Employees' Committee (1936-1937)

Employees' Committee (1936-1937)

After the assassination of Josep Suñol, an Employees' Committee was created to manage the Club and ensure that nobody could take it over during the Civil War

As Barça had, in theory, fallen into the hands of the workers, the first decision taken was to ‘confiscate’ the club and Les Corts stadium by forwarding them to the CNT-FAI union, which had tried to do so on 15 August 1936. The blaugrana Employees’ Committee was made up of five people of unquestionable reputation that had always worked at the service of Futbol Club Barcelona: Pere Ballarín, Manuel Bassols, Àngel Sánchez, general secretary Rossend Calvet and masseur Àngel Mur. On August 31, 1936, in an extremely cunning move devised by Calvet, three directors were added that had formed part of the board under Sunyol: Francesc Xavier Casals, Agustí Bo and Paulí Carbonell. The former took charge of financial matters, a particularly difficult task considering the club’s funds were almost nonexistent, which made him the de facto president. On November 5, 1937, once relative normalcy was reestablished, the Employees Committee was dissolved, and a new board was formed. Under the Committee, Barça won one Mediterranean League, an official competition among teams from Catalonia and Valencia that was declared invalid in 1939 and that, today, is still not recognized.

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