S.Roy (Paltu) passes away
posted on 16.03.2019

Former East Bengal football player S. Roy (Paltu) passed away today. East Bengal Club condoles his death.

He played as Left Midfielder in the yester years. Played for the club from 1950 - 1952 and represented Indian football team in 1952 Olympics. He was the mid-field support to the Pancha Pandavs.
posted on 16.03.2019

Courtesy : Calcutta Times, Times of India, Kolkata

Tulsidas Balaram is one of the greatest Indian forwards of all times and, in his heyday, one of the finest in Asia. Chittagong director, former NASA scientist and an ardent East Bengal FC fan, Bedabrata Pain speaks to the legend about his playing days with East Bengal. Excerpts.

You are one of the finest forwards ever to play for East Bengal. Please tell me about one of your favourite matches…

That would be during Durand 1957 between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. It was the first time the two teams met outside Kolkata. For the first time, the President of India, Rajendra Prasad, came to watch a semi-final, not a final match. We were down by a goal, with only a few minutes left. The spectators began to leave. But in the last three minutes, we scored two goals and won.

What is your experience of playing in front of Bollywood celebrities?

SD Burman was a blind supporter of East Bengal. He would always meet us and encourage us. But he was a nervous man. He usually wouldn’t come to the ground, but call up to find out the score. We’d often see actors like Shammi Kapoor, Johnny Walker, Dilip Kumar in the crowd. They were great football fans. Once RD Burman, an equally enthusiastic supporter, had taken us all for SD Burman’s Raat Ka Sama recording by Lata Mangeshkar. Lataji is one of the greatest people I have ever met — it was such a great feeling.

‘In those days, it was not about money’

What is the best compliment you ever got?

It was again in a Durand match against Punjab Police. Their players were tough and full of stamina. But we beat them by three goals. After the game, a small fivesix-year-old Punjabi boy, seated in his father’s lap, jumped up and told me: “You played very well.” That boy’s words still ring in my ears.

How did you come to Kolkata?

I came for a poor family, and was without a job. So when JC Guha (the iconic general secretary of the club) approached me, I jumped at it. Top players played in Kolkata. Plus, it was a chance for me to lift my family above the poverty line. But seeing the enthusiasm, love and madness of the fans, I forgot all about it. Instead, it became about lifting Indian football standards. JC Guha had told me I would be paid the same amount as the star forward — Ahmed Khan. That amount was ?2,500 per year. But in those days, it was not about money, but about how I can satisfy my supporters, and win their hearts.

How did you prepare for the Derby matches?

Every Derby morning, JC Guha would sit down with all of us for breakfast. That’s where we’d talk about strategy and formation. Once, as we were warming up, we found that one supporter had fainted. The man had stood in line for three days — without food and water — to get tickets to the big match. So, all players got together and said that we have to win the match for this man. When the man comes to his senses, he must hear that East Bengal has won. We did win, and I credit the victory to that supporter. It is because of the love of the people of Kolkata and their support that I stayed back here. That is the most important thing.


Tulsidas Balaram has been a worldclass forward. Many find his playing style to resemble that of French footballer Thierry Henry. A double Olympian (1956 and 1960), Balaram also played two Asian Games (1958 and 1962), finished fourth in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and won the gold medal in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games.

He scored a brilliant goal in India’s 1-2 loss vs Hungary in the 1960 Rome Olympics. The same Hungarian team included legends like Flórián Albert and Lajos Tichy. This team reached the quarter finals of the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile. He also scored two classic goals — one each against Iran in 1959 Asia Cup qualifier in Ernakulam and another vs Indonesia in the 1960 pre-Olympics that was held in Kolkata.

He scored in the three finals of Santosh Trophy in 1956 for Hyderabad and 1958 and 1959 for Bengal.

For East Bengal (1957-62), he scored 104 goals. He won the Golden Boot by scoring 23 goals in 1961 and this facilitated the Red & Gold Brigade to win the Calcutta Football League after a gap of nine years. He was adjudged the Player of the Year by Veterans Club in 1961. In 1959, he scored 39 goals for the club. He won 60% of the Derby matches and became the second footballer to be given Arjuna Award in 1962 after PK Banerjee.

He coached the Mayor’s XI. This team won a number of matches including the Gothia Cup in Europe. Mehtab Hossain, Sangram Mukherjee and Chandan Das were coached by him.

— Compiled by football historian and statistician Gautam Roy
U-13 League: QEB 0-0 USC
posted on 14.03.2019

QEB U-13 were held to a goalless draw by United SC U-13 in the Hero Sub Junior League Group B match played today at Kalyani Stadium.

QEBFC U-13 are now in third position in the Group B league table with 5 points from five matches.

QEB U-13: Julfikar Gaji, Jishan Molla Rajibul Halder, Rohan Das, Krishnapada Biswas (Md. Azhar), Sunandan Majhi, Suramya Samaddar, Abir Ali (Hasibul Mondal), Soumyajit Das (Debasish Bera), Md. Soyab Khan, Abhijit Sarkar [Saranya Samaddar (Raj Maity)]
posted on 13.03.2019

We have come to know from the news papers that some I-League teams decided not to take part in the forthcoming Super League to be held at Bhubaneswar. We have the tradition and legacy to not step back from participating keeping in view of the fact that discrepancies, if any, can be sorted out by discussions and deliberations. Though we are looking forward to a board meeting with our Chairman which did not take place in the last 8-9 months but we are certainly optimistic that the issue will be resolved suitably soon.

Hony. General Secretary

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