Shillong Lajong Football ClubShillong Lajong Football Club was established in the year 1983 an I-League football club. The primary objective of the club is to improve the standard of football in Meghalaya and to spot, train and nurture local talent of Meghalaya.
History of Shillong Lajong Football Club
Two football enthusiasts Shri Kitdor Syiem and Shri P. D. Sawyan, during the finals of the Meghalaya Invitation Cup in 1982, were disheartened by the poor performance of the Shillong teams and their failure to make it to the final phase of the tournament. In order to reverse the trend formed a football club. They started a semi –professional club aptly called Lajong Football Club with a group of friends and supporters.
The club in 1983 played in the 3rd Division of the Shillong Sports Association League and became the champion and they were then promoted to the 2nd Division and in 1984, the club was promoted to the First Division of the league. In the year 1989 Lajong FC finally won Shillong Championship for the first time.
In 1990, Lajong FC became the Meghalaya Invitation Cup champion by beating the Lajong FC. In 2009 Lajong FC joined the I-League 2nd Division which is the second highest national league in India. Lajong was promoted to the I-League, which is the highest league in India, after one season in the second division.
In 2009 Shillong Lajong appointed former East Bengal coach Stanley Rozario for their first stint in India's premier football league. In 2009, they played their first match in I-League and lost to JCT FC 1-5.
Shillong participated in the I-League 2nd Division for the 2011 season. As Shillong were hosting I-League 2nd Division in the year the 2011 the club was able to skip the group stages and go straight into the Final Round.
With a 1-0 victory over Mohammedan SC on May 13, 2011, Shillong Lajong ended their one year stint in the I-League 2nd Division, after which they were promoted back to the I-League for 2011-12.
ColoursThe official colours of Shillong Lajong are Red and White. The home jersey for the club is red while the jersey is all white when they are not playing on the home ground.
StadiumsShillong Lajong F.C. for the 2011–12 I-League season they are using the Nehru Stadium in Shillong.
- I-League 2nd Division: Winners (1): 2011
- Federation Cup: Runners-up (1): 2009-10