Mohun Bagan was to face Jora Bagan in Coochbehar Cup and star half back Sailesh Bose was excluded from the latter’s side. Jora Bagan’s vice-president and chairman Suresh Chandra Chaudhari requested for his inclusion but his request fell on deaf ears and so, he several all his connections with the club.
alongwith Raja Manmatha Nath Chaudhuri, Bose, Ramesh Chandra (Nasha) Sen and
Aurobinda Ghosh former a new club on 1st August 1920 was named it East
Bengal as the founders hailed from that part of Bengal (present Bangladesh). The
club was formed as a mark of protest against injustice and discrimination
against East Bengals. It is to be noted that Sailesh Bose was from Dacca and
hence was excluded from the team to face Mohun Bagan.
Bagan’s partner for ground was National A.C. of Behala and it was invalid by
then and the former was having the full use of the ground. East Bengal took up
the case and despite opposition from Bagan, they won and became the co-sharer
of the ground in 1922.
In 1924 East
Bengal became joint winners of the Second division alongwith Cameroon’s B but
with the former fielding it’s A side in the top division, the latter stood in
contention for promotion. In those days, only two Indian clubs were allowed in
the top division and with Mohun Bagan and Aryans already in it, the chances of
being promoted were dim. At last the rules had to be changed to include East
Bengal but ironically it was Mohun Bagan and Aryans who opposed their
between the clubs was also because of the socio-political set-up in the eastern
India. In the pre-partition India, Bangladesh was known as East Bengal where
the ‘Bangals’ inhabited and in western part, had ‘Ghati’. With the times having
changed, there are supporters of both communities for each of the two teams.
interesting thing to note is that the Mohun Bagan fanatics celebrate the derby
win with prawn while the East Bengal fans go for ‘Hilsa’ fish.
The 1971 war
for independence saw a rising number of immigrants from Bangladesh or East
Bengal come to West Bengal. This did increase the increase the fan base of East
Bengal football club.
for the two teams to fight it out on the field are innumerable. The most recent
one sparked a lot of controversy.
the start of the I-League, Mohun Bagan general secretary, Anjan Mitra asked the
name of East Bengal to be changed as the name is communal. He was of the
opinion that by renaming the club would purge the acts of violence amongst the
manager Swapan Ball was miffed at this comment and they formally lodged a
complaint with the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
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