After last season, which was supposed to be the year Phuket FC reached their dream of promotion to the Thai Premier League (TPL), it is hoped that the new look team will this year be successful in achieving that target. And when I say new look, I really mean it, as not only has the entire team, bar 3 or 4 players, been changed, they also have a new kit, logo and even a new nickname.
Phuket’s first game of the season, to be played at home (Sarakul stadium) on Sunday 23rd February, should pretty much give them, and the fans, the chance to see whether promotion to the TPL is possible in 2014 as they take on last year’s TPL relegation team Pattaya United, in which should be probably one of the toughest matches the team should have this season. But saying that, there were teams they played last year, and the years before that, which many believed they should win and didn’t.
I for one will certainly be there to cheer them on for all home games, and I hope that a large number of our readers will also join a Sarakul stadium to cheer on the Ronins as they are now known.
SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2014
18.30: PHUKET V PATTAYA UNITED @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SATURDAY 8 MARCH 2014
16.00: ANG THONG V PHUKET @ ANG THONG STADIUM
SUNDAY 16 MARCH 2014
18.30: PHUKET V TTM CUSTOMS @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SATURDAY 22 MARCH 2014
18.00: KRABI V PHUKET @ KRABI STADIUM
WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2014
18.30: PHUKET V SRI RACHA @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SATURDAY 29 MARCH 2014
18.00: BCCU V PHUKET @ NONTHUMBURI STADIUM
SATURDAY 5 APRIL 2014
18.30: PHUKET V BANGKOK FC @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SUNDAY 20 APRIL 2014
18.00: CHIANG MAI V PHUKET @ 700 YEAR STADIUM
SATURDAY 26 APRIL 2014
18.30: PHUKET V NAKHON PRATHOM @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SUNDAY 4 MAY 2014
18.30: NKN RATCHASIMA V PHUKET @ 80 BIRTHDAY STADIUM
SUNDAY 11 MAY 2014
18.30: PHUKET V PHITSANOLUK @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SUNDAY 18 MAY 2014
18.00: TRAT V PHUKET @ TRAT STADIUM
SUNDAY 25 MAY
18.30: PHUKET V KHON KAEN @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SUNDAY 1 JUNE
18.00: SIAM NAVY V PHUKET @ NAVY STADIUM SATTAHIP
SATURDAY 7 JUNE
18.30: PHUKET V ROI ET @ SARAKUL STADIUM
FRIDAY 13 JUNE
18.00: AYUTTHAYA V PHUKET @ AYUTTHAYA STADIUM
SUNDAY 22 JUNE
18.30: PHUKET V SARABURI @ SARAKUL STADIUM
SUNDAY 29 JUNE
18.00: PATTAYA UNITED V PHUKET @ NONG PRUE STADIUM
And for any of you that were wondering what the meaning is of the new logo, here we go:
Top left, Moon: represents the guiding light that lead Phuket FC towards success
Top right, Bird: the holy bird carrying Kuan Yin’s holy rosary, believed to bring success to Phuket FC
Lower left: Ronin: the band of elite warriors who are independent and hold the code of honor and pride.
Lower right: Holy Chinese alphabet represents Phuketians’ pride in their Chinese heritage and believed to be a good luck charm.
The Sun in the middle of the logo symbolizes the center of universe, with its orbiting planets to protect The Sun, as believed for Phuket FC to be protected and blessed during the game.
2 Chino-Portuguese columns on the sides, represents Phuket’s heritage and cultural pride, believed to symbolizes Phuket FC strength and support.
The phase “The Holy Land” under the logo means that Phuket island is holy and that the inhabitants are blessed with abundance and prosperity.