide. Minutes later Henri shot tamely over the bar.
 
With confidence growing, a superb flowing movement involving Amadou and Henri ended with a Weerawat shot going just wide as the Swatcats had three chances in as many minutes.
 
The Swatcats continued to dominate with a clear penalty for handball turned down but In a late scare Cunningham saved following a quick counter from Cleiton.

In a final flourish, with the last kick of the game, the Suphan keeper saved well from a 22-yard free kick as the hosts launched a last, panic ridden attempt to win the game.

A mediocre effort tonight and a chance lost to pull clear of the relegation zone. The team never looked like winning and indeed, Suphanburi looked the more organized and crisper side tonight.

Rudderless and bereft of ideas up front. Sadly, the question has to be asked, are we heading for Tier 2!!
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Post by: Thaiwolf on August 12, 2019, 07:43:50 AM
Match Day 23 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 12, 2019, 08:19:33 AM
Very poor crowd again TW

Thanks for the report - 3 away games coming up - Chonburi (see you), Chiang Mai and Port !

Gotta get some points out of those games. ATB
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 13, 2019, 07:36:12 AM
The Swatcats embark upon a series of three consecutive away games this weekend (Sunday 18th August, KO 1900 hours, Tv coverage Truesports TS2).

This is a winnable game for the Swatcats and 3 points would certainly ease their relegation worries.

Thaiwolf prediction; Away win
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 13, 2019, 10:33:48 AM
The Swatcat facebook page makes ugly reading.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 13, 2019, 10:53:37 AM
Hi TW - yes it IS ugly. With just 7 games to go and only 4 points clear, is this the right time to change the Manager? At this stage a move like that could backfire. 3 points on Sunday please . . .
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 13, 2019, 11:09:46 AM
Changing coach now would be a disaster. We need to stick with Joksic and hope for the best - we are of course only one point off 8th place (which would be a decent finish)!!

Next season.... I'm beginning to think we need a change.

Interestingly, Manu Polking (considered one of the best coaches in Thailand), has recently announced that he is leaving Bangkok United at the end of the season.

Further, Ivan Boscovic was spotted sitting with former coach Kambe at the weekend's match.......just saying!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 16, 2019, 01:57:31 PM
Swatcats on tour.  Drove from Korat to Pattaya this morning - and I'm still alive!!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 18, 2019, 07:56:52 AM
Another Swatcat on tour - en route Chonburi at 10 - come on Swatcats !
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 18, 2019, 07:59:02 AM
Yee hii!!
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 19, 2019, 06:22:37 PM
It's what Thai football is all about. Sharks and Swatcats fans enjoying a pre match bevvie.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 20, 2019, 07:46:58 AM
Dateline 18th August 2019

 FT Chonburi Sharks 2 NRFC 1

Attendance; 5507

The Sharks began brightly with debutant keeper Chainarong saving smartly after 30 seconds. Minutes later Kroekrit shot agonizingly inches wide with an angled drive. At the other end, Henri got onto the end of an Amadou lob but was thwarted by the home keeper.

With Chonburi looking more refined and the visitors resorting to the Neanderthal tactic of lumping the ball forward for Henri to chase, the contrast in tactics was embarrassing at times.

In the 12th minute Caion broke forward and forced the visitor’s keeper into a fine save. The Sharks continued to press and in the 25th minute a viciously deflected shot from Sarahat Sontisawat eluded the keeper and crept into the net to put the Sharks one up.

Minutes later and rather unexpectedly, the Swatcats equalized when Amadou skillfully slid the ball into the net from 8 yards and as the first half whistle blew, the visitors could consider themselves lucky to be on level terms.

After a brief period of decent attacking play as the second half commenced, the visitors faded as the home attack, with Caion prominent, began to tear the Swatcat defence apart with thrusts from both flanks. The combative Caion had two headed chances before the inevitable happened in the 64th minute when Caion struck home after the Swatcat defence failed to clear.

With the Swatcats attack bereft of ideas, this strike looked like the winner and as the match stuttered to a conclusion, the visitors limped to yet another disappointing loss.

In what has become common recently, a toothless, mediocre performance with the team resorting to lumping the ball forward for our inept forwards to chase. There was no pattern, no crisp passing movements and a distinct lack of quality on display.
My early season optimism has quickly evaporated as it has transpired that coach Joksic is presiding over a very average team.
The team is now deep in relegation territory and quite honestly with Port, Buriram and Samut Prakan to come, I cannot see where our next points are going to come from. The team needs a fresh approach but unfortunately, I fear that even a big change within the coaching staff will save us from the dreaded drop.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 20, 2019, 07:48:32 AM
Match Day 24 Stats
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Thaiwolf on August 20, 2019, 09:15:58 AM
Fixtures ahead in the Swatcat’s relegation battle.

Chang Mai United A
Port A
Samut Prakan H
Buriram H
Chainat A
Sukhothai H

I expect zero points from Port, Samut Prakan and Buriram. The vital fixtures are against fellow strugglers Chang Mai, Chainat and Sukhothai.

If I had to guess, 7 points will be enough to survive - wins against Chang Mai and Sukhothai and a draw at Chainat would do the trick.
Title: Re: Nakhon Ratchasima FC - The Swatcats
Post by: Roger on August 20, 2019, 09:46:07 AM