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  • Mohun Bagan's 'battles' against the Raj Boria Majumdar on Times of India August 15, 2013
    • What does freedom really mean? Freedom is an abstraction, a notion and also a sensibility. 1947 did not happen overnight. It happened for over a 100 years and every individual who played a part ought to be remembered on this day for having turned independence from colonial rule into a reality. In the sporting realm in Bengal the best known achievement steeped in nationalist significance that heralded a freedom of sorts was MohunBagan's epochal 1911 IFA Shield Win beating East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 in the final. It ushered some great scenes of celebration and contributed to building Indian self confidence, which played its part in the ongoing freedom struggle. And it is an interesting coincidence that MohunBagan next won the IFA shield in 1947 beating arch rivals East Bengal Club 1-0.
  • The great game 100 years ago by Ranojoy Sen on ┬áTimes of India July 30, 2011
    • The script could not have been written any better. On a surprisingly dry July evening in Calcutta, almost 100 years ago to the day, two football teams were tied 1-1. With less than 10 minutes left for the final whistle, both teams - one composed entirely of Indians with 10 of them playing barefoot, the other an all-white British regimental team - were pressing hard for the goal that would win them the coveted IFA Shield. With barely three minutes left, the unthinkable happened. Centre-forward Abhilash Ghosh latched on to an immaculate pass from captain Shibdas Bhaduri to put his team ahead 2-1 and into the pages of history. Mohun Bagan had on July 29, 1911 become the first Indian team to lift the premier football tournament of the time.