– Archan Mitter | 13 Sept 2021
Bhabani Roy, a former India footballer and Mohun Bagan captain, passed away following a prolonged illness at the age 75. Roy had been admitted to a city hospital for a few days.
In the 1960s, legendary coach Amal Dutta was the first to use Roy as an overlapping fullback in his 4-2-4 formation. He joined Bagan in 1966 and stayed with the club until 1972. The Bagan legend appeared in three matches for India in the 1969 Merdeka Cup. Bhabani Roy was instrumental in Mohun Bagan winning the Rovers Cup in 1968, 1970, 1971, and 1972. (Joint Winner). He was a member of the West Bengal team that won the Santosh Trophy in 1968 and 1971.
Praful Patel, president of the All India Football Federation, expressed his condolences, saying, “It is saddening to hear that Bhabani Roy is no longer with us.” His contribution to Indian sports will never be forgotten.” Kushal Das, general secretary of the AIFF, also paid tribute to Roy. Mohun Bagan also expressed their condolences on the death of their former captain.