Thursday, June 28

Undivided Punjab's last hockey team

The last national hockey championship of undivided India was held in Bombay in 1947. Punjab won the title for the second year in a row, beating Bombay by a solitary goal in the final, which was played at the packed Bombay Hockey Association ground near Dhobi Talao. It was the first week of April 1947 when the Punjab team returned to Lahore to receive the ovation of the home supporters at the railway station (see photograph below). Balbir Singh Sr. is seated in front (extreme left). Some of the other players are: Back row standing (from left): 2. Aziz 3. Gurcharan Singh Bodhi 5. Amir Kumar Front row standing (from left): 2. Keshav Dutt 3. Ram Swarup 4. Dharam Singh (source:

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