Josep Suñol i Garriga, the man who was FC Barcelona president between 1935 and 1936, the year in which he was executed by Francoist soldiers in the Serra de Guadarrama, became a Barça member 90 years ago today, on 12 February 1925. The figure of Suñol will be subject to a year long tribute in 2015 in celebration of the 80th anniversary of his becoming president.
The former blaugrana president was 26 years of age when he decided to become a member of the club that he had identified with for some time due to his social and civic beliefs and his commitment to progressive ideas and Catalanist ideals. It was the time of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera which ruled over the country from 1923 to 1930. The regime was notorious for its hostility to Catalonia and on March 20 it would abolish the ‘Mancomunitat’, a semi-autonomous Catalan institution that had been in place since 1914. Suñol became a member on 12 February 1925 with the number 11138, four days following a 3-0 victory over Sabadell in the Catalan Championship.