Maidani Golpo: Historic IFA Shield win to scoring five goals against East Bengal - Five memorable results of Mohun Bagan

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Mohun Bagan are currently the oldest active football club who are plying their trade in the top tier of Indian football.

The Green and Maroons are one of the most successful Indian clubs of all time and have won every major trophy in Indian football multiple times.

From beating Britishers in the IFA Shield final in 1911 to scoring five goals past their arch-rivals East Bengal, here are the five memorable performances in the history of the club.

  1. Mohun Bagan, I-League 2009-10
    Mohun Bagan

    2009 - Mohun Bagan 5-3 East Bengal (I-League)

    Mohun Bagan avenged their humiliating 5-0 defeat, which they suffered in the final of the IFA Shield in 1975, after 34 years in an I-League 2009-10 season derby match. In front of a packed Salt Lake Stadium, the Mariners scored five goals past their arch-rivals East Bengal, the first time in their history. Chidi Edeh scored a hat-trick while Manish Maithani and Snehashish Chakraborty scored the other two goals. For East Bengal, Nirmal Chetri, Yusif Yakubu and Srecko Mitrovic found the back of the net.
  2. Mohun Bagan, IFA Shield 1978
    Mohun Bagan

    1978 - Mohun Bagan 2-2 FC Ararat Yerevan (IFA Shield final)

    Mohun Bagan were declared joint winners in the IFA Shield final of 1978 after they managed to hold FC Ararat Yerevan from erstwhile USSR to a 2-2 draw. Ararat, who at present ply their trade in the Armenian Premier League, were a much superior opposition compared to the Mariners. They had reached the quarterfinal of the European Cup in 1974-75. They had defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 in the second leg of the tie although they were ousted from the competition after losing 2-1 on aggregate.

    In the IFA Shield final, the European opposition initially took the lead but Mohammed Habib and Manas Bhattacharya's strikes had put Bagan in front at halftime. In the 60th minute though, Ararat netted the equaliser as the game ended in an exciting 2-2 draw.

  3. Mohun Bagan, IFA Shield 1962
    Mohun Bagan

    1962 - Mohun Bagan 3-1 Hyderabad City Police (IFA Shield final)

    Two of the finest clubs in Indian football during the 1960s, Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad City Police locked horns in the final of the IFA Shield in 1962. The Hyderabadi club had reached the final beating another Kolkata giants East Bengal in the semifinal.

    A game that was expected to be closely contested between two top sides eventually turned out to be a one-sided tie as the Green and Maroons outclassed their opponents 3-1 to clinch the trophy. Mangal Purkayastha scored a brace and Arumaiynayagam scored the other goal for the home side while T Abdul Rahman's own goal helped Hyderabad Police open their account.

  4. Mohun Bagan AC I-League 2014-15 Champions
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    2015 - Bengaluru FC 1-1 Mohun Bagan (I-League)

    This was perhaps the most memorable match Mohun Bagan played in the last decade. The Mariners had not won the National Football League (NFL)/I-League title since the 2001-02 season and they had finally the opportunity to end their drought in Bengaluru. 

    Mohun Bagan travelled to the Garden City with a two-point lead over the defending champions Bengaluru FC and thus they needed just a point to seal the fate of the title. 

    In an anticlimactic for the Kolkata side though, Bengaluru FC took the lead just at the stroke of halftime through John Johnson. The Blues were just four minutes away from becoming the champions of India for a second consecutive season when Belo Rasaq struck the equalising goal to seal the title for the Kolkata giants after 13 long years.

  5. Mohun Bagan 1911

    1911 - Mohun Bagan 2-1 East Yorkshire Regiment (IFA Shield final)

    Mohun Bagan's glorious win in the IFA Shield final of 1911 beating a British club in colonised India has to be the greatest achievement in the history of the club. The Mariners representing the native Indians became the first football club in the colonial era to beat England's East Yorkshire Regiment to win the prestigious IFA Shield.

    East Yorkshire took the lead in the first half but captain Shibdas Bhaduri and Abhilash Ghosh's goals in the second half sealed the memorable win for the Green and Maroons. The historic win was consequential in more than one ways. While it was the first major accolade for an Indian club, it also stirred the sense of nationalism among thousands of people in colonised India.