Mohun Bagan A.C.

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Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
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Nickname(s)The Mariners
Short nameMBAC
Founded15 August 1889;131 years ago (1889-08-15) (as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club)
Ground Salt Lake Stadium
Mohun Bagan Ground
Capacity85,000 [1]
22,000
President Swapan Sadhan Bose
Honorary Secretary Srinjoy Bose
Website Club website
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Main entrance of Mohun Bagan A.C.

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, is an Indian professional sports club based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Founded in 1889, the club is one of the oldest in India and Asia. The club is most notable for its victory over East Yorkshire Regiment in the 1911 IFA Shield final. This victory made Mohun Bagan the first all-Indian side to win a championship over a British side and was a major moment during India's push for independence. Although Mohun Bagan is a multi-sport club, the primary sport since its foundation has been football.

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They have won the top-flight football league a record five times - the National Football League three times, and the I-League twice. They are the most successful team of India in the history of the Federation Cup, having won the championship a record 14 times. The club has also won several other trophies, including the Durand Cup (16 times), IFA Shield (22 times), and the Calcutta Football League (30 times). [2] In total, the club has won 253 trophies. [3] The club contests the Kolkata Derby with long-time local rivals SC East Bengal [4] with the first derby match played on 8 August 1921. [5] The club also shares a rivalry with another local club, Mohammedan SC.

Mohun Bagan was inducted into the Club of Pioneers, [6] a network of the oldest existing football clubs around the world, on 29 July 2019 as the club celebrated its 130th year in existence.

The football operations of Mohun Bagan are now known as ATK Mohun Bagan FC since 2020, after Kolkata Games and Sports Private Limited, the company owning ATK FC, merged with Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited, the legal entity overseeing the affairs of the club's football section, by buying 80% stakes of the latter. [7]

History

Formation and early years (1880s–1900s)

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Bhupendra Nath Bose, the first President

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, founded 15 August 1889, is an Indian sports club best known for its association football team, one of the oldest football clubs in Asia. [8] Mohun Bagan was established by three famous aristocratic Bengali families of North Kolkata. Bhupendra Nath Bose was the first president of the club. The team won its first trophy in 1904, [9] when they won the Coochbehar Cup. [10] In 1905 Mohun Bagan reached the finals of the Gladstone Cup which was held in Chinsurah where they defeated the reigning IFA Shield champions Dalhousie 6–1.

1910s–1930s

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The IFA Shield Winning Team of 1911

In 1911, Mohun Bagan created history by becoming the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield after they defeated the British Army East Yorkshire Regiment 2–1 on 29 July. Most Mohun Bagan players played bare feet, while the East Yorkshire Regiment played with proper footballing equipment. [11] [12] This win was considered a landmark victory in the Indian freedom struggle.

Mohun Bagan played their first match in the Calcutta Football League on 15 May 1915 against Calcutta Club. [13] In 1939 Mohun Bagan won their first Calcutta Football League title. Mohun Bagan then had a successful period from 1933 to 1939, where the club won 29 trophies. [14] During that time, out of 23 derbies, they beat East Bengal 12 times (including 1 walkover win), drew 10 matches and lost only once to their arch rival.[ citation needed ] It was a golden period in the history of the club.[ citation needed ]

Post-independence years (1940s–1970s)

In 1947, Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield post-independence. [15] In 1954 Mohun Bagan became the first club ever to clinch the double crown of Kolkata — the IFA Shield and Calcutta Football League. [16] In 1977 Mohun Bagan became the first Indian football club ever to win the triple crown (IFA Shield, Durand Cup, and Rovers Cup) in the same year. [15]

In 1977, Mohun Bagan played a friendly match against the American club New York Cosmos which featured the legendary Brazilian footballer, Pelé. [17] The match, which took place at Eden Gardens, had a match attendance of 80,000 and ended in a 2–2 draw. [17]

In the 1978 IFA Shield Final, Mohun Bagan was up against FC Ararat Yerevan of the Soviet Union. The match ended 2–2 and both the clubs were declared winners. [18] Thus, the club became the first Indian team, post-independence, to win the IFA Shield while competing against a non-Asian side in the final.[ citation needed ]

1980s–1990s

In 1981 Mohun Bagan won their first standalone Federation Cup title after beating Mohammedan 2–0. [19]

Mohun Bagan celebrated their 100th anniversary in 1989. A grand torch rally was held for the occasion with the rally starting from Basu Bati in North Kolkata and covered several important places in Mohun Bagan's history before reaching the Mohun Bagan Ground. [14] The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi arrived for the celebrations and during his speech, he referred to Mohun Bagan as "The National Club of India". [20] Fittingly, Mohun Bagan again won the IFA Shield during this anniversary by defeating Tata Football Academy in the final by a solitary goal. [20] Mohun Bagan became the first club to be honoured by a postage stamp from the Indian Government on their centenary year. [21]

In 1996, AIFF formed the first national-level professional league, National Football League (NFL). Although Mohun Bagan didn't do well in the inaugural season, [22] they came back and won the league in the next season. Mohun Bagan won the league once again in 1999-00. [23] [24]

In 1998, United Spirits, a subsidiary of Vijay Mallya owned United Breweries Group, entered into a partnership with Mohun Bagan by buying a 50% stake in the club. They formed a joint-venture entity named United Mohun Bagan Private Limited. [25] The name and crest of the club's football section was thus changed to McDowell's Mohun Bagan. [26] That same year Mohun Bagan achieved the domestic treble by winning the IFA Shield, the Federation Cup and the National Football League for the first time in one season. [27]

2000s–2010s

In 2001–02 Mohun Bagan won the league for the third time and made a record of joint-most NFL titles with their local arch rival SC East Bengal. [23] [24]

In 2007 Mohun Bagan won their first Indian Super Cup title by defeating Dempo 4–0. [28] A year later in 2008, Mohun Bagan players got the opportunity to play against German international, Oliver Kahn in his official testimonial match for Bayern Munich. [28] Along with Kahn, other stars like Ze Roberto and Toni Kroos were also present in the Bayern team. [28] The match was played on 27 May 2008 at the Salt Lake Stadium and finished with Bayern defeating the hosts 3–0. [28]

Mohun Bagan celebrated their quasquicentennial year of existence in 2014. The club organised a huge rally in northern Kolkata chiefly to celebrate the anniversary on 1 June 2015. The celebration was capped off as the club achieved their 1st I-League title after a 1–1 draw with Bengaluru FC in the final game on 31 May 2015. The victory parade saw around 50,000 Mariners lined up along the streets, with prominent ex-Bagan players like P. K. Banerjee, Manas Bhattacharya, Bidesh Bose, Compton Dutta, Shibaji Banerjee and Satyajit Chatterjee involved with the celebrations. [29]

Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win a match in AFC Champions League and qualify to the ACL Preliminary 2nd Round when they defeated Singapore based club Tampines Rovers 3–1 on 27 January 2016. [30] Mohun Bagan recorded the biggest margin of victory by an Indian club in an AFC Cup away match[ citation needed ] when they defeated Hong Kong based club South China by 4–0 on 9 March 2016. [31]

Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Pvt.Ltd. was registered as a separate legal entity on 31 July 2017. The new legal entity created was exclusively for all football activities of the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. [32]

On 28 September 2018 in the Clash of Legends (a match between the teams of retired former players of the respective clubs), Mohun Bagan Legends hosted the FC Barcelona Legends side at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, with a match attendance of 45,000. [33] The fixture concluded with a heavy defeat for the hosts by a scoreline of 6–0. [34]

On 10 March 2020, Mohun Bagan clinched their second I-League title with a 1–0 win over Aizawl FC at the Kalyani Stadium. They were declared champions on 18 April 2020 with 4 matches remaining, which were eventually cancelled by the AIFF due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [35]

2020s–present

Mohun Bagan and ATK FC decided to merge their respective football divisions in January 2020, a move that allowed Mohun Bagan to play in the ISL (which was promoted to the top flight competition in the Indian football hierarchy in 2017–18) and in the AFC Cup Group Stage for the 2020–21 season (qualification achieved by winning the I-League). [36] On 16 January 2020, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group (RPSG), bought an 80% share of Mohun Bagan Football Club. [37] It was announced that branding and footballing rights of Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited, would be transferred to the new company and they would field a football team in the ISL with the name ATK Mohun Bagan Football Club. [38] [36]

The new corporate entity was scheduled to launch on 1 June 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was postponed and didn't officially came into existence until 10 July 2020. [39] [40]

Kits, Colors and Crest

Crest

The current crest of the club is circular in shape and consists of a sailing country boat painted in green and maroon colors. The boat, perhaps signifies the club's place of establishment; northern Kolkata, on the banks of the Ganges. In fact the city was the capital during the later 19th century and a prime trade center of British India, and the main mode of transportation was through the waterways.

The initial crest of the club however consisted of the picture of a Royal bengal tiger amidst a dense jungle, probably indicating the famous mangrove forests of Bengal, the Sundarbans. [41]

The club crest is used for all sporting activities, other than football division, of the club. However, since gaining professional status at the start of the National Football League era in Indian Football the crest of the football division of the club has changed mutatis mutandis from time to time due to change of stake holders, all the while keeping the Green and Maroon sail boat a constant.

Colors

The colors of Mohun Bagan have traditionally been Green and Maroon. In recent times though the club has used a more White dominant away kits.

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Home
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Away

These are the traditionally used home and away jerseys of Mohun Bagan. The designing of the kit has varied and different designs are used every season now but the dominant colors remain the same.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsorBack sponsorChest sponsorSleeve sponsor
1998—2006None McDowell's No.1 [42] NoneNoneNone
2006—2011 Reebok
2011—2012 Adidas
2012—2013 Fila
2013—2015Shiv Naresh
2015—2020None

Stadiums

Salt Lake Stadium

Salt Lake Stadium or Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan is a multipurpose stadium in Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal, with a current capacity of 85,000. [43] [44]

Before its renovation in 2011, it was the second largest football stadium in the world, having a seating capacity of 120,000. [45]

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Aerial view of the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan

Prior to the construction and opening of Rungrado May Day Stadium in 1989, it was the largest football stadium in the world. Reportedly, a total of 85,000 bucket seats was installed in the stadium before the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India. [46]

The record attendance of 131,000 [47] was set in 1997 in a Kolkata Derby match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal when they clashed in a Federation Cup semi-final match.

The stadium is situated approximately 10 kilometres to the east of the Kolkata downtown. The roof is made of metal tubes and aluminum sheets. The stadium was inaugurated in January 1984. There are two electronic score boards and control rooms. The lighting is uniformly distributed to facilitate night kick-offs. There are special arrangements for TV broadcasting. [48]

The stadium covers an area of 76.40 acres (309,200 m2). The stadium has a unique synthetic track for athletic meets. It has a main football arena measuring 105m x 70m, electronics scoreboards, elevators, VIP enclosures, peripheral floodlighting arrangement from the roof-top, air-conditioned VIP rest room, conference hall and much more. The stadium has its own water arrangements and standby diesel generation sets. [48]

The Salt Lake Stadium hosts the home games of Mohun Bagan in ISL, and previously hosted its I-League matches. It is also an AFC accredited stadium and thus suitable for hosting Mohun Bagan's matches in continental competitions.

Mohun Bagan Ground

The Mohun Bagan Ground is a football stadium located in the maidan region of central Kolkata, just opposite to the Eden Gardens stadium. [49] The stadium is owned by Mohun Bagan who currently use the stadium as a training ground, although in 2017 the ground had been used for a few of their I-League matches as well. The office and club tent are adjacent to the stadium.

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Mohun Bagan Ground – Panoramic View

This ground is mainly used for Calcutta Football League matches. The stadium has galleries on three sides and a rampart on the fourth side. The north side, a contemporary gallery of the stadium, having bucket seats installed, is for the members. [50]

In 1977 Mohun Bagan became the first club in Maidan to have floodlights installed in their stadium. The floodlights operated till the mid-1990s, after which they were renovated and inaugurated on 25 February 2016 with an IFA Shield match between Mohun Bagan U19s and DSK-Liverpool Academy. [51]

Barasat Stadium

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Barasat Vidyasagar Krirangan

The Barasat District Sports Stadium, also known as Vidyasagar Krirangan, is a football stadium located in Barasat city, on the outskirts of Kolkata, West Bengal. It is used mostly for Calcutta Football League matches. It is also used for several district-level, state-level and, infrequently, national level tournaments. The stadium currently holds around 22,000 spectators, has 4 floodlight towers and a number of air conditioned meeting and changing rooms. [52] The artificial turf at the stadium has achieved a two-star rating from FIFA. [53]

During the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons, the stadium has hosted the home matches of Mohun Bagan in the I-League as the Salt Lake Stadium was being renovated and reconstructed for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Supporters

The fans, known as Mariners, have the distinction of the highest attendance in I-League matches.[ citation needed ] There are several fan clubs dedicated to Mohun Bagan in different parts of India. Mohun Bagan had the highest average attendance with an average home crowd of 17,068 in the 2013–14 season, as per the AIFF reports. [54] In the 2014-15 I-League season, their vocal support in away matches in Pune, Mumbai and Bengaluru was argubaly unseen in Indian football until then.

In 2015 an all-female supporters' group, called Lady Mariners, was established. The group became India's first all-female football supporter's club. [55]

Around 2016, ultras of Mariners, called Mariners' Base Camp, was formed with its various wings spread all around India, to revolutionize the Indian football fan movement through tifos, chants, slogans and pyrotechnics. [56] [57]

In March 2020, a digital fanbase of Mohun Bagan, named Mariners' Arena, became the first fanbase in West Bengal to take necessary permissions from the club and launch their fan merchandise. [58] They also took active part in the ISL Fan Wall during Mohun Bagan's matches in ISL.

One of the biggest banners in Indian football unfurled by the Mariners from Maharashtra

The Economic Times , a leading Indian newspaper, reported that the club had an average attendance of over 35,000 in their home matches, possibly an I-League record. Over 21,000 attended the league decider of the 2014-15 I-League between Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru, of this ".. over 8,000 were away fans, travelling from as far as Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune to watch the game", noted Sunando Dhar, chief executive officer of the I-League in the same article. [59] Their grand reception when, by some estimates, over 200,000 fans gathered to greet the 2014-15 I-League clinching squad (on their way back to Kolkata from Bengaluru) has been dubbed as "legendary", "unparalleled" and "surreal" by the press as well as football historians. [60]


Mohun Bagan fans have also provided financial help to the club during times of struggles. In the early 2000s, a Mohun Bagan fan mortgaged his house to raise funds for signing Brazilian superstar Jose Ramirez Barreto. [61] In 2013 another fan donated his entire monthly salary to the club. [62]

Crazy and passionate football fans, Pannalal and Chaitali Chatterjee, who travelled abroad to 10 FIFA World Cups to represent India's footballing passion, had once said that, “You can cut open my wrist. You will see Mohun Bagan running in my veins and nothing will ever change that.” [63]

On 29 July 2020 (Mohun Bagan Day), a group of Marines abroad took an initiative to feature the club on the billboards of NASDAQ at Times Square, in order to celebrate the occasion in a unique way during the times of pandemic when all the fans in India were under a lockdown. [64] [65] This made Mohun Bagan the first ever Indian sports entity to be featured on the NASDAQ billboards at Times Square. The moment was appreciated by FIFA through their Twitter handle. [66]

Celebrity Mohun Bagan fans include Hemendra Kumar Ray, [67] Manna Dey, [68] Jyoti Basu, [69] R. D. Burman, [70] Sourav Ganguly, [71] Amitabh Bachchan, [72] Uttam Kumar, [73] Mithun Chakraborty, [74] and many more.

Rivalries

Mohun Bagan's biggest rivalry is with city rivals SC East Bengal and is popularly known as the Kolkata Derby. Mohun Bagan also had an intense rivalry with Mohammedan SC but the importance of this match had fizzled out in past two decades due to the fact that the teams only met once a year in the Calcutta Football League.

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The Kolkata Derby

Kolkata Derby

Kolkata Derby or the Boro Match is a football match between Mohun Bagan (now ATK Mohun Bagan) and East Bengal. The two clubs currently meet at least 3 times a year, twice in Indian Super League and once in the Calcutta Football League.

Till 19 February 2021, 371 matches have been played between the two teams (329 competitive matches and 42 exhibition games) out of which Mohun Bagan (now ATK Mohun Bagan) has won 121 matches and East Bengal have won 129 times [75] (including all competitive matches and exhibition games) and rest of the matches ended in draws. [76]

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The First Official Kolkata Derby News Report

The first match between the sides was played on 8 August 1921 in the Coochbehar Cup and the semifinal match ended in a 0–0 draw. Mohun Bagan won the replayed semifinal 3–0. The first ever derby goal was scored in that match by Rabi Ganguly and the other two goals were scored by Poltu Dasgupta and Abhilash Ghosh.

The first CFL match between the sides was played on 28 May 1925 in CFL where East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan 1–0. Mohun Bagan holds the record of scoring the fastest goal in a derby (24 July 1976, a 17-second goal from Md Akbar of Mohun Bagan). They have the record of winning 2 consecutive derbies in 2 consecutive days (7 and 8 August 1935) and had the unique distinction of losing only 1 derby in a span of 7 years (1933 to 1939).

A few notable victories include the Darbhanga Shield match on 5 September 1934, when Bagan won 4–1 (Amiyo Deb scored all the 4 goals, the only time a player scored 4 goals in this derby), and a 5–3 win in an I-League encounter on 25 October 2009 (Chidi Edeh scored 4 goals). They have won several derbies scoring 4 goals against East Bengal. One such instance was in Raja Memorial Shield final played on 6 August 1937 in the common ground of both the clubs (Salt Lake Stadium), where Bagan beat East Bengal 4–0 and Asit Ganguly scored 3 goals in that match. [77]

Ownership and finances

Mohun Bagan AC is registered as a society under Societies Registration Act, 1860 and West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961. [78] Unlike many other top sports clubs in the country which are limited companies, it is not possible to purchase shares in the club, but only membership. The registered members forms the Mohun Bagan Society, which takes part in the general elections for the appointment for various posts. [79] The club is governed by its own " constitution ". Amendments and resolutions are passed via annual general meetings. [80]

However, the football department was registered as a private limited company in 1998 after a joint venture with United Breweries Group. Presently, the football entity is merged with ATK and owned by a consortium known as ATK Mohun Bagan Private Limited. [81] RPSG Group founder Sanjiv Goenka is the principal owner of the organization while former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly and businessman Utsav Parekh are co-owners. [82] They own 80% of the shares while Mohun Bagan Football Club also acts a co-owner, owning 20% of the organization. [83]

History for ownership of Football activities
YearName
1889–1990Mohun Bagan Sporting Club [8]
1990–1998Mohun Bagan Athletic Club [8]
1998–2015McDowell's Mohun Bagan Private Limited [84] [^]
2015–2017Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
2017–2020Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited [32]
  • ^
    The first corporate ownership
  • Notable players

    The eleven players of the 1911 IFA Shield winning team are often regarded as the Immortal XI. [ citation needed ]

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    Hiralal
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    Bhuti
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    Sudhir
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    Manomohon
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    Nilmadhab
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    Rajendranath
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    Habul
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    Bijoydas
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    Abhilash
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    Kanu
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    Team formation of the Immortal XI
    PositionName
    GKHiralal Mukherjee
    DFBhuti Sukul
    DFSudhir Kumar Chatterjee
    MFNilmadhab Bhattacharyya
    MFRajendranath Sengupta
    MFManomohon Mukherjee
    CFSirishchandra 'Habul' Sarkar
    CFBijoydas Bhaduri
    CFJitendranath 'Kanu' Roy
    CF Shibdas Bhaduri (Captain)
    CFAbhilash Ghosh

    Top scorers in National League/I-League

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    José Ramirez Barreto is the club's all-time top goalscorer with 228 goals
    RankingNationalityNameYearsGoals
    1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil José Ramirez Barreto 1999–2004, 2006–201294 [85]
    2Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Odafa Onyeka Okolie 2011–201451 [85]
    3Flag of India.svg  India Baichung Bhutia 2002–2003, 2006–200925 [85]
    4Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Chidi Edeh 2009–201121

    Top scorers in Calcutta League

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    Mohun Bagan's all-time top Indian goalscorer, Chuni Goswami
    RankingNationalityNameYearsGoals
    1Flag of India.svg  India Chuni Goswami 1954–1968145
    2Flag of India.svg  India Sisir Ghosh1985–1992, 1995–199667
    3Flag of India.svg  India Manas Bhattacharya1977–1980, 1982–1984, 1986–198864
    4Flag of India.svg  India Nanda Ray Chowdhury1935–194363
    5Flag of India.svg  India Ashok Chatterjee1961–1968, 197258
    6Flag of India.svg  India Subhash Bhowmick 1970–1972, 1976–197858
    7Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil José Ramirez Barreto 1999–2004, 2006–201257
    8Flag of India.svg  India Keshto Pal1954–195957
    9Flag of India.svg  India Samar Banerjee 1952–195955
    10Flag of India.svg  India Shyam Thapa1977–198355
    11Flag of India.svg  India Mohammad Akbar1976–197851
    12Flag of India.svg  India Pungab Kannan1966–1968, 1971, 1973–197551

    Mohun Bagan Day

    Mohun Bagan Day has been celebrated since 2001 on 29 July each year in honour of Mohun Bagan's victory over East Yorkshire Regiment in the 1911 IFA Shield Final.

    Mohun Bagan Ratna

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    Gostha Pal 1998 stamp of India

    Mohun Bagan Ratna is an award presented each year on Mohun Bagan Day to outstanding former players, irrespective of sports played. The first recipient was former captain Sailen Manna.

    Mohun Bagan Ratna recipients
    YearName
    2001 Sailen Manna
    2002 Dr. Talimeran Ao (Posthumous)
    2003 Shibdas Bhaduri (Posthumous)
    2004 Gostha Paul (Posthumous)
    2005 Chuni Goswami
    2006 Umapati Kumar (Posthumous)
    2007Dhiren Dey (Posthumous)
    2008 Mohammad Abdus Sattar
    2009 Samar Banerjee
    2010Hiralal Mukherjee,
    Bhuti Sukul,
    Sudheer Chatterjee,
    Monmohan Mukherjee,
    Rajen Sengupta,
    Neelmadhav Bhattacharya,
    Kanu Roy,
    Habul Sarkar,
    Abhilash Ghosh,
    Bijoydas Bhaduri
    (All posthumous)
    2011 Pradip Kumar Banerjee
    2012 Jarnail Singh (Posthumous)
    2013 Balaidas Chatterjee (Posthumous)
    2014Arumoy Naigam
    2015 Karuna Sankar Bhattacharya (Posthumous)
    2016 Syed Nayeemuddin
    2017 Subrata Bhattacharya
    2018Pradip Chowdhury
    2019 Keshav Dutt,
    Prasun Banerjee
    2020 Gurbux Singh,
    Palash Nandy

    Last updated: 13 July 2020
    Source:

    Current board

    OfficeName
    President Swapan Sadhan Bose [86]
    General Secretary Srinjoy Bose
    Asst. General Secretary Satyajit Chatterjee
    TreasurerUttam Saha
    Finance SecretaryDebashis Dutta
    Football SecretarySwapan Banerjee
    Cricket SecretarySamrat Bhowmick
    Ground SecretarySandipan Banerjee
    Athletics SecretaryDebashish Mitra
    Youth Development Secretary Sanjoy Sen

    Last updated: 20 January 2020
    Source:
    themohunbaganac.com

    Recent seasons

    The club's competitive record since the inception of the first national-level league are listed below.

    SeasonDomestic LeagueDomestic Cup
    (various)

    [note 1]

    Asian Club Competitions Calcutta Premier Division Other major honours
    LeaguePos.Pl.WDLGFGAPts.
    1996–97 NFL 5th of 6 (First Phase)5131656 Federation Cup Semifinalist 1st Bordoloi Trophy
    1997–98 NFL 1st18962201034 Winner 2nd
    1998–99 NFL 4th20695191727 [note 2] 2nd IFA Shield
    1999–00 NFL 1st221453361747 [note 2] ACC Qualifying
    round 2
    2nd IFA Shield
    2000–01 NFL 2nd221363401945 Federation Cup Winners 1st Durand Cup,
    Rovers Cup
    2001–02 NFL 1st221354311944 [note 2] ACL Qualifying
    round 4
    3rd Bordoloi Trophy
    2002–03 NFL 7th22967352533 Federation Cup Semifinalist2nd All Airlines Gold Cup
    2003–04 NFL 9th226610232424Runners-up2nd IFA Shield
    2004–05 NFL 8th22589161923Pre-quaterfinalist1st All Airlines Gold Cup
    2005–06 NFL 3rd17863171030Winners2nd All Airlines Gold Cup
    2006–07 NFL 8th18567152121Semifinalist AFC Cup Group Stage1st Indian Super Cup
    2007–08 I
    League
    4th18864221730 Winners 1st
    2008–09 I
    League
    2nd221345302043 Semifinalist AFC Cup Group Stage1st Indian Super Cup
    2009–10 I
    League
    5th2610610484336 Runners-up 2nd
    2010–11 I
    League
    6th2681083432344th of 4

    (Final Group Phase)

    3rd
    2011–12 I
    League
    4th2613855132472nd of 4

    (Final Group Phase)

    2nd All Airlines Gold Cup
    2012–13 I
    League
    [note 3] 10th261187403429 [note 2] 2nd
    2013–14 I
    League
    8th246108232428 Federation Cup Semifinals 2nd
    2014–15 I
    League
    1st2011633316393rd of 5

    (Group Stage)

    2nd
    2015–16 I
    League
    2nd16862321630 Winners ACL Qualifying round 23rd
    AFC Cup Round of 16
    2016–17 I
    League
    2nd181062271236 Runners-up AFC Cup Group Stage3rd
    2017–18 I
    League
    3rd18873281431 Super Cup [note 4] Semifinals 2nd
    2018–19 I
    League
    5th20857272829 [note 5] 1st
    2019–20 I
    League
    1st111231351339 Durand Cup [note 6] Runners-up 2nd
    1. Primary domestic cups in India have varied over time.
    2. 1 2 3 4 Federation Cup was postponed.
    3. Mohun Bagan refused to field a side for the second-half of a league match due to crowd troubles. For this reason the club was fined and had to start from nil points midway through the season.
    4. From this year the Federation Cup was discontinued and a newly rebranded Super Cup was introduced.
    5. Super Cup was boycotted by I-League clubs in protest of partiality against them over ISL clubs.
    6. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown Super Cup wasn't held and Durand Cup was promoted to the de facto domestic cup.

    Honours

    As of 9 June 2020, the following honours are only the AIFF certified titles that Mohun Bagan have won. [87]

    National

    Local

    Double

    After National Football League was formed:

    National Double (National Football League and Federation Cup): 1997–98

    Before National Football League was formed:

    Regional Double (Calcutta Football League and IFA Shield): 1954, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1994

    Other departments

    Football

    Women's team (defunct)

    Mohun Bagan had elected Sohini Mitra, [88] daughter of then secretary of the club, Anjan Mitra, to its highest decision making executive committee in November 2000, in order to form a women's team. The Mohun Bagan A.C. (Women) joined the Calcutta Women's Football League in 2001. The team played three seasons and won the league once in 2002 by defeating their local arch-rivals East Bengal Club in the final. The team was disbanded in 2003 due to lack of funds, unavailability of practice fields and women's dressing rooms. [88]

    Calcutta Women's Football League:

    • Winners (1): [89] 2002
    • Runners-up: [89] 2001, 2003

    Youth team

    Mohun Bagan Youth Teams are the Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13 team of Indian professional football club Mohun Bagan. The Under-18 team of the club is generally referred to as the Primary Youth Team as it is the last stage of progression for promotion of youth players into the first team.

    The first youth team was set up with the leadership of the famous footballer Balai Das Chattopadhyay in 1944 and presently the youth teams participate in the Hero Elite League (U18s), Hero Junior League (U15s) and Hero Sub-junior League (U13s). The veteran coach, Sanjoy Sen, is the Youth Development secretary.

    Other sports

    Mohun Bagan has departments for other sports as well.

    Cricket

    The Mohun Bagan AC Cricket team participates in various tournaments for varying age groups conducted by the Cricket Association of Bengal. Currently it participates in the CAB First Division League, CAB Senior Knockout, CAB Super League, Bengal T20 League and JC Mukherjee Trophy. The team plays its home matches mostly at the Eden Gardens. They have won over 100 major state-level trophies so far. In past many big names like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and even Sri Lanakan player Chaminda Vaas had played for the club. [90]

    • CAB First Division League (27): 1953–54, 1959–60, 1960 – 61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2017-18
    • CAB Super League (2): 2015–16, 2017–18
    • CAB Senior Knockout (32): 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1968–69, 1969–1970, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1984–1985, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19
    • P Sen Trophy (19): 1972–73, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2008–09, 2011–12
    • J C Mukherjee Trophy (23): 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–1997, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018-19
    • A N Ghosh Trophy (8): 1993–94, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2009–2010, 2010–11, 2011–12

    Athletics

    Mohun Bagan has an athletics team, which is affiliated with the West Bengal Athletic Association, and participates in various tournaments in West Bengal. The club also organises Annual Athletic Meets each year at the club ground in which numerous clubs from all over the state participate. [91]

    Hockey (defunct)

    The Mohun Bagan AC Hockey team was started even before the Independence of India. The club was affiliated to the Bengal Hockey Association and participated in the BHA First Division Hockey League and the Beighton Cup. They had players like Gurbux Singh and Keshav Dutt, and had won 40 major trophies until the team was disbanded in 2000.[ citation needed ]

    • First Division Hockey League (25): 1935, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999
    • Beighton Cup (13): 1952, 1958, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979
    • Aga Khan Cup (1): 1964
    • Bombay Gold Cup (1): 1964

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