The Unsung Hero Simon Subba
By Saurabh Chamling(Rai)
Simon Subba, one of the most talented stopper and center midfielder from Sikkim in the 1990’s was a contemporary of Bhaichung Bhutia.
A very tough and committed player Simon started his football journey from his school team Tashi Namgyal Academy (Gangtok). With the TNA team he won almost all the school level tournaments in Sikkim and represented TNA in the prestigious “Subrato Cup” 2 times, where he was spotted as one the best players in the tournament (1997).
He also participated in the All India Inter Public School Football Tournament, lifting the trophy 5 times. He won the “Player of the Tournament Award in the Limca School Football Tournament (1995).
Simon also represented his state Sikkim in Santosh Trophy for two season and played in the All India Governors Gold Cup 13 times. His talent was quickly spotted by the Kolkata, then Calcutta, 1st Division team Peerless SC in 1998 and he played with them for a season.
Very little is known about his football career after 1998.
Simon is now working for the Information and Public Relations department, Government of Sikkim and is posted as the District Information Officer at West District Headquarters in Gyalshing.
He is also the Founding member of United Sikkim Football Club and has also served as the General Secretary of Young Boys Football Academy, Gyalshing.
In his message to Saurabh, Simon expressed his delightedness on the present football scenario in India. He wrote, "Introduction of ISL-Indian Super League has boosted the budding footballers of the country in terms of career and financial stability. Players are getting lots of exposure.”
“Would like to see more football academies to come up in India with full infrastructure and sound technical set up," he expressed.
The one of the best stopper Simon could not be sidelined when we talk about hill football