Kallol Kolay has been a passionate Mohun Bagan supporter since his childhood. He stays in Behala, Kolkata. While studying in Class IX, he met with an accident when he fell from a tree, thus suffering a spinal injury (which prevents him from sitting for a long time) and also had to get one leg amputated. He stayed in hospital for about two years for recovery and rehabilitation, but nothing could stop his love for Mohun Bagan and his determination ensured that he became a Chartered Accountant in 1989. Currently he is one of the partners of a CA firm. He continues to be an avid fan of Mohun Bagan and hardly misses any match that is shown on Television.
Mohun Bagan is so important to me because of its rich tradition and history.
My mother happened to be a cousin of Late Sailen Manna. I grew up in Mohunbagani milieu. I am a blind fan of the club. I believe a true Mohunbagani will remain a Mohunbagani till his or her last breath. Yes, I feel bad as I can't see the matches live in ground, but I try to catch all the action live on Television and always want Mohun Bagan to win all the matches, especially against East Bengal.
The 1979 IFA Shield final match against Ararat, the match ended in a 2-2 draw..
The best derby win was obviously when our team hammered 5 goals into the KEB net on 25th October, 2009.
Yes, since 2004.
I am one of the most fortunate fans to witness the maiden National League triumph of our club in 1998. I went to the stadium in an uncovered Matador Van's back sitting on my wheelchair and hordes of local fans held a huge Green & Maroon flag over my head to protect me from scorching sun. It is perhaps the best day of my life, certainly one of the best experiences of my life.
(Laughing) We generally celebrate immediately either with Arsalan's Mutton Briyani or Tawa's Mughlai Paratha. Prawn or Mutton in next day's lunch is a must.
Frankly speaking, I feel very sad and frustrated, but I wish the players give a fitting reply to overcome the burden of despair of the fans.
I think the fans should keep faith in the players, after all they are donning the green & maroon outfit. Constant abuse to the players would demoralize them, but in some cases players are also to be blamed as few of them do show unprofessional attitude and they deserve the wrath of the supporters.
I do feel huge tension. My blood pressure runs high. I have to take mild tranquilizers at bedtime. My tension starts relieving after start of the match. It gets further aggravated if we take a lead. I usually take deep breath to reduce my tension.
I have said to you already how we celebrate the victory, but if we lose the match, we start playing cards and stop viewing news channels. In my adolescent days, I generally used to skip the dinner after any derby loss.
My Mohun Bagan XI in 4-4-2 formation:
Goalkeeper: Debasish Mukherjee.
Defenders: Dusit, Sammy O'Mollo, Subrata Bhattacharya(Captain), Shyamal Banerjee.
Halfs: Manas Bhattacharya, Gautom Sarkar, Prasun Banerjee, Bidesh Bose.
Strikers: Jose Remirez Barreto, Odafa Okelie.
(With tears in his eyes) Once Khedi Mama (Sailen Manna was my maternal uncle) came to our house after attending a function of my school. Keeping his hands over my head, he blessed and told my mother "Shovona, I am telling you, your son will get fame in life and will do lot of good work." I really don't know whether I have achieved anything in life, but certainly I cherish that moment.
I should also mention other two legends of Indian football, Late Ajit Gupta, our rival club's captain and Late Sahu Mewalal who were regular visitors when I was in hospital for 2 years, they really encouraged me to fight back.
It was in 1970 when I was studying in Class VII. I was accompanied by local elders and a friend to watch Mohun Bagan vs BNR match in club ground. I was sitting in general gallery (as I was not a member at that time), though my father was sitting at members' gallery. A huge rush near the entrance left me alone. Luckily for me, another local elder spotted me and took me to the rampart to watch the match. The match ended in a goalless draw.
My whole family supports Mohun Bagan, even my 10-year-old nephew. My parents and few friends were my companion to watch TV. Presently, my father and my local brother, Arijit, accompany me after the demise of my mother in 2002.
Certainly I would like to see a match, but I don't want any special privilege for me alone.
Actually, like in other countries, there should be few seats (may be the front row) reserved in the stadium for us.
A. Restore floodlight in club ground.
B. Establish a Sports Medicine division to look after all discipline of sports of the club.
C. Appoint professional agency to market club merchandise.
D. Select senior team coach or Technical Director initially and build the team as per his advice.
E. Upgrade our academy's facilities, seek the assistance of AIFF Technical Director Mr. Rob Baan.
Yes, I do visit the Mohun Bagan official website. My favourite is the Interview section, where I love to read interviews of players and former players of Mohun Bagan. Also the "shout" sections interests me a lot.
My suggestion, a bit more emphasis should be given on past glory and history of the club. Also a separate section should be made on all ex captains of the club where few lines can be written about them.