Pastime Football, Banting (Photo credit: Tianyake)
By Partha Pratim Chandra
Kolkata, March 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Remember that old
Doordarshan tune? Long before today’s LCD, Plasma, or 3D TVs? The nail
biting – adrenalin rushing – black and white East Bengal-Mohan Bagan
matches, the eternal ‘Ghati’ and ‘Bangal’ debate over football. And at
midnight it was time for European Club football matches. In fact we,
Bengalis started to like the Club Football more than World Cup matches.
The Clubs had the clusters of stars at that time; the ground was their
own, so it had a huge fan following, the atmosphere became electrifying
at those times, at times the news papers had headlines like the match of
the century is today.
Days passed, now people had colour television and cable line, the
door to world football opened before Bengalis. It was not only Club
football; it was a unique chance to watch the galaxy of stars together,
an intoxicating advantage for a football crazed race.