Shew Mewa Lall – legendary Indian footballer, who guided India to the 1951 Asian Games title with a solitary goal in the final, died on Friday after a brief illness.
His legend died before he did and he passed away unremembered by most.Most newspaper reports even got his name wrong.A sad commentary on the way India remembers sporting heroes of it’s past.
A brief summary of his achievements ………
For India: 1951 Delhi Asian Games — India played three matches on way to gold. Mewalal was the topscorer, getting goals in all three matches
Represented India in 1948 London Olympics and 1952 Helsinki Olympics
Clubs — Aryans, BNR, Eastern Railway (then Eastern Indian Railway), Mohun Bagan, Rajasthan Club
Top scorer in CFL 1949 (ER), 1951 (ER), 1954 (ER), 1958 (BNR)
Scored more than 150 goals in the local league.
Scored 39 goals for Bengal in Santosh Trophy which included five hattricks