49 years since first women's football final in Catalonia
The Copa Pernod game in 1971 saw 30,000 fans flock to the Camp Nou to see Barça play Espanyol
On December 25, 1970, thanks to an initiative by player Imma Cabecerán, a Barça-associated women's team played their first game at the Camp Nou. The team, still not officially recognised by FC Barcelona, would not yet use the club name or wear the Blaugrana shirt during the contest against UE Centelles. Adopting the name of Selecció Ciutat de Barcelona, they were kitted out in white shirts and blue shorts.
In February of the following year, Selecció Ciutat de Barcelona changed their name to Penya Femenina Barcelonista, and received support in the form of financial contributions and equipment from FC Barcelona.
Thanks to sponsorship from drinks company Pernod and broadcaster Ràdio Rellotge de Ràdio Espanya, a four-team tournament was organised in 1971. It was called the Catalunya Copa Pernod and involved the following sides: Penya Femenina Barcelonista, RCD Espanyol, Atlètic Sabadell and UE Sant Andreu.
On March 21, the semifinals were played at RCD Espanyol's stadium in Sarrià, Barcelona. The 60-minute contests saw Espanyol win 2-1 over Sabadell, with Penya Femenina Barcelonista besting Sant Andreu 1-0.
One week later, on Sunday, March 28, the Camp Nou welcomed some 30,000-plus spectators. The third-place playoff opened the morning's action, with Sant Andreu beating Sabadell 2-1. In the final, Espanyol earned a 2-1 win over the Barça-associated women's team. Penya Femenina Barcelonista featured the following players: Llansà, Trullas, Ros, Merche, Marisa, Blanca, Cárdenas, Lolita, Inmaculada, Gasull, (Lluïsa) and Estivill (Curta). Cárdenas put them ahead on 3 minutes, but Encarna scored twice for Espanyol in the 14th and 55th minute to win the game.