On 23rd June 1936 – Distinguished football player and coach of yesteryears, Pradip Kumar Banerjee or P.K. Banerjee was born in Jalpaiguri.
He scored 65 goals in 84 appearances for the Blue Tigers. He was part of the India football team that finished fourth at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, his goal helped India earn a respectable draw against the mighty France. He helped the Indian team win gold medal at 1962 Tokyo Asian Games.
What a lovely coincidence that India’s arguably best footballer was born on Olympic Day.