Kolkata: Former India goalkeeper Manilal Ghatak, who was part of the first Asian Games gold medal winning side in 1951, passed away on Friday morning after a prolonged illness.
He was 86 and died at his residence in Jodhpur Park, according to family sources.
Ghatak represented India under Sailen Manna as the side made history, winning their first Asiad gold on home soil, beating Iran by a solitary goal in 1951.
As East Bengal goalkeeper, Ghatak's remarkable display under the bar had put him in the list of club's all-time greats.
Originally from North Bengal, he represented the red-and-gold brigade from 1949-1955, a golden era in the club's rise.
During that period, East Bengal won the local league (1949, 1950, 1952), IFA Shield (1949, 1950, 1951), Rovers Cup (1949), D C M Trophy (1950 and 1952) and Durand Cup (1951 and 1952).
Ghatak was an important member of the club team that toured Romania and Soviet Union in 1953.
He was also instrumental in Bengal's hat-trick of Santosh Trophy wins from 1949-52.