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A Weekend Of Footie With Stickboy FC

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Stickboy FC finally made their debut at the weekend taking part in the Bangkok International Veteran 7’s Soccer Tournament, and what a great two days it turned out to be, thanks to the players and our team sponsor, Emma Motorbike Rental.

It was an early kick off at Playmaker Park in Ramintra so it was Grab Taxi for me as I had no clue where I was going but my friendly driver soon found the way.

Arriving at the park there was 20 odd teams preparing to take part based on age groups and some of the teams looked like they were taking this too seriously.

For Stickboy FC I seen it all as a bit of fun, a day out and a few beers before heading home which is pretty much how it all went.

pre-match power nap for #8

After a slight delay, which allowed for a pre-match power nap for #8, we got underway with a 4 nil win over the hosts and last years champions Playmaker FC.

The winning streak continued with Team Japan going down 2-1 followed by a 2-0 victory over Kasemsuk Utd, who were apparently going to give us a game. They didn’t show up.

Top of the table and time for a break before one more game of the day as the top two from the two over 35’s groups went on to the next round of matches.

Top of the table

The rain had been threatening all day with thunder and black clouds right above us but we got lucky and it stayed off.

With the sky overcast most of the players, and myself, didn’t bother putting on any sun protection leaving us looking like Team Tomato on Sunday.

Team Tomato

With our last game coming up the boss man of Emma Motorbike Rental joined us for a quick beer… yeah, right. There was no quick beer.

Unfortunately we lost the final game of the day 1-0 to Bangkok Boys but it had been a great effort by all the lads winning three out of our four games and conceding only two goals.

It must be the way the keeper clips his nails…

keeper clips his nails

Beer o’clock was called and into the tin hut we headed for some well deserved refreshments.

Mind you, some of the team had already started by game 2.

the dog drinking leo

After maybe an hour, or more likely two, of beer, banter and bullshit it was time to call it a day and head home. I don’t know about the players but I was like a burst couch having slept for only three hours the night before.

Home for a snooze for this old timer…

Day 1 Beer OClock

Day 1 Beer OClock

On Sunday Stickboy FC were up against Playmaker FC and Santos Saigon FC. Thankfully the first kick off wasn’t scheduled until 11.50am meaning I didn’t need to get up at the crack of dawn.

I made it to the ground just in time for the match starting and our boys were looking a little rough round the edges as most had stayed up until the wee small hours watching the Champions League final.

Most of the other teams were looking just as rough but not our first opponents Santos Saigon FC.

These bastards were looking like they’d all gone to bed at 9pm with a cup of hot chocolate on Saturday night. This wasn’t looking good.

Santos Saigon FC

It went as well as expected – a 3-1 defeat to Santos SFC but the lads were in good spirits and a beer delivery arrived soon after from @chefkdk who decided to come and watch the action for a couple of hours.

It was still pretty early but it was hot and humid so a cold beer it was… followed by another and another…

beer delivery

The next game was do or die for #StickboyFC but for some arriving home at 5am after watching the Real-Liverpool game it was all getting too much – especially #9….

The bench for #9

What turned out to be our final game in the tournament ended Stickboy FC 2 – 2 Playmaker FC.

It had been a good run and it was over.

That meant one thing and one thing only, an earlier than scheduled Beer O’Clock.

tin hut

Not only did @chefkdk get the beer in, he fed the team too. Top fella…

chef buys food

There was still football being played outside but the boys were parched after a tough two days…

end of day beers

Miss Kiki was thirsty having worked hard over both days taking all the photos and recording videos.

thirsty photographer

And there were beer pretties serving up free draft Chang for all…

beer pretties

One for the road and home… one can or one tray?

I was still there 90 minutes later. Surprise, surprise.

more beer

A big thanks to Emma Motorbike Rental Bangkok for their generosity in providing the team sponsorship, Somchai The Dog for assembling the team and to Kiki for all the photos and video footage.

I had a top time and everyone in the team were friendly and welcoming – I had only met our Director Of Football Somchai two days before for the first time and the rest of the boys on the Saturday.

Until our next outing, and yes, there will definitely be one but somewhere more convenient for people to come along and cheer the team on while indulging in a few beverages, I’ll finish up with the Photo Of The Tournament.

Stickboy FC Team Photo Of The Day



Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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The Countdown Is On And Time Is Running Out Fast For Some

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The Countdown Is On And Time Is Running Out Fast For Some

The visa amnesty in Thailand ends this weekend and the clock is ticking for tens of thousands who still don’t know what to do, can’t get an extension, can’t leave and return to activate another 90 days on their multiple entry visas and of course, those that claim they are “stuck” here when in fact they just don’t want to return home.

Those claiming they are stuck deserve no sympathy. Nobody is “stuck” anywhere.

Six months have past and many have enjoyed an extra half year in Thailand without worrying about their visa situation. I’ve read hundreds of stories over the past few months from people with far fetched tales that have more holes in them than an 18-hole golf course.

The bottom line is some people love it here and don’t want to leave but they can’t get a visa as they don’t have a job, don’t have a wife or mostly, don’t have the cash to support a visa application that requires money in the bank.

Agents having made a mint charging in the region of 55-70,000 baht for Volunteer visas. Others are cooking the (bank) books for those seeking a retirement visa and coining it in charging inflated fees knowing people are desperate to stay.

On the other hand, many who were here legally before the COVID carry on kicked in are in a difficult position.

Married men and woman who have a Non-O multiple entry visa spring to mind.

Those using this method of living in Thailand long term arrive with a shiny new visa sticker in their passport and get a 90-day stamp upon arrival at the airport.

Just before the 90 days is up they have 2 choices:

– do a border hop and get another 90 days when they come back into the country
– go to immigration and get a 60-day extension for 1900 baht.

With the country closed to international travellers, those border hops just aren’t possible and some have found during the past six months their visas have expired leaving them unable to pop over to Savannakhet where they could apply for a new one.

Those still with time left on their visa are now in a jam too as they can’t exit and re-enter.

For reasons unknown, the government nor immigration have addressed or come up with a solution for those in this situation.

So come Saturday 26 September, they are left with no choice but to either leave or stay and face prosecution and blacklisting from Thailand if they are caught.

Some have been given an extra 60 days for visiting family that sees them through until late November, but what then if the borders are still shut?

And that’s me just talking about people living here on a multiple entry marriage visas.

There are thousands of other stories and situations that will see people forced to leave or ignore the warnings of being fined and blacklisted who choose to remain and take their chances until borders reopen allowing them to do what is needed to live here legally.



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Fantasy Footbun

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With the 2020 / 2021 football season about to start, it is time to test your footy knowledge and compete against the best of the best of Thailand Twitter’s Wannabe Football Managers.

With the first Gameweek closing on 12th September at 5pm (Thai time) there’s still some time to turn off Pornhub, clean yourself up and sign up for the league. And for god’s sake put some clothes on. (League code: q93lfx).

Let us kick things off with a look at the (currently) 23 teams competing in the Thai Twitter League.

We have two accounts new to Fantasy Premier League, Johan B’s ‘Digiman’ and Anthony M’s ‘Siam Swoon’. Time will tell if they pick up the rules quick enough to enjoy the game and do not lose interest by Christmas and languish at the bottom with a team full of injuries and nobodies.

At the other end of the table, the three teams with the highest score in the 2019-2020 season were:

1. 2313 : Cain in the Kok – Paul C

2. 2283 : Lockdown City – Alec P

3. 2281 : One Man Clapping – Nick W

Three managers looking to improve on last year’s total are Expat Asia’s ‘Sukhumvit FC’, Tim P’s ‘Maximum20characters’ and Johan J’s ‘FarangPilot FC’ that finished with 1729, 1920 and 1913 points respectively.

There is still time to join! Log in via the Premier League app or on the website fantasy.premierleague.com and use this code to sign up for the Thailand Twitter League. League code: q93lfx



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Tales From The Front: Sunday Dinner On A Saturday Night

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Stickboy, Fatface, and The Keeper are sat in a British pub on lower Sukhumvit on a Saturday night…

A gathering of the clan earlier in the evening for some birthday beers meant Stickboy’s belly needed filling before meeting back up with everyone who had gone in different directions ahead of the cake cutting ceremony at Lighthouse sometime around 10pm.

Somchai The Dog had popped in for a couple of shandies but was looking like a burst couch and was having none of it ordering takeout before disappearing into the dark Bang Na bound on the BTS.

The other half of the Dangerous Duo, Digiman, wasn’t ready for home just yet but had no interest in food.

The Keeper orders quesadillas while smooth-talking his missus, girlfriend or gik – maybe all three – and wasn’t paying attention to much as Fatface orders Chips & Curry sauce for Stickboy.

sunday roast on a saturday night

The food arrives, everyone digs in, more beer is ordered to wash down the grub as all four eat what’s sat on the table.

The Keeper is still on the phone like an old sweetie wife and starts making space on the table with his free hand when a waitress arrives over his shoulder with another plate of food.

He clears a space in front of Fatface and Stickboy who look at each other thinking that’s an odd place to put a roast dinner they both think The Keeper has ordered for himself.

He ends his call and tucks into the roast pork telling everyone to help themselves which they do.

Chips are in the gravy, potatoes are in the curry sauce and the plate is emptying at a fair pace as four mouths feast on the Sunday dinner.

More than halfway through the food a member of the service staff appears and starts talking to The Keeper with Fatface joining in.

Something is amiss.

“Hey Stickboy, did you order the pork roast?”, enquires The Keeper.

“No mate, I thought you did.”

In his best Shaggy voice, he fires back, “It wasn’t me”.

It turns out some poor bloke sat at the bar was sitting patiently waiting on his dinner the staff had wrongly delivered that the four scavengers had all but demolished each of them thinking someone else at the table fancied a Sunday dinner on a Saturday night.

sunday roast on a saturday night

The four grubbers thought this was hilarious and all just shrugged their shoulders laughing having told the service staff to take it away… until Stickboy’s bin arrived with a Roast Pork Loin at 295 baht on it.

He wasn’t laughing any more.

Had it not been for the fact his mates own the pub he’d likely have upset the waitresses with a few choice words having been billed for something he didn’t order with zero conversation between staff and customer over what was a genuine mistake on the part of everyone involved.



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