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MB DAY CELEBRATION - 29th July '07

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club – The National Club of India, showed their spirit to the sports sorority of Bengal. Like the previous seven occasions, the members and the supporters were there to celebrate the Mohun Bagan Day as usual. The dimension of festival was dignified with the introduction of some noble aspect of rejuvenation. For the first time in India, a club put the concept of mascot in reality - Mohun Bagan Athletic Club of Kolkata.
29th July 1911 will always be a part of pride for every single Mohun Bagan fan , not only due to its victory in IFA Shield but also for its pronounced patriotism which evoked the subservient society to fight against the British rule. Even today people are paying their tributes to those eleven bare footed soldiers for their impeccable achievement which made the history to its height.
The function started in the cloudy afternoon but the cloud was not heavy enough to wash out the festive mood of Mohun Baganies. U 13 Mohun Bagan squad had a friendly encounter with the Avenue Sanmiloni to register a 2-0 victory over the latter. There were notable attendances of crowd although there was a non stop threatening of monsoon rain. Some may have thought that the monsoon cloud halted for a moment over the ground to salute the spirit of Mohun Bagan.

Much of the enjoyment elongated with the ambient drum beaters playing the drum around the ground. Then came the turn of Royal Bengal Tiger, the official mascot of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, which started entertaining the crowd. Even the ex players were quite excited to have the mascot with them in the photo session.
The ex players participated in a friendly football match. Former great players like Pranab Ganguly, Ashoke Chatterjee, Bidesh Bose, Prasun Mukherjee and others were using their skills to mesmerize the mariner crowd. Mohun Bagan coach Carlos Pereira was there and even he was thrilled to see the acrobatic effort of Tridib Talukdar to put the ball inside the nylon net. That time coach Carlos Perreira was found sharing a few funny moments with the mascot. P.K Bannerjee, Badru Banerjee was also there to add the fragrance of festive to its perfection.
None could stop himself from getting the glamour of Mohun Bagan Day .How could the tollywood stars remain an exception? They came forward with the Sports Journalists to entertain everybody, Chinmoy Roy executed some dribbling skill with the football. ! However the match ended at a 3-0 score sheet in favor of the tollywood stars, the function was not ended rather just began.
The Mohun Bagan Ratna was awarded to Late Dhiren Dey for his contribution as administrative body. It was during his time the concrete gallery was made for the members. The flood lights were also introduced in his time.
Anjan Mitra announced the official name of the mascot, it was Baggu. The cultural program was lifted to a high with the presence of Arati Mukherjee and Raghab Chhaterjee. The lightning fire crackers made the moon to escape behind monsoon cloud. At the close of the function the members gathered at the dinning space for dinner. It was all about a pure taste of Mohun Bagan culture which not only told about the story of old heroism but to engage the youth of today to shift the baton to the youth of tomorrow. That was all about the experience of past to ensure the expectation of future.




29th July, 2006

It was 29th of July, 1911, 95 years back, when the Indian freedom movement found a new avenue towards the independence when Mohun Bagan defeated East Yorkshire Regiment by 2-1. 11 bare footed men showed their character and came from behind not only to equalize but ultimately won the shield. It was on that day when Mohun Bagan Athletic Club became an example towards the subservient Indians and that phenomenon transformed the whole nation. Mohun Bagan Athletic Club became the first ever Indian team to win the IFA Shield and to pay the tribute, 29th July has been celebrated as Mohun Bagan Day. This year the members and the supporters of this prestigious club gathered together in numbers at the club tent to celebrate the occasion.

It was a delayed start due to heavy rainfall; some may have thought that it would going to be a colorless evening as it was still raining. But the weather couldn’t stop the rhythm of melody; the sweetness of sound that evoked from the core of Mohunbagani heart remained unstoppable. 50 drummers started to move around the ground beating the drum. Then it was the turn of the former players to show their skills under these muddy conditions. It was very interesting to watch as Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya was putting his efforts to beat his opponent goalkeeper, Atanu Bhattacharya, who will be assisting the former in this year's team. In this match, Green team defeated Maroon team 1-0 via own goal. After this, another friendly encounter was set between the sports journalists and the tollywood film stars. The film stars were showing good skills as the opponents were just trying to find some open space as they were in a mood to find some news. The artist forum won by 3-0, Jishu scored one of the goals, particularly impressive was Debesh Roy Chowdhury, who is not only a terrific actor but also possesses terrific football skill. He scored one of the goals.

There was a exhibition of quite a few pictures of Mohun Bagan displayed below the Mohun Bagan gallery. There were some very good pictures of various moments of glory of the players of Mohun Bagan.

The main function was arranged behind the goal post, a nice and well decorated stage was prepared which was graced by the presence of IFA President Aditya Kashyap, Mohun Bagan President Tutu Bose, General Secretary Anjan Mitra, Sailen Manna. The VIP row was honored by the presence of personalities like Russi Modi, Prasun Mukherjee, Chuni Goswami, Baichung Bhutia, Biswajit Bhattacharya etc. The under-15 players of Academy who will be going in a week's time to play in the final rounds of Manchester United Premier cup were facilitated by the senior players. On this occasion it was declared that the junior team would undergo a short yoga training under Baba Ramdev’s supervision. Balakrishnaji in his speech reiterated the importance of developing mental strength of the footballers and that can be achieved through meditation.

Then Hon. Governor Mr. Gopal Krishna Gandhi entered the club to grace the occasion. Everybody present there welcomed him putting their hands together. He was received on the stage by Padmashree Sailen Manna. Mr. Gandhi was in his mesmerizing touch of speech illuminating the glory of football adding football as a heart of all sports, particularly highlighting the success of Mohun Bagan. He said "Ho sakta hai cricket hamara shaan hain, lekin football hamara pran hai." He did congratulate the officials, the club members and the supporters for maintaining the glorious history over a period of time. On this auspicious occasion, biography of Dr. Sanmatha Dutta, “Jiboner Pata Sobuj Maroon” was published. It was the time when Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi launched the official website of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, www.mohunbaganac.com. This website has been prepared by the team of www.mohunbaganclub.com, the unofficial and fansite of Mohun Bagan club.

Umapati Kumar was given Mohun Bagan ratna posthumously. His son Mr. Biswanath Kumar received this. Chuni Goswami proposed the name of Dr. Sanmatha Dutta as Mohun Bagan ratna. The whole function was compered by Bratati Bandopadhyay who did her job with perfection with her elegant eloquent skill.

The final touch of this colourful evening came from the voice of Lopamudra Mitra, performing on the stage for around an hour and then Indranil Sen performed. The members and the guests were gathered in the club lawn to give their tongue to test the delicious dishes. The menu comprised of Paratha, Alurdom, Fish Fry, Mutton Biriyani, Chicken Curry, Mango Chutney, Rajbhog and Ice-cream. The caterer was Bijoli Grill. The food was excellent and it was the perfect finale for the grand occasion. It was still raining outside, but it was not enough to resist the rain of emotion and passion that comes from the domain of heart with the fire crackers lightning the dark night. As the members left the ground, they will surely be eagerly awaiting for the same day next year.







29th July , 2005 - The Mohun Bagan Day was celebrated with much pomp and show at the club today . The functions started at 3:00 pm at the Mohun Bagan club premises . First , it was a match between the Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy and Avenue Sammilani . The Academy boys started well and showed good skill and scored at the strike of half time. After the breather , they missed a penalty and hence failed to go 2-0 up . Just minutes before the match , however , the Avenue boys managed to score and the match ended 1-1 . Next , the Mohun Bagan veterans locked horns against each other . Prasun Banerjee , Bhaskar Banerjee , Achintya Belel and others participated in the friendly match . Prasun showed that his skills are very much alive and he can easily put any Maidan mid-fielder to shame even today . The match however ended goal less.
Next  , the Calcutta Sheriff - Sri Subimal (Chuni) Goswami was awarded the MOHUN BAGAN RATNA for the year 2005 . Sri Goswami said : " I am really elated at being able to get a chance to receive this honour . Mohun Bagan is and always will be my second home . I thank everybody involved for giving me this honour " . Incientally , it was none other than another Mohun Bagan Ratna - Sailen Manna who awarded the memento to Chuni Goswami . Next , club President - Swapan Sadhan Bose ( Tutu Bose ) was feliciated by Sailen Manna for being nominated to the Raya Sabha . Tutu Bose said - " Donot congratulate me today . Do not celebrate today . Celebrate and congratulate me next year when i will present to you all the National League !!! "  .Then all the club members and fans who had assembled at the club today (a few hundreds) were called upon to the get-together feast.


This year  2004 ,the auspicious occasion of Mohun Bagan Day was observed on 29th July . The legendary icon Gostho Pal was awarded the Mohun Bagan Ratna . The great defender also known as the "Great Wall of China " was born in September 1896 . Till today people remember with the awe the barefooted man standing tall in the heart of Mohun Bagan defence Though Gostho Pal never donned the colours other than the prestigious Greeen & Maroon , all football fans around the country respect him and remember him with honour . If you visit Calcutta , you will find the Goshto Pal Sarani with the statue of the great man looking down at the football fraternity from high above .The great era ended in the fateful year of 1976.
        A True Mohun Bagan RATNA
An archive was launched in his honour & named as Gostho Pal Archive, inside the club premises. All the prestigious memorabilia of the "Wall of China" are archived in that section . This ceremony was preceded by the an exhibition match between the MB Academy XI & Avenue Boys XI which the former won 2-0 . A match was also played out between the Green Team & Maroon Team .

This concept of observing the Mohun Bagan Day was started in the year 2001 .The Mohun Bagan Ratna was awarded to none other than Sailendra Nath Manna or better known as Sailen Manna . Sailen Manna is also the holder of the highly prestigious award - " Indian Footballer of the Century" . The name Sailen Manna is incorporated with every nook & corner of Mohun Bagan . Infact the players dressing room of Mohun Bagan was rechristened - The Sailen Manna Dressing Room ,which was inaugurated by the legendary singer Manna Dey , whose other identification is that as an avid Mohun Bagan fan.

In 2002 The Mohun Bagan Ratna award went to Dr.Talimeran Ao - The fantastic Assamese footballer. Born in 1919 in the Naga village of Chanki (Mokuchong district) Dr.Ao started his football career in the Maharana Athletic Club in Guahati .
Dr. Talimeran Ao, first captain of independent India's Olympic football team, died at Kohima, Nagaland at the age of 80 years in September 1998.
Dr. Ao, a barefooted player led the Indian football team at the 1948 London Olympic Games. Dr. Ao retired as director of Nagaland Health Service in 1978 and devoted his time to promotion of sports in the North-East. One of the stalwarts of Indian football, five decades ago, Dr. Ao representated Mohun Bagan from 1943-52. For two years he was captain of Bagan. He made his debut as a schoolboy for Guwahati's leading outfit, Maharana Club. A legendary sports icon in the North-East, Dr. Ao studied medicine at the RG Kar Medical College, Calcutta. The highlight of his football career was representing India on several occasions and captaining the team in the 1948 London Olympics.
Paying tributes to Dr. Talimeran Ao, another stalwart of a bygone era, Sailen Manna says that, "Ao was a hardworking player with a superb sense of timing in his tackles and a great team-man.
An example example of this selfless spirit was evident in the 1950 Durand Cup final between Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad City Police. In one of the finest Durand finals ever played, Bagan led their opponents 2-0 when midway through the second half, their goalkeeper K. Datta was injured and carried off. In those days substitutions were not allowed. Ao who was playing as one of the half backs (he could even play as a defender) at once changed his jersey and played in Dutta's place. He performed heroically even though Hyderabad City Police drew 2-2 and went on to win the replay 1-0. In his playing career Ao was the epitome of a devoted and committed team-man. Dr. Ao breathed his last on 13th September 1998 in the Kohima district of Nagaland.
             The First Mohun Bagan Ratna.

In 2003 , Mohun Bagan Day was observed for the 2nd time . Amid mild speculations regarding who would get the prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna Award ,it was decided that the late Sibdas Bhaduri , a hero of many battles , including the historic 1911 IFA Shield where Mohun Bagan defeated East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 to become the first Asian team to defeat an English outifit will be the Mohun Bagan Ratna.
A tearful family of Sibdas Bhaduri turned up at the occasion . The daughter of Sibdas Bhaduri took the award on behalf of him amidst a highly nostalgic Mohun Bagan fraternity.
(The Picture shows Sibdas Bhaduri along with others in the Mohun Bagan AC team holding aloft the historic 1911 IFA Shield .)

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