Mohun Bagan 1969 IFA Shield final hero Pranab Ganguly passes away

Pranab Ganguly became a darling of the Mohun Bagan fans when he scored twice to help his side beat traditional rival East Bengal 3-1 in the IFA Shield final in 1969.

Indian football

With Ganguly in the team, Mohun Bagan won every major trophy -- Calcutta League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Rovers Cup.   -  AIFF/Representative Image

Former Mohun Bagan stalwart Pranab Ganguly passed away late on Friday evening after a brief illness. Ganguly, 75, played as a left winger in the four-forward system and scored more than 40 goals for Mohun Bagan.

Ganguly also donned the national colours once when he took the field against Burma (formerly Myanmar) in the Merdeka Cup in 1969.

Starting his first division career with Howrah Union club in 1963, Ganguly moved to Mohun Bagan in 1967 and became popular with his flamboyant playing style. He became a darling of the Mohun Bagan fans when he scored twice to help his side beat traditional rival East Bengal 3-1 in the IFA Shield final in 1969.

He played eight consecutive seasons for Mohun Bagan before a series of injuries forced him to curtail his playing career. With Mohun Bagan, Ganguly won a number of titles which included the Calcutta Football League (1969), the IFA Shield (1969) and the Rovers Cup in 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972.

On the domestic front, Ganguly turned out for Bengal on four occasions between 1967 to 1971 and helped his state win the title twice in 1969 and 1971. He also played hockey regularly for Mohun Bagan in the local league.

Mohun Bagan acknowledged his contribution by awarding him the Lifetime Achievement award last year.

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