Bhabani Roy represented India in the 1969 Merdeka Cup and played in three matches. At domestic level, he was part of the West Bengal team that won the Santosh Trophy in 1968 and 1971.
Bhabani Roy passed away due to prolonged illness.
Former Indian player and Mohun Bagan legend Bhabani Roy died in Kolkata on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 75 years old. Roy was admitted to the city hospital for the last few days. Roy represented India in the 1969 Merdeka Cup and played in three matches. At domestic level, he was part of the West Bengal team that won the Santosh Trophy in 1968 and 1971. He played club football for Mohun Bagan from 1968. He captained the team in 1972 which was his last year with the team. Roy started his career with Bagan’s arch-rivals East Bengal in 1964. He scored five goals in 1969 and helped the team win the CFL. Then that year Mohun Bagan also won the IFA Shield.
Bhabani Roy also helped Mohun Bagan win the Rovers Cup in 1968, 1970, 1971 and 1972 (Joint Winner). Apart from this, Dr HK Mukherjee Shield in 1968 and 1969, Amrit Bazar Patrika Centenary Trophy and Babu Kunwar Singh Shield in 1968 and Nehru Cup in 1970. Mohun Bagan expressed grief over the passing of their legendary star. It was written on the Twitter account of the club, ‘We are deeply saddened by the demise of our former captain Bhabani Roy. He joined Mohun Bagan in 1967 and came into limelight as a sideback at the Kolkata ground. His body will be kept in the tent of the club for the last rites.
AIFF condoles the demise of former India International Bhabani Roy 🙏💐
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 13, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our former captain Bhabani Roy. He joined Mohun Bagan in 1967 and came into prominence as first overlapping sideback of Kolkata Maidan.
His mortal remains will be kept at the club tent from 2.30 PM onwards for fans to pay last respects. pic.twitter.com/kQjBzTJggT
— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) September 13, 2021
Indian Football Association mourns
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) condoled the death of Roy. AIFF President Praful Patel said, “Saddened to hear about the passing away of Bhabani Roy. His contribution to sports in India can never be forgotten. I am very sad. All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das said, “Bhabani Roy has been an inspirational figure for generations. He won many titles in his career. I express my condolences to his family and pray for his soul to rest in peace.
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