Bangkok Veterans League
Season #2, Month #7
06/Aug/2006 • Harrow School

History repeats, and Anglo-Franco Alliance is triumphant once again!

Date: 25/Aug/2006
Sorry, I've been quiet. As usual, work and family got the best of me over the last few weeks. However, I am delighted to mention that the Unusual Suspects swept the Aug/6th competition in the end — The Anglo-Franco Alliance ..!!!

Although the Vikings were taking no prisoners in the Group Stage, they couldn't overcome the distinctively tactical approach of the Anglo-Franco Alliance who allowed no goals to the Vikings both at the Group game as well as in the Final, and, deservedly won over the Vikings on a lone goal in the end. Congratulations...!! Once again, the British and the French do produce wonders whenever they can agree to join forces.

In the end, here is the final standings:
    1) Anglo-Franco Alliance
    2) Scandinavian Vikings
    3) Yingcharoen Standbys
    4) Germans
    5) BU Japan (yes, they were unlucky once again, a 6th-in-a-row!!)

Here's the complete scores of the day ==>  

We have 4 months to go till the end of the season, and I'd like announce the schedule for it. With apologies, I won't be around to put together the September competition on the 1st Sunday of the month. During the first 2 weeks of September, me and the familia will be making a trip back home after a 4-year break, and see the Formula-1 race in Istanbul in the process...! Therefore, if it's Ok, I propose to hold the September competition on Sep/17th (Sun.) at Patana School. If it's not Ok, please let me know, and we'll have to see whether anyone else would like to take on the organization for September.

And, the competitions for the rest of the year are planned to be on:
    • Oct/8th (Sun.)
    • Nov/5th (Sun.)
    • Dec/10th (Sun.)

For December, I actually was thinking we could hold a larger "season-ending" tournament, perhaps a day-long competition with increased number of teams, some more from the Casual League, and activities like a Captains Night party the night before with a formal groups draws, and a tournament farewell dinner after the tournament somewhere in town with trophy presentations, and with all of its accompanying fun & funfair and banter.

Just a thought.! Certainly, this is open to suggestions and ideas. Please write back if you believe this is a good or a bad idea and its pros-&-cons in your view. The idea is that, going forward, the December competition becomes a larger event every year and a chance and bigger reason to celebrate the success and the growth of the Vets in Bangkok.

Talk to you when I get back.

Kind regards,


Picture 1 — The action in the game between BU Japan and Yingcharoen was also taking off.

Picture 2 — That smooth Thai touch.!

Picture 3 — Some like it hot, some like it under the shade.!

Picture 4 — "Oh, we're just getting warmed up.!"

Picture 5 — The stands are brimming with excitement.

Picture 6 — Anglo(Thai)-Franco succeed in the penalties against the Germans.

Picture 7 — Fabian's fancy footwork!

Picture 8 — Germans were to suffer a 2nd shoot-out loss on the same day, this time in the hands of Yingcharoen.

Picture 9 — "Baby, come to me..!"

Picture 10 — Friendly Grand Finalists, Anglo-Franco -vs- Vikings, before the Grand Final.

Picture 11 — Anders the Joker.!

Picture 12 — A happy ending to a great day of football.

Picture 13 — Yes, son, your daddy got them from 7-11. [picture courtesy of Vikings website]

Author: Tim
Team: Scandinavian Vikings
Date: 08/Aug/2006
Source: Write-up at Vikings's website
Title: Viking Vets Just Fall Short to Fr-Brits in Final

The Viking Vets just managed to field a team of 7 after new recruit, Raimond, finally arrived at the field after carefully searching for the pitch at the Domestic Terminal and some last minute signings of Fahri in goal and EG in defence.

The Viking Vets were still sleeping as the game began against the Japanese. Before the Viking Vets woke up, the Japanese were up 2-0 and prospects looked dim for a Viking top finish. The Viking Vets opened their scoring with an EG pass to C1 who neatly netted the Vikings first goal. The Vikings continued to pressure the Japanese when Raimond launched a shot from the midfield which crashed off the top bar and into the goal and the game was even. The Viking Vets had awakened from their slumber and were not about to lose their first game. Taking the ball at mid-field, C1 found The Real Deal on the flank and a quick one two found C1 netting his second goal of the game. The Viking Vets held off the Japanese for a 3-2 victory in the opening match.
Vikings 3 - 2 Japanese

The second match saw the Viking Vets in full form against a strong Thai team (with substitutes). The scoring opened with another C1 - Real Deal combination quickly followed by once again a C1-Real Deal - Goal - Assist combination. The Viking Vets were in full stride as C2 netted a perfect shot on a feed from C1. The scoring was topped off by the Real Deal taking a pass from C2 and efficiently putting the ball away in the back of the net. The Viking defence was strong in holding the Thai team scoreless.
Vikings 4 - 0 Yingcharoen

As the tournament progressed, it appeared like the opponents were becoming tougher and with bigger and bigger squads. The Germans brought a full team with almost a full bench of substitutes available. Unfazed by the stronger competition, the Viking Mighty 7 quickly scored with a shot from C2 then a long ball from EG finding the bottom corner of the net and just outside the reach of the German Goalie. The Germans fought back with a goal to suddenly threaten the Viking Vets. The Real Deal was not about to let the Germans get the upper hand as another pass from C2 found the Real Deal netting the second goal of the Tournament. Another C2 - C1 combination and the game was in hand. For good measure, C2 again found the Real Deal who netted his third goal in the Tournament. The Germans were handily defeated by the Viking Vets.
Vikings 5 - 1 Germans

The fourth and final Group Match saw the Viking Vets against the newly formed Fr-Brit Team. This was a team made up of the French and the British teams neither of which could field a full team. It appeared that both teams lacked motivation as they both had already qualified for the SFs. The match saw many Viking Vets shots hit the post or just fly wide of the goal and a number of Fr-Brit offensive charges shut down by the Viking Defence. The quickly tiring and injury ridden Viking Vets were able to hold the Fr-Brits to a scoreless draw.
Vikings 0 - 0 Fr-Brits

The SFs saw the Viking Vets against the Thai team who were seeking revenge for the earlier 4-0 defeat. The Viking Vets seemed disorganized and tired and quickly saw Yingcharoen net two goals. The Viking Vets were against the wall and C1 and C2 seemed to be arguing on every play. The Real Deal was heard trying to calm the Viking Management in order to have them concentrate on the game at hand. C2 finally stopped his banter and single handily brought the score to 1- 2. A few minutes later, C2 with full concentration on the game, brought the game even. The Viking Vets were feeling the heat and lack of substitutions as both C2 and Terry went down with injuries. Time was waning in the game and it took all of the Vikings power to deny Yingcharoen any further goals and finally with disagreements settled, C1 found C2 who netted his third goal to send the Viking Vets to the Grand Final.
Vikings 3 - 2 Yingcharoen

The Grand Final saw the Viking Vets against the Fr-Brits in a re-match of their scoreless draw. The Viking Vets clearly showing their age and lack of substitutions were flat from the first whistle. Midway through the game the Fr-Brits were able to crack the Viking Vet defence for a 1-0 lead. The Viking Vets fought back with a few shots just missing the net. Fahri in goal made some cracking saves to keep the Viking Vets in the match. Having scored 15 goals prior to the Final, the Vikings did not have another goal in their bag and it saw the newly created Fr-Brits take the first place honors.
Final: Vikings 0 - 1 Fr-Brits

From: Chris
Team: British Club
Date: 25/Aug/2006


Sounds great to me.

September 17 should be ok for the British Club.

Have a wonderful trip home.

Be safe n well.

From: Mori
Team: BU Japan
Date: 28/Aug/2006

Dear EG-san,

Sorry for the behind reply. Sep. 17th should be Okay. Please enjoy the trip and holiday.

Thanks and regards,

From: Dominique
Team: LeCoq French
Date: 29/Aug/2006

Hi Eralp

It all looks fine; Coqs will be there on Sep/17th.

Have a good holiday ! and don't abuse with the lokums!

LeCoq de Bangkok


Feel free to e-mail to me if you would like to voice your take on the above summary, or would like to obtain the original resolution pictures.





06/Aug/2006 Results
Teams                          Group Points       Final Standings   
 • Anglo-Franco 5 (2nd) Champ!
 • Vikings 13 (1st) 2nd
 • Yingcharoen 4 (4th) 3rd
 • Germans 5 (3rd) 4th
 • BU Japan 3 (5th) BadCup!
Note: "(3rd)" means finished 3rd after the Groups