Bangkok Veterans League
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• Winking Frog •

Since they have joined the Vets League in Mar/2006, the Winking Frog, as an institution, have revolutionized the way a team should approach a gruesome formal league like this. In the words of their dictatorial Manager Derek "Usual rules apply, get pissed and have fun!". "The Frog" are in it simply for the fun of it, and follow through with their act, in particular, off the pitch!

Of course, not to underestimate their on-field performance. They have always finished near the top of the rankings, coming frustratingly very close 2nd place 3 times (except for a blip month in Apr/2006 when they overindulged just a bit!). With their huge following fan base, it's always tough proposition to go up against them.

And, in Apr/2008 tournament-ending trophy presentations, Captain Kevin informed us all that there won't be Winking Frog any more, but it miraculously re-invented itself as New Wave.

Team Name: Winking Frog
Short Name: The Frog (the "winking" kind!) -or- WF
Home Base: Bangkok, Thailand
Contacts:
   • Manager
   • Captain
   • Coordinator

Derek
Steve
N/A
Website: http://www.thewinkingfrog.com/ 

 
Best Team (with photo on file!):


[Dec/2007] — The impressive squad of Winking Frog. Pictured are:
    Standing: Darren, Derek, Nick, Joe, Graham, Kevin
    Front: Andrea, Paul, Steve, Maz, [kid]
*Ranking: 2nd among 18 teams


[Mar/2008] — Winking Frog back in the frame, this time with the Formula-1 Trophy Girls, on their way to yet another 2nd place finish. They just gotto do 1 better one of these days. Pictured are:
    Standing: [F1TG], Nick, Maarten, Graham, Steve, [F1TG]
    Front: Paul, Eric, Andrea, Steve
    Latrine: Derek
*Ranking: 2nd among 18 teams

 
Self Description:

Nov/2007 - Apr/2007:
The Winking Frog squad consists mostly, these days, of Englishmen and Scots, with the occasional flair of an Italian thrown in. It's a motley crew that plays direct no-nonsense (read "limited skill") football to good effect, and while the title of "champions" seems to be somewhat elusive, the Winking Frogs can at least boast 5 Top-3 finishes.

Cosmos is our arch-nemesis, regularly dumping the Frogs in the pond at the Knockout Stage. We always enjoy some banter with the Vikings, and can't help a smirk when they concede goals and Anders loses his rag. The Garlic Cheese Frogs (a.k.a. LeCoq) have, going against cultural stereotypes, provided brotherly support for the Winking Frog.

Apart from good, competitive football, the Winking Frog also boasts some of the best supporters, the best beer drinkers and definitely the best bulls***ers.
  • Derek, the gregarious Landlord of the Winking Frog pub and goalkeeper for the Vets team is infamous for his "verbal encouragement" from his position in goal.
  • Royal Seargent Major Kevin is the Captain and ensures that Winking Frog lads are dragged out of beds and bars on a Sunday lunch time to support the great Vet tournaments.
  • Steve "the Terminator", Uncle Joe "Fester", Paul (Baldy Bling Bling), Andrea, Darren and Graham are regulars in the squad,
  • and have been recently joined by Eric Hamas and Preston Paul.

While some of the Winking Frog lads have assisted the British Club to the title of Champ! in Aug/2007, that title is still the holy grail to the Winking Frog Vets, and they will continue to pursue it.

Let's hope it's not one hop too far for the Frogs!


Mar/2007 - Oct/2007:
The Winking Frog squad consists mostly, these days, of Englishmen and Scots, with the occasional flair of Italians and Thais thrown in. It's a motley crew that plays direct no-nonsense (read "limited skill") football to good effect, and while the title of "champions" seems to be somewhat elusive, the Winking Frogs can at least boast 5 Top-3 finishes.

The Cosmos team is our arch nemesis, regularly dumping the Frogs in the pond at the knock-out stage. We always enjoy some banter with the Vikings, and can't help a smirk when they concede goals and Anders loses his rag. The Garlic Cheese Frogs (a.k.a. LeCoq) have, going against cultural stereotypes, provided brotherly support for the Winking Frog.

Apart from good, competitive football, the Winking Frog also boasts some of the best supporters, the best beer drinkers and definitely the best bulls***ers. Derek, the gregarious Landlord of the WF, and common member of the Vets team, also supplies some great grub at each event. He's also infamous for his "verbal encouragement" from his position in goal.

In recent months, Steve "The Terminator" Kerr has been the driving force behind, ensuring that WF lads are dragged out of beds and bars on a Sunday lunch time to support the great Vet tournaments. Kaek, Kevin, Andrea, Darren and Graham are regulars in the squad, and it's always hope that the friendly Winking Frog Bar and its delicious British cuisine (our French friends may consider that an oxymoron) will entice some new players into the fold.

 
Over the Years:


[Mar/2006] — Debutantes Winking Frog evidencing their 2nd place finish in their "first-ever" entry in the Vets League. Pictured are:
    Standing: [Dave], [Rory], [1], Steve, Andy, Tommy, Derek, [6]
    Front: [7], Chris, [9], [10]
*Ranking: 2nd among 6 teams


[Oct/2006] — Winking Frog is not just a football team, it's an institution.! (Sorry, the Vikings contingent had to be censored!)


[Dec/2006] — Derek and the Boys from the Winking Frog had a strong run on the day, grabbing the 3rd place overall.


[Feb/2007] — Derek and the boys from the Winking Frog never miss a photo-op.


[Apr/2007] — Derek and the boys from Winking Frog thoroughly enjoyed the day (and the beers, of course), only losing the Debsirin on penalty-shootout in the Shield Division Final.


[Jun/2007] — Winking Frog players paying allegiance to their inspirational leader, Derek. Pictured are:
    Standing: Darren, Derek, Paul
    Front: Kevin, Graham, Steve, Paul
*Ranking: 5th among 20 teams


[Jul/2007] — Winking Frog secluded in their remote camp, devising ways to bring home the Top Trophy. Pictured are:
    Back: [1], Darren
    Middle: Kevin, [2]
    Front: Steve, Joe, Paul, Derek
*Ranking: 2nd among 14 teams


[Feb/2008] — A dejected Winking Frog after their loss to Anatolia in the Cup QFs.


[Mar/2008] — The impressive squad of Winking Frog are all on Sprite soda at this point in the day (including Derek!).


[Apr/2008] — Winking Frog lads surveying the competition ahead in the day.


 

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