Anjan Kumar Bhattacharya
Mr. Anjan Kumar Bhattacharya, aged 59 years, is an ardent Mohun Bagan supporter. His passion and love for Mohun Bagan has gone stronger everyday. As a young child, he first fell in love with the name 'Mohun Bagan.' He still remembers how excited he was a night before he first visited the Mohun Bagan ground with his father, to watch a league match, on a sunny afternoon. Due to professional commitments, he had to spend major part of his life outside Bengal but Mohun Bagan is still as close to his heart as his family. A Mohun Bagan win makes his day and gives him immense satisfaction. Even if he is at work, he stays glued to his laptop during a Mohun Bagan match (He is in Africa at the moment and most of the matches are played during the day time). He never misses a single Mohun Bagan match when he is in Kolkata. From Maidan to Saltlake - from Barasat to Howrah, he believes it is his duty to be in the stands to cheers the Green & Maroon soldiers. He is proud to be a follower of the institution named 'Mohun Bagan'.
I should answer you in a different way... Why does one love his country? Why does one love his parents? Why does one love his wife and children? To me Mohun Bagan is a sentimental attachment, it makes no difference whether I am in Kolkata or not, but Mohun Bagan is part of my life and I am proud of that.
Best Mohun Bagan game... Well, the 1972 IFA Shield SF vs All Indonesia Football Federation who were returning after playing in the Munich Olympics. We won 3-0 (I remember Sukalyan scored 2 & Pronob 1). Before the game everybody was talking about how many we would concede!! That day Mohun Bagan played amazing football!!
Best derby win: - Surely this year in the Sahara Calcutta Football League which we won 2-0. Again the talk was how many we would concede!! But on that day we simply taught EB how football is played.
Yes. I became a member of Mohun Bagan in 2003.
Very difficult to tell... but whenever I go to see a Mohun Bagan match I look at the faces of the spectators around me. What do they want? They only want a Mohun Bagan win which will at least make them temporarily forget their daily struggle to keep afloat in these days of problems galore. The joyful faces, after Mohun Bagan's win, gives me immense pleasure. Their passion for Mohun Bagan is what I admire the most. I feel proud that I also belong to the millions whose blood is not Red but Green & Maroon.
In younger days it was different with yelling, pumping of fists and embracing known or unknown friends!! As I grew old the celebration became muted and I try not to show emotions but inside me there is always that feel of relief, satisfaction and of course the joy of an achievement. Sometimes of course I don't know how, but tears do come off my eyes.
It's a very depressing feeling when the team fails to perform to its potential. Sometimes I try to boost myself by saying "there is always a tomorrow" or things would change for the better from the next match. But still I can't get out of that depressing feeling. Even if inconsistent performance remains for a considerable period of time, I try to cheer myself up by remembering the happy days and my advice to the fans that in bad days we have to be with the Team because that is the time when the Team needs us most. And of course don't lose faith on an Institution which is almost 123 years old.
Nothing special, I keep track through TV and News Paper reports but try to avoid lengthy discussion. Internally I get a bit tense and I try to think of something else. As the kick off time nears, the tension increases and I become very quiet.
If the outcome is favourable then I come back to my normal self after initial show of emotion but if it is a negative result I remain even quieter and feel that I have lost everything. This feeling lasts even for some days.
My Favourite Mohun Bagan Players: Chuni Goswami, Jarnail Singh, Chandreswar Prasad, Arumaynaigam, Tarun Bose, Nayeem, Subrata, Prasun, Xavier Pius, Barreto, Baichung and now of course Odafa.
All Time Mohun Bagan 11 (With 4-4-2 Formation)
Goal Keeper - Tarun Bose
Right Full Back - Compton Dutta
Stoppers - Sayed Nayeemuddin & Subrata Bhattacharya
Left Full Back - Shankar Bannerji
Medios - Gautam Sarkar, Satyajeet Chatterji, Xavier Pius & Prasun Bannerjee
Strikers - Jose Barreto & Odafa Okolie
I could not include Chuni Goswami, Jarnail Singh, Chandreswar Prasad and others because I did not see them enough. Since only 11 can be accommodated, I could not find any slot for Krishnendu Roy, Neemai Goswami, Pradeep Choudhury, Dilip Palit, Basudev Mandal, Mohd. Habib, Shyam Thapa, Manas Bhattacharya, Bidesh Bose, Pronob Ganguly, Subhash Bhowmik, Sukalyan Ghosh Dastidar, Babu Mani, Cheema Okerie, Baichung Bhutia and host of others whose game I still admire!!
I have met 2 of the Club Legends in person. I was in Zawar Mines in Udaipur (Rajasthan). Our Company used to conduct an invitational football tournament called 'Mohan Kumar Mangalam All India Football Tournament.' In the year 1996 Prasun Bannerjee came as the Chief Guest for the Final and I had the privilege of talking to him for almost half an hour and I was pretty impressed by his down to earth manner and became nostalgic when we talked about a few specific matches. Then in the year 2002 Shyam Thapa was there as the Chief Guest for the Final. He was kind enough to come to our house for Dinner along with his wife. It was an amazing feeling not only for me but for the entire family to sit, dine and talk with a Legend of Indian Football!!
Yes, very much. It was May 1965, Mohun Bagan were playing their 1st match of the League against newly promoted Greer Sporting. I was with my Father who is also a Mohun Bagan fan. We stood in the '45 paise' line for entry to the Eastern Galleries (then it was called Green Gallery) under scorching Sun for a pretty long time. It was a long queue and finally when I entered I was feeling a thrill that I would be seeing 'Mohun Bagan' play. Gradually the stands filled up to its capacity and beyond. Since I was 12 year old boy and would find it difficult to see the match, some young guys asked my Father to take me up to the topmost row where I could stand and watch! From there I looked at the crowd outside the ground who were unlikely to get entry but still standing in the queue! After having some badam bhaja, chutney logenses suddenly I saw Greer Sporting entering the field in blue shirts & white short. Instantly I started to become excited that very shortly I would see my idols in their Maroon & green outfit. Then came the roar...but I could not find maroon & green shirted boys... To my utter disappointment Mohun Bagan came out in all whites!! I was very upset as I knew I would have to wait for another year to fulfil my dream. Mohun Bagan won 2-0 and I saw Chuni Goswami, Jarnail Singh, TA Rehman, and Arumaynaigam for the 1st time in my life!! While returning I remember glancing over my shoulders to have several last looks of the Mohun Bagan ground. By the way Mohun Bagan won the League that year 'Unbeaten'.
My Father is a Mohun Bagan supporter. But my son Shayan is 'The' Mohun Bagan supporter. People used to call me "Mohun Bagan Fanatic" and even now I can't tolerate anything derogatory about Mohun Bagan but Shayan is fanatic, passionate, emotionally & sentimentally stitched to Mohun Bagan. I am proud to have a son like him and always share our club's ups & downs freely & frankly.
Yes whenever we two are in Kolkata and there is a Mohun Bagan match (irrespective of the opponent) we go together to see the match. The 2006-07 Federation Cup Triumph and 6 Derby wins are the most cherished memories we shared together. And when Mohun Bagan triumphs in an important encounter his glowing joyous face is all I remember!!
No, it is too uncomfortable for them. Perhaps we could have separate Ladies' enclosure which they used to have in the Sydney Cricket Ground well guarded by Security. Gradually people will start controlling their behaviour when they see ladies around, but of course it will take time. Surely Mohun Bagan can show the way.
It is a supporter based club and members & supporters must have their say.
Yes of course. I like 'Shout' most as it gives an idea about the feelings of Mohun Baganis. Can you start a 'live match update' section? Otherwise it is fairly impressive. Carry on the lovely work!!
Mohun Bagan is my Passion, Sentiment and Emotion.
Mohun Bagan is as close to me as my Family.
Finally I am proud to be a Mohun Bagani!! I wish all the success to Mohun Bagan from the core of my heart and wish all Mohun Baganis anywhere in the world the 'very best' always.
God willing Our Club will start ruling Indian Football again.