Hải Phòng FC

Name of Ground : Sân vận động Lạch Tray

Capacity              : 30,000 (12,000 seats)

Address                : 15 Lạch Tray, Lê Lợi, Ngô Quyền, Hải Phòng  Website                : www.facebook.com/hpfc.vn/

Brief History

The early years of the twentieth century, especially those prior to the formation of the current club in 2016, can be summerised in one word if you are a Hải Phòng fan ... traumatic.  Although the club 'benefits' from some of the most verciforous of supporters, this fan support has not always been rewarded with results on the pitch or management off it.

2001 - Following relegation the club is transferred to the ownership of the Department of Sports and Physical Education.

2001 - 2006 - The club finds itself bouncing between Professional and First Class football.

2007 - On October 10th, the club is renamed Hải Phòng Cement after ownership is transferred to the company.

2008 - The club enjoys its most successful season to date finishing 3rd in the V-League.

2009 - This year is famous for two, non-results, reasons.  First the club signed ex-Brazilian World Cup star Denílson.  Secondly it was to become the first club to register and therefore start an official supporters association.  On the pitch the club was to finish 7th.

2010 - The club finished in its highest placing to date - 2nd.

2011 - Club renamed as Vicem Hải Phòng.

2012 - This season was to end in bizarre circumstances.  Although the club finish bottom of the league and were officially relegated, they were allowed to purchase Khatoco Khánh Hòa and therefore remained in V-League 1 for the 2013 season.

2013 - After surviving relegation the previous year, the club were to finish 6th in V-League 1.

2014 - This season was to prove to be the club's most successful in terms of silverware winning the Vietnamese National Cup.  It also saw the club change its name to the current one of Hải Phòng FC.  

2015 - The newly named club were to finish in 6th place.

2016 - This season saw the club exceed all expectations and at the half way stage of th season were actually leading the table.  However, a shortage of playing power saw the team slip away in the title race before finally settling for second place behind Hà Nội FC.

Recent years have seen the club struggle with consistency and the 2019 season relegation a real threat until the final two weeks of the season.  It has also seen the club fined on several occasions for fan behaviour.

2019 V League 1 Results

How to Get to the SVĐ Lạch Tray

The distance between HCM and Hải Phòng is 1,781 km making the journey an extremely long one in terms of road or rail transport.

Travel Options 

Plane - All the major airlines fly to Cat Bi International Airport Hải Phòng with flying time approximately 2 hours.  The airport is approximately 5 km outside of the city centre taking about 15 minutes to complete.  There are direct buses from the airport to the city centre which can be found outside of the arrivals hall.  Taxis are readily available and should cost no more than đ75,000 Prices to Cat Bi will vary between airlines and when you book.  

Train - There are NO direct trains between HCM and Hải Phòng.  You will have to change in Hà Nội.  Trains to Hà Nội take approximately 33-36 hours..  Trains leave from Sài Gòn Railway Station which is located in District 3 and arrive at Hà Nội Station which is at 120 Đường Lê Duẩn, Văn Miếu, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội.  The journey takes approximately 33-36 hours so plan ahead if you decide to take this option.  Ticket prices vary depending on train and accommodation option but expect to pay at least đ2,000,000 for a one-way ticket.

The train options are as follows:

SE2   Depart HCM 21:55 Arrive Hà Nội 05:30 (Day 2)

SE4   Depart HCM 19:45 Arrive Hà Nội 04:50 (Day 2)

SE6   Depart HCM 09:00 Arrive Hà Nội 19:58 (Next Day)

SE8   Depart HCM 06:00 Arrive Hà Nội 15:33 (Next Day)

You will then need to catch a train to Hải Phòng.  This journey takes approximately 3 hours.  There are 3 trains to choose from :

HP1 Departs Hà Nội 06:00 Arrives Hải Phòng 08:22.

LP5 Departs Hà Nội 15:20  Arrives Hải Phòng 18:00. 

LP7 Departs Hà Nội  18:15 Arrives Hải Phòng 21:05. 


Train sevice HP1 is the best choice unless you are staying overnight in Hải Phòng.  Single tickets will cost approximately USD13.

Details and bookings can be made from the Vietnam Railways Website by following this link

Bus - There are NO direct coach services between HCM and Hải Phòng.  Coaches leave Pham Ngu Lao (Saigon Bus Station) at various times of the day for Vung Tau.  You will then need to catch a bus to Hải Phòng.  The journey takes approximately 39 hours so is best avoided unless you like buses

Supporters Club - Due to the distances involved, it is very unlikely that the Supporters Club will be running any buses to this venue.  However, any details can be found on their facebook page by following this link.  Details will also be posted here when (if) available.

©2018 by Darren Smale