Ricard Graells i Miró

FC Barcelona President 1919-20

Ricard Graells i Miró became FC Barcelona president on June 10th 1919 succeeding founder Joan Gamper, who had just completed his third term of office.

With the number of club members standing at 3,271, the Graells presidency was a positive one.

In line with his own political position, FC Barcelona confirmed its role as a symbol of Catalanism and began participating in celebrations for La Diada, the Catalan National Day on September 11th.

On the economic front, Graells raised the membership fee from two to three pesetas and so paid off 16,100 pesetas in debt, making the club debt-free for the first time in its 20-year history.

In sporting terms, this was also a good period as the club was putting together an excellent squad, with the likes of Samitier, Alcántara and Zamora, and enjoyed the start of its first golden age by winning the Campionat de Catalunya and the Campeonato de España.

At the end of the season, on June 27th 1920, a mutitudinous assembly was held to debate new statutes for the club.

Agreement was reached quickly and the 43 articles drafted by secretary, Joan Baptista Soler, were passed unanimously.

The board of directors was formed mainly by former presidents and their was general agreement to push ahead on plans for the new Camp de Les Corts ground, which had been first mooted under Gaspar Rosés.

On June 27th, Ricard Graells stood down and Gaspar Rosés took over the club for his second term of office.


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