Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Report by
East Bengal takes Philanthropic Initiative For A Special Fan
The Club that teaches us to fight until our last breath on & off the field took a step for a special fan who is a real fighter in the day to day life. Gopal Das who lives in Bagha Jatin is an ardent East Bengal supporter & despite his physical limitations that disable him from using his feet but not his warrior mind that attracts him to the stadium whenever East Bengal takes the field.
It all started when East Bengal took on Bengaluru FC on 22nd Jan in Barasat Stadium, EBRP member & photographer Debarghya Dey clicked a picture that had a person sitting in a wheelchair whom he saw while entering through the press gate. He thought the person wearing an old jersey displaying Dipankar Roy's name would enter the stadium to watch the game as it might not be possible for him to enter & take his place inside the gallery. But, when Bengaluru FC was dominating the game leading 1-0 & East Bengal, fought back with Ivan Bukenya scoring to make it 1-1, he celebrated his goal by clutching the grill with special fan Gopal Das in front of him. Debarghya then clicked a beautiful picture that showed how Mr. Gopal Das smiled with a belief in his face that we will bounce back from 1-0 to beat the defending champions 2-1. The gloomy part was that from the press gate only a partial part of the field is visible. So it would not have been possible for Mr. Das to have a clear full view of the whole game. After the game had ended with a lot of joy East Bengal winning 2-1 he was still seen sitting on his wheelchair & applauding the team. A passion & love towards East Bengal that cannot be described in mere words.
This fighting spirit was truly rewarded when Mr. Arunava Bhattacharya Administrative Manager at Kingfisher East Bengal FC saw the picture in EBRP's facebook page & group came forward to help Mr. Gopal Das by assuring him a place inside the stadium where he can watch the match without any difficulty. The club & Mr. Arunava Bhattacharya would personally make arrangements for him.
East Bengal club has shown humanitarian gestures in the past & would continue to do in the present & EBRP only tries to follow the path to help those who are real fighters & possess the real power to defy all odds.