East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, if these two popular clubs in Kolkata are famous for anything, that undoubtedly will be Kolkata Derby or as the locals call it Boro (means big in Bengali) match. The rivalry between these two teams is almost 100 years old and features in the FIFA's classic derby list. The matches witness large audience attendance and rivalry between patrons. The two clubs currently meet at least 3 times a year, twice in the I-League and once in the Calcutta Football League. Often these two clubs meet in other competitions like the Federation Cup, the IFA Shield, and the Durand Cup etc.
The first Derby clash took place on 28th May 1925 at the CFC ground (Mohun Bagan Ground). The match went well for the ‘Bangal’s (people whose ancestors used to live in the eastern part of undivided Bengal) as East Bengal defeated Mohun Bagan 1-0 in the Calcutta Football League. However, the first Derby that took the ‘Ghoti’ – ‘Bangal’ rivalry to all new level was on 9th August 1945 in the IFA Shield Final where the winner was East Bengal again. They won 1-0 – the goal being scored by F. Pugsley.
The first time the Derby went outside Kolkata was on December 28, 1957. It was the Durand Cup Semi-Finals at New Delhi and the match ended in a draw. A replay was held two days later where East Bengal won the game by 3-2.
However, it always hasn’t been a ‘Hilsa fish fest’ for ‘Bangal’s. Mohun Bagan has taken the sweet revenge quite a lot of times. On 10th December 1964, in an adrenaline rushing Durand Cup final Mohun Bagan defeated East Bengal with 2-0 goals, right in front of the then President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. However, East Bengal remains to be a clear winner in terms of records.
The two teams have met 309 times in all competitions so far.
The two teams have met 34 times.
30.9.75 East Bengal 5 – 0 Mohun Bagan – Kolkata – IFA Shield Final
Baichung Bhutia – 19 (13-East Bengal 6-Mohun Bagan)