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Durand Cup

Durand Cup, the oldest football tournament in India, is also third oldest football tournament in the world, after the English FA-Cup and the Scottish FA-Cup. The Durand Cup football tournament was started in Shimla in 1888 by the, then, India's Foreign Secretary, Sir Mortimer Durand. It was basically initiated, as a recreation for British troops stationed in India. Royal Scots Fusiliers bagged the honors in the inaugural Durand cup, by defeating Highland Light Infantry, with score 2-1. The Durand Cup was twice suspended, during the two world wars. It was in 1940 that the traditional venue of the matches was changed from Dagshai to New Delhi.

In the present times, the tournament is hosted by the army and is held at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi. Since India's Independence in 1947, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have earned 16 cups each, resulting in a grand total of 32 cups victory. Right from the time, since the high profile teams from Hyderabad have gone obscured, the tournament is mostly won by the teams from Kolkata (Mohun Bagan and East Bengal) and Punjab (Border Security Force & JCT Mills). The winning team is presented with three trophies - The President’s Cup (Presented by Dr. Rajendra Prasad India’s first president) The Durand Cup (The original challenge prize, which is a rolling trophy) Shimla Trophy (First presented by citizens of Shimla in 1904 and since 1965 it is a rolling trophy)

This chain of victories posted by the two teams from Kolkata and Punjab has been occasionally broken, by the other teams participating in the Cup. In 1997, the FC Kochin, from the south, recorded a victory. In the subsequent year, the team from Mumbai, Mahindra United bagged the coveted title. However, Mohun Bagan (Kolkata) was back in force in the new millennium, recording a victory against the Mumbai team. Thanks to the relentless efforts put in by the Indian armed forces, the Durand Cup tradition, has survived major setbacks and managed to stay alive over the centuries.

Winners
1888: Royal Scots Fusiliers - Highland LI 2-1
1889: Highland LI - Simla Rifles 8-1
1890: Highland LI - Royal Irish 2-0
1891: Scottish Borders - East Lancashire 2-0
1892: Scottish Borders - A & S Highlands 3-1
1893: Highland LI - A & S Highlands 2-1
1894: Highland LI - Royal Scots Fusiliers 2-1
1895: Highland LI - Somerset LI 1-0
1896: Somerset LI - Black Watch 6-1
1897: Black Watch - 2nd (Simla) PVRC 1-0
1898: Black Watch - N Staffordshire Regiment 4-0
1899: Black Watch - Yorkshire Regiment 3-0
1900: SW Borders - E Lancashire Regiment 2-0
1901: SW Borders - S Staffordshire Regiment 2-1
1902: Hampshire Regiment - E Lancashire Regiment 2-1
1903: Royal Irish Rifles - Queen's Regiment 2-1
1904: N Staffordshire - Black Watch 1-0
1905: Royal Dragons - Dorsetshire Regiment 2-0
1906: Cameronians - Bedfordshire 2-1
1907: Cameronians - Royal Welsh Fusiliers 2-0
\1908: Lancashire Fusiliers - Royal Irish Rifles 2-0
1909: Lancashire Fusiliers - King's Regiment 2-0
1910: Royal Scots - 3rd KRR 2-0
1911: Black Watch - Lancashire Fusiliers 1-0
1912: Royal Scots - Lancashire Fusiliers 1-0
1913: Lancashire Fusiliers - 3rd KRR 2-0
1914-1919: The tournament was not held due to World War I
1920: Black Watch - Cameronians 2-0
1921: Worchestershire - Royal Fusiliers 1-0
1922: Lancashire Fusiliers - Brigade RFA 1-0
1923: Cheshire Regiment - Essex Regiment 1-0
1924: Worchestershire Regiment - Essex Regiment 2-0
1925: Sherwood Foresters - Worchestershire Regiment 2-0
1926: Durham LI - Sherwood Foresters 1-0
1927: York & Lancaster Regiment - East India Railways 1-0
1928: Sherwood Foresters - York & Lancaster Regt 4-0
1929: York & Lancaster Regiment - East Yorkshire Regiment 3-0
1930: York & Lancaster Regiment - Leicestershire Regiment 2-0
1931: Devonshire Regiment - Border Regiment 3-0
1932: King's Shropshire LI - Devonshire Regiment 2-1
1933: King's Shropshire LI - Leicestershire Regiment 3-2
1934: B Corps Signals - A & L Highlanders 3-1
1935: Border Regiment - R Norfolk Regiment 1-0
1936: A & S Highlanders - Green Howards 2-0
1937: Border Regiment - Royal Scots 3-1
1938: South Wales Borders - Border Regiment 2-0
1939: The tournament was not held due to World War II
1940: Mohammedan Sporting Club - Royal Warwickshire Regt. 2-1
1941-49: The tournament was not held due to World War II & Partition
1950: Hyderabad City Police - Mohun Bagan AC 2-2;1-0
1951: East Bengal Club - Rajasthan Club 1-1;2,1 1952: East Bengal Club - Hyderabad City Police 1-0
1953: Mohun Bagan AC - National Defence Academy 4-0
1954: Hyderabad City Police - Hindustan Aircraft 1-1;1-0
1955: Madras Regimental Centre - Indian Air Force 3-2
1956: East Bengal Club - Hyderabad City Police 2-0
1957: Hyderabad City Police - East Bengal Club 2-1
1958: Madras Regimental Centre - Gorkha Brigade 2-0
1959: Mohun Bagan AC - Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-1;3-1
1960: Mohun Bagan AC & East Bengal Club - (joint winners) 1-1;0-0
1961: Andhra Pradesh Police - Mohun Bagan AC 1-0
1962: The tournament was not held due to Indo-China War
1963: Mohun Bagan AC - Andhra Pradesh Police 0-0;2-0
1964: Mohun Bagan AC - East Bengal Club 2-0
1965: Mohun Bagan AC - Punjab Police 2-0
1966: Gorkha Brigade - Sikh Regimental Centre 2-0
1967: East Bengal Club - Bengal-Nagpur Railway 1-0
1968: Border Security Force - East Bengal Club 1-0
1969: Gorkha Brigade - Border Security Force 1-0
1970: East Bengal Club - Mohun Bagan AC 2-0
1971: Border Security Force - Leaders Club 0-0;1-0
1972: East Bengal Club - Mohun Bagan AC 0-0;1-0
1973: Border Security Force - RAC, Bikaner 2-1
1974: Mohun Bagan AC - JCT Mills 3-2
1975: Border Security Force - JCT Mills 1-1;2-1
1976: Border Security Force & JCT Mills - (joint winners) 0-0;0-0
1977: Mohun Bagan AC - JCT Mills 1-1;2-1
1978: East Bengal Club - Mohun Bagan AC 3-0
1979: Mohun Bagan AC - Punjab Police 1-0
1980: Mohun Bagan AC - Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0
1981: Border Security Force - JCT Mills 1-0
1982: Mohun Bagan AC & East Bengal Club - (joint winners) 0-0
1983: JCT Mills - Mohun Bagan AC 2-1
1984: Mohun Bagan AC - East Bengal Club 1-0
1985: Mohun Bagan AC - JCT Mills 0-0;3-2 [pen]
1986: Mohun Bagan AC - East Bengal Club 1-0
1987: JCT Mills - Mohun Bagan AC 1-0
1988: Border Security Force - East Bengal Club 3-2
1989: East Bengal Club - Mohun Bagan AC 0-0,3-1 [pen]
1990: East Bengal Club - Mahindra&Mahindra 3-2
1991: East Bengal Club - Border Security Force 1-1;5-3 [pen]
1992: JCT Mills - Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0
1993: East Bengal Club - PSEB 1-0
1994: Mohun Bagan AC - East Bengal Club 1-0
1995: East Bengal Club - Tata Football Academy 0-0;4-3 [pen]
1996: JCT Mills - Oil Club (IRAQ) 1-0
1997: FC Kochin - Mohun Bagan AC 3-1
1998: Mahindra&Mahindra - East Bengal Club 2-1
1999: Salgaocar Sports Club - East Bengal Club 0-0;3-2 [pen]
2000: Mohun Bagan AC - Mahindra United 1-1;1-0 [golden Goal]
2001-02: Mahindra United - Churchill Brothers SC 5-0
2002-03: East Bengal Club - Army XI 3-0
2003-04: Salgaocar Sports Club - East Bengal Club 1-1;4-3 [pen]
2005: Army XI - Sporting Clube de Goa 0-0;5-4 [pen]
2006: Dempo Sports Club - JCT Mills 1-0
2007: Churchill Brothers SC - Mahindra United 1-0
2008: Mahindra United - Churchill Brothers SC 3-2