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Bangkok Veterans League — Bangkok, Thailand —
Welcome to the official website of the Bangkok Veterans League. This is a community of football-hungry but very-slow and fast-aging Over-35 youngsters, from all corners of the world and all walks of life, played in the true spirit of friendship and the love of the game.
Following years of running the ball in the Farang League and the Casual League, some of us thought it was not really possible to keep up with the young-blood filling up the ranks of the newly emerging teams, and so the result is this new "Vets League" in Bangkok, specifically welcoming those of us who are looking for the lighter side of the game among peers (who don't run circles around us!).
It must be stressed, some of these so-called "Vets" are still in their prime, and could easily take on any challenge posed by any wannabe young-blood team in either of the leagues mentioned above.
Originally floated by Chris Jolly during the friendly games back at the end of 2003 at the International School of Bangkok (ISB), and a key exploratory meeting among Bruce, Eralp, Martin, Jesper at the British Club on 08/Jul/2004, plus much intense debate and discussion during the rest of 2004, the Veterans League got its inaugural kickoff back in Feb/2005 with 4 visionary "Founding Fathers":
• Germans (led by Eralp, Bruce, Ralf)
• British Club (led by Martin, and Chris remotely!)
• Scandinavian Vikings (led by Jesper, and later by Niclas)
• NIST Teachers (led by Adrian)
and continues to increase its roster of teams to this date. Nowadays, we are routinely getting 15-20 teams in each one of our monthly competitions, and having a ball while doing it!
Our philosophy is friendship, fellowship, fairness, and fun, where winning is not the objective. Each team prides itself with being friendly and fair, in the true "Land of Smiles" spirit of "Amazing Thailand". We would like to see each team and every player leave at the end of the day with a positive impression of the half-day meet-up, having made some new friends in the players from other teams, and anxious and eager to return to play in the following month.
And, to that end, we keep it simple:
- 1st Sundays of every month
- WorldCup-style tournament format
- half-day during 1pm-6pm
- 5-7 short games per team (including QFs, SFs, and the Grand Final)
- mostly at Harrow School (map)
- sometimes at Patana School (map)
- any-slide-foul (always-stay-on-your-feet)
• Plenty of:
- and, laughs!
[For a full documentation of the Vets League Rules, please click here]
So, what are you waiting for.? Come, join the fun, and enjoy a day out with real dedicated football buffs.
And, if you are a travelling team just passing by Bangkok, we would be delighted to make up a mix-team to catch a friendly game. We get the pitch, you get the beer — simple enough..!
Click here to contact someone who could give you more information.
Season #6, Event #8 —
Muubaan Kumar steal the game in another close encounter
This was the "first-ever" out-of-Bangkok trip for Vets League back in 2009, and we were able to repeat it this year again, making the trip to nearby Chonburi, visiting authoritative Referee Kumar's village, and playing against his Muubaan Kumar village elders.
Season #5, Event #23 —
Francophones win on a last-gasp last-kick effort
It is November, therefore it must be time for Bangkok Veterans's annual traditional friendly with the Bangkok Francophones. Visions of last year's agonizing lost still fresh in the memories, Bangkok Veterans arrived to this year's friendly with a lot of enthusiasm and a strong 20-men squad.
A quick e-mail went out to all the Vets on the VetsLeague mailing group, and we had another talented squad in a flash once again.
Season #5, Event #20 —
THAIcrew-45 lift both Over-35s and Over-45s Veterans World Cup
Such a whirlwind tournament that it was the 2nd annual Veterans World Cup, and, after many games, goals, rains, mudpuddles, penalties-shootouts, and even coin tosses, this year's World Cup championship go to, would you believe it, an Over-45 team ==> THAIcrew-45 !!!
At their advancing age, they played the tournament strategically and according to the rules, took advantage of them any way they can, and found themselves against last year's Runners-up, Scandinavian Vikings, in the Grand Final.
Season #5, Event #14 —
Japanese take back the Permanent Cup with Ninja-like precision
After exactly a year later, the Bangkok Veterans met the Bangkok Japanese (a mix team of stars from BU Japan, Japan FC and Japan Allstars) once again with the aim to bring home this annual traditional friendly derby's Permanent Cup.
In the past 2 years, the Permanent Cup had changed hands back-&-forth, and the winner of this year would gain an upper hand in the rankings. Feel free to read through the previous years's epic battles at the following links in the Traditions section.
A quick e-mail went out to all the Vets on the VetsLeague mailing group, and in a flash, we had a team:
Season #5, Event #10 —
Muubaan Kumar pull off a narrow late victory
For the "first-ever" time, Bangkok Veterans decided to get on the road and make a trip to nearby Chonburi, visiting authoritative Referee Kumar's village, and playing against his Muubaan Kumar village elders.
Season #4, Event #19 —
Thailand Seniors cruise to another lopsided victory
At the risk of another rain cancellation, Bangkok Veterans returned to the beautiful grounds of Phasakan Sports to take on the indomitable Thailand Seniors in their annual traditional friendly.
Fresh off from their 2nd championship in 3 years in the 3rd annual Seniors World Cup in Pitsanulok in Apr/2008, the Veterans knew it was going to be an uphill battle against the Thailand Seniors right from the get-go.
A quick e-mail went out to all the Vets on the VetsLeague mailing group, and we had another talented squad in a flash once again:
I have finally managed to create a very special group in Yahoo Groups only for all the players of the Veterans League, so that you can get the latest updates (and banter) in a more efficient way.
To sign up for the "VetsLeague" mailing list, please connect to:
and click the "Join This Group" blue button (at the top right) to make a request for becoming a member.
Next Vets — 12/Dec/2010
The next Vets day is scheduled for 08/May/2011 (Sun) and is confirmed at Harrow School (map), kickoff 1:00 pm sharp!.
• Asian Amateur Football Confederation
• British Club (BC) Masters
Finally managed to get web polling working on the site, and just to give it a test run, below was our first official poll on the Veterans League.
Here are the results of our webpoll as it closed on 30/Apr/2007.
Note: Although "No" and "Absolutely No!" votes came out more than the combined "Yes" responses, receiving a total of only 22 votes is unfortunately significantly less than the minimum 30 votes required for statistical reliability. Hope we do better in our next webpoll.
• Blue Lightning
• JFC Bears
• Japan AS
• Southern Cross
• LeCoq French
• BU Japan
• Manow Japan
• Los Latinos
• JFC Penguins
• Crossbar South.
Note: "(3B)" means finished 3rd in Group-B.
• Champ!: Tournament Champions
• Plate!: 5th overall placing
• Shield!: 9th overall placing
• Bowl!: 17th overall placing
• BadCup!: Badminton Cup for last place!