Indians plan to assist two famous sportsmen

Indians plan to assist two famous sportsmen

Two famous Indian sportsmen of yesteryear will find a niche for themselves in the Natal capital’s “Hall of Fame” if a proposal put forward at the last meeting of the Marizburg and District Indian Football Association Council is adopted. They are Mr. V.Arumugam and Mr “Tibby” Mahabeer.

Those names were the idols of Natal sports fields for close on 35 years. They are still revered by the no-so-young. Today Mr. Arumugam is an aliling man, having been forced into retirement after 45 years in the printing industry. Mr. Mahabeer is destitute with nothing by his old age pension to live on.
Mr. Naidoo suggested that funds for this purpose should be raised jointly by the M.D.I.FA and the M.D.I Cricket Union by (a) soccer match between a Natal Indian XI and a Natal African XI : (b) taxing Maritzburg soccer and cricket clubs a guinea each; and (c) inviting contributions from other sporting bodies.

Mr Naidoo’s proposal will be discussed at the next meeting of the M.D.I.F.A Council.
Mr.V.Arumugam started his football career at the turn of the century with the Oriental Stars and soon found a place in the Maritzburg junior side. In 1910, he helped to found the Higher Grade School F.C. with whom he won further honours until his retirement in 1930. Mr. Arumugan won his Natal cap in 1913 but no further Provincial honours came his way because of Natal’s withdrawal from the National Association. He was capped again in 1924 and in 1926 but had to decline his place through business reasons.

He started his cricket career with the Higher Grade School Club and was capped several times for Maritzburg. He was a fine all rounder, a grand stroke player and captured many a scalp with his spin bowling. Mr Arumugan also served Maritzburg well in the administrative sphere. He was secretary and later president of bother soccer and cricket associations. He was secrety of the Maritzburg Indian Sports Grounds Association for seven years. For those services he has been created a life vice-president of the Natal Indian Referees Association.

Long before the M.D.I.F.A came into being Mr. Tibby Mahabeer played soccer for a Coloured club captained by Mr. George Bengamin. With the founding of the Indain Association in 1900, he joined the Oriental Stars but a split in their ranks led to his transferring his affections to the Royals.
The handle-bar moustached Tibby at left back was the idol of soccer crowds and quickly won a place in the intertown side.

He retained his place until his retirement in 1924. He started his cricket career with Royals – the club which he also helped to found, and won fame as a left hand batsman and spin bowler. He retired in the early 1930’s but was recalled to help resuscitate the Royals who had been hit by the depression. Anno Domini finally pushed him out of the game. Mr. Mahabeer, however never found time to server either on the soccer or cricket in the administrative sphere but his advice was always sought. Royals hold the record of having won both the Natal soccer and cricket cups three times in succession.

Source : Old Newspaper