Respect, love, emotion, tradition all mixed up Mohun Bagan day at Mohun Bagan ground and Mohun Bagan began the centenary celebrations of their famous 1911 IFA Shield final win over British Army’s East Yorkshire Regiment at the club ground, on Thursday.
The club officials and fans across the globe celebrated this historic day in their own ways. One of the prominent event was that of a torch relay from Mohun Bagan Lane, North Kolkata to the Mohun Bagan tent. Atin Ghosh was the key person behind the event. Prominent mohunbaganis like Justice Shyamal Sen, footballer Prasun Banerjee were present at Mohun Bagan Lane. Later on Srinjoy Basu received the torch from Atin Ghosh at the tent.
This was followed by three consecutive football matches – first between Mohun Bagan juniors and Mona Guin Coaching Centre, where the green and maroon brigade won 2-0. Then there was another match between the ex-players of the club. Participants include players like Vijayan, Ancheri, Tarun De, Shyam Thapa, Amit Das and more. Mohun Bagan whites won 2-1 against Mohun Bagan Maroon-and -green. Later Kolkata Sports Journalist Club won against Artists Forum by 3-0
In this auspicious occasion former players, cinema artists, political leaders and other famous personalities were present. At a glittering function in the evening at the club ground, the club awarded ‘Mohun Bagan Ratna’ to the family members of the 9 triumphant footballers – family members of Bhuti Sukul could not be contacted. Before that H.E. Mr. N.K.Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal and Post Master General Mr. S. Chakraborty released a special cover for the memorial of the 1911 team. Later there was a fantastic cultural programme, performed by Sraboni Sen, Lopamudra Mitra and Bangla Band Chandrabindoo. There were three Padmashrees Sailen Manna, Chuni Goswami and P.K. Banerjee were beside ministers of Govt. of West Bengal and Central Government. The Mayor of Kolkata was also there.
MohunBaganclub.com salute this immortal-XI of 1911 with full of respect, emotion and love. Jai Ho Mohun Bagan.