Both football and cricket took off at the same time in Thalassery. The first football club in India itself was found in Thalassery. This club was found in 1860. BEMP School teacher J.D. Sathyanathan, C.K.P. Kadherkutty and C.P. Hameed functioned office bearers of the club. The presence of footballers like Garjan Abooty, Annan Mukundan, Dhamu, Pacheni Kumaran, Vayanadan Shankaran, O.V. Hameed, Venadan Kumaran, Karikkal Komu etc. were a source of inspiration for people in Thalassery.
One of the footballer Hameed was the member of the States School Team. The first player from Thalassery to participate in the Santhosh Trophy was V B Ishaque. He played for FACT for ten year and was the captain for three years. V B Ishaque is now the Secretary of Kannur District Cricket Association.