There are very few sports organizers in Assam who were also a very good sports person. Animesh Ganguly was one of them. He was not only a good soccer player in his days but after quitting the game he spent rest of the life to promote this game.
Animeshda, every one called him, although started his career as a footballer in Gauhati Town club in mid 1920’s but very soon switched over to Maharana, another renowned club in the state. A short in stature, he was a player of high quality. Ganguly turned up for Maharana in several top level tournaments that included IFA Shield in Kolkata too. In 1940, Maharana club displayed a spirited performance against Mohammedan Sporting in IFA shield. The game was ended 1-1 draw on the first day. But excessive foul play –-Ganguly lost three teeth after a frustrated Jumma Khan elbowed him –-and bad referring saw Maharana go down fighting 0-1 in the replay next day.
After hanging up the boot, Ganguly took the responsibility to make Maharana club a formidable outfit of Assam. He even travelled to different parts of the state to spot talent. His personality and organizing abilities earned respect from every quater. A confirmed bachelor, Ganguly felt genuine pleasure in talks and conversations relating only to his club and possibilities of the young players of his team. He was also actively associated with Gauhati Town club and Assam Football Association. Since the inception, Ganguly was the chairman of the selection committee of the Assam Football Association. GSA later gave him life membership too.
With his demise in 1974, Assam lost a rarer soccer saint.