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"United" All Over The Shop - Trend OR Reality?

Called it an obsession or mere British influence when it is not uncommon in this part of the world to name a football club as whatsoever "United". Just look around the region, you already have Buriram United, Bangkok United, and Muangthong United in Thailand where national custodian Hassan Sunny used to play for the dissolved Army United . Down south in Malaysia, there is a team rebranded as Kuala Lumpur United which is formerly known as Kuala Lumpur FA - the team that once boasted the likes of the Singapore triumvirate of Fandi Ahmad, Malek Awab, and K Kanan in their 1980s heydays. BRITISH INFLUENCE RESULTED IN "UNITED" EVERYWHERE? On the other end of the Causeway in Singapore, names like Farrer Park United and Toa Payoh United were some of those listed in the then-newly formed National Football League (NFL) in the mid-1970s. Moving into the mid-1990s, these were the names to mark the start of the professional era like Geylang United (which later changed to G

"YO-YO LEMBU" - Bulls back for the third time?

Gombak back for the third time, sure or not? I came to know that Gombak United are eying a comeback to the S.League . As what S.League CEO Lim Chin being quoted in papers saying they "are presently doing well", I am not quite sure of what does he mean by that. With a team that encountered sit out twice in recent years, anyone would expect them to be strengthened fundamentally after the first "sit-out" in 2002. "I recently had a chat with John Yap (Gombak United's chairman) and... his club are presently doing well as he prepares for Gombak to come back even stronger in the future, just like he has done before." S.League CEO Lim Chin, as quoted   But who would expect them to pull out last minute and left some of their players scrambling available spots with other clubs in a short space of time earlier this year? Having seen teams came and gone in recent years, no one can be blamed that such an application would be dealt with some skeptici

Nothing mentioned about the $50K issue, but Bulls to continue their COE

(This entry is formulated based on the media release by the Football Association of Singapore ) Bigger paycheck for the League Champions from next season. The much anticipated new initiatives for the season 2013 S.League are finally made known and confirmed in a press conference held this evening at the FAS headquarters at the Jalan Besar Stadium, after they caused quite a stir of late in recent run-up of events following reports in various media sources. The following are the key highlights of the upcoming season: With the “sit-out”decision by Gombak United, it will be 12-team league in season 2013. This new “2.5 round” format will see the 12 teams split into two halves based on their league standings after the completion of two rounds of fixtures. The final ‘half’ round will see teams (i.e.: top six teams in one group, bottom six teams in another group) playing against each other in their respective groups. All points accumulated in the 2 rounds will be carrie

"Matchpix" - October 2012

(P.S: If you access this site via "", please click the "Facebook" icon after you click "HERE" when you want to view the album as that will redirect you to the album, thank you) Singapore Cup SF1: Gombak Utd 0-1 SAFFC 6/10/12 "Watch Out!!!" The fear of the relapse of the chronic backache that has been bothering me, which I thought it'll be good for me to be seated when taking the shots. Anyway, much to my surprise that I was able to shoot under the settings of ISO3200, 1/320-400 (pending where the action took place), f5.6 and that it seems the floodlights seems stronger. Kari's penalty was deemed enough for the Warriors to see them through to the Cup final for the first time since 2008. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Singapore Cup SF2 - LM Sparks 0-3 Tampines Rovers 7/10/2012 LM Sparks star Phil Younghusband "Ah Long" (Noh Alam Shah) made his first start since return

2012 Singapore Cup - the revealing of EMINENT DUO (SAFFC)

It's nice to be back at games and on the sidelines to snap some shots, which was why I thought the setting was right to be at the "Wild Wild West" - Jurong West Stadium for the second leg of the "FINAL FOUR" series between SAFFC and Gombak United. The fear of the relapse of the chronic backache that has been bothering me, which I thought it'll be good for me to be seated when taking the shots. Managed to get shots relevant to the disallowed goals Anyway, not much of action took place from where I was positioned and the both sides had one goal each in each half disallowed by the referee ( don't ask me why, as I always tell people that from a photog's perspective, it's never easy to decipher situations like these ). Iqbal (white jersey no 4) causing panic in the SAFFC's defence I thought the Bulls were pretty unlucky in this match, as they did have their share of possessions when they were attacking towards my end with some good w

"Matchpix" - April 2012

(P.S: If you access this site via "" , please click the "Facebook" icon after you click "HERE" when you want to view the album as that will redirect you to the album, thank you) S.League - SAFFC 1-2 Harimau Muda 1/4/12 2012 "Why?" Harimau Muda kept their impressive run since the start with a 2-1 win over traditional powerhouses SAFFC at CCK. Wan Zack Haikal was the key man of the Malaysians' win with a goal and set up another in the game, while Shimpei Sakurada's goal briefly revitalized the Warriors' hope until Ahmad Hazwan Bakri scored the winner in 83rd minute. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC Cup- Tampines 0-1 Terengganu FA 04/04/12 Alek Duric (left) eventually scored twice against Ganu in return fixture Tampines Rovers' continental campaign is in danger of not having themselves crossing the AFC Cup group stages for the first time since their participation with 1-

Trio-levation hopes for the Tigers

After weeks of speculation within the local football fraternity, former Gombak United coach Darren Stewart (file pictured right) is confirmed as Balestier Khalsa coach for the upcoming 2012 season. A former Australian international himself, Stewart starred for the Tigers when they were still called Balestier Central in the S.League in the late nineties, following his recruitment from Malaysian club Johor FA. Since hanging up his boots after his Tigers career, the former skipper took up assistant coaching post with the club that subsequently saw him at Geylang United in a similar position before turning out as the main man at Gombak in 2009. Following Stewart to Toa Payoh is Kevin Wee, his assistant at Gombak, who will replace ex-Lion Nasaruddin Jalil as the Tigers' Prime League coach, on top of assisting Stewart in the S.League proper. According to the club, coach Nasa will be redesignated as the club's COE U16 coach with ex-Clementi Khalsa defender and renowned TV pun

"Matchpix" - November 2011

(P.S: If you access this site via "" , please click the "Facebook" icon after you click "HERE" when you want to view the album as that will redirect you to the album, thank you) S.League - Gombak Utd 0-3 Etoile FC (5/11/11) The last match before another adjournment saw Etoile FC beat Gombak Utd 3-0 at the JBS. Two quick early goals set the precedence with some leakage on the flank allowed the goals from Kamel Chaaouane in the 4th minute and Jonathan Toto in the 5th. Toto added on another on the 51st to seal all three points for the Stars who are aiming to finish third on the ladder... PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES World Cup Qualifiers - Singapore vs China (15/11/11) What could more heart-pain than see your team being thrashed convincingly by a better team on home ground when it always have a feel of being "away"? A decent first half performance was punctured by a "slip-in" goal at th

"Matchpix" - August 2011

(P.S: If you access this site via "" , please click the "Facebook" icon after you click "HERE" when you want to view the album as that will redirect you to the album, thank you) S.League Match- Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Tampines Rovers (6/8/11) Ahmad Latiff (pictured above in yellow jersey) delivered the sucker punch at the last kick of the game to help Tampines Rovers beat Balestier Khalsa 1-0 at Toa Payoh Stadium. While the Tigers had a Mark McGough's goal disallowed which they claimed the Aussie's effort had crossed the goal line before Lions defender Fahrudin Mustafic cleared for safety in the first half. The win closed the gap to two points between Stags and leaders Home Utd. With the horrendous light condition at Toa Payoh, compromised at 1/320 and ISO6400 is a must when F5.6 is the main theme here. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES   S.League Match - Woodlands Wellington 1-5 Albirex Niigata [S] (

They came and they conquered - South Melbourne announced their arrival in style in the Singapore Cup

SHORT SCRIBE OF THE GAME The initial fear of the weather and the artificial surface were proved unfounded, as VPL side South Melbourne crossed their first hurdle of their Singapore Cup debut by beating Gombak United 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Being the more composed of the two, the semi-professional outfit from the state of Victoria impressed the crowd with some neat tidy football over the largely ineffective one-dimensional game dished out by the Bulls. PICTURES FROM THE GAME (Pictured above) Gombak was skippered by former international Bah Mamadou (left, number 6), as Jaslee Hatta was suspended for this tie due to suspension carried over from last year, while his counterpart RamazanTavsancioglu looks at the sky wondering if the weather would be cooler. Abdul Malik was the referee of the match conducting the coin-toss. Horror struck the Bulls as a defensive lapse in the 12th minute allowed the Melburnians to take the lead through midfielder Daniel Vasilevski. Striker F

"Simunicism" Part TWO.. (much subdue version...)

DPMM's coach Vjeran Simunic watching his team warming up before their game vs Gombak Not only fans will get to see two of three unbeaten (so far) sides - Brunei DPMM and Gombak United in action for THIS WEEK's "Friday Night Football" fixture at Jalan Besar Stadium. Fans will also get up close and personal with DPMM's Croatian coach Vjeran Simunic, who is slowly gaining a cult following for his exquisite use of words in the media and also his distinctive, expressive way in urging his team from the sidelines. Definitely an option worth consider to spend your Good Friday night at a football stadium, where mouth-watering football actions are set to unleash to the crowds. So see you guys LATER(10th April) at the Jalan Besar Stadium for this fixture, kick-off at 7.30pm and admission is FREE (and don't be a lazybum at the comfort of your couch, come down to see the action LIVE!!). DPMM fans at the stands. Someone "familiar' helping out in the stands. DPMM

So is the Bulls the one I'm looking for??

Inside coach Darren's mind... Probably, they, Gombak United, could be the ONE I'm looking for. The role that fits nicely of that as the pace-setters of the season, especially just witnessed they destroyed Albirex Niigata at the Jalan Besar Stadium and earned them the distinction of being the ONLY team, after three rounds of competition, without conceded a single goal. So do they fit the role I looking for??

Testing the new surface....

View of the new playing surface from the top-tier of the Jalan Besar Stadium. Sengkang Punggol - the "team of the moment" (at this point of time) posed for this pre-match shot Close-up action of the match, near the tunnel. Anything could have happened from this corner. The Bulls' cheerleaders in action. I hope things will improve as the season progress, and for the benefit of doubts that this match failed to inspire a lot of the folks at JBS and at home because of "first match jittery". But don't leave it too late and blame everything on luck or whatsoever as we, the fans, aren't that naive to buy those excuses anymore.