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).