Mishael Topden Karthak
Football is a good way to move closer together, to show team spirit and fairness.
Formed in 2015 with a vision to make football in Darjeeling more popular as the football teams from Darjeeling were struggling to perform at their highest level. United Darjeeling, as commonly known, has since lived up to the expectation.
United Darjeeling on their birth year performed well in the Maneybhanjyang Gold Cup as they won the tournament for the first time, beating Kanchenjunga F.C Siliguri and marked their name in the football world. The same year they reached the finals of Sukna Gold Cup and had to settle for the runners up trophy after losing to Share F.C Kalimpong.
Before 2015, Darjeeling´s football clubs and players had not got the opportunity to play in good tournaments and the spotlight which every player need but after the forming of United Darjeeling it all changed, as the Darjeeling outfit went on to play in every good tournament in and around Darjeeling hills, neighboring countries Nepal and Bhutan.
Financial status was a matter of concern when forming United Darjeeling, Updesh Rai chief mentor of the club said “Financial status was not good in the beginning but after reaching the final of Sukna Gold Cup, then GTA chief decided to give extra 2 lakh rupees to us, since then the club has been working smoothly”.
United Darjeeling has given young players from Tea-Gardens, villages around Darjeeling opportunity to play for their side and some of them even marking their names on state and national level.
United Darjeeling since 2015 have reached the finals of prestigious Sukna Gold Cup for 4 consecutive seasons but have failed to taste the glory.
However, their best moment came in the Milan More Gold Cup 2018 as they became the Champions of the tournament by beating Royal F.C Siliguri in the finals.
United Darjeeling will now participate in the 5th International Mai Valley Football Tournament and will be representing India in this prestigious tournament.
United F.C took on the street paving the way through the tough rocky mountain to the green pitch with bigger hope, expectation and for brighter tomorrow...
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