Mohun Bagan Ratna 2021
From late 1960s till 1970s the Kolkata maidan was wowed by the talents of a handsome left winger named Pranab Ganguly. Many fans also knew him by his nickname – “Bablu”. He was born on 9th September, 1945 in Howrah. His interest in football developed from his time as a student at Patha Bhavan in Shantiniketan. His performances for his school at inter school tournaments won him many admirers. Later he returned to Howrah, joining Dinabandhu school. Pranab Ganguly ably balanced football and his studies.
Despite being younger he participated in inter-college tournaments. Power League, a tournament which included both senior and junior footballers and gave birth to many football legends was the tournament where he made a breakthrough in 1962. The following year he started playing in Calcutta League for Howrah Union. After four years he joined his favorite club Mohun Bagan in 1967. It was a dream come true for him. In the second match of Calcutta League that season, he provided a glimpse of his talent, scoring a brilliant free kick to help Mohun Bagan win against Rajasthan Club. Despite being a winger, he always had a knack for scoring goals. From 1967 he spent eight seasons in Mohun Bagan, staying loyal to the club in face of other offers. He bore witness to many historic events at the club during his time. Amal Dutta, who joined Mohun Bagan as a coach in 1969, once said to him, “Why are you playing football & not cricket?”. He replied, “Football is my first love”. Pranab Ganguly passed all tests posed by Dutta, becoming a vital player in a 4-2-4 system thanks to his dazzling speed and powerful shots. In 1969 Mohun Bagan did the IFA Double by winning both Calcutta League and IFA Shield. Mohun Bagan thrashed arch rivals East Bengal in Shield final, taking a 3-0 lead within 30 minutes with two goals from Pranab Ganguly. Veteran Mohun Bagan fans still recount his performances in important matches. In 1971, a goal he scored against Mohammedan SC was compared to a goal by legendary Dalhousie and Calcutta FC player Persie Knight. 1969 during a Rovers Cup match he picked up a serious arm injury which led to installation of steel plates. But his mentality was also strong like steel, so he continued playing with vigor. With him in the team, Mohun Bagan won every major trophy – Calcutta League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Rovers Cup. This also includes a brilliant hattrick in Rovers Cup.
He was also successful for Bengal in Santosh Trophy, participating from 1967 to 1969 and 1971, winning the title in 1969 and 1971. In 1969 Pranab Ganguly was brilliant in the Santosh semi-final against a strong Andhra Pradesh team, scoring four times over two legs. He was a member of the Indian team in Merdeka tournament in 1969. After retirement he was involved as a coach with Calcutta Club and also several academies. With Mohun Bagan club Pranab Ganguly’s connection remained strong as ever. Be it club events or gatherings at club lawn, he was a regular face.
Sincere condolences on his demise from Mohun Bagan family.
April 10, 2021 Kolkata – This is to bring to your kind attention that the second wave of Covid-19 is spreading across the country and affecting people of all ages. Many States have been forced to bring back night curfew and stringent guidelines to curb the surge in rising cases.
In view of this prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation we have decided that on the auspicious day of Poila Boisakh (April 15, 2021) only Bar Puja will be organized at the Club ground in presence of some players and current Executive Committee Members.
There would be no food and Prasad distribution. Only the Puja will be held.
We request the media as well not to come to club tent to cover the program. The video and photographs of the puja will be shared to the print and electronic media.
This decision has been taken in the best interest of everyone, considering the seriousness of the disease.
December 9, 2020 Kolkata – Having won a slew of major club cricket trophies , Mohun Bagan will look to triumph at Eden Gardens on Wednesday when they meet finalists Tapan Memorial in Bengal T20 Challenge Trophy decider.
Skipper Anustup Majumdar who had a wonderful tournament thus far will be eager to set the benchmark by winning the title after a rocky ride to the final.
Mohun Bagan’s bowling department look fairly sorted as spin bowling trio of Rajkumar Pal, Writtick Chatterjee and Anurag Tiwari have peaked just on time. Pacer Sayan Ghosh also looks confident and picks up wickets at regular intervals.
Opener Vivek Singh has hit the right chord and is expected to get going at the top to provide a solid start to Mohun Bagan innings. Skipper Anustup Majumdar is in phenomenal form with the bat and highest run-getter for the Mariners. Writtick Chatterjee and youngster Ankur Pal are expected to provide solidarity to batting line up.
Tapan Memorial who topped the group stage are by no means a pushover. Skipper Shahbaz Ahmed, Vikas Singh, Kaif Ahamed are proven match winners and will be hungry to emulate their group league performance to win the title.
The mouth watering final clash will be played at Eden Gardens on 09-December-2020 starting 4 PM and will be live on Fancode.
December 8, 2020 Kolkata – After registering 3 consecutive wins in group league matches upbeat Mohun Bagan face Town Club in the semi-final of Bengal T20 Challenge trophy. The journey has not been smooth for the Mariners in this tournament so far. In absence of key player Manoj Tiwari due to injuries, skipper Anustup Majumdar, who is the highest run getter in the tournament, lived up to the expectation. Opener Vivek Singh, who found his form in last 2 matches, has been hitting sixes for fun to give Mohun Bagan a strong start in the Powerplay. Writtick Chatterjee has also made useful contributions with bat at number 3. The concern, however, remains around the Mohun Bagan middle order batting line-up where dependable senior pro Debabrata Das has not been able to get among runs.
In the group league matches played so far, Mohun Bagan’s bowling department impressed everyone with left-arm spinner Anurag Tiwari spinning a web around the opposition batters and picked up 4 wickets in the last match against arch-rival East Bengal. Sayan Ghosh’s medium pace and spin of Writtick Chatterjee have also proved effective thus far.
Mariners will try to settle the score against Town Club as they lost both the group league matches against them.
Mohun Bagan bowlers will have to watch out for young sensation Kazi Junaid Saifi and hard hitting pair of skipper Avijit Singh and all rounder Md. Kaif. Spinner Aritra Chatterjee and medium pacer Md. Kaif will take the lead in the bowling department for Town Club.
The match will be played at Eden Gardens on 08-December-2020 starting 7 PM and will be live on Fancode.
October 15, 2020 Kolkata – The much awaited Hero I-League Trophy presentation ceremony would be held on Sunday, October 18, 2020, 11.00 AM onwards at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kolkata. Shri Aroop Biswas, Hon’ble Minister of PWD, Youth Services and Sports have given his valued consent to be the Chief Guest of the event. Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League would be present on behalf of the All India Football Federation on the day.
The Trophy would be handed over to players and coaches who are available in Kolkata in presence of our Club President Shri Swapan Sadhan Bose and the entire Executive Committee members. The event would start off with the champion song followed by an audio-visual of the I-League journey for 2019-20 season.
Since, most of the coaches and players will not be able to join the program physically due to the current pandemic scenario and commitments with their respective teams, we have organised to take them on a live Zoom call so they can be part of the event virtually and enjoy the memorable moment and feel a part of the same. As informed earlier that due to stringent guidelines and protocols laid down by the Central and State Government we had to shift the event to a closed confined place to adhere to the covid protocol guidelines. But considering the emotions of our millions of supporters we would be streaming the entire ceremony live on our social media handles for them to relish the moment they all have been waiting for.
Post the presentation ceremony a procession is organised from Hotel Hyatt Regency to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. The coveted trophy would be put into a glass cascade in an open Jeep to bring it to the club. The procession will commence from Hotel Hyatt Regency and shall touch import points as per the route map in the image
Beside the above, four floating sky balloon with branding of I-League Trophy will be placed at the following locations;
3. Deshapriya Park
4. Hedua-Vivekananda Road
Gurbux Singh was born on 11th February, 1936 in Peshawar, present Pakistan. His father Kartar Singh was an officer at Army Hospital and also a hockey player. After partition of India Gurbax Singh’s family settled in Lucknow. He grew up in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and represented Agra University in 1954/55. The following year he was part of the team that won prestigious Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup. After completing his education in Punjab University he shifted base to Kolkata in 1957 and started playing hockey. The same year, at an age of 21, he was selected for Bengal hockey team.
In 1968 he joined Mohun Bagan and sported the Green & Maroon jersey till 1980. In 1960 he made his first appearance for the Indian national team, during a tour of Australia and New Zealand. He was member of the national team when it won Gold medal in 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He also played in 1966 Bangkok Asian Games when India defeated Pakistan in final to win first Gold medal in Asian Games. In 1968 he was captain of both Mohun Bagan and Indian team, which went on to win Bronze medal in 1968 Olympics under his leadership. 1968 to 1980 was a golden age of Mohun Bagan hockey team. Mohun Bagan won First Division hockey league nine times and lifted the prestigious Beighton Cup nine times. In 1969 Mohun Bagan achieved a unique feat of winning every competition in Kolkata in football, cricket and hockey.
Even after retirement he was closely involved with Mohun bagan. In 1970s and 1980s he played the role of a player, coach as well as umpire. In 1983 he was part of the selection committee for Indian national team. In 1983 World Cup and Champions Trophy he was manager of the national team. He coached the French team in 1974/75 and Indian team in 1976 Montreal Olympics. He received umpiring badge from International Hockey Federation in 1981. He also acted as an umpire in 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. He is well known as a commentator and for his articles in different newspaper and magazines. In 2017 his autobiography “My Golden Days” was published. He received a number of awards in his career including Arjuna Award in 1967.
Gurbux Singh has received the prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna award in 2020.
Palash Nandi was born on 17th July, 1952. He had a great knack in sports from his childhood. His journey in cricket started with childhood coach Pulak Biswas. In 1969 while he was playing in Aryans Club he was inducted in the Bengal team. Thanks to his performances as a right handed batsman and an off break bowler, he was recruited by Mohun Bagan in 1974 from Kalighat Club.
He captained Mohun Bagan cricket team in 1976. In 1977 he left the club but returned to Mohun Bagan in 1980. Mohun Bagan official Chitrak Mitra played a vital role in bringing him back to the club. Palash Nandi then went on to stay in Mohun Bagan from 1980 till 1994. He was a favourite of club secretary Dhiren Dey. During his time in Mohun Bagan, the club won CAB League eleven times, including a number of continuous winning streaks. Mohun Bagan also won CAB Senior Knockout nine times, P Sen eleven times, JC Mukherjee eight times and AN Ghosh trophy.
He represented Bengal from 1969/70 season to 1981/82 season. He played a number of memorable knocks for Bengal. In first class cricket he amassed 3208 runs, at an average of 41 with an highest score of 205. He was the coach of Bengal after retiring as a player. As coach of Mohun Bagan cricket team from 2009 to 2017 he was part of a number of memorable victories. His brother Pranab Nandi is also a successful cricketer and coach. He was manager to the Bengal team in 1989/90 when Bengal captured the Ranji Trophy for the last time. In 2017 he was given the Lifetime Achievement award by CAB. He was selected as the chairperson for the selection panel of the senior team by CAB in 2018. He also has a keen interest in football and cordial relationships with many contemporary footballers.
Palash Nandi has received the prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna in 2020.
July 27, 2020 Kolkata – Due to the global pandemic situation Club Management has decided to conduct the Mohun Bagan Day celebration in Digital platforms of Mohun Bagan club . It will be a virtual event which will be broadcasted LIVE on official social media handles of Mohun Bagan.
The events will kickstart on early hours of 29th July and will continue throughout the day. There will be various talk shows featuring club legends, celebrities and club management and also various other events covering all award winners of Mohun Bagan Day 2020.
Commenting on the same Mohun Bagan General Secretary Srinjoy Bose told “The current pandemic situation remains challenging to organize the Mohun Bagan Day in club premises and also there is a lockdown announced on 29th July, so we have decided to host all our programs online this year so that fans can get the feel of Mohun Bagan Day from their home comfort”.
Finance Secretary Debashis Dutta added “Organizing full scale event during this pandemic is not safe for our fans and colleagues. So we intend to leverage the Digital platform of Mohun Bagan Athletic club to host multiple events throughout the day and I am confident that fans will like them”.
The event details will be published soon on social media platforms.
Meanwhile ,The Club Executive Committee on the proposal of Club President Shri Swapan Sadhan Bose has unanimously decided to confer the Best Administrator award for 2019-2020 to Shri Joydeep Mukherjee, Hony. Secretary, The IFA (WB) for his untiring efforts in reviving Kolkata Football.
Jun 30, 2020 Kolkata – More than just a football club, Mohun Bagan is an emotion for fans across globe. We entertained football fans since our inception in 1889, winning trophies and billions of hearts throughout this wonderful journey. Amazon is a global brand and we are delighted to tie up with Amazon India to sell our official merchandise online. Safety and security of our fans is our topmost priority and keeping that in mind we have introduced online merchandising.
To commemorate our I League 2019-20 triumph the club has introduced Championship T-Shirt(Rs 600/-) and a Coffee Mug (Rs. 200/-) which is up for sale on Amazon India. We are going with limited size options for T-Shirt now and will be adding more sizes soon. You can grab the merchandise using the following link
Due to the current covid-19 situation and restrictions on public gatherings we are not starting our offline merchandise sale till the situation improves. The revised price for offline Championship T-Shirt is Rs. 500/ including GST.
We noticed that multiple vendors are selling products using our Trademark Logo and Brand on Amazon India. We are closely working with Amazon to prevent such unauthorised sales. We request our fans to procure only official merchandise.