Iconic Indian football club Mohun Bagan went global as it became the country’s first ever sports entity to feature on NASDAQ billboards in New York’s Times Square.
This happened on Mohun Bagan Day, celebrated every year on July 29 to commemorate the team’s famous IFA Shield triumph in 1911 when it defeated East Yorkshire Regiment 2-1 to become the first Indian club to end the British stranglehold on the tournament
Founded in 1889, the 131-year-old city-based club has no dearth of supporters across the world but the American stock exchange paying it tribute by displaying its logo and colours on its billboard holds special significance
“It is a matter of great pride for all Mohun Bagan fans and supporters. It shows the kind of stature the club enjoys. No Indian sports club has ever featured on something like this, so it is significant, very different,” Mohun Bagan’s top official Debashis Dutta told PTI
The 1911 triumph was seen as a huge moment in India’s freedom struggle at the time, giving hope to the people that the British could be defeated
It was India’s victory and not just the 11 barefooted natives that turned to face their well-oiled opponents
The club had earlier tweeted, “The pictures from NASDAQ is a testimony to the fact that Mohun Bagan belongs to a different league. Huge day for all the Mariners!! Happy Mohun Bagan Day Mariners !! #JoyMohunBagan #MohunBaganDay2020.”
The pictures from NASDAQ is a testimony to the fact that Mohun Bagan belongs to a different league. Huge day for all the Mariners!!
— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) July 28, 2020