July 29, 2000 was a Saturday and on that afternoon at the old Filbert Street ground of Leicester City, India took on Bangladesh in the first-ever South Asian derby on British soil.
Over 3,000 fans turned up for the game and there were more Bangladeshi at the ground than Indians, which showed that they had activated their community better then us Indians.
India won through a placed Jo Paul Ancheri goal with one of the celebration photos being making it around the world!
My IndianFootball.Com report from then was: In their last match of the tour, India beat Bangladesh 1-0 at Filbert Street, Leicester through a long-ranger from Jo Paul Ancheri in the 12.minute. India started off well in the first quarter of the match, scoring a goal but after that Bangladesh tried to take control in the match but it remained a try as both teams played at times really badly. India were tired after their two tough matches against English opposition, while Bangladesh after five days had still not accustomed totally to the English weather.
After the game both the teams came together in the old English-style boardroom of Leicester City FC and interacted with fans and well wishers on a friendly afternoon and in the evening both teams headed to an Indian dinner at a Bangladeshi restaurant (I don’t remember the name) in the city centre of Leicester.
And later on we went to a get together to end the England Tour 2000 before India flew back the next morning from London-Heathrow.
Read my earlier article: July 2000: When Team India came on a historic trip to England! !
Friendly Match line-ups
India: Virender Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Mahesh Gawli (82′ Tapan Ghosh), Roberto Fernandes, Daljit Singh, Hardip Saini, Jo Paul Ancheri (86′ Jules Alberto), Khalid Jamil (49′ Basudeb Mondal), Renedy Singh (68′ Syed Shabir Pasha), I.M. Vijayan (80′ Bijen Singh), Baichung Bhutia [CAPTAIN]
Bangladesh: Aminul Haq, Hasan-Al-Mamun (80′ Firoz Mahmud Hossain), Rajani Kanta Burman, Pavel Mohammed, Abu Faysel Ahmed, Motiur Rahman Munna, Iqbal Hussain (86′ Saifur Rehman), Monwar Hossen (74′ Tanvir Chowdury), Mustafa Anwar Pervez, Kanchan Rokonuzaman (85′ Asadur Rehman), Alfaz Ahmed [CAPTAIN]
Referee: Dermot Gallaghar (England)
Attendance: appro. 3,000
With India’s historic tour of England celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, I will write a series of articles remembering that legendary tour!
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