This is not intended as a criticism or as a "I was a Punk before you were a Punk" type boast but I'm genuinely interested in the reply. What were all these new converts doing on Saturday and Sunday (and Wednesday!!) afternoons prior to this season?
For years I've watched matches in virtually empty stadiums but all of a sudden the same grounds are packed to the rafters. Where has everyone come from?
Don't get me wrong, I much prefer it this way. I'm just curious.
I'd be particularly interested to read what a lot of the new fans who post on here have to say.
When I first moved here in late 1999, the league was Bangkok based - I wasn't. The only games I watched in those 18 months were one the local Rajabhat played, and a local provincial side taking on a team of TV stars other assorted celebrities. I wasn't really aware of other games going on.
In a year in the UK, I went to one Cambridge Utd match (v Wigan in what is now League One [or was it Two?])
I attended about a dozen K-League games in 2002-03, and a couple of World Cup games.
When I lived here in 2004, I didn't really think about the Thai league, as I assumed the status quo remained. Went to Thailand v Germany though.
Nothing in 2005
Between 2006-2008 I was a season ticket holder at a K-League club, and went on a number of away trips with the fans. I also attended the Asian Cup in Thailand.
I returned to Thailand last year, discovered the revamped league, and got to 3 games and a cup tie and an international.
So far in 2010, have been to maybe a dozen or so TPL, Div 1, Cup and AFC games, plus an international.