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RP Roy was a professional footballer from Kolkata. He played in the wing-half position and represented premier clubs like Bhratri Sangha and Rajasthan FC. Now, even at the age of 77 years, the old man has not been able to stop his addiction to football. Settled in Ahmedabad, Roy is often seen playing football even in the scorching heat of 40 degree- Celsius in a veterans football match. Roy remains actively engaged in discovering talented young footballers across the state while also providing guidance to a select group of under-14 players. Not even the scorching sun can diminish his unwavering energy.
Roy was a resident of South Kolkata. The financial condition of his family was not up to the mark. He left Rajasthan FC while playing and joined Tata Steel Ltd (Tisco) as a football player. Roy also acquired a coaching degree from the National Institute of Sports (NIS), which was sponsored by his office. After retirement from his job, Roy was involved with a veterans’ organization in South Kolkata along with former stars like the late Surajit Sengupta and Ashoke Chanda. He played veterans’ matches regularly.
In 2008, Roy along with his family was settled in Ahmedabad, and in 2020 he was called up to get involved with the veterans’ footballers’ association there. Roy was also a coach of the sub-junior Bihar side twice for the sub-junior national football championship. Roy said,
“The volume and depth of activities of our association are gradually increasing. We have nearly 300 members already. We play veterans’ matches and tournaments throughout the state. Now this veterans’ tournament will also be held nationwide.”
The Dream of RP Roy
Roy, even at the age of 77 years has not been able to stop his addiction to the game. While roaming around the state to participate in the veterans’ football competitions, he noticed several potential boys in the game. Roy said,
“I also have noticed several talented boys playing the game. So, very recently I started teaching a few of them the basics of the game. The clubs in Ahmedabad have built up impressive infrastructure and I am getting huge respect here. I have dreams to produce footballers for the future for Gujarat so that state can prosper at the national level in the future.”