Club Day: Mohun Bagan - Know Your Trivia

Amoy Ghoshal presents some interesting facts on Mohun Bagan as part of Goal.com's Club Day special.
1) Mohun Bagan was founded as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club on 15th August 1889. As they were no facilities for sports like
shooting and angling, it was later renamed as Mohun Bagan Athletic Club.  

2) Nicknamed as the “Mariners”, Mohun Bagan is the first Indian club to have a mascot which is named as “Baggu” (‘Tiger’).  

3) Mohun Bagan is one of the most successful clubs of India and have several firsts in Indian football. The one that stands out above the rest is their 1911 IFA Shield triumph when they defeated East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 to become the first Indian club to beat a European team and also the first Indian club to win a trophy. This victory was commemorated in their centenary year, 1989 by the Indian Government issuing a postal stamp. They were also honoured with the title of “National Club of India” by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.  

4) They have won the National League title three times(East Bengal and Dempo have also win it three times), Calcutta League title 28 times, Durand Cup 16 times (which is a joint record with East Bengal), the IFA Shield 22 times and the Super Cup once.  

5) They have won a record 12 Federation Cup titles and 14 Rovers Cup titles.  

6) Bagan became the first Indian club to play in the Rovers Cup in 1921 and the first non-Army club to play in the Durand Cup in 1925.They were also the first club from Kolkata to win the national league.  

7) They are the only club to win the Federation Cup three consecutive times twice (1980-82 & 1992-94). They are also the only club to win the Durand Cup three consecutive times twice (1963-65 & 1984-86). Bagan are also the only club to win the Rovers Cup three times in a row (1970-72), they are also the last club to win the Rovers Cup in 2003.  

8) The Mariners are also the first Indian club to win the Triple Crown (IFA Shield, Durand Cup and the Federation Cup) in 1977.  

9) They are the only Indian club to play in the formerly held Asian Club Championship twice in a row (95, 96).  

10) Bagan have had the honour of playing friendly matches against teams of Pele(1977), Roger Milla(1990) and Oliver Kahn(2008).

Amoy Ghoshal