The club was founded on the 15th of August, 1889, with a sole purpose of beating the British at their own game(football). The founder was lawyer Bhupendranath Basu, who would later become Indian National Congress President. Two players became Governor of West Bengal.
It is the oldest football club in Asia.The club is also known as Mariners. The Government honoured the club with the title "National Club of India" In 1989, during the club's centenary year and to honour there famous win over East Yorkshire Regiment to clinch IFA Shield in 1911 the Government of India issued a postage stamp.
The name of there mascot is "Baggu" (means 'Tiger').
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