Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Time for a look at......Nakhon Sawan


Pro League: 2001,2003

The Red Lions of Nakhon sawan, after being crowned Provincial League winners in 2001 and 2003, they thought it was time to move up that footballing ladder.
And boy has it been tough!

Consolidation has been the aim since they made the move joining the 1st Division in 2007, hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Pro League rivals Chonburi and hopefully march into the top flight within a 3-5 year period.

Currently, the plan is going backwards, and they seem to be forever looking over their shoulders and toying with life in Division 2, or what we now call the Regional League.

In fact, they should be playing in it after coming 15th and in a relegation spot just last season.

Due to the TPL going pro and Bangkok Bank therefore having to withdraw, they were given some sort of lifeline. This was to start the new domestic season in a 4 way playoff battle to stay in Division One and the chance to again pit their wits against the likes of the Army and Air Force.

They didn’t take this chance, and lost the playoff final to Thai Honda, well didn’t just lose but got stuffed 4-0!

But last chance saloon seems to be what Nakhon Sawan are all about, due to coming runner up in that playoff, they were thrown back into the 1st Division when the Army Welfair Department decide to withdraw – the Red Lions back where they wanted to be!

But have they taken this opportunity as we approach the half way stage of the season?

NO! They have stumbled along at the bottom getting thumped left and right, only recently they have started to show a bit of fight.

Can they beat the drop this season??

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