State Bank of Travancore (football club)

Full name State Bank of Travancore Football Club
Nickname(s) SBT Thiruvananthapuram
Founded 1986
Ground University Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Ground Capacity 20,000
Manager V. P. Shaji
League Kerala Premier League
2015-16 Champions

State Bank of Travancore Football Club, also known as SBT Thiruvananthapuram is a football club based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It plays in the Kerala Premier League,the top tier league of the state.[1]


During the mid-80's, already established as a premier bank in the state of Kerala and the considering the popularity and passion towards the game of football at the region, State Bank of Travancore decided to launch a team of its own and register it with Kerala Football Association in November 1986. The debut of the team was in 1987 in the Trivandrum District 'E' Division League, the 5th division league of the region. The team steadily progressed further and went on to reach the 'B' Division to win the trophy in 1992, thus entering the 'A' Division League, the Tier-1 league of the region in 1993-94.

Growth of the Club

At that point, the Bank stepped in again by recruiting sportsmen under a special sports quota, pioneering a new trend among the Government-controlled Public Sector Undertakings. This received a further impetus when N. M. Najeeb, a prominent national player at that time agreed to coach the team. The club then evolved from a group of ameteur players to a group of semi-professionals under the guidance of the coach and went on to win various trophies. It also qualified and participated in many national level tournaments like Durand Cup, IFA Shield, Rover's Cup, Scissors Cup, Kalinga Cup and the Federation Cup.

Entry to National Football League

Being the state champions in the 1996, SBT was eligible to play in the newly-formed National Football League introduced by the All India Football Federation that year, but the emergence of the first professional football club from the state FC Cochin denied its oppurtunity. However, SBT was given an entry to the 2nd Division NFL introduced in 1997-98 as a qualifying round for the top division League. The team, though a hot favorite, with the likes of National players like Jiju Jacob, V. P. Shaji, Feroz Sheriff, A. Sunil Kumar and K. V. Dhanesh, could not qualify as it ended runner-up with a draw against Sesa Sports Club in the final league game of the season.

The next season(1998–99) was the highpoint in SBT's history as it emerged the champions in the 2nd Division NFL, being the only institutional team till date to win the same. It also got promoted to the National Football League, but the glory however did not last long as the team performed poorly and again relegated to the second division.

It once again qualified for the National Football League in 2004-05 but after that, there were hardly any notable achievement for the club in the national level.

Notable Players

Of the 57 players recruited by the bank, nine have represented India and as many as as 49 have represented Kerala in Santosh Trophy. The noted players played for the team and went on to win accolades in the National Level includes

Present Developments

Pursuant to the directions of AIFF, SBT formed a team of Under-19's in 2005. This team also holds great promise: it entered the 'E' Division of Trivandrum District League in 2007 and in less than a decade, it has reached the super division, winning all the lower division leagues and was clubbed with SBT's senior team, in 2016 giving SBT the distinction of fielding two teams in the super-division- a first in the history of Trivandrum League.

The proposed merger between the State Bank of India with State Bank of Travancore has put the future of State Bank of Travancore’s football and cricket teams in doubt.


Champions (2) :2014-15,[2] 2015-16
Runners-Up (1) : 2013-14


  1. "First Soccer City in Kochi | Kochi Cochin News". 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  2. "SBT FC Continuing Golden Run". The New Indian Express. Kozhikode. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
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