- Head coach, Phayong Khunnaen recently won the Thai TV version of highbrow quiz show, ‘Mastermind. His specialist subject in the final was 70s sitcom, ‘Are You Being Served..?’
- Club chairman, Chucheep Liangthanom is a big fan of the 1968 movie, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and lives in a house modelled on Baron Bomburst’s castle.
- Chucheep Liangtanom’s two children are named Caractacus and Truly, after the two main characters in his favourite film.
- Goalkeeper, Todsaporn SriReung has webbed fingers and has to have his gloves specially made. League rules stipulate that he is not allowed to keep goal bare-handed, as this would give him an unfair advantage.
- The club does not own any footballs and has to borrow them from local schools for training sessions and home matches.
- Trat spelt backwards is Tart.
- Striker (and ex-Chonburi favourite), Bireme Diouf has a sandwich named after him in his native Ivory Coast. It’s called the Bireme Diouf Sandwich.
- The club’s nickname is The White Elephants. According to the Oxford English Dictionary a ‘white elephant’ is “a useless possession, especially one that is expensive to keep”. (Insert own joke here…)
- Trat is the only province in Thailand that doesn’t have a single 7-11 store.
- Squad members, Supoj Wonghoi, Tatchanon Nakarawong, Seksir Srisai, Pichit Jaibun and Pairote Sokam occasionally perform as a Take That tribute band called, unsurprisingly, Take Trat.
Tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale via the All Ticket website and at 7-11 stores nationwide.
This blueprint for Thai football, written in 2009 by Steve Darby, is a must read for anyone with an interest in the local game. Fascinating stuff.