Mohun Bagan Day 2012 was celebrated in Netaji Indoor Stadium on 29th July 2012. The Guest In charge was World Cupper from the Orange country – Ruud Gullit. The Dutchman was honoured with the Green and Maroon uttario and later he honoured the Bagan colts and individual players.
It all started from 5PM wwhen members and fans of Mohun Bagan started flocking around the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Some incidents –
17:10 HRS – Chuni Goswami and Arumoy Nigam entered the arena – and the team mates were found chatting with each other
17:21 HRS – Prasun Banerjee shows respect towards his elder brother PK
17:30 HRS – Min. Arup Roy joined in the party
17:50 HRS – Mohun Bagan players 2012 join in
18:00 HRS – Sovandev Chatterjee and Jagomohan Dalmia joins in
18:05 HRS – The crowd cheers as Ruud Gullit enters the arena
18:07 HRS – Babul supriyo – the "designer" of Bagan’s new jersey – comes up
18:18 HRS – Sports Minister Madan Mitra arrives
18:23 HRS – Crowd cheers up the Bagan boy Jose Barreto
The function starts at 18:30 HRS. Madhumanti Maitra was the announcer. Ruud was touched by the occassion – and was found aware of the historic win 101 year ago. He was found saying “I really did not expect such a grand reception. I have read a bit about the history of the club and found out that a football match became the symbol of struggle against oppression by the English. I can tell you football is not just sport, it is much more than that”
Ruud Gullit, who followed the likes of Pele, Maradona, Kahn, to name a few, to be honoured by Mohun Bagan, was also honoured with a replica of the Mohun Bagan boat (sonar tori) and he unveiled the new jersey for Bagan. The team will play the Airlines Cup tournament in this new jersey.
Tolgay Ozbey was handed over the number 10 jersey by Ruud and Babul Supriyo. The aussi was found kissing the logo.
Jarnail Singh was honoured with the Mohun Bagan Ratna this year, posthumously. His daughters Kulwinder Kaur, Jaswinder Kaur and Narinder Kaur collected the award.
Other awards for 2011-12 –
- Felicitation of the Cricket team
- Felicitation of the colts football team
- Goalz Project (best performer)- Dilshan Rehmani
- Dhiren Dey Memorial Award (best cricketer of the year) – Debabrata Das
- Sailen Manna Memorial Award (for best sports person) – Laxmi Ratan Shukla
- Karuna Shankar Bhattacharjee Award (for Best Footballer of the Year) – Syed Rahim Nabi
Babul Supriyo sang a self- composed song for Mohun Bagan. Players and coach were found dancing a bit with his song.
The function ended at 20:45 HRS. with a song from Usha Utthup – who was clad in a Green and Maroon saree.
About Jarnail singh –
Legendary Jarnail Singh Dhillon was nominated as the Mohun Bagan Ratna, highest Mohun Bagan award, for the year 2012.
Born in the year of 1936 at Panam, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, joined Mohun Bagan in 1958 and played till 1968. During this tenure not only he brought Bagan success, he had achievements at the International level as well. In 1962 Jakarta Asian Games he striked the Gold Medal winning goal from a header against Korea with 6 stitches in his head. He led the Indian football team from 1965 to 1967. He was selected as captain of the Asian All Start Football team in 1966 In 1964 his outstanding performance helped India win the silver medal in the Asia cup.
The stopper back’s domestic journey –
1952 – 1956 – Khalsa Colllege, Mahilpur of Punjab
1956 – 1957 – Khalsa Sporting Club
1957 – 1958 – Rajasthan Club, Calcutta
1958 – 1968 – Mohun Bagan
His awards –
1962 – Arjuna Award
2002 – Mohun Bagan Ratna
His achievements as coach –
1970, 1974 – Santosh Trophy
He passed away on the 13th of October 2000 at Vancouver, Canada.
(Jarnail Singh’s picture taken from Ex Bagan Player Dipu Das’ personal collection)