Match Report

The 29th of July 1911. History had already been scripted with Mohun Bagan making it to the finals of the IFA Shield. More than 80,000 spectators had gathered to watch the match although only a few could manage to see the match. 

The match referee for the day was H.G. Puller. Mohun Bagan lost in toss and was placed towards Eden Garden,and East Yorkshire Regiment towards Fort William.

Under the captainship of Shibdas Bhaduri,Mohun Bagan players entered the ground encircled by thousands of supporters hopefully looking forward for the victory.The captain of East York team was Sergeant Jackson. 

The total match time at that time was 50 mins and a break of 5 mins in between. In the first half, Mohun Bagan was in an aggressive approach. The effort of Kanu Roy, Shibdas Bhaduri and Bijoydas Bhaduri is worth mentioning. Equally attacking was East York. But there was no goal.

In the second half, Mohun Bagan was under tremendous pressure. At the end of 15 mins, Sergeant Jackson converted a free-kick to score the first goal. The British supporters started celebrating. But hardly 5 mins passed and Shibdas Bhaduri of Mohun Bagan equaled the scoreboard scoring the crucial equalizer. It was a brilliant goal and the entire team was motivated. Eventually, after a restless tug of war Mohun Bagan scored again to seal the fate of the game. The hero was Abhilash Ghosh who teared into East York defences and scored by lobbing a quick pass from Shibdas into the nets just at the verge of the end of the game. Mohun Bagan won IFA Shield. 

All the spectators were astonished by the stunning performance of Mohun Bagan. The Indians burst in ecstasy. History was made as a team of "natives"  embarrassed the mighty empire. The players were carried on shoulders of the human wave which carried them from Maidan to Shyambazar. Religion, cast, creed was forgotten in celebrations. Legend has it, that when the procession was passing in front of Fort William, a Brahmin came, pointing to the Union Jack, he asked “when will you bring it down”. Shibdas Bhaduri replied, “When we win the Shield again”. Curiously, the second Shield was won in 1947.

‘Thanks my friends of football renown,
For bringing the British teams down,
A victory grand to behold,
Serene and noble-bright and bold’ –‘The Mohun Bagans.’

(The above poem was published by The Bengali in honour of the club in the next day newspaper.)