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Adopt An S. League Club

Sat 31 January 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It has previously been suggested that we could arrange to watch an S. League game from time to time after the new season gets started sometime next month.

I also suggested adopting an S. League club.

I think it would be a good idea for FIOFAFI to adopt an S. League club – one we can go and watch from time to time, and whose fortunes we follow over the course of the year.

I think it should be one of the six local clubs in the S. League that are identified by area in Singapore – Balestier Khalsa, Geylang United, Gombak United, Sengkang Punggol, Tampines Rovers and Woodlands Wellington.

Andy M had earlier indicated a preference for Tampines Rovers, as it has the same initials (TRFC) as the English club he supports, Tranmere Rovers.

The vast majority of us live in the east, so I imagine it will come down to a choice between Tampines Rovers and Geylang United.

Geylang United would be my personal choice. They were known as Geylang International in the mid-1970s, at the time I first started taking an interest in football generally, which was different from the run-of-the-mill Uniteds and Rovers.

They were also champions in the first three seasons (1975 to 1977) of the National Football League (which ran from 1975 to 1987).

Several of the Singapore team that won the Malaysia Cup in 1977 played for Geylang International.    According to the FAS website:

The return of the Malaysia Cup to Singaporean hands in 1977 – after the Lions had last won in the independence year of 1965 brought huge crowds to celebrate the achievement of coach Choo and his players, who defeated Penang 3-2.

Geylang United now play at Bedok Stadium, which is also closer than Tampines for those of us living anywhere between the Bayshore and Fort Road areas, or between Bedok and the city, or anywhere in Singapore west or north-west of the east.

Further, Geylang is more colourful than Tampines. 🙂  Geylang Serai is associated with Malay culture, while there are a lot of other cultural and religious establishments closer to Aljunied MRT.

Of course, Bedok Stadium is four stops further east, but still ….

Anyway, I’ll put all six clubs up for a vote.

FIOFAFI will adopt the club with the most votes (provided that there are at least 20 votes in all).

Individually, you’re free to support any other S. League club.

Categories: Participation
  1. Kevin
    Sat 31 January 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Geylang for my please…

  2. Sat 31 January 2009 at 7:23 pm

    On behalf of rajseran, I vote for Geylang.

  3. Mark
    Sun 1 February 2009 at 5:50 pm

    i think we should have an option on the poll.. to say something along the lines of.. “i rather watch a movie.. any movie… rather than support a stoopid league..”

  4. rajiv
    Sun 1 February 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Mark, no one will force you to go watch – it’s for those who would like to go watch. 🙂

    Watching football at a stadium can be very different from watching it on TV.

  5. yaseen
    Mon 2 February 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I have always been a woodlands fan since young and still be because of their flamboyant ‘mouth from the south’ manager vengadasalam.. i use to take bus all the way from bukit merah to woodlands just to watch them play…

  6. rajiv
    Tue 10 February 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The S. League is due to start next Monday, 16 February 2009.

    We need 6 more votes for the above poll to choose the club that FIOFAFI adopts for the new season to be valid.

  7. rajiv
    Wed 11 February 2009 at 10:21 am

    Although a couple votes for Woodlands Wellington may be genuine, I suspect the rest are just spoilers, who don’t think we should adopt an S. League club at all. After all, how many of us live in or near Woodlands?

    Those who voted Woodlands Wellington, identify yourselves (apart from Yaseen, who already has). 🙂

  8. Nick
    Wed 11 February 2009 at 1:51 pm

    got to geylang

  9. rajseran
    Wed 11 February 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Nick are you having your next Culture Shock at Geylang 😉 I will love to watch that if it is coming up on TV .

  10. rajiv
    Thu 12 February 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Still no sign of the full 2009 fixtures on the S. League website.

    All that is shown on the website are the matches for Monday and Tuesday next week.

    If anyone is interested:

    • Monday, 16 February 2009, 7.45 pm, Tampines Stadium: Tampines Rovers v Home United
    • Tuesday, 17 February 2009, 7.45 pm, Bedok Stadium: Geylang United v Albirex Niigata

    Perhaps they do the fixtures a few days ahead at a time, rather than for the whole season. No wonder so few people watch!

  11. yaseen
    Thu 12 February 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I voted for woodlands of course… sadly they always shine at the start and gradually just fade from the scene I understand Rajseran is a great fan of Ex tampines, woodlands player Rafi Ali and also his dum BRIYANI..

  12. rajiv
    Mon 16 February 2009 at 12:29 pm

    It was hard work, but we finally got to 20 votes.

    • Geylang United – 10 votes (50%)
    • Woodlands Wellington – 5 votes (25%)
    • Tampines Rovers – 3 votes (15%)
    • Balestier Khalsa – 1 vote (5%)
    • Sengkang Punggol – 1 vote (5%)

    So FIOFAFI will adopt Geylang United. It doesn’t mean I won’t try to arrange to watch other clubs, but wherever possible, it’ll be Geylang United, and I’ll follow their fortunes on the blog.

  13. rajiv
    Sun 22 February 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Tom’s a Woodlands Wellington fan too.

  14. rajiv
    Thu 5 March 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Some controversial incidents involving Geylang United and Woodlands Wellington:

    In September 2007, he was banned for five games and was fined SGD$2500 for insulting the referee after his team, Geylang United lost controversially to Home United by conceding two goals in the final five minutes. It was reported in the papers that he said, “How much did you bet on the game, ref?.

    In September 2007, Woodlands Wellington was fined S$30,000 and docked six league points after the team walked off the pitch in the 60th minute of a match against Tampines Rovers FC to protest the decisions of the referee. The incident began with a red card shown to Woodlands player Hasrin Jailani in the 53rd minute for an elbowing incident against Tampines midfielder Mustafic Fahruddin.

    Three minutes later, Woodlands conceded a freekick which allowed Shariff Samat to score the opening goal. Upon the restart, the Woodlands players reportedly stood still and allowed Noh Alam Shah to score the second goal, after which they left the pitch and refused to return to the pitch, forcing the match to be abandoned with Tampines leading 2-0.

    The S.League disciplinary committee also fine club chairman Francis Gomez (who instigated the team to leave the field) S$10,000 and banned him from attending S.League matches for the rest of the season. Coach Jorg Steinebrunner was fined S$2,000, team captain Jerry Bartholomeusz was fined S$1,500, and nine other Woodlands players were fined S$1,000 each. The match was awarded to Tampines with a 2-0 scoreline. The incident was the first walkout in S.League history.

    Both incidents occurred in September 2007.

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