Enric Llaudet i Ponsa

CF Barcelona President 1961-68

Born in Barcelona in 1916, businessman Enric Llaudet i Ponsa became president of C de F Barcelona on June 7th 1961 and remained in office until 1968 throughout a difficult period with very few sporting successes for the club.

Owner of cotton thread manufacturers Hilaturas Llaudet, which had various factories and a colony in Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Llaudet joined the CF Barcelona board presided by Francesc Miró-Sans in 1953.

He was a member of both financial and sports commissions and later president of the club sections before being designated president of CD Condal in 1956, when the side was in first division.

After Miró-Sans resignation in 1961, Llaudet stood against Jaume Fuset in the elections held on June 7th and was narrowly elected by the delegate members by 122 votes to 98.

Enric Llaudet took over the club in a difficult financial situation due to a debt of 289 million pesetas still outstanding from the construction of the Camp Nou.

The beginning of his term of office also coincided with the sale of Luis Suárez for a record 25 million pesetas to Inter Milan and the retirement of Ladislao Kubala and Antoni Ramallets so the team was lacking in star players.

As a result, the six and a half years of Llaudet presidency were some of the poorest in sporting terms with CF Barcelona only winning the Copa del Generalísimo in 1963 and the Fairs Cup in 1966.

In 1962, Llaudet managed to negotiate the reclassification of the Camp de Les Corts land with the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona under Porcioles so that it could be built on and the land was finally sold to Habitat in 1966 for 266 million pesetas, providing great relief to the coffers of the club.

Llaudet's business ability earned him re-election in 1965 by 164 votes to the 35 of rival José Maria Vendrell.

The same year, he organised a vote to decide on an official name for the new stadium, 8 years after its completion, and Estadio de CF Barcelona was chosen in favour of Estadi Barça and Camp Nou, although it remained popularly known as the latter.

In 1966, the club inaugurated the Trofeo Joan Gamper, in honour of the founder of the club.

In spite of the financial recovert, the lack of titles caused a split in the board with an opposition faction led by Nocolas Casaus demanding Llaudet's resignation.

Amongst the disasters was the signing, in 1967, of Brazilian Walter Manchado da Silva, at a time when foreign players were not allowed in the Liga.

Finally, Llaudet called early elections for January 17th 1968 at which Narciso de Carreras was elected president.

In the 1980s, under Josep Lluís Nuñez, Llaudet returned to the club to preside the Comisión Económica y Estatutaria.

Enric Llaudet died of pneumonia at the Clínica Teknon de Barcelona in August 2003.



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