This year marks the golden jubilee of legendary singer Manna Dey’s classic, “Shob khelaar shera Bangalir tumi football”. The Bengali number, shot on a local train, means, ‘You, football, are Bengal’s greatest sport ever’.

2021 also happens to be the 100th year since East Bengal and Mohun Bagan (rebranded in the Indian Super League as SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan FC) first locked horns in the Cooch Behar Cup.

ATK Mohun Bagan vs SC East Bengal: LIVE BLOG

Much has changed since the first Kolkata Derby. Governments have toppled after Bengal’s partition during independence. Glass-facade skyscrapers have replaced age-old colonial architecture. Horse-drawn carriages and tram cars first made way for yellow ambassadors, which were further replaced by white, air-conditioned “No Refusal” cabs. Swanky shopping malls having taken over, even the neighbourhood stores are long…

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