Former Indian football captain Carlton Chapman dies at 49

Chapman, who played as a midfielder for East Bengal and the Indian football team for a decade, died due to a heart attack in Bengaluru.

By Rahul Venkat ·

Former midfielder and captain of the Indian football team Carlton Chapman died due to a cardiac arrest on Monday in Bengaluru. He was 49.

Chapman had been admitted to a hospital late on Sunday night after complaining of acute back pain.

“I got a call from one of his friends early this morning saying that Chapman had passed away. He was a happy-go-lucky man, always smiling and ready to help others,” his former India teammate Bruno Coutinho told PTI.

Carlton Chapman is the third notable name in Indian football to die in 2020 after legends PK Banerjee and Chuni Goswami.

Chapman enjoyed a distinguished club career, where he played for East Bengal, JCT and FC Kochi. 

As captain of the Indian football team, Chapman led the country to the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Gold Cup title in 1997.

He came through the ranks at Jamshedpur’s renowned Tata Football Academy in the early 1990s before joining Kolkata’s legendary football club East Bengal in 1993.

A career highlight during his stint at East Bengal was when Chapman scored four goals in the Asian Cup Winners Cup against Iraqi club Al Zawra in a 6-2 victory.

Chapman enjoyed his most successful period at the Punjab-based club JCT. Joining them in 1995, he won 14 trophies alongside legends Bhaichung Bhutia and IM Vijayan.

The former midfielder then moved to FC Kochin in 1997 and formed a fruitful partnership with IM Vijayan, Ramana Vijayan and Jo Paul but returned to East Bengal after just one season. Chapman retired at a relatively young age of 30 in 2001.

Chapman then shifted his attention to coaching, taking up a role at his boyhood club Tata Football Academy. Chapman went on to be the manager of the Royal Wahingdoh club in Shillong, leading them to three local titles.

Chapman had last been technical director at Quartz FC in Kozhikode, Kerala before his untimely death.