Historical Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup will start from 27th October 2007
03.10.2007:Sourav Rai :Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - 2007 The countdown
for the 29th All India Governor's Gold Cup Football Championship has begun in
Sikkim.Launched in the year 1979 the tournament has the distinction of running
without any interruptions for the last twenty seven years. No other tournament
can boast of such a record, not even the Federation Cup and the Santosh Trophy,
two of India's premier tourneys.
Six foreign clubs expected to take part in this year's Tournament. out of 16 Clubs.
Some Participants are:
Nigerian Eagles,NRT F.C of Nepal,Three Star of Nepal,Chittagong Abahoni of Bangladesh
Badda Jagoroni Samsad of Bangladesh,Bhutan XI,Punjab Police,Mumbai United
Assam state electricity Board,Gorkha Hill Council of Darjeeling,Sikkim Police,Manipur XI,Tibetan F.A, JCT -' A' ,SFA XI etc Teamss
The tournament is organized by the Sikkim Football Association (SFA) the
apex body of all the football organizations in Sikkim with the support from the state
government and some business organizations ,there is no official sponsor as such.
All the matches are played at the picturesque Palzor Stadium in Gangtok.
'Gold cup' for the locals the tournament is like a festival in Sikkim, Gangtok the
capital city which hosts the tournament comes alive during the period. Gold Cup
becomes the talk of the town. Almost everyone plunges into this carnival even
people who are not crazy about the game (although this kind of people are very
hard to find in Sikkim).The kind of impact this tournament has in Sikkim can be
gauged by the fact that the government employees are allowed to go and watch
the matches if they have the tickets and its truncated classes for the schools
and colleges for the entire duration of the tournament. Every individual of sikkim
soaks in this festive spirit.
Teams from Kolkata have always performed well in the gold cup with Mohun Bagan
winning it record 9 times. East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting have also made
their presence felt with the latter triumphing twice. Red and golds surprisingly
don't have any Gold cup titles to their credit. Outside the three giants many other
Kolkata outfits have also participated in the gold cup giving some very good
The tournament also gives the local a chance to see the best clubs of India in
action along with the national teams of Bhutan and Nepal. A club team from
Bangladesh is also invited. This is one tournament the people of Sikkim don't miss
for anything. The die-hards wait throughout the year for the gold cup to start
The local talents gets an opportunity to showcase their skills at the nationals level
during this tournament as the domestic league champions and knockout
tournament (independence cup) winners get a berth in the gold cup along with a
selected Sikkim football association team. last year sikkim sports academy which
had got a wild card entry into the tournament performed brilliantly and reached
the semi finals which was beyond anyone's expectations. Two boys from that
team namely Sanju Pradhan and Nirmal Chettri have already completed a season
with Air India.Bhaichung Bhutia had also impressed during the gold cup from where
he was picked up by East Bengal and rest as they say is history.
This year the Gold cup will start from the 24th of October and the wait has already
begun for the football fans of Sikkim. Along with the Durga and Laxmi Puja Gold
cup is another festival which is celebrated in Sikkim.
Reporter: Sourav Rai - kolkatafootball.com
Results : Palzore Stadium, Gantok, Sikkim
Winners Prize - 3 Lakh (INR) ::: Runners Up - 2 Lakhs(INR)
27.10.2007: Sikkim F.A.XI 1 - 3 JCT Acacemy
Scorers:SFA:(Dewa Lapcha 71') ::: JCT:Jagpreet Singh 7', 12', L.Zira 51'
28.10.2007: Assam SEB 0 - 1 Punjab Police
scorers:PP:Gurpreet Singh 10'
28.10.2007: Sikkim Police 4 - 1 Gorkha Hill Council ,Darjeeling
Scorers:SP:Lamichaney 4',80',Sisir Kartok 67',Bhupen Lama 89' ::: DG:Lapka Lapcha 38'
29.10.2007:Tibetan F.A 1 - 0 Manipur XI
Scorers:TFA:Tshering Dhonup 74'
30.10.2007:Nigerian Eagles 3 - 0 Sikkim Police
Scorers::Felix Akiojono 50',Charls Egware 63',Emmanuael Oyof 82'
31.10.2007:Abahoni Chittagang 3 - 4 (Tiebreaker) Punjab Police
31.10.2007:Bhutan XI 2 - 2 Tibetan F.A
Scorers:TNFA:Sonam Rinchem, Tsering Dhondup :::: Bhutan: ?,?
01.11.2007:JCT Academy 1 - 2 NRT F.C of Nepal
Scorers:JCT:L.Lima 54' ::: NEPAL:Anil Gurung 35',111'
01.11.2007:Nigerian Eagles 2 - 1 Badda Jagoroni
Scorers:NE:Egmon Freeman 4',Efeyan Nkenchor 75' :::BAN:Liton 65'
02.11.2007:Mumbai United 0 - 0, 6 - 5 Punjab Police
02.11.2007:Tibetan FA 0 - 3 Bhutan
Scorers:TNFA:Gyeltshen 27',Wangey Dorji 38', 61'
03.11.2007:NRT Nepal XI 1 - 0 Titeneum XI Kerala
Scorer:NEPAL:Niranjan Raimaghi 38'
04.11.2007:Three Star Club Nepal 4 - 0 Bhutan XI
Scorers:NPEAL:Pradeep Mahajan 71',Santosh Sahukala 83',Jumanu Rai 92',93'
06.11.2007 : Three Star (Jumanu Rai 29',54') 2 - 0 Punjab Police
06.11.2007 : NRT Nepal (Anil Gurung 46',Kaum Gurung 65') 2 - 1 Nigerian Eagles (Egwane Starline 64')
7th Nov 2007:NRT Nepal 2 - 1 Three Star Nepal
Scorers:NRT:Niranjan Raimajhi 19', Gopal Shaukhal 59' ::: TSN: Junanu Rai 32'
ALL TIme Winners List
|Years ||Winners || Runners-Up |
|1979 ||GMC, Gangtok ||Border Security Force|| |
|1980 ||Mohammedan Sporting Club || Rajasthan Club, Calcutta || |
|1981 ||Mafatlal, Mumbai || Indian Telephone Industries || |
|1982 ||Punjab Police ||Punjab State Electricity Board |
|1983 ||Punjab Police || Thimpu XI, Bhutan || |
|1984 ||Mohun Bagan |
& Jamshedpur XI
| joint winners|
|1985 ||Mohun Bagan AC || Mohammedan Sporting Club|| |
|1986 ||Mohun Bagan AC || Mohammedan Sporting Club || |
|1987 ||Sesa Sports Club || Mohammedan Sporting Club || |
|1988 ||JCF, Nepal ||Eastern Command || |
|1989 ||Mohun Bagan AC || Mohammedan Sporting Club || |
|1990 ||RNAC, Nepal || Bank of India |
|1991 || Mohun Bagan AC || Mohammedan Sporting Club || |
|1992 || Mohun Bagan AC || Mukti Joddha || |
|1993 ||Rising Star || VSC, Bangladesh || |
|1994 ||Mohun Bagan AC || Army XI || |
|1995 ||Punjab Police || Mohun Bagan AC || |
|1996 ||Air-India || Mohun Bagan AC || |
|1997 ||All-Nepal FA XI || East Bengal Club || |
|1998 ||All-Nepal FA XI || Army XI || |
|1999 ||Army XI ||Kerala Police || |
|2000 ||Mohun Bagan AC || Air-India || |
|2001 ||Mohun Bagan AC || Arambagh Krira Chakra || |
|2002 ||Border Security Force || Arambagh Krira Chakra || |
|2003 ||Tata Football Academy || Air-India || |
|2004 ||EverReady SA || All-Nepal FA XI || |
|2005 ||Border Security Force || Tata Football Academy || |
|2006 ||Air-India || Army XI |
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