Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
The Beginning of the Journey: 1889-1903
The first “Home Ground” of the Club on the spacious ground of Mohun Bagan Villa
Kirti Mitter, the father of Priyanath Mitter owned a famous marble palace named ‘Mohun Bagan Villa’ near Shyambazar area. The Villa and adjacent grounds were surrounded by Fariapukur Street on the north, Upper Circular Road on the east, Kirti Mitter Lane on the west and Mohun Bagan lane in the south. During that time the students of ‘Dukhiram Majumder Students’ Union’ used to play in the medium sized ground in front of the Villa. After a short spell at Villa Mr. Majumder shifted his base to Laha’s ground and changed the name of the union to ‘Aryans’. Some players from Mohun Bagan Villa went to Shyam Square where ‘Bagbazar Club’ was formed under the leadership of Young brigade from the Sen family of Bagbazar. However the players who still continued to play in the Mohun Bagan Villa ground could not compete with the rest of the clubs as they didn’t have a club of their own anymore. To provide support to these players, three famous families of Kolkata- Basu family, Mitra family and Sen family came forward.
On the eve of 15th of August 1889 a meeting was held in the house of the then famous lawyer, Mr. Bhupendra Nath Basu (who later became the President of the Indian National Congress) at 14, Balaram Ghosh Street. In the meeting, the unanimous decision to form ‘Mohun Bagan Sporting Club’ with the existing players playing in the Mohun Bagan Villa was taken.
The first President and Secretary of Mohun Bagan club were Mr. Bhupendra Nath Bose and Mr. Jyotindra Nath Bose respectively. Mr. Monilal Sen was the first captain of the club. He was the first Indian cricketer in Bengal to have taken the round arm bowling. Some of the famous people who were present on that very auspicious moment were—
Bhupendra Nath Bose, Jyotindra Nath Bose, Monilal Sen, Jyotindra Nath Mitra, Roy Bahadur Chunilal Bose, Sir Nripendra Nath Sarkar, Maharaja Durga Charan Laha (Maharaja of Shyam Pukur), Dr. Manindra Nath Bose, Sir Brajendralal Mitra, Major S.K Ghosh, Maharaja Rajendra Bhup Bahadur (Maharaja of Coochbehar), Sir Bhupendra Nath Mitra, Dr.Ganendra Nath Mitra, Sir Rajendra Nath Mukhopadhyay, C. C. Dutta, Pramatha Nath Chattopadhyay, Ram Goswami, Sir Prabhash Mitra, Prafulla Bose, Nalin Chandra Bose, Hemnath Sen, Girin Bose, Upen Ghosh, Monmohan Pande, C. K. Sarkar, Sir Brojendralal Mitter, Satish Chandra Mitra, Sushil Chandra Mitra, Sarat Chandra Mitter.
The Mohun Bagan Club got its first playground inside the Mohun Bagan Villa (1889-1892). The intent of being part of the club gathered a lot of momentum under the able guidance of eminent personalities like Mr. Bhupendra Nath Bose and Mr. Jatindra Nath Bose. At the inception except for a limited few on the top it was the convention to accept only students as members. But being a member of the Club wasn’t easy as the club officials were not only careful about the quality of play but also the etiquette and education of the members.
One of the first football matches the club played on the Mohun Bagan Villa grounds was against the students of ‘Hindu Hostel’. That year, among others, the following played for the club —
Girin Bose, Pramatha Chatterjee, Sachin Banerjee, Ram Goswami, Sarat Mitter, Hem Nath Sen, Nalin Bose, Upen Ghosh, Manindra Nath Bose, Manomoham Pande, Provas Mitter, Manilal Sen.
At the first anniversary of the club, on the invitation of some of the student-members who were in the Presidency College, Prof. F. J. Rowe presided over the meeting. He suggested the name of the club as ‘Mohun Bagan Athletic Club’. The suggestion was accepted with immediate effect.
By 1892, the club ground relocated to Laha’s field— the second playground of Mohun Bagan (1892–1894). During that period, the main opponent teams of Mohun Bagan were National AC, Town Club, Aryans, Calcutta Medical College, Shibpur Engineering College, Fort Wiiliams, Kumartuli and Sovabazar Club.
Next year Mohun Bagan invited the European team Sussex Regiment “C” Company for a friendly football match. The main objective was to learn some good techniques from the foreign team. Although Mohun Bagan lost the match, the aim was fulfilled.
Mohun Bagan played their first tournament in the year 1893 in Coochbehar Cup. But they did not perform well. The morale of the team was very low but the club officials came forward and backed up the players.
After that, Mohun Bagan started playing in different tournaments like Coochbehar Cup, Trades Cup, etc. but was unable to get the all-important victory. After the opening by the Calcutta Corporation of the public square known as Shyam Square, the club was alloted space there along with Aryans and Baghbazar Club. Thus Shyam Square was the third playground of Mohun Bagan (1895–1900). Some administrative changes took place that time. In 1895, Jyotindra Nath Mitra became the Honorary Secretary and Jyotindra Nath Basu became the Vice-President. Sir Bhupendra Nath Mitra took over the role of secretary from Jyotindra Nath Mitra in 1898 and continued until 1900.
In 1900, Mohun Bagan club officials again felt the pressing need to change to the bigger ground and decided to move to Kolkata Maidan area. The first home of the club on the maidan was on the site of Presidency College ground which the club shared with the college till 1915. Major Sailendra Nath Bose took the responsibility of secretary post of the club from 1900 up to 1914. Mr. Bose was very strict about the rules and regulations of the club. The players who were part of the team during that time were —Prabodh Das (Goalkeeper), Dr. Girish Ghosh (Back), Annada Das (Back), Prafulla Roy (Half Back), Donga Dutta (Half Back), Khitish Singha (Half Back), Bhola Ghosh (Half Back), Anath Das (Half Back), Ramdas Bhaduri (Forward), Dwijadas Bhaduri (Forward), Bijoydas Bhaduri (Forward), Shibdas Bhaduri (Forward), Dwijendra Nath Basu (Forward)
First Step Towards Success: 1904–1910
Trades Cup Champion Team -1908
Organizational and team-building ability of Major Sailendra Nath Bose finally brought in much desired success. In the year 1904, Mohun Bagan won its first trophy — Cooch Behar Cup. But in the same year Mr. Durgacharan Laha, one of the patrons of Mohun Bagan club passed away. The club officials requested Maharaja of Cooch Behar, Raja Rajendra Bhup Bahadur to fill the void.
In 1905, Mohun Bagan won the Cooch Behar Cup consecutively for second time in 1905 defeating Mohamedan Sporting. In the same year Mohun Bagan reached the final of Gladstone Cup, held in Chinsurah. The opponent in the final was Dalhousie. That year Dalhousie won the IFA shield defeating Calcutta F.C. But Mohun Bagan played brilliantly throughout the match and knocked out Dalhousie by 5-0.
In 1906, Mohun Bagan got more success. This year club grabbed Trades Cup, Gladstone Cup and Coochbehar Cup. These achievements made Mohun Bagan the most prestigious Indian club. In the same year Mohun Bagan participated in the Minto Fete Tournament. This tournament was mainly for the British and Army football teams organized by Lady Minto, wife of then Viceroy of India. Among the Indian clubs only Mohun Bagan got the invitation to participate in this tournament.
In 1907 Mohun Bagan again won Trades Cup that was the third most prestigious tournament after IFA Shield and Coochbehar Cup during that time.
In 1908 Mohun Bagan created a new record by winning the Trades Cup for consecutive three times. The team also won Gladstone Cup in this year.
In 1909, Mohun Bagan got the first chance to participate in IFA Shield. During that time, participation in IFA Shield was an honour because only few teams were permitted to participate in this prestigious tournament. The other four lucky teams were Chinsurah Sporting, Shovabazar, Town Club and Hare Sporting. In the first round, Mohun Bagan defeated YMCA by 1-0 but lost to Gordon Highlanders’ by 3-0 on a slushy outfield and got eliminated from the Shield. But Mohun Bagan took the sweet revenge by defeating Gordon Highlanders’ in the final of Lakshmibilas Cup by a solitary goal of Mr. Shibdas Bhaduri. The final match was consecutively played for 6 days to get the all-important result. Some of the disappointed and enraged Highlanders snatched the Cup away from the victors, though only for a while!!!
In 1910, Mohun Bagan again was unable to show its excellence in the IFA Shield. Although this year Mohun Bagan won Lakshmibilas Cup and Nawab Asanullah Challenge Shield and Bengal Jimkhana Shield, captain Mr. Shibdas Bhaduri was really upset on getting knocked out of first round of IFA Shield. During this time, Mr. Sailendra Nath Bose stood by Mr. Bhaduri and handed over all the responsibilities of football team to the latter. Mr. Bhaduri then arranged the team in a new format and Mohun Bagan footballers then started to prepare themselves for the next year IFA Shield.
Creation Of History – 1911 IFA Shield Champion
Historic 1911 IFA Shield Winning Squad
“All honour to Mohun Bagan!! Those eleven players are not only a glory to themselves and to their Club and to the great nation to which they belong; they are the glory to the game itself”— this was the report that was published in The Empire (An evening daily in Calcutta) regarding the historic 1911 IFA Shield win of Mohun Bagan. Mohun Bagan became the first club of India to win the IFA Shield in 1911 by defeating East Yorkshire Regiment. Mohun Bagan supporters, still feel proud when they discuss or even think about this great victory, which not only acted as a stimulus for the increase of popularity of football in Bengal but also acted as a catalyst for the freedom movement against the British supremacy. The founder Secretary Jatindra Nath Basu commented on the 1911 success: “That win was not accidental but had to be worked inch by inch through contests with some of the strongest teams in India”. Mohun Bagan defeated the following clubs to reach the final:
First Round – Mohun Bagan (Bijaydas Bhaduri 2, Abhilas Ghosh) 3 – 0 St. Xaviers.
Second Round – Mohun Bagan(Shibdas Bhaduri, Bijaydas Bhaduri) 2 – 1 Rangers(Allen)
Third Round – Mohun Bagan(Bijaydas Bhaduri) 1 – 0 Rifle Brigade
Semifinal – Mohun Bagan (Kanu Roy) 1 – 1st Middlesex(Clarke)
Semifinal (Replay) – Mohun Bagan(Shibdas Bhaduri, Habul Sarkar, Kanu roy) 3 – 0 1st Middlesex
In the final on 29th July, in front of a huge crowd presence Mohun Bagan faced the stiff challenge of East Yorks Regiment. East Yorks drew the first blood in the second half when their captain Jackson scored from a free kick. Mohun Bagan had their opportunities and Shibdas Bhaduri levelled the score within five minutes. Three minutes later he again broke the resistance of the military team and entered their box. This time Abhilas Ghosh scored the all-important goal receiving a pass from the captain Shibdas Bhaduri.
The Mohun Bagan team for 1911 IFA Shield was—
Hiralal Mukherjee (Goal), Bhuti Sukul and Sudhir Chatterjee (backs), Monmohan Mukherjee, Rajendra Nath Sengupta, Nilmadhab Bhattacharjee (halves), Jitendra Nath Roy (Kanu), Sris Chanda Sarkar (Habul) , Abhilas Ghosh, Bijaydas Bhaduri, Shibdas Bhaduri(Captain)(Forwards).
In 1911 Mohun Bagan also won Gladstone Cup, Nawab Asanullah Challenge Shield and Bengal Jimkhana Shield.
From 1912 to 1919 – (Silver Jubilee in 1914)
Gostha Paul – The Chinese Wall
The British people did not take this defeat of East Yorkshire Regiment in right spirit. They were very angry on Mohun Bagan and tried to keep Mohun Bagan under pressure.
The dark side of this conspiracy came in 1912 IFA Shield. In the first round, Mohun Bagan faced the then famous team Calcutta F.C. This match was of particular interest because that was the first match in India of which motion pictures had been taken by the famous pioneers of the film industry in India, Messrs. J. F. Madan and Co. It was pre-planned to eliminate Mohun Bagan just from the first round of IFA Shield. In the match, Mohun Bagan scored three goals, but the referee annulled two goals for offside. Mohun Bagan finally lost the match by 1-2. Mohun Bagan captain Mr. Shibdas Bhaduri did not protest in the field but he was very upset regarding this incident and took retirement from his football career. Sudhir Chatterjee was injured and he also took retirement.
This year Mohun Bagan won Nawab Asanulla Challenge Shield. It was the third consecutive victory of Mohun Bagan. Club also grabbed the Bengal Jimkhana shield this year.
Habul Sarkar became the captain of Mohun Bagan in 1913. In 1913 Mohun Bagan did not win any trophy. The club lost to E. B. R in the IFA shield. But this year was memorable for another reason. This year Mohun Bagan got an excellent talented footballer, Gostho Paul, popularly known as “Chinese Wall”. He filled up the void created by retirement of Sudhir Chatterjee. Gostho Pal played his first game for Mohun Bagan at the age of only 16 years in a friendly match in a sloppy ground against Dalhousie. But he did not perform well and experts made the negative comments about him. After two days, there was the match against Black Watch, the league winner at that time. Gostho Paul came to ground with a bit hesitation. But he was amazed when Bhuti Sukul asked him whether he would play with him in the first eleven. In this match, Gostho Paul played brilliantly. From that day onwards, for continuous 23 years he played for Mohun Bagan as successful back. He was also the captain of Mohun Bagan from 1921 to 1927.
In the year 1914, Mohun Bagan got its first chance to participate in the second division of Calcutta League along with Aryans—the previous year Trades Cup winning team. In first year league, Mohun Bagan scored 27 goals in 16 matches . “B” team of 93 Highlanders’ was the champion of the league but they could not be promoted to first division as their first team was already in that division. Mohun Bagan and Measurers shared the same points(22) in the league table. So to decide which team will move to first division, a playoff match was organized between Mohun Bagan and Measurers. First day result was draw but on the second day Mohun Bagan lost the match by 1-2 and Measurers moved to the first division. The CFL committee, however, felt that Mohun Bagan should also be promoted. And this was done as a vacancy in the first division had occurred owing to the withdrawal of the RGA. This year Mr. Dwijendra Nath Bose was selected as the secretary of the club as Major Sailendra Nath Bose had to leave Calcutta for his commitments in the Military Service for the First World War. Mohun Bagan played a charity match against Calcutta FC in the aid of War Relief Fund. This year Mohun Bagan celebrated the Silver Jubilee Year.
In 1915, Mohun Bagan played their first match in first division of Calcutta League on 15th May, 1915 against Calcutta Club. The match resulted in a draw. Just like 1913–14 seasons, Mohun Bagan did not get any trophy during this year also but took fourth position in the Calcutta League and reached the semi-final of the IFA Shield. The junior teams of the club went up to the Semi-Final games in the Trades Cup and Coochbehar Cup. This year Mohun Bagan got the ground of National A.C. The Club shared this ground from 1915 to 1963.
In 1916, Mohun Bagan finished the Calcutta League in second position just behind Calcutta FC and won Cooch Behar Cup and Chandannagar Cup.
In 1917, Mohun Bagan lost to Middlesex team in the IFA shield.
In 1918 and 1919 Mohun Bagan finished third and fourth respectively in Calcutta Football League.
1920 to 1929 – Journey Started in Rovers,Durand
Football Team Late 20s
In 1920, Club was second in the League Championship contests, the Calcutta FC being the champions that year. It also went up to the semi-final in the IFA Shield tournament but surprisingly lost to Kumartuli by 1-2 goals.
In 1921, Mohun Bagan again achieved runners up position in Calcutta League just two points behind Dalhousie Club. The first ever derby encounter between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal held in this year on 8th August, In semifinal of Cooch Behar cup. That match was ended in a 0-0 draw. In the replay match on 10th August Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal 3-0.
In 1922, Mohun Bagan invited a team of South African Indian footballers to play couple of friendly matches, won one and lost the other. In this year Mohun Bagan won Cooch Behar cup defeating East Bengal 2-0.
In 1923, Mohun Bagan reached the final of IFA Shield but lost the opportunity to become champion after a 0-3 loss to Calcutta Football Club by on a rain soaked ground . In this year, Mohun Bagan got the invitation to take part in Rover’s Cup. Mohun Bagan played very well and reached the final. Unfortunately, in the final club lost to Derham’s Light Infantry by 4 goals to 1, but during this tournament Mohun Bagan got huge support.
In 1924, Mohun Bagan lost one of its big well-wishers, the first club President Mr. Bhupendra Nath Bose. After this incident, Sir Rajendra Nath Mukherjee became the new President of Mohun Bagan club. Dwijendra Nath Basu and D. N. Guin were selected as the Honorary Joint Secretary of the club.
In 1925, Mohun Bagan created another history by getting invitation as the first ever-Indian football club for playing in the Durand Cup. In those days only British military teams had the sole right to participate in the Durand Cup. Mohun Bagan reached the semi-final by defeating Royal Berkshire regiment in the first round, the York Lancaster Regiment in the second round and the Essex Regiment in the third round but lost to Sherwood Forest at the Semi-final after a good fight. In the same year club took second position in the Calcutta League just one point behind Calcutta FC. Dwijendra Nath Bose was elected the Honorary General Secretary of the club in this year.
In 1926, the club reached the third round of IFA Shield but lost to Sherwood Forest and lost Durand Cup to Derham’s Light Infantry.
In 1927, Gujarat suffered a heavy flood situation and a Flood Relief Fund was constructed to support to the people of Gujarat. Mohun Bagan played some exhibition matches at Bombay to raise fund for this purpose. In this year Club won the Governor’s Cup of Hazaribagh but was unable to make any impact in the Durand Cup, which was, held at Shimla, even in presence of some great players like Samad, Balaidas Chatterjee. Mohun Bagan lost to the Wiltshire Regiment in the IFA Shield competition by 2-1.
In 1928, Mohun Bagan won the Power League for the first time, Cooch Behar Cup for the fourth time and Lakshmibilas Cup for the third time. The club finished third in the Calcutta Football League, winning all the matches in the first half except that with the Dalhousie AC, who became the champions. In the IFA Shield competition Mohun Bagan lost to the same club.
In 1929, there was some unpleasantness at the League Game between the Dalhousie Club and Mohun Bagan, resulting in the withdrawal of nearly all the Indian Clubs from the IFA and the Calcutta League.But there was a happy ending to the dispute. There was an amicable settlement agreed to by all the clubs, under which the Indian Clubs earned equal representation with the European Clubs on the Council of the IFA. The Indian Clubs revert their decision of withdrawal and played in the IFA Shield and League subsequently. Mohun Bagan finished second in the League competition, Dalhousie being the champions. The club lost to Royal Irish Fusiliers , one of the strongest sides then in India by 1-0 in the fourth round of IFA Shield . Mohun Bagan took part in Durand Cup contest but lost to the Sandemanians.
1930 to 1939 – First-Ever Calcutta League Championship
First Ever Calcutta League Champion Team
In 1930, there was strong political agitation throughout the country and there was a serious apprehensions of riots and of disturbances of the public tranquility. As uncertainty looms large Mohun Bagan and other Indian League Clubs met and decided not to play matches that season.
In 1931, IFA Shield tournament the club lost to the Highlanders by 3-0 after one drawn game. The club had the misfortune to lose one of its gems, Major Sailendra Nath Bose, who had been Honorary Secretary during so many eventful years, and to whom the club owes a deep debt of gratitude. He died on the 7th June, 1931. To do honour to his memory, the club presented a Shield, bearing his name, to the IFA for awarding it to the winners of annual match between the Indian and European clubs.
In 1932, Mohun Bagan lost to Cameronian Highlanders in the IFA Shield tournament. It finished third in the Calcutta League table. This year club experienced further bereavement. Shibdas Bhaduri, the captain of 1911 IFA Shield winning team died on 27th February, 1932. In his memory the club gave a cup to the IFA to be presented every year to the captain of the winning team in the IFA Shield tournament. On 24th June of same year, Mohun Bagan lost Dwijendra Nath Bose who had taken up the role of secretary in 1916 and continued till the time of his death, except for one year in 1924— when he was Joint Honorary Secretary with D. N. Guin. Like his elder brother, Sailendra Nath Bose, D. N. Bose had also served the club both as a great player and administrator. Famous Barrister Shailendra Nath Banerjee took the responsibility of the honorary General Secretary of the club.
In 1933, Mohun Bagan won Dwarbhanga Shield, The Governor’s Shield of Hazaribagh and Lady Shifton’s Shield. IFA sent a football team to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to play couple of matches on 1933. Gostho Paul was selected as the captain of the team. Samad and Karuna Bhattacharya were also selected from Mohun Bagan club.
In 1934, Mohun Bagan finished second in the Calcutta League three points behind Mohamedan Sporting, the first Indian club to win the Calcutta league. This year an Indian IFA team went to South Africa tour. Gostho Pal was selected as the captain of the team but could not go owing to ill health. Three of the club players, S. Dutt, S. Chowdhury and K. Bhattacharjee went to South Africa and won high approbation there for their play. 1934 is important year for Mohun Bagan for another reason. Amiyo Deb of Mohun Bagan scored a hattrick for the first time in the history of Kolkata Derby. This high voltage derby got played in Darbhanga Shield on 5th Sept 1934, which happened to be one of the most difficult tournaments in those days. It was the Indian section Bengal zone semi-final match, played in the common ground of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Mohun Bagan won that match defeating East Bengal 4 goals to 1 and Amiyo Deb scored all the 4 goals on behalf of Mohun Bagan.
In 1935, Mohun Bagan won Coochbehar Cup and Lady Hardinge Shield. During this period, a great change occurred among the Mohun Bagan players. Most of the players of Mohun Bagan were habituated to play bare foot and most of them believed that they would not be able to play freely wearing the boots. One of the famous players of Mohun Bagan, Mr. Abdul Hamid for the first time inspired the players to play wearing boots.
In 1936, club finished third in the Calcutta League. It lost to the Calcutta FC in the semi final of the IFA Shield tournament and also lost to the second round of the Durand Tournament at Simla. In this year, club was unfortunate to lose its President, Sir R. N. Mookherjee, who had taken over charge in 1924. Club again lost one of his brave son, the member of 1911 IFA Shield winning team, Mr. Bijoydas Bhaduri in the same year. This year Jyotindranath Basu was selected as the President of the club.
In 1937, Mohun Bagan played its first international match in home country against Englishton Corinthians of England. Although the club lost the match by a solitary goal, the club organized a tea party to pay the honor to the winning team. In this year, the club lost to Listershire Regiment in the fourth round of the IFA Shield. .1937 is important for another reason. This year Asit Ganguly scored the second hattrick in derby in Raja Memorial Shield Final on 6th Aug 1937 wherein Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal 4-0. Asit Ganguly scored 3 goals and S. Sen scored 1 goal.
In 1938, Mohun Bagan won Trades Cup. A Burmese team visited India that year. Calcutta F. C. and Mohun Bagan were asked to make up a team to play the visitors as their fixture with the Mohammedan Sporting Club had fallen through. The combined team lost to the Burma team by 3-2. The IFA sent a team to Australia this year. Three members of the club, S. Chowdhury, Premlal and Bimal Mukherjee were selected in this team and Karuna Bhattachajee of Customs was the captain of this team.
Then came the all-important year — 1939. Mohun Bagan became the first ever Calcutta League Champion after a long waiting of 25 years. The members of the first ever league winning team was—
- Dutt, Dr.Sanmatha Dutta, Paritosh Chakraborty, Kesto Banerjee, S. Dutt (Junior), Beni Prasad, Premlal, Bimal Mukherjee (Captain), Mana Guin, S. Mitter, A. Chowdhury, Mohini Banerjee, Jiten Ghosh , Satu Chowdhury, M. Seth, R. Sen, Bijan Dey, Rajen Saha, Anil Dey, Sachin Mitra(Langcha).
Mohun Bagan secured 39 points in 24 matches to become the league champion. This year club also won the Lakshmibilas Cup, The Griffith Shield and Raja Shield.
1940 to 1949 – Indian Independence 2nd IFA Shield Win
1947 IFA Shield Winning Squad
Although delayed by a year, Mohun Bagan celebrated club’s Golden Jubilee in 1940. The Golden Jubilee sub-committee under the leadership of D. N. Guin, worked untiringly to make the celebration a grand success. Celebration ended with an annual athletic competition on 20th January, 1941. This year Mohun Bagan reached the final of IFA Shield but lost to Aryans Club by 1-4.
1941 was a glorious year for Mohun Bagan. This year club won Lady Hardinge Shield, Chandicharan Memorial Shield, Coochbehar Cup, Lakshmibilas Cup, Kohinoor Cup, Hazaribag Governor’s Shield, Raja Shield and reached the final of William Younger Cup. This year B. C. Ghosh was selected as the Secretary of the club.
In 1942, Mohun Bagan maintained its golden run. They won the Raja Shield, Lady Hardinge Shield and Power League and became runners up in Trades Cup, Coochbehar Cup and Chandicharan Memorial Shield. A Board of Trustee was formed in this year to look after the financial interest of the club and the first board consisted of J. N. Basu, Solicitor S. N. Banerjee, Barrister-at-Law, P. N. Mitra, C.I.E., Hriday K. Ghosh, Solicitor and Kumar Ramendra N. Roy.
In 1943, Mohun Bagan created a history in Indian football scenario by implementing an Insurance Scheme for the medical aid of the injured players. Within one year, a Medical Board was also formed with some reputed doctors. This year Mohun Bagan won the Calcutta League for the second time, gaining 39 points in 24 matches. The club also grabbed the Trades Cup this year.
In 1944, Mohun Bagan again won First Division Calcutta Football League, gaining 40 points in 24 matches. In this year, Mohun Bagan also won Trades Cup, Coochbehar Cup, Lady Hardinge Shield, S. N. Banerjee Memorial Cup, D. N. Guin Memorial Cup and Nadia Challenge Shield. During this time, famous footballer Balai Das Chatterjee started to nurture the young talents for maintenance of supply line to the senior team. This year S. K. Gupta (1944–1949) was selected as the secretary of the club.
In 1945, Mohun Bagan played a Charity Match for the Flood relief Fund for the people of Midnapore. This year Curtis, famous player of England and Arsenal came to Kolkata and club officials requested him to provide some tips to the players. He accepted the invitation with great enthusiasm. This year Mohun Bagan reached the final of IFA Shield but lost to arch rival East Bengal by a single goal. This year the club was unfortunate to lose Manilal Sen, the first captain of Mohun Bagan football team.
In 1946, Club lost Jatindranath Bose who had served the club as the Founder-Secretary (1889–1894), then as a Vice President (1895–1936) and finally as the President (1936–1946) and who had by virtue of his splendid work and advice became part and parcel of the club. Mr. Manindranath Basu took the President post of the club (1946–1957). The club took runners position in Calcutta league that year. IFA shield did not happen due to communal riot.
In 1947, Mohun Bagan again won the IFA Shield defeating East Bengal in the final. . Mohun Bagan is the first Indian club to win IFA Shield after independence. Club once again participated in Rover’s Cup, but due to the collapse of Cooperage Stadium the match was abandoned in middle of the game. This year, Mohun Bagan got invitation to participate in Madura Cup but was defeated by Hyderabad Police in the final.
In 1948, Mohun Bagan won IFA Shield consecutively for two times by beating Bhowanipore Club and took the second position in First Division Calcutta Football League. In this year, National football team first participated in Olympic and Dr. T. Aao of Mohun Bagan was selected as the captain. He was the flag bearer of the Indian team in London Olympic. Sailen Manna and Mahabir Prasad were also selected in the team. Mr. Balaidas Chatterjee, the then football secretary of Mohun Bagan club also went as the coach and trainer of the national team.
DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS:
In 1949, Mohun Bagan celebrated the Diamond Jubilee. On this occasion, Club invited Swedish Football team Helsingborg and played three matches. The celebration started from club tent on 15th August morning at 7 AM. Sir Biren Mukherjee hosted the national flag along with the club flag. Then general secretary Dr. S. K. Gupta recited the complimentary messages sent by many famous persons from different fields. Next in December, the other events were organized on 11th December’s morning, a procession started from the 14, Balaram Ghosh Street, Mohun Bagan’s birthplace. The procession ended after reaching club tent. On 22nd December, a cricket match was organized between Mohun Bagan ex players and CAB XI. Cornel C. K. Naidu and Mustaq Ali were present during this match. Next day, a football match was organized between Mohun Bagan ex-players and IFA XI. Mohun Bagan won the match by 2-1. On the fourth day of celebration, a hockey match was organized between Mohun Bagan and BHA. The fifth day was celebrated with a tennis tournament and the celebration ended with an athletic competition where all the club officials took part.
1950-1959 – Durand Rovers & Calcutta double crown
1954 Team After Winning First Double Calcutta League & IFA Shield
In 1950 Sailen Manna became the captain of Mohun Bagan. The club reached the final of Durand Cup but lost to Hyderabad City Police in the replay final. This year Chandrasekhar Sen was selected as the Secretary of the club (1950–1952).
In 1951 Mohun Bagan won First Division Calcutta League. The team also reached the final of IFA Shield but lost to East Bengal by 0-2 margin on the second day after the first day ended in a draw. This year four Mohun Bagan players— Sailen Manna, T. Aao, Abhay Ghosh and Runu Guhathakurta were selected in national team for the Asian games, took place at Delhi. Sailen Manna was given a great honor as role of captaincy had been bestowed on him. India came out victorius beating Iran by 1-0 goal. After Asian Games, the Indian football team went to Far East Asia Captained by Sailen Manna again. M. A. Sattar and RunuGuhaThakurata were also selected.
In 1952, Mohun Bagan won the IFA Shield. Three Mohun Bagan players— Sailen Manna, M. A. Sattar and Runu Guhathakurta were selected in the national squad for the Helsinki Olympics of 1952. Sailen Manna was the captain of the team. In Hockey Mohun Bagan won the Beighton cup for the first time in this year defeating Hindustan Aircraft, Bangalore.
In 1953, Mohun Bagan won the first ever Durand Cup. In the final showdown Mohun Bagan defeated National Defence Academy by 4-0. Samar Banerjee and S. Raman both scored twice for Bagan. Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the then honourable President of India was the chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony. Dr. Rajendra Prasad congratulated the Mohun Bagan team saying: “Mohun Bagan is my favourite since childhood when I was a student in Calcutta. I used to come straight from the college whenever Mohun Bagan used to play in Calcutta Maidan”. The Statesman reported “Mohun Bagan’s sparkling 4-0 win in final. National Academy outplayed in one sided match”.
In 1954, club grabbed the double crown of Calcutta for the first time after winning the IFA Shield and First Division Calcutta Football League. In the final of the IFA shield Mohun Bagan defeated Hydrabad Sporting by 1-0. Club was invited to play an exhibition match against an Australian team, Grazers Athletic Club and defeated the team by 2-1. During the 2nd Asian Games at Manila, Philippines, Sailen Manna (Captain), P. Venkatesh, S. Dutta, M. A. Sattar and Samar Banerjee from Mohun Bagan represented India.
In 1955, Mohun Bagan won the Rover’s Cup for the first time. In the same year, club retained the First Division Calcutta League under the able captaincy of Sailen Manna. This year club got the opportunity to play with the visiting Soviet and Swedish teams. Later, the Club played a match against the visiting football team from Austria. Mohun Bagan played brilliantly but lost by 0-2.
In 1956, Mohun Bagan won the IFA Shield defeating Aryans Club by 4-0 and took the sweet revenge of the defeat in 1940 IFA Shield final. This year club also won First Division Calcutta League consecutively three times and reached the final of Rover’s Cup. Club also got the invitation to visit Far East. At the starting of the season, in February and March, Mohun Bagan went to Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong and Malaysia tour under the captaincy of Sailen Manna. Karuna Bhattacharya and Sailen Dey were Joint Secretary for this tour. Mohun Bagan took Pradeep Banerjee in lien from Eastern Rail. Mohun Bagan played total 12 matches in this tour and won in 7 matches. This year indian national team participated in Melbourne Olympics. Samar Banerjee captained the Indian team.
In 1957 there was not much success in football. But Mohun Bagan won the First division Hockey league for the third consecutive time (55-57). In cricket club won the CAB knockout tournament this year.
In 1958 club reached the final of IFA Shield but lost to arch rival East Bengal by 0-1 on the second day after a 1-1 draw in the first day. Club also took second position in the Calcutta League. This year Sir Birendra Nath Mukherjee (1958–1961) was selected as the President of the club.
In 1959 Jarnail Singh joined Mohun Bagan. In this year Mohun Bagan was the champion in Durand Cup defeating Mohammedan Sporting by 3-1 in the second day, after the first day eneded in a 1-1 draw. At the prize distribution ceremony, President Rajendra Prasad praised the sporting spirit of Mohun Bagan Club. Club also took the first position in Calcutta League. This year for the Tokyo Asian Games, Kempaiah, Ahmed Hossain and Chuni Goswami were selected from Mohun Bagan in the national squad. But Chuni Goswami was unable to accept the chance, as he was busy in his service for Calcutta University Team. Mohun Bagan won the CAB senior knockout out tournament for the second consecutive year.
1960-1969 – Trophies Galore,Platinum Jubilee Celebration
1965 – Hattrick of Winning Durand Cup
1960 was a golden year for Mohun Bagan. This year club grabbed the Calcutta double crown — IFA Shield and League and won Durand Cup jointly. That year at the Pre-Olympic Match of the Rome Olympic, Mohun Bagan’s Jarnail Singh, Chuni Goswami, Kempaiah selected in national squad.
In 1961 Mohun Bagan was the joint winner of IFA Shield and narrowly missed the chance to win Durand Cup and Rover’s Cup. This year club team went to East Africa tour. On 12th February 1961 Mohun Bagan started from Calcutta for the tour. Mr. Sailen Manna and Mr. Karuna Bhattacherjee went as the club officials with the team. In 19 matches, Mohun Bagan won 15, lost one and the rest were draw. Four matches were indicated as test matches, among which Mohun Bagan won two, lost one and one draw. Chuni Goswami, Chidanandan, Arumainayagam, Deepu Das performed extremely well. In this tour Mohun Bagan achieved huge popularity and admiration.
In 1962, Mohun Bagan won the First Division Calcutta Football League. In the League, both Mohun Bagan and arch rival East Bengal earned 40 points. So to decide the championship, a playoff match was organized and Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal by 2-0 and became the champion of the First Division Calcutta League. Mohun Bagan also grabbed IFA Shield for third time consecutively defeating Hyderabad XI by 3-1. This year Chuni Goswami, Jarnail Singh and Arumainayagam were selected in the national squad for Jakarta Asian Games, Indonesia. Chuni Goswami was the captain of the team. Indian team played extremely well and won the gold medal. This was India’s last Asian Games win. 1962 was also a remarkable year for the club, as Gostho Paul, the “Chinese Wall” received the “Padmasree Award” on 28th April from the hand of President Dr. Rajendra Prasad. This year Kumar Ramendra Nath Roy (1962–1979) was elected as the President of the club.
In 1963, Mohun Bagan won First Division Calcutta Football League for the 11th times. This year Mohun Bagan also won Durand Cup defeating Andhra Pradesh Police by 2-0 on the second day after the goalless draw on the first day. This year club left its old joint ground with East Bengal and became the major shareholder of the Calcutta Football Club’s ground. Club also built its new tent. General J. N. Chowdhury inaugurated the new tent of Mohun Bagan on the new ground. This year the legendary player of the club, Chuni Goswami got the “Arjun Award”.
In 1964, Mohun Bagan won Calcutta Football League and Durand Cup defeating East Bengal by 2-0. This year was the Platinum Jubilee Year of the club, which was celebrated throughout the year. After the completion of the celebration, club published a souvenir containing pictures of historical events. Sourindra Mohun Bose, the then General Secretary of the club wrote all the memorable victories of the club and mentioned that Dhiren Dey has significant involvement in this grand celebration. Umapati Kumar, Gostho Paul, Balai Das Chattopadhyay, Dinabandhu Sen all put their efforts for making the event in a same way as mini Olympic, the Platinum Jubilee Year was celebrated throughout the year. Different countries throughout the world provided their assistance for the arrangement of the different sports events. Club received greetings from different levels of State and society. A cricket match was organized between Indian team and a commonwealth cricket team which included players like Gary Sobers.An exhibition match was played between Indian Hockey team and Calcutta XI assembled team. A hockey team from France came also to play an exhibition match. Even some exhibition matches of tennis were organized and some renowned tennis players like Bob Hewitt, Martin Mulligan, Mike Sangstar, Ramanathan Krishnan, Joydeep Mukherjee, Premjitlal and Naresh Kumar of India took part. Tatabania football club from Hungary came with seven national team players to participate in this occasion. German Athletic team and Indian Athletic team jointly participated in an exhibition match. This year club came forward to form a Players’ Relief Fund. The great man of the club, Dhiren Dey was behind this honest idea.
In 1965, club became the champion in First Division Calcutta League and Durand Cup. Mohun Bagan created history by winning Durand Cup consecutively for three times as the first non military team. Club also reached the final of Rovers Cup but lost to Mafatlal Group SC by 0-1. Same thing happened in IFA Shield final, where club lost to East Bengal by a solitary goal.
In 1966, Mohun Bagan won the Rovers Cup defeating Vasco SC by 1-0.
1967 was not a good year for the club. Club only won the IFA Shield jointly with East Bengal. Club took the second position in Rovers Cup after defeated by East Bengal by 0-2 on the second day after a goalless draw on the first day.
In 1968, Mohun Bagan won the Rovers Cup defeating Leaders Club by 3-0 on the second day after the first day 0-0 draw. This year club also won the Amrita Bazar Centenary Cup.
In 1969, club won First Division Calcutta Football League also IFA Shield defeating East Bengal by 3-1. Club also reached the final of Rovers Cup but lost to East Bengal. This year Subhas Chandra Mitra (1969–1976) was elected as the Honorary General Secretary of the club.
1970-1979 – Pele’s Date With Mohun Bagan,Resurgence of Mariners
Historic Cosmos Match in 1977,Pele in Action
In 1970, club won the Rovers Cup defeating Mahindra and Mahindra by a solitary goal in the replay final. The goal was scored by Subhas Bhowmick.
In 1971, Mohun Bagan again won the Rovers cup defeating Vasco Sporting Club by 1-0. The winning goal was scored by P. Kannon. This year the pride of Mohun Bagan Club— “Player of the Millennium” Sailen Manna received the Padmashree Award.
In 1972, Club won Rover’s Cup jointly with East Bengal. This was club’s consecutively third Rovers Cup win. Club also reached the final of Durand Cup but missed the opportunity to become the champion after 1965.
1973 was the worst year regarding the performance of the club, as the club could not manage to get any trophy during this season.
In 1974, Club lifted Durand Cup defeating JCT Mills by 3-2 . Ulganathan scored a spectacular hattrick in the final. He also scored in the semifinal when Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal by 1-0. Mohun Bagan also won Bordoloi Trophy defeating Vasco Sports Club by 5-0 on the second day after the first day eneded in 2-2 draw.
In 1975, Mohun Bagan won Bordoloi Trophy and Darjeeling Gorkha Brigade Gold Cup but lost to East Bengal in the IFA Shield final. This year, the construction of concrete gallery was finally completed.
In 1976 football team was restructured. P K Banerjee joined as the coach. Club again lifted a number of trophies, First Division Calcutta Football League, Rover’s Cup (jointly), IFA Shield (jointly), Bordoloi Trophy and Darjeeling Gorkha Brigade Gold Cup. On 24th April,1976 Mohun Bagan beat East Bengal 1-0 with a goal scored in 17 seconds by Mohammed Akbar. This year the legendary player of Mohun Bagan, “Chinese Wall”, Gostho Paul, passed away on 8th April.
1977 is a remarkable year in the history of Mohun Bagan Club, as first time ever in the history of Kolkata football a club arranged for the floodlight in their ground. Total credit for that goes to Dhiren Dey as he convinced Indian Chamber of Commerce to come forward for this purpose. The floodlight was inaugurated 10 th February when Mohun Bagan and Paktakore of Soviet Union took part in a friendly match. In 1977, Club grabbed IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Rover’s Cup and Bordoloi Trophy. Club created history by winning the triple crowns (IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Rover’s Cup) in the same year. This year club also reached the final of Federation Cup but lost to Indian Telephone Industries by a solitary goal. Subrata Bhattacharya was the captain of the team that time. This year is memorable for another reason.This year Mohun Bagan players got the great opportunity to play against the Football King Edson Arantos Jo Nasimanto — Pele. Kolkata football lovers got the chance to see some of the famous international footballers like Mike Dillon, Kith Edi, Toni Field and Terigarbet of England, Ramon Mifin of Peru, Giorgio Chinaglia of Italy, Carlos Alberto and NelsiMorez of Brazil, Erol Yasin of Turkey, Ditomir Dimitri and Toni Donlich of Yugoslavia including Pele. The historical match was played on 24th September of this year in Eden Gardens. About 80,000 spectators gathered on that in Eden gardens. Final Score was 2-2. Shyam Thapa and Habib scored for Mohun Bagan. This year Dhiren Dey was elected as the Honorary General Secretary of the club.
1978 was again a golden year for the club as the club grabbed First Division Calcutta Football League, IFA Shield consecutively for three times again after the year 1960–1962, Federation Cup for the first time jointly with East Bengal and Sait Nagji Trophy of Calicut. Club reached the final of Durand Cup but lost to East Bengal. In IFA shield shield final Mohun Bagan players fought bravely against a strong European side, Ararat of Soviet Union. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Manas Bhatatcharya and Habib scored the goals for Mohun Bagan.
In 1979, club maintained the golden run by winning First Division Calcutta League, IFA Shield defeating East Bengal by 1-0 and Durand Cup defeating Punjab Police by 1-0 and Darjeeling Gorkha Brigade Gold Cup.
1980-1989 – Centenary Celebration,National Club Status
1984 Durand Champion Squad
In 1980, club won Federation Cup for the second time (joint winner) and Durand Cup defeating Mohammedan Sporting Club by 1-0. Kolkata Football League was abandoned due to the tragic incident on 16th August derby match at Eden Gardens, where 16 football lovers died at the incident. To pay honour to these football lovers, later this day has been declared as the ‘Football Lovers Day’ and has been celebrated through a blood donation camp. This year Umapati Kumar was elected as the President of the club(1980–1990).
In 1981, club again showed excellent performance by winning Federation Cup consecutively for three times defeating Mohammedan Sporting Club by 2-0, IFA Shield (jointly), Rovers Cup defeating Mohammedan Sporting Club by 2-0 and Sait Nagji Trophy.
In 1982, Mohun Bagan won IFA Shield defeating Mohammedan Sporting Club by 2-1 and thus created a record of six consecutive wins, Durand Cup (jointly), Federation Cup defeating Mafatlal Mills by 1-0 and Darjeeling Gorkha Brigade Gold Cup.
In 1983, Mohun Bagan became the champion in First Division Calcutta League but lost to Mohammedan Sporting Club and JCT Mills in the final of Federation Cup and Durand Cup respectively. To pay tribute to the “Chinese Wall” Gostho Paul a statue was established in today’s Gostho Paul sarani in this year. This year Chuni Goswami got the Padmashree Award.
In 1984 P K Banerjee returned back as the coach of Mohun Bagan. This year club won the First Division Calcutta League, Bordoloi Trophy, Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup and Durand Cup defeating East Bengal by 1-0.
In 1985, club won Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup, Durand Cup defeating JCT and Rovers Cup defeating Salgaocar SC by 2-0 but lost to East Bengal in the Federation Cup final.
In 1986, Mohun Bagan won First Division Calcutta League, Federation Cup defeating East Bengal and Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup but lost to Dempo SC in Rovers Cup Final. In this year Mohun Bagan won Durand cup for three consecutive years again.
Club won IFA Shield beating Punjab Police by 2-1 in 1987 and Federation Cup defeating Salgaocar SC by 2-0 but lost to Mohammedan Sporting Club and JCT Mills in the final of Rovers Cup and Durand cup respectively.
In 1988, Mohun Bagan could not manage to maintain the same rhythm as in the previous years and won only the Rovers Cup defeating East Bengal by 1-0. In this year Mohun Bagan
In 1989, Mohun Bagan won the IFA Shield defeating TFA by 1-0, Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup and All Airlines Gold Cup. Mohun Bagan also reached the final of Durand cup but lost to East Bengal in tiebreaker. This year was the club’s Centenary Year and to pay honour to 1911 shield victory Government of India issued a postage stamp and the then AIFF president Mr. Priyaranjan Dasmunsi announced Mohun Bagan as the ‘National Club of India’. A torch rally was organised on this occasion. People from all strata, irrespective of class and creed from youth to the old age spontaneously joined in the historic torch rally depicting the glorious centenary celebration. The atmosphere totally resembled a festive spirit as beagles, flowers and conch-shells echoed the surroundings thus mesmerizing the huge gathering. In the solemn presence of club President Shri Umapati Kumar and Secretary Shri Sailen Manna, Gouri Nath Shastri ignited the silver bodied torch.
1990-1999 – Journey Started For Foreign Players,1st NFL Trophy
1997 CFL Champion Squad
In 1990, Mohun Bagan’s only success was the winning of First Division Calcutta League. This year Mohun Bagan players got the privilege to showcase their talent against famous World cupper of Cameroon Roger Milla when he came with his club (Diamond Club) to participate in a friendly match as a part of club’s centenary celebration. Mohun Bagan lost the match by 1-3 and Milla scored a goal in this match. Subrata Bhattacharya and Prashanta Banerjee performed well.
In 1991 Mohun Bagan won Rovers Cup by defeating Mohammedan Sporting Club by 1-0. Club also grabbed Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup and All Airlines Gold Cup.This year club first ever included any foreign player in the squad in its 100 years history. Cheema Okeri, the “Black Panther” played in green and maroon jersey in the Calcutta Football League for Bagan. I.M. Vijayan also joined Mohun Bagan in this year. In the Club administration there was a change. Mr. Swapan Sadhan (Tutu) Bose took the charge of general secretary of the club.
1992 was a good year for Mohun Bagan as the club managed to lift some national level tournaments like Federation Cup defeating East Bengal by 2-0, Rovers Cup defeating JCT Mills by 2-0 along with First Division Calcutta League and Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup.
In 1993, Mohun Bagan lifted the Federation Cup defeating Mahindra and Mahindra by a solitary goal scored by Sathyan and also grabbed the All Airlines Gold for the third time.
In 1994, Club registered hattrick of winning Federation Cup after 1980–1982 defeating Salgaocar SC. It’s a record in itself when any Indian Football club managed to win the Federation Cup consecutively for three years twice. Club also won Calcutta Football League, Durand Cup defeating East Bengal by 1-0 and Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup in this year.
In 1995 Club did not manage to grab any national level tournament, only won the PNB Centenary Trophy and took the second position in First Division Calcutta League. Mr. Anjan Kumar Mitra became the general secretary while Tutu Bose took the charge of club president this year.
In 1996, Mohun Bagan won the McDowell’s Cup and Bordoloi Trophy and came runners up in First Division Calcutta League.
In 1997, Club won DCM Trophy and Calcutta Football League. Club also reached the final of Durand Cup final, but unfortunately lost the game to FC Kochin. In this season Mohun Bagan won the national football league for the first time securing 34 points in 18 games. In the final game Mohun Bagan defeated Mahindra & Mahindra by 3-0 at saltlake stadium in presence of huge crowd.
In 1998, Club grabbed the Federation Cup and IFA Shield defeating East Bengal by 2-1 in both the encounters. A new feather of glory on the cap of Mohun Bagan was added when AFC recognized the club as the Diadora Team of Asia in January of this year.
In 1999, Mohun Bagan won the IFA Shield defeating Tollygunge Agragami by 1-0 and Sanghati Cup at Kolkata.This year the best ever foreign footballer in India, Brazilian striker, ‘Green Parrot’ Jose Ramirez Barreto joined the team and the football lovers throughout the India were enchanted by his brilliant skill and ball control.
2000–2009 – THE NEW MILLENIUM AND THE BRAZILIAN MAGIC
2001-02 NFL Champion Team
In 2000, Club won three national level tournaments — Durand Cup defeating Mahindra United by a golden goal, Rovers Cup defeating Churchill Brothers by 2-0 and National Football League(1999-00 season) for the second time along with Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup and All Airlines Gold Cup.
In 2001, Club won Federation Cup defeating Dempo by 2-0, Calcutta Football League, Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup and Bardoloi Trophy. This year Mohun Bagan created a record as the first ever-Indian football club by winning both the Federation cup and National Football League in the same year.
In 2002, the club won National Football League for the third time (2001-02 season). The football icon of India, Baichung Bhutia came back home from Bari FC England, and Mohun Bagan club officials did not waste any time to sign him . But the Barreto-Bhutia magic did not work as desired due to early injury sustained by Bhutia at the beginning of the season. Mohun Bagan won All Airlines Gold Cup this year.
2003 was not a good year for the club regarding the performance. Barreto left the team this year. The only success for the club for this season was the IFA Shield where club defeated arch-rival East Bengal. In July, 2003 Mohun Bagan became the first Indian Football Club to establish a residential football academy at Durgapur, West Bengal in association with SAIL.
The bad luck continued for Bagan even in 2004. Club reached the final of Durand Cup, Federation Cup and IFA Shield but lost all the finals. Club took the runners position in Calcutta Football League. The only success for the club was the All Airlines Gold Cup. This year a new feather of glory added to Mohun Bagan’s cap. This year FIFA formed an Elite Task Force with 11 clubs from all over the world for the betterment of club football. Mohun Bagan club was selected to be a part of this Task Force along with the famous clubs like River Plate, Bayern Munchen and Manchester United. Swapan Sadhan Bose, the Honorary President of Mohun Bagan represented Mohun Bagan in this Task Force.
In 2005, Mohun Bagan won the First Premier Division Calcutta Football League.
In 2006, the Brazilian striker Jose Ramirez Barreto again joined the team along with Baichung Bhutia. This deadly duo played brilliantly in the Federation Cup. This was Baichung’s first Fed Cup win in Green and Maroon jersey. Mohun Bagan defeated Sporting Club the Goa in the final. Goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee played extremely well throughout the tournament. Club also reached the final of IFA Shield but lost to Mahindra United. This year Mohun Bagan junior team became the winner of the Manchester United Premier Cup (South Asian Champion) and took part in the final round of Manchester United Cup.
In 2007, Mohun Bagan won the Super Cup (2006–07) defeating Dempo by 4-0. Baichung Bhutia netted thrice in the match. Mohun Bagan grabbed the Calcutta Football League. Again Brazilian ball player performed brilliantly and helped the club to smash the archrival in all the encounters. This year Mohun Bagan created the history by defeating archrival East Bengal consecutively 6 times in the Calcutta Football League. This year club launched the mascot named “Baggu” on the auspicious Mohun Bagan Day. This year on 15th April, FIFA President, Mr. Joseph S. Blatter visited the club tent as a part of his tour to India. Club officials cordially welcomed him and honoured him with the green and maroon scarf. Mr. Blatter planted a mahogany tree in the club lawn as a symbol of his arrival. On the same day evening, Mohun Bagan won the derby match against the archrival East Bengal in presence of FIFA president.
In 2008, Mohun Bagan players got the opportunity to play against the famous international World Cupper of Germany, the Player of the Tournament, 2002 World Cup—Oliver Kahn. Oliver came here with his club team— Bayern Munchen. Along with Kahn, some other stars like Ze Roberto, Mark Van Bommel were present in the Bayern team. The match was played on 27th May at Salt Lake Stadium in presence of about 1,20,000 crowd. Mohun Bagan lost the match by 0-3 but the young brigade of the club played extremely well. This year Mohun Bagan club won the Kolkata Football League for the 28th times and also stamped their authority over Federation Cup for the 13th times, defeating Dempo SC in the final by a lone goal from the Brazilian talisman striker Jose Ramirez Barreto. It was also a memorable year for the Mohun Bagan juniors as they qualified for the final round of Yakult Danone Nations Cup— The Junior World Cup from India and took 12th position in the final round. They got the appreciation from the world-famous footballer Zinedine Zidane for their brilliant performance throughout the tournament. In the same year another feather added to the cap of Mohun Bagan when Prince of Football, Diego Armando Maradona visited the club tent as a part of his tour to Kolkata.
2009 was a mix of both sweet and bitter experiences for the Mohun Bagan supporters. This year Mohun Bagan achieved the record of longest winning streak (10 wins in a row) in I–League. This rare record got a new dimensions when FIFA reported it in their official website. Though the trophy luck this year was not with Bagan; they only just managed to grab the Super Cup 2009 and the Calcutta Football League 2009. In Durand Cup and IFA Shield finals Mohun Bagan was defeated by Churchill Brothers. Though every Mohun Bagan supporter will surely remember 2009 as a year of revenge, as because this year on 25th October, Mohun Bagan just overpowered arch rival East Bengal by 5–3 in the I–League 2009–10 and took the sweet revenge of ‘5 goals’ defeat.
2010–2019 – I League Triumph
Hero I League 2014-15 Champion Team
2010-11 was not so great season for mariners. Stanley Rozario was appointed as Head Coach. Mohun Bagan beat Dempo in the Fed Semi-final to reach the final but lost to arch rival East Bengal in the final 0-1. The final match was marred by the controversial decisions of cancelling goals of Asim Biswas and Muritala Ali.Mariners also lost the IFA Shield Final to Churchill Brothers.
2011-12 started with few key signings like Sunil Chetri, N P Pradeep, Rahim Nabi and most importantly megastar Odafa Okolie who was literally snatched from Churchill Brothers. Supporters again started dreaming. Mohun Bagan won Kolkata league derby 2-0 and first leg of I league derby 1-0 when Odafa Okolie scored from the spot. However the team finished 4th in the Ileague. It is worth mentioning that this was the last season for the best foreigner ever played for Mohun Bagan, Jose Ramirez Barreto. Supporter’s heartthrob, the driving force behind many memorable moments for Mohun Bagan, the star Brazilian had finished his long 11 years stint. His last match saw a huge emotional outbreak amongst fans.
In season 2012-13, Odafa Okolie has given the armband. A prolific striker, Tolgey Ozbe joined the flanks from East Bengal. Moroccan coach Karim Bencharifa was given the responsibility of the side under whom Mohun Bagan got the last major trophy, Fed Cup in 2008-09 season. But this time there was no major success under him, the team lost to East Bengal in the tiebreaker of IFA Shield semi final.
Odafa remained captain in 2013-14 as well. Young turks like Pritam Kotal, Souvik Ghosh had joined from Pailan Arrows. Japanese Yuta Katsumi had also joined the team whose brilliant goal against East Bengal in the Kolkata league derby had salvaged some joy for the supporters as Mohun Bagan failed to win the Kolkata League. Mohun Bagan lost to Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi from Bangladesh in the IFA Shield Semifinal. Haitian game maker Sony Norde scored an awesome freekick for the Bangladeshi side who had gone ahead to win the IFA Shield that year. In the Fed Cup, Mohun Bagan lost to Churchill Brothers in the semi final by 1-2.
Then came the memorable season of 2014-15 which will remain in every supporter’s heart forever. After 15 long years, the National Club of India had won the coveted I-league that season. The stage was set by Subhas Bhowmick who was initially appointed as a coach that season. He built the core team with the likes of Sony Norde, Pierre Boya, Balwant Singh, Jeje, Sehnaj and physical trainer Djair Miranda Garcia. Though the team lost to Pune FC in the semifinal of Kings Cup in Bhutan, there were glimpses of hope in trying times. After the Kings Cup, Sanjoy Sen had taken the charge and after an early exit in Fed Cup, the team started running like a well-oiled machine in I-league and went on winning each match at home except a draw against Lajong FC at Barasat. The spirited side beat the defending champions Bengaluru FC at YBK 4-1.
The last match of the season was a must win match for Bengaluru FC at Kanteerava stadium, the fortress of Bengaluru FC.Mohun Bagan needed a draw to lift the title. 31st May 2015 will remain a historic day for Mohun Bagan.Thousands of supporters flocked from all over India to gather in Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore. The match was highly intense, BFC was leading by John Johnson’s goal in the first half and it was started pouring heavily in the second half. Mariners had given everything and a late equaliser from Bello Razaq from the corner of Sony Norde had brought tears in the eyes of million mariners across the globe. It was a whole night long celebration in Bangalore and thousands of supporters gathered in Dumdum Airport the next day to welcome the heroes. It took almost 4 hours for the team to reach the club tent from the airport as the entire city was painted green and maroon.
On 22nd August 2015, 125th Birthday of Mohun Bagan was celebrated at Netaji Indoor Stadium where the I league winning team was felicitated. Arumainayagam was awarded prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna this year. Mohun Bagan was also leading the race for I-league title this season but lost the momentum in the last lap to become runners. Though they have won the Federation Cup in 2016 by beating Aizwal FC 5-0 in the final. This year mariners beat Tampines Rovers in the saltlake stadium by 3-1 to become the first team in India to win the 1st Round of AFC Champions League Play-off. Though the team has lost to mighty Shandong Luneng FC of China in the next round, it was a huge moment for mariners to play against the big names of world football like Diego Tardelli.
2016-17 was a repeat of last season where Mohun Bagan lost the I-league by a very narrow margin though they had beaten East Bengal twice, once in I-league at Siliguri and the other in Fed Cup semifinal in Cuttack. Though we have lost to Bengaluru FC in the Fed Cup Final.
2017-18 has seen a huge uplift in supporter’s interest while big giant screens were installed to watch Mohun Bagan matches. The mariners finished the Kolkata league in second spot due to lack of goal difference and became third in I-league in spite of winning both the derbies. In this season, Mohun Bagan hosted the first I-league match in Maidan at their own ground against Indian Arrows. From this year, Fed Cup was replaced by Super Cup by combining I-league and ISL teams which Mohun Bagan lost to Bengaluru FC in semfinal.
|Maidan Tent, Gostha Paul Sarani