(Last Updated on : 28-11-2014)
Mohammedan Sporting Club is a football club based in Kolkata
, West Bengal
. It was founded in the year 1891. It is one of the oldest football clubs in the city. Currently the club participates in the second division of I-League
and Premier Division of CFL. Mohammedan Sporting is one of the most popular football clubs in India with a support base in all parts of the country.
History of Mohammedan Sporting Club
One of the main features of Islamic Culture is to have faith in the religion of Islam. So the community of Muslim people in Kolkata decided to set up a new football club much before the setting up of Mohun Bagan A.C.
or Aryans. In 1887, they set up a team under the name "Jubilee Club", under able leadership of Nawbab Aminul Islam. Afterwards the name changed to "Crescent Club", few years later it got renamed to "Hamidia Club" and finally in 1891 the club came to be known as "Mohammedan Sporting Club".
Since their inception in 1891, Mohammedan Sporting Club tasted their first success in the year 1934 when they won Calcutta Football League. By winning their first trophy the club created a history of winning the Calcutta Football League continuously for 5 years from 1934 to 1938. Again in 1940 and 1941 the club won the league along with the IFA Shield Championship. It also happens to be the first Indian football club to break the monopoly of the English Football Teams in the Durand Cup, the oldest football championship in the year 1941.
Mohammedan Sporting Club has the record of pocketing the Durand Cup for the first time. The Durand Cup
is the oldest football tournament in India. MSC defeated Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2-1. Mohammedan Sporting Club also won the Rovers Cup in 1940. Mohammedan Sporting Club pocketed the IFA Shield in 1941 by beating "K.O.S.B" 2-0. Rashid and Sabu were goal scorers from Mohammedan Sporting Club. Mohammedan Sporting lifted IFA Shield for the third time, in 1942, after beating East Bengal 1-0 in the final. The winning goal came from Noor Mohammed (Senior).
The "Golden" players of this "Golden Era" of Mohammedan Sporting Club were:- Osman, Goal Keeper, Jumma Khan (Referred to as "The Wall of Mohammedan Sporting Club") and Taj Mohammed in the back, Nasim, Noor Mohammed, Sabu, Mohiuddin, Masum, Aaqeel Ali were players with great abilities and potential, who helped the club to rise high in the football circuit. Noor and Aaqeel was the best centre half's in Kolkata Football. And in the strike zone there were Rahamat, Rahim, and Rashid, Samad, Noor Mohammed (Junior), Abbas, Rashid (Junior), Rahim.
Mohammedan Sporting Club in 1956 won the "Rovers Cup" title for the second time defeating Mohun Bagan AC 3-1 in the final. This Rovers Cup win actually curved the path towards the Golden Era of football for the club. In 1957, it was time for complete celebration for the club as they bagged double whammy; winning both the leagues and also the IFA Shields. In the league, Mohammedan Sporting Club won against the East Bengal FC by a point and defeated Railway Sports 3-0 in the finals of IFA Shield.
Unfortunately for Mohammedan Sporting Club the next 10 years didn't produce much result. In 1967, Mohammedan Sporting Club grabbed the Calcutta League without losing a single match. They remained the unbeaten champion and registered their 10th league title.
In 1971, Mohammedan Sporting Club defeating Tollygunge Agragami with a 2-0 margin in the finals to win the IFA Shield
. In the 8th decade success came in the beginning for the team and Mohammedan Sporting Club in 1981, won the Calcutta League with a point clear from Mohun Bagan, and were unbeaten champion in the league. This happened for the third time in the history of Mohammedan Sporting Club.
In 1983 Mohammedan Sporting Club, for the first time, won the Federation Cup by defeating Mohun Bagan by a margin 2-0. The team also won Pearless Trophy in1983 by defeating Mohun Bagan with a margin 3-1 in the tie-breaker. Mohammedan also grabbed the Rovers Cup in 1983, at Mumbai
, by defeating East Bengal with a 1-0 margin and became Runners up in the DCM trophy in Delhi
. In the very next year, in 1984, Mohammedan Sporting Club won the Federation Cup
by defeating East Bengal 1-0.
Honours and Wins by Mohammedan Sporting Club
Federation Cup: 2
Calcutta Football League: 11
1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1957, 1967, 1981
Durand Cup: 1
IFA Shield: 5
1936, 1941, 1942, 1957, 1971
Rovers Cup: 6
1940, 1956, 1959, 1980, 1984, 1987
Mohammedan Sporting Club defeated Bangladesh club Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 4-3 on penalties to win the IFA Shield for the first time since 1971. The final of the 118th IFA Shield finished 1-1 after 120 minutes but Mohammedan Sporting Club substitute goalkeeper Naseem Akhtar proved to be the unlikely hero as he made two saves in the shootout.