Nongbua Pitchaya Football Club
Nongbua Pitchaya Football Club (Thai สโมสรฟุตบอลหนองบัว พิชญ), is a Thai professional football club based in Nong Bua Lamphu Province.The club currently participates in Thai Leagues 2, the second tier of Thai football league system.
The club was founded in Mueang Nong Bua Lam Phu District, Nong Bua Lamphu Province in 2010. They played their home matches at Nong Bua Lamphu Province Stadium. They were first entered to the Thai football league system in 2010, competes in Thai Division 2 League (North Eastern Region), the third tier of Thai football league.
In 2017 the club were first promoted to the Thai Leagues 2, after winning 2016 Regional League Division 2.
EGAT Nongbua Lamphu United (2010)
The club was formed by Sports Association of Nong Bua Lamphu Province in 2010; Watchara Leeprasert mayor of Nong Bua Lamphu became the first club chairman, Suthin Srithong was the first coach and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) was the club sponsor.
The club entered Thai Division 2 League (North Eastern Region) 2010 season, third tier of Thai football league system with the name EGAT Nongbua Lamphu United and received the nickname Phu Phan Kham Thunder.
On 14 February 2010, the club played their first ever game, against Udon Thani F.C. at Institute of Physical Education Udon Thani Stadium. They win their first game 0–1 with the goal from Wutthisak Sriladlao , it make him the first player who scored for the club, and In the end of their first season they finished tenth of the table.
Nongbua Lamphu F.C. (2011–2014)
After the end of 2010 season Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) not renew a sponsorship agreement, the club changed their badge and name to Nongbua Lamphu F.C. in 2011 season and received the new nickname Electric eel.
The club have first-ever match in the Thai Leagues Cup on 18 May 2011 and lost to Yasothon United 7–4 in first qualifying round (northeastern region), in the league they finished twelfth on the table.
In 2012 season they have a financial problems and not have a sponsorship but still finished twelfth again, during the 2013 season, a dismal run of form saw the team go down to the bottom of the league table with only 24 points from 30 games, they lost 14 games, won only 4 games and finished fifthteenth on the table. Because of a lack of liquidity the club was forced to search for new owners.
During the 2014 season Suthep Poomongkolsuriya, owner of Pitchayabundit College, a private university in Nong Bua Lamphu completed his takeover of the club, and the club finished twelfh in 2014 season.
Nongbua Pitchaya F.C. (2015–present)
In 2015 season the club changed their badge and name to Nongbua Pitchaya F.C., the new chairman made the club more liquid and gave more transfer-wage budgets. The club had their first-ever match in the Thai FA Cup on 24 June 2015; in the second round and they drew against Kamphaengphet F.C. 1–1, before losing in a penalty shoot-out. In the league they finished eighth in Division 2 northeastern region.
In 2016 season the club relocated from the northeastern to the northern region and qualify to the second round in Thai Leagues Cup and Thai FA Cup , the club made a good performance in northern region including a 5–0 win over Phetchabun F.C. and lost only 3 games. They qualified to Division 2 Champions League round as winner of northern region zone.
In the Champions League round they qualified to semi-final, but following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Football Association of Thailand cancelled the remaining match on 14 October 2016. To find 3 of 4 teams to promoted to Thai Leagues 2 made by draw lots, and the club was promoted after the drawing of lots with Kasetsart F.C. and Trat F.C.