23rd Far East Football Tournament
BANGKOK 2005: 26-27th March

Spartans reached the semis of the plate competition bundled out 1-nil to HK Squadron. This year there was a large squad of players braving the heatwave like conditions amongst the regular night outs.

The large squad was made up mostly of Sunday players in Terry, Lionel, Marc, Alan, Paul, Henry, Alex, Flabbo, Terry, Ben and Kenny which also included the Azzuri pair of Dimitri and Guillaume plus Paul “Boca” Wong. Again there was the former Spartans heros in Russell Pang, Oggie, Simon Fung and Eric with some other regular tour minds in Tim, Keung and Ying. The Spartans PGA tour played along side the matches for the non footballers with the ever impressible Wayne, Robert and Ming.

A sunburnt Spartans final photos after tough two days.

The team was organised and managed by Russel who did a superb job of it during the day and nights. After the first day of matches the Spartans ended up 2nd in the group behind Krautz of Shangahi after some memorable victories:

Group results:
Spartans Won on forfeit HK Squadron
Spartans 1-0 Olympique Francais of Singapore
Spartans 2-0 Kaohshing Pacers
Spartans 0-2 Shanghai Krautz

Flabbo’s caught on film yet again.

The large group of spartans enjoyed a number of memorable night outs but the highlight was the impressive Sirroco Resturant were dinner was interupted with a downpour that left the mains drenched.

The “Golden Child” Lionel shows how to eat one handed and not get wet.

On Sunday a new ranking system meant that the first game decided which competition you will be entering. In a tough battle a single goal from Red Star put the Spartans in the Plate competition. Spartans bounced back to beat Bayon Wanderers but only to lose in the semis to Squadron.

Paul Boca Wong deciding what to have on the menu…however those eyes seem to be fixed somewhere else.

Knockout phase results:
Competition Decider: Spartans 0-1 Red Star KL
Plate Quarters: Spartans 1-0 Bayon Wanderers
Plate Semis: Spartans 0-1 HK Squadron

The four veterans holding one another up.

Alan and Marc explain to the boys the finer points of alcohol consumption.

Thumbs up for the our keepers.

Alan listen attentive to Guillaume’s meaningfuls, while Marc is in the zone.

“The Man” Terry and PGA’er Robert flying high before touching down at Bangkok.