100 Years of Glory: All time top scorers for East Bengal FC!
Last Updated 4:06 PM 20th April 2020 .
East Bengal Football Club has been an institution of success for the past 100 years since its inception. There has been many legends of the game who have donned the Red and Gold kit and brought in success for the club through the different generations.We have compiled a list of the top 15 scorers in the club’s glorious history who have helped East Bengal FC achieve the greatness that the fans’ cherishes today.
15. Shyam Thapa
One of the finest strikers of the 70s, Shyam Thapa is the 15th highest goal scorer in the history of the club with 68 goals to his name. He played for 5 seasons – 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975 and 1976. He is also one of the rarest East Bengal FC players to have scored a hat-trick in his debut for the club.
14. Jamshid Nassiri
The Iranian who came in the 80s along with Majid Bishkar and Mohammed Khabaji, became one of the most prolific scorers with great heading abilities. He is the 14th highest scorer for the club with 72 goals.
13. Pansanttom Venkatesh
The great legend Pansanttom Venkatesh, who was part of the legendary “pancha pandavas” quintet, is the 13th highest goal scorer in the club’s history with 80 goals. The Olympian was instrumental in the club’s success between 1949 – 1953 along with Ahmed Khan, PBA Saleh, KP Dhanaraj and Appa Rao.
12. Subhash Bhowmick
Nicknamed as the “Bulldozer”, the right out was a prolific scorer in his playing days and is the 12th highest goal scorer for the club with 82 goals to his name. His most famous performance would certainly be recalled against the 3-1 win against North Korean club Pyongyang City FC in the IFA Shield Final where he scored twice to lift the trophy for the club in 1973.
11. Parimal Dey
The fans’favourite nicknamed “Jongla” was one of the prolific inside out in the 60s and is the 11th highest goal scorer for the club with 84 goals. His famous strike against Iran’s PAS Tehran Club in the 1970 IFA Shield Final would certainly be etched in the history books forever.
10. Mohammed Akbar
The striker from Hyderabad, nicknamed “chote miyaan”, was one of the finest scorers in the 70s and formed a lethal partnership with his elder brother Mohammed Habib. He is the 10th highest goal scorer for the Red and Gold brigade with 90 goals to his name.
9. Surajit Sengupta
One of the finest and most skillful Bengali winger ever to have played, who mesmerized the crowd with his trickery and scoring abilities in the 70s, is the 9th highest goal scorer for the club with 92 goals. He is also one of the scorers in the historic 5-0 thrashing of Mohun Bagan in 1975 along with Shyam Thapa in this list.
8. Sunil Ghosh
Sunil Ghosh, sitting row, 3rd from right
One of the legends of the club and a prolific goal scorer in the 40s, who formed a great partnership with Somana and was instrumental in the club’s first Calcutta League title in 1942, is the 8th highest goal scorer for East Bengal FC with 97 goals to his name.
7. Ashim Moulik
The great centre forward who played for the club in the 60s was excellent with both his feet and on the air too. He is the 7th highest goal scorer for the club with 98 goals. Ashim Moulik is also one of the rarest East Bengal FC player to have scored a hat-trick on his debut for the club along with Shyam Thapa in this list.
The sharp shooting centre forward who joined the club in 1938 and played till 1945 is the 6th highest goal scorer for East Bengal FC with 102 goals. He is the first East Bengal FC player to have reached the century mark. He was the captain of the team that won the club’s first ever Calcutta League title in 1942 and was also part of the team that won the League and Shield double in 1945.
5. Tulsidas Balaram
One of the greatest ever players that India has ever produced, who played for the club from 1957 to 1962, is the 5th highest goal scorer for the Red and Gold brigade with 104 goals. He is the fastest to reach the century mark among all.
4. Mohammed Habib
The hardworking skillful inside forward, nicknamed as “baade miyaan”, was one of the finest players to play for the club in the late 60s and 70s and was instrumental to the Golden period of the early 70s, is the 4th highest goal scorer for the Red and Gold brigade with 114 goals. He also has 10 goals in the Kolkata Derby, all of them wearing the Red and Gold kit.
3. KP Dhanaraj
The centre forward who was the tip of the famous “pancha pandavas”, a prolific scorer with great abilities on the ball is the 3rd highest goal scorer for East Bengal FC with 127 goals. He also holds the record of scoring the fastest hat-trick for the club, which he scored within the first 5 mins of the game in an IFA Shield match against Maharana Club in 1949 which the club won by 8-0.
2. Chima Okorie
One of the most lethal strikers in the history of Indian football, who outclassed every opponent in the late 80s and 90s with his power, strength and skills. Chima Okorie is the second highest goal scorer in the history of the club with 131 goals to his name. He is the only foreigner to score 100+ goals for the club till date.
1. Bhaichung Bhutia
The Sikkimese Sniper himself, the legend of Indian football who started his career at East Bengal FC at the age of 17 and went on to win numerous triumphs with the club, is the all time top scorer in the history of East Bengal FC with 148 goals. Bhaichung Bhutia will forever remain as the crowd favourite who won hearts with his fast movements and sharp finishing abilities inside the box, earning him the famous nickname “pahari biche” (the scorpion from the mountains).He was the first player to have scored a hat-trick in an official Kolkata Derby in 1997 when East Bengal FC thrashed Mohun Bagan by 4-1 in the Federation Cup Semi Final in front of a record 1,31,000+ crowd.
The glorious history of the club will always be indebted to all these legends who helped the club become one of the greatest institutions in the country.