P.K. Bannerjee passes away, being the most decorated coach in East Bengal history!
Last Updated 6:09 PM 20th March 2020 .
Pradip Kumar Bannerjee, one of the most iconic names in Indian football has passed away today at the age of 83 after suffering from prolonged illness. His name will forever be etched in the history books whenever anyone would talk about the successful regime of Indian football.
P.K. Bannerjee, even though he never played for the “Big 3” of Kolkata, earned himself the call to the national team and played in 2 Olympics – 1956 Australia and 1960 Italy. He was also an important part of the team which won the Gold Medal at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, defeating South Korea 2-1 in the final where he himself scored the opening goal.
P.K. Bannerjee as a coach was also a huge success as he passed away being the most successful coach in the history of East Bengal Club. List of all trophies won under P.K. Bannerjee:
CFL: 1972,1973,1974,1975, 1988, 1989
IFA Shield: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1983
Durand Cup: 1972, 1989
Rovers Cup: 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980
DCM Cup: 1973, 1974, 1983
Federation Cup: 1980, 1985
Bordoloi Trophy: 1972, 1973
All Airlines Gold Cup: 1988
Darjeeling Gold Cup: 1985
SSS Trophy: 1989
As Technical Director:
Super Cup: 1997
IFA Shield: 1997
McDowell’s Cup: 1997
His most memorable moments as an East Bengal coach could be identified as:
* 5-0 thrashing of arch-rivals Mohun Bagan at their home ground in the 1975 IFA Shield Final.
* 4-1: Diamond match win in the 1997 Federation Cup where his underdog East Bengal team ripped apart a prolific Mohun Bagan, coached by his fierce rival Amal Dutta.
* 1973 DCM Trophy final win against North Korean heavyweight team Dok Ro Gang.
His achievements have rightly earned him the highest award from the international football body, FIFA in 2004 as he was awarded with the FIFA Order of Merit, an honour he shares with the likes of Pele, Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, Alfredo Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff etc. to name a few.
PK Bannerjee would forever live in our memories as the fierce, vocal, never-say-die figure and one of the greatest ever from India to grace the beautiful game.