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Tue 16 December 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

In October 2005, I received three free tickets to watch Tampines Rovers play Home United at Tampines Stadium. The match was to be played on Friday, 21 October 2005.  I offered two tickets to everyone on Dennis’s mailing list by sending out an e-mail to them on the Wednesday before the game.

At the time of my e-mail, the match was a potential title-decider.  Tampines Rovers were top of the table on 54 points, while Singapore Armed Forces FC were lying second on 50 points, both with two games to play.

The responses ranged from disinterest to sarcasm and disdain, not dissimilar to Rajseran’s response here.  No one took up the free tickets.

SAFFC drew 3-3 at home with Geylang United on the Thursday, so Tampines Rovers, with a vastly superior goal difference, were effectively champions before their game on Friday.

I took my two nephews instead. Home United won 5-3, so we got a lot of goals at least.

The fare was mediocre, but I would have thought going to watch a match live (rather than on TV) would have been worth a laugh at least. Amongst other things, not being able to see instant replays of the goals takes some getting used to.

Tampines Rovers still finished champions. SAFFC were runners up, while Home United finished fourth.

A brief history of the S.League and Singapore football can be found, as is to be expected, on Wikipedia.

I’m old enough to remember the domination of Geylang Internationals (now Geylang United) in the mid-1970s, the only previous period that I took any real interest in local club football.

My biggest grouse remains the structure of football in the region.

And why do we have Japanese, Chinese and Korean sides in the league? Singapore might wish it were in the Sea of Japan, but it’s not.

I don’t think we’ll have another FIOFAFI drinks until the proposed BBQ (which will probably be in July next year as it’s better to have a BBQ during the dry months – I’ve had too many rain-affected BBQs in the past couple of years – unless Franco organizes a German BBQ before then 🙂 ), so instead, we could arrange to watch an S.League game on a Friday night, once the 2009 season starts (I believe sometime in February 2009).

Bring the kids, to make it a family day out.

Andy M suggested watching Tampines Rovers FC, as they have the same initials as his karmically connected Tranmere Rovers FC.

We should adopt an S. League club next year.

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  1. rajiv
    Wed 31 December 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Perhaps a Singapore team should join the A-League, in the same way the Singapore Slingers play in the Australian National Basketball League.

  2. rajiv
    Fri 30 January 2009 at 3:12 pm

    The S. League season in 2008 ran from February to November.

    However, the fixtures for the 2009 season are still not out yet.

    There is a report in the Brunei Times on 10 January 2009 that a club from Brunei may play in the S. League in the coming season.

    The same report says that the 2009 S. League season is due to start on 16 February 2009. I haven’t found a reference to that date anywhere else, not even in the S. League website.

    If the S. League season is due to start on in just over two weeks, they’re leaving the publication of the fixtures very late. Perhaps they’re waiting until the deal with the club from Brunei is finalised.

  3. rajiv
    Fri 6 February 2009 at 2:12 pm

    In the Singapore press on Wednesday:

    CHINESE Super League side Henan Siwu and Brunei’s DPMM are leading the race to join the S-League this month, as the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) mulls over the fate of Chinese side Dalian Shide.

    Last week, the S-League revealed that Dalian could be given the boot after their poor debut season last year when they finished 10th out of 12 teams.

    According to insiders, the Chinese club are almost certainly on their way out, after winning just five of their 33 matches.

    Hopefully, you read about the possibility of a Brunei club playing in the S. League here first (see Comment 5 above).

  4. rajiv
    Tue 10 February 2009 at 4:55 pm

    The local press has today reported that the new S. League season will start next Monday (16 February 2009).

    Brunei’s DPMM will replace Dalian Shinde.

    However, the fixtures are still not up on the S. League website.

  5. rajiv
    Wed 18 February 2009 at 8:01 am

    Great Eastern are the new co-sponsors of the S. League (together with Yeo’s), in place of Income. This despite Great Eastern announcing yesterday that its 2008 fourth quarter profits had fallen by about half from the year before.

  6. rajiv
    Fri 20 February 2009 at 1:49 pm

    How meaningful can it be to have a Korean team based at Yishun Stadium?

    Nee Soon grassroots MP and Super Reds Football Club adviser Er. Lee Bee Wah was on hand to grace the match with her presence, delivering the opening address to cheer the Korean side on and touch on the community activities they will be participating in.

    “Last year, the Super Reds did very well, finishing runners-up and were very close (to winning the title). In fact, all they were lacking was a little bit of luck.

    “This year, I’m sure all our players will do their very best. Super Reds will also be involved in community projects in Nee Soon South, some activities and competitions.”

    In a first half in which the Young Lions held on with nine or 10 behind the ball at almost every moment, they were kept alive more by the Super Reds’ lack of creativity and inability to finish than the strength of their own resolve.


    Credit must go to the boisterous Young Lions crowd in attendance who easily outnumbered the showing of the home fans, and who never let their spirits dip as they watched their team come up against a side that vastly outnumbered theirs in terms of age.

    What home fans?

    Super Reds were held to a goalless draw.

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