GUWAHATI, May 6 � Former State footballer and coach Adhir Roy died at the B Borooah Cancer Institute today. Roy (82) was suffering from protected disease for the last couple of years. A former employee of the NF Railway, he started his career as a footballer at Nagaon with the Sporting Union Club. Later he shifted to Guwahati and joined Maharana Athletic Club in 1957.
Roy represented the State in the Santosh Trophy in 1958, 1961 and 1963. He also coached the State junior and senior teams on several occasions. Roy, a nimble footed winger, curved his niche among the football fraternity of the State with some attractive dribbling capacity.
After hanging his boots, he joined NIS at Patiala in 1966 and became a reputed coach of the State. During his tenure, several noted footballers were produced in Assam. In recognition to his contribution to State football, the State Government provided him sports pension in 1997.
Assam Football Association secretary Ankur Dutta, Guwahati Sports Association, along with the football fraternity condoled the death of the former State footballer.
He leaves behind his wife, a son and a daughter.