Legendary Ahmed Khan passed away

Posted on 27/08/17 by East Bengal


The Club is sad to announce the passing away of Ahmed Khan at Bengaluru today. He was nearly 91 years old. A legend in his own right and a Double Olympian was perhaps one of the greatest footballer the country has ever produced. Last of the VADAS (nicknamed Pancha Pandavas) was a doyen of the football fraternity both home and abroad.


A barefooted genius he played for East Bengal Club from 1949-59 winning a number of trophies for the Club. Captain in 1954 also led the team to its tour of USSR and Romania in 1953.One also recalls the spectacular goal he scored vs Yugoslavia playing barefeet in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Spotted by the club supremo JC Guha in 1948 Rovers Cup he also excelled even after the boots were made mandatory.


East Bengal Club mourns his demise. Kalyan Majumder General Secretary in a statement has said "The club has been orphaned following Ahmed Khan's death perhaps the greatest footballer the club has ever seen. With outstanding individual brilliance the barefooted Khan was capable of deciding the fate of any match all by himself. Even after boots were made mandatory I recall his outstanding performance in the 1958 IFA Shield final when he along with Balaram destroyed Mohun Bagan to win the Trophy. We had bestowed him with Bharat Gaurav Award in 2012 Foundation Day and that was the last time he visited the Club. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and son and hope that they would be able to withstand the loss. May his soul Rest in Peace".




Player (Forward)


The Double Olympian (1948 and 1952) was perhaps the greatest Indian forward of all time. He was a fantastic dribbler and an ace schemer and was capable of deciding the fate of the match all by himself.




Debut – Vs France on 31st July,1948 in the Olympics at London playing bare feet.

Matches played – 11 matches

Goals Scored – 3 goals including one vs Yugoslavia in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics


Tournaments Played


  1. Olympics – 1948(London),1952 (Helsinki)
  2. Asian Games – 1951(New Delhi),1954 (Manila)
  3. Quadrangular – 1953 (Rangoon),1954(Calcutta)



  1. Asian Games – 1951 at New Delhi – Gold Medal
  2. Quadrangular – 1853,1954 – Champions


Bengal – Santosh Trophy


Played – 1950,1951,1952,1954 and 1955 (Captain)

Goals Scored – 2 goals

Won the trophy – 1950 and 1951


Club (Major Clubs)


East Bengal  (Played – 1949 – 1959)


Captain – 1954

Goals Scored – 62 goals

Trophies Won

Calcutta Football League – 1949,1950 and 1952 – Thrice

IFA Shield – 1949,1950,1951,1958 – Four times

Durand Cup – 1951,1952,1956 – Thrice

Rovers Cup – 1949

DCM Trophy – 1950,1952,1957 – Thrice

PK Nair Gold Cup – 1956

Dr HK Mookherjee Shield – 1957




  1. Won the IFA Shield three years in a row (1949-51) becoming the first Indian team to do so. This performance earned the club the position of top team in Asia by England’s FA Annual and facilitated the way for East Bengal becoming the first team from Asia to tour Europe in 1953.
  2. Won the triple crown in 1949 – CFL,IFA Shield and Rovers Cup (Durand Cup was not held)
  3. Won the Double Crown in 1949,1950 (CFL and IFA Shield)
  4. Won the Delhi Double in 1952 (Durand Cup, DCM)
  5. He scored a goal in the 1949 IFA Shield Final in 1949 East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan 2-0.
  6. He scored a goal in the Durand Cup final in 1951 – East Bengal b Rajasthan 2-1
  7. Even wearing boots had an outstanding match in the 1958 IFA Shield final when he along with Balaram destroyed arch rivals Mohun Bagan to win 1-0.
  8. Gave outstanding individual performances vs Helsingbourg (Sweden)-1949,Goteburg (Sweden)-1951 and Offenback Kickers (Germany) – 1953


Tour to Europe

Led the Club in its tour to USSR and Romania in 1953.In Moscow East Bengal drew with Moscow Torpedo 3-3 (One of the top club teams of the World).



  1. East Bengal Club conferred Bharat Gaurav Award to him in the Club’s Foundation Day 1st August,2012
  2. Was the Chef de Mission of India’s tour to Pakistan in 2005 by AIFF.


NB – He did not get Padma Shri or Arjuna Award.


Compiled by: Gautam Roy




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