Former India player and Mohun Bagan great Bhabani Roy passes away

  • Former India international and Mohun Bagan legend Bhabani Roy, who excelled as the country’s first ‘overlapping full-back’ under the tutelage of the great Amal Dutta, passed away in Kolkata on Monday following a prolonged illness.
  • He was 75.
  • Roy was admitted in a city hospital for the last few days.
  • Dutta was the first to use Roy as overlapping fullback in his 4-2-4 formation in the 1960s.
  • Roy who made his international debut in the Merdeka Cup in 1969 represented India in three matches.
  • At the domestic level, he was part of West Bengal’s Santosh Trophy squad in 1968 and the triumphant team of 1971.
  • We are deeply saddened by the passing of our former captain Bhabani Roy. He joined Mohun Bagan in 1967 and came into prominence as first overlapping sideback of Kolkata Maidan.
  • His mortal remains will be kept at the club tent from 2.30 PM onwards for fans to pay last respects.
  • He played his club football for Mohun Bagan from 1968 onwards wherein he captained the green and maroons in 1972 which was his last year in the club as a player. But he started his career with Mohun Bagan’s arch-rivals, East Bengal, in 1964.
  • He scored five goals in the process, and helped the club win the CFL in 1969. Bagan also won the IFA Shield that year.
  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) condoled the demise of the former India international.
  • Roy also guided his club to win the Rovers Cup in 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 (joint-winners); Dr HK Mookherjee Shield in 1968 and 1969 (joint-winners); the Amrita Bazar Patrika Centenary Trophy and the Babu Kunwer Singh Shield in 1968; and the Nehru Trophy in 1970.
  • In his condolence message, AIFF president Praful Patel said: “It is saddening to hear that Mr. Bhabani Roy is no more. His contribution to the sport in India can never be forgotten. I share the grief.”
  • AIFF general secretary Kushal Das stated: “Mr. Bhabani Roy has been an inspiring figure for people across generations and won many laurels through his career. I send my condolences to his family and pray for his soul to rest in peace.”
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